CYCLING is very much in the news this summer with Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour De France followed by the fantastic performance of our Team GB Cycle Team both on the road and in the velodrome.
All our top riders started their cycle careers in the youth ranks….
Locally we have a very promising young rider. At just 15 years old, Hamish Carrick from Cornhill on Tweed is making a name for himself in both national and international cycle races.
Whilst other 15 year-olds were starting their summer holidays with long lie-ins and lazy days, Hamish spent the first part of the school summer holidays, getting up at the crack of dawn to race up the mountains of Northern Spain. Hamish was one of just 4fouryouth riders selected to represent Scotland to train and race with the Basque Youth Cycle Team. Hamish took part in a number of races whilst in Spain. The highlights were: 4th in a National road race; 3rd Inter-regional Criterium circuit race; 8th in a Team timetrial. Unfortunately Hamish was caught up in a crash that scuppered his chances of a podium position in the international road race.
Just two days after returning to his home in Cornhill, Hamish was on the ferry to Ireland to take part in the prestigious Errigal International Youth Tour of Co Donegal. Hamish was up against a very strong field of 80 riders from across Ireland, UK, Isle of Man and Spain. There was even a team from South Africa. The 3 day “Tour” consisted of:
Day 1 – a brutal 47km road race through the hills of Co Donegal
Day 2 - started with a challenging 1.6km hill climb time trial in the morning, followed by another 47.5km road race through yet more hills in Co Donegal
Day 3 saw a super fast 1hr Citerium circuit race through the streets of Letterkenny.
There was a brilliant atmosphere on all the stages with the highlight of the weekend being the road stage on Sunday afternoon. With crowds of cheering supporters lining the climb to the finish it was just like a hill top finish in the Tour De France!
Hamish put in the ride of his life, attacking on every hill stage. He fought off very strong competition of get second place in the first road stage, third in the second road stage, tenth in the Criterium and with enough time bonus points to secure third place in both the “King of the Mountains” and the all important GC (the overall position in the race is worked out from a combination of the position in each of the stages plus bonus points for sprints and hill climbs throughout the race. The overall position in the race is called the General Classification).
Hamish now has just a few days to recover before preparing himself for the National Track Championships that take place in the Manchester Velodrome in the last week of August.