POC Scottish Enduro Round 2
What a cracking weekend, and the racing wasn't half bad either!
It was the first time that the POC Scottish Enduro Series had ventured this far into the North East. Pitfichie had a reputation as a downhill venue, but enduro? Who knew? From the initial feedback from riders and crew it is unlikely that it will not feature in 2018. It was an absolutely phenomenal weekend of riding and racing.
Lewis Buchanan on his way to victory at Round 2
Headline sponsors for the series POC were supporting the Junior Male category for this round. It was Cory Watson who took his second victory in this category, Cory managed to steal over a minute of second placed Ben Balfour who was 2 seconds ahead of Gregor Nixon. There is a huge amount of talent in this category and it will be interesting to watch the lads grow as they gain experience of racing the different venues across the series.
POC were also supporting the Vet female category which was a head to head between Liz Gilmour and Louise Whitehead. It was Liz who ran out winner, Louise got the consolation bonus of taking the win on stage 2
Supporting partners to the series, Cube were the backers for fiercely contested senior male category, with less than 10 seconds separating the three top spots. Tom Coles took the win with 2 stage wins, although Ross Johnston with three stage wins clearly had an incident on stage six to put him on the second step with Kris Gemmell in third.
In the Grand Vet Male category, it was Paul French’s day taking 4 stage wins and a 2nd and 3rd. Basecamp Bikes Lindsay Carruthers took a creditable second spot with Pete Hogan in third. Big thanks to Hope for their ongoing support of the series and for sponsoring this category for round 2.
Ragley Bikes sponsors of the hardtail category; this is clearly going to be one of the hottest categories of the series. Already with only 2 rounds done its going to be interesting to watch this one develop. Round 1 winner Kevin Ostroznik was off the pace at Pitfichie and finished in seventh place. Ian Churchill smashed the category with a stage win in every stage, Grzegorz Stankiewicz and Sean Robertson fighting it out for second and third respectively.
In the Junior Female categories, it was a three-way battle from start to finish Louise Ferguson and Mikalya Parton (nicknamed the Queens of Faff) took 1st and 2nd with Naimh Doherty taking 3rd on the day. With the next stop of the series (Dunoon) moving onto Niamh’s home turf it looks as if there could be an emerging battle of the west coast girls. With eight weeks before round three we are pretty sure that these girls will be booking some time with category sponsor Sick Skills.
In the Vet Male category which was sponsored by our great friends and fashionistas of the enduro scene Basecamp Bikes. It was NETCO’s Martin Byers who took the win with an overall time of 16:03:22, David Ogden was second in 16:32:28 and in third spot was Jon Stott with 16 :35:68.
With less than a minute separating the top 10 in the Masters, its all about consistency. Brad Illingworth smashed out 2 stage wins, 2 second places and 2 thirds. Petr Sigut and Martin Zietsman took second and third and we hope they enjoyed a Wee Dram from the beautifully crafted Bes-Oak Whisky Stave. Besp- Oak are always a popular category sponsor and their continued support is greatly appreciated.
Go Where Scotland’s Janey Kennedy took a huge step forward in her recovery from injury taking four stage wins for the day. Base Camp / Cycle Jersey Eilidh Wells took the stage wins on the other two to secure second and Kirstin Moynihan in third. With Janey and Eilidh now having a win and a second place from the first two rounds its everything to play for as we head to Dunoon and round 3. Flotec suspension were the sponsors of this category, for the perfect bike set up for round 3 give Julia and Taj a shout.
Elevation Cycles were the power behind the Super Grand Vet Male category. It was Derek Laughland who was keen to stamp his mark on this category and taking a full suite of victories across the stages. Basecamp Bikes, Steve Bradley who rides under the flag of “Pensioner Abuse” had to settle for 2nd place. Neil Buyers was in third. With 2 rounds gone its still all to play for.
WTB were the proud sponsors of the Woman’s Short Course (Which incidentally wasn’t that short) Diana McLaren was the winner on the day with great performance and taking victory on the first three stages, Donna Devlin was second a spoiled Diana’s party by taking a win on stage 4, Sally Fordyce was third. Apologies to Sally and Jen for a wee mix up at the podiums.
In the Men’s Short Course (again not so short) it was Stuart MacKay who took the victory on the day, winning three of the four stages. Wayne Nakedman was second home with a solid day with Robert Mason in third. Hardies Bikes were the sponsors of this category, big shout to Gordon and Angus for their support of the series and all their work to keep folks going over the weekend.
In the Elite category it was Trek Factory Racing’s Lewis Buchanan who won three stages and took a whack of time on the pedals on Stage 4, showing that the winters training regime has not been in vain. That makes it two for two for Lewis, and extends his grip on the overall. Sick Skills Ben Cathro was second man home taking stage wins on 1 and 2 you can see all of Ben stages here. Wideopen Magazine’s Chris Hutchen’s was third man home and rounding of the podium in the stacked elite category.