Published: 01st Jul 2024 Images: Scottish Cycling

Flynn and McDonald score victory in MTB finale

British MTB Series

Tong was the venue for the final round of the British MTB Series, with a number of Scots making the journey down south.


In the women’s elite race, Anna Flynn (Spectra Racing) took the win with ease, leading solo from the start and crossing the line with her arms aloft – to take her first Elite victory at a British series event.

The open junior race was dominated by Innes McDonald (Scotia Offroad RT) who led from the start to finish to take the win. McDonald nearly caught the front of the elite race which started a minute ahead of the juniors, such was his dominance. Peebles CC’s Ben Allan came home in sixth place. McDonald’s win was enough for the Scot to claim second in the overall series.

There was further success for Daisy Wilkinson (Scotia Offroad RT) claiming victory in the Youth race, which elevated her to second in the overall series. There were solid performances from Oliver Carter (Deeside Thistle) and Gregor Calvert (West Lothian Clarion) to come home sixth and seventh respectively.

The juvenile race is usually a hotly contested and Parkwood was no exception, especially with the overall results coming down to the results of this final round. Zach Buchan (Pentland Racers) had a blinding first lap to build up a lead he never lost. Guy Rorke (Peebles) then managed to escape from the bunch to take second place.

In the female event, it was Olivia Poole (Deeside Thistle) who made it four wins from five in the series in Tong, just outside Bradford, rounding off another excellent campaign from the young Deeside rider.

Short Track

Saturday’s short track saw another excellent performance by Innes McDonald claiming third in the combined senior and junior event, which was enough to give the young Scotia rider the overall series victory.

In the youths, it was a repeat of the close battle at Woody’s between Olivia Poole (Deeside Thistle) and Daisy Wilkinson (Scotia Offroad Race Team) in the female equivalent, with Poole seizing the win, but Wilkinson’s second place was enough for her to take the series title. While Oliver Carter (Deeside Thistle) claimed second in the open equivalent.

Image: Andrew Leinster

Scottish Gravel champs

The first-ever (unofficial) Scottish Gravel champs took place in Dunoon on Saturday, with Cameron Mason (Cyclocross Reds) and Sharon Bird (Torvelo) taking the two senior victories.

Congratulations to Outsider Events on such a great event, in an exciting new discipline.

You can see full results here.

National Circuit Series

The British National Circuit series got underway in midweek with the Ilkley and Otley GP’s.


Friday’s Ilkley Grand Prix saw some attacking riding from Scottish champion Tim Shoreman (Wheelbase CabTech Castelli). The Scot was constantly chasing and harrying the front of the race but eventually tired towards the end. This followed on from Otley where the Scottish champion finished fifth on Wednesday. On Friday, however, Alex Ball (Project1) came home top Scot in 16th place.

The women’s race saw some strong riding by Anna Flynn (Spectra Racing) scoring a top ten finish, with Jenny Holl (Loughborough Lightning) and Eilidh Shaw (Alba RT) also in the top 20.

Junior Road Champs

Following the turn of the seniors last weekend, it was the junior version of the British road champs in Newcastle Emlyn.

Ruan Vorster (The Cycling Academy) impressed in the road race, with a sixth place finish ahead of Joe Cosgrove (Fensham Howes) in eighth and Struan Shaw in 13th place. In the female race, Arabella Blackburn (Shibden Apex) came home seventh as the top Scot.

In the time trial Cosgrove rode to strong sixth with Ahron Dick in tenth place; Blackburn was top Scot in the female event in seventh, just ahead of Erin Boothman (Tofauti EA).

BMX Racing

It was a busy weekend of racing with the Scottish Regional BMX Series taking place at Clydebank and the North Region series down in Blackpool. Riders were putting in their final preparations before next weekend’s National Championships in Manchester, where we wish all the Scots, the very best of luck!

Find the results here.

Tour de France

Oscar Onley made his debut at the Tour de France on Saturday, with his teammate Romain Bardet winning Stage 1. The Scot supported his teammates on Stage 2 and dropped back just over two minutes on the general classification, as he sets his aims on stage wins, with the first opportunity being tomorrow’s Stage 4 in the Alps.

SDA Series

The latest round of the SDA Series took place in Glenshee over the weekend, and despite the high winds a full day of racing was held.

Stay tuned to our social media for full results.