Published: 01st Apr 2024 Images: Scottish Cycling

Onley kicks off Basque week, as Inglis claims maiden UCI win

Oscar Onley returned to racing at the GP Miguel Indurain in style.

Picture: Team DSM-Firmenich-PostNL

Navarre played host to a thrilling edition of the GP Miguel Indurain classic on Saturday as Oscar Onley (dsm-firmenich PostNL) made his comeback to racing after suffering an injury in Australia in January.

A thrilling race saw Brandon McNulty (Team UAE Emirates) score victory after a nail-biting finish, with Onley coming in third after an excellent attack on the final climb of the mountainous classic, with the Scot only two seconds behind the sprint for victory between the Volta a Valenciana winner and Belgian Maxim van Gils (Lotto-Dstny)

You can watch the final 5km from Estella-Lizarra here:

It sets up Onley for another excellent block of racing, including the Itzulia (Tour of the Basque Country) which started today, with the Kelso native coming home 39 seconds down after the opening time trial.

Keep an eye out for that on Eurosport and Discovery+ this week.

Grace Inglis (Saint Piran) claimed her first UCI victory at the 3 Nations Cup MTB XC in the Netherlands on Sunday. The Scot took the lead on the second lap and never relinquished it. Although she had a big lead, she remained careful so that she was certain to be the first to cross the finish line.

Charlie Aldridge (Cannondale FR) meanwhile was racing in Italy and claimed third place at the Italian Series race in Esanatoglia.

Alba Development Road Team made their UCI debut today at the Ronde de Mouscron in Wallonia. The race was packed with incidents, including a long stoppage due to a crash in the early section of the one-day race.

Eilidh Shaw was in contention in the main group until the final 40km, when she was held behind a crash at the rear of the group which took out a number of riders, with the Scottish Champion coming home in 44th place.

Domestically, there was racing on the road at the Lake of Menteith APR in Stirlingshire, organised by Glasgow Nightingales CC.

Hamish MacLaren claimed the victory in the Open race from Callum Reid (The Cycling Academy) and Elliot Bain (Glasgow University), all coming from the fourth of the six groups on the road.

While Skye Davison (Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon) claimed the Female win, from Sharon Bird (Vanelli-Project GO) and Izzy Filor.

A big thanks to Martin and the team at the Gales for organising such a great event.


Alfie George (SCO Dijon-Team was in fine form in France, claiming Stage 2 of the Boucle de l’Artois (National Elite), contested in Calais.

While in Italy, Ahron Dick (Academy Sud) claimed 14th  place racing the UCI Junior race Giro del Pedono and continued his strong start to the season.

Over the border at Sunday’s National B race in Capernwray, Morven Yeoman (Torelli) claimed second in the Female race before Jacob Smith (Wheelbase CabTech Castelli) finished a strong third in the open race.

There was a late result this afternoon at the British National Youth Circuit Series with Melanie Rowe (Deeside Thistle) coming home third at the Pembrey-2 Day in Wales, while Elliot Speedie (Edinburgh RC) claimed a top ten in the open field and Innes Long most aggressive rider award.  In the Youth B open event Andrew Levinson (Edinburgh RC) also claimed a GC top ten finish,  and Micah Myles (Edinburgh RC) claimed a top ten finish on the third stage.

While on the boards of the track, Jenny Holl (Loughborough Lightning) claimed a scratch race win at the UCI Good Friday track meet in London.