Published: 27th Nov 2023 Images: Scottish Cycling

Scottish Cyclocross Championships take centre stage of quiet weekend

It was a quieter weekend for competitive action, with just a couple of events taking place at home, whilst a handful of riders were in international action overseas.

Knockburn Loch proved a fitting venue for the 2023 Scottish National Cyclocross Championships, a dry but physically demanding course pushed riders to their limits. XC Mountain Bike champions Grace Inglis (Muckle CC) and Lewis Martin (Studio Velo) would add their second national titles of the season – full report of all the racing can be found here

On Friday night there was the usual Track League action at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, with Liam Scott Douglas (JG Cycles) and Elliot Speedie (Edinburgh Road Club) on winning form on the men’s side, with Bella Butler (Glasgow Track Racing Club) leading the way on the female side.

There are plenty of racing opportunities coming up on the track, notably the Pies & Pursuits, a festive favourite. More races will also be added in the coming weeks – details here.

For Females, the Women’s Track Fund continue to put on some great training and coaching opportunities – more info via their Facebook page here

Sticking with the track, Kate Richardson (Wahoo Lifeplus) was in action at the prestigious Four Days of Geneva track meeting in Switzerland. Continuing her good Track Champions League form, the European U23 champion teamed up with Grace Lister in the Madison competition over the four days, the duo taking a fine second place overall. In the individual events, won by Jennifer Valente of the USA, Kate looked strong once again, navigating the tight 166m track for 11th overall in the Omnium competition.

After a couple of weeks training at home, Cameron Mason (Cyclocross Reds) returned to Belgium for the Urban Cross in Kortrijk where he secured a podium finish, just two seconds off the win, another fine ride backing up his European Championship podium at the start of the month. The Linlithgow lad then hopped on a short flight to Dublin for the World Cup the next day, but heavy legged had to settle for 15th place. Ishbel Strathdee (Wheelbase Cabtech Casetelli) was in also in action in Belgium on the Saturday with a 30th place finish.