The roads of Fife came to life on Sunday as they played host to an enthralling inaugural edition of the Spokes Cycles Kingdom Junior Classic in the fifth round of the British Junior Road Race Series.
Riders were pushed to their limits on the brutal 70 mile course on a day when the leading lights of British junior road racing travelled to Kennoway for this highly anticipated event.
Ultimately the National Series’ return to Scotland didn’t herald a Scottish winner, with Velocity Globalbike’s Reece Wood going home with the spoils.
However, that didn’t take away from a hugely successful day that will surely warrant Spokes Cycles hosting a round of this prestigious series for years to come.
It was a particularly big day for the Kirkcaldy-based Spokes Racing Team as it was their home race and a very local opportunity to show their potential on the national stage.
They were active from the off with both Grant Martin and Ben Forsyth getting into the day’s early breakaway. Forsyth was to drop back to the bunch after the first time up the fearsome Cadgers Brae but Martin remained until the group were brought back with around 40 kilometres to go.
Martin attained the best result with 23rd as the other four Spokes riders rolled in behind what was left of the main bunch.
Martin also walked away with joint third in the sprints competition run throughout the day, giving him a trip up to the podium to receive reward for his efforts from Fife’s Lord Provost, Jim Leishman.
Kirkcaldy’s Calum Mitchell wasn’t able to make his mark on his home race in the way that he would have liked to but appeared content with the outcome of his race, saying: “Today’s course wasn’t one that suited me so I wasn’t expecting big things coming into this race.
“Regardless of that, though, it was great to be a part of today and great to see such a high standard of racing be brought to Fife.”
Despite not bringing the home success that some had dreamt of, Sunday’s event certainly opened the door for the best of Britain’s road racers to return to Fife for many years to come.
Race director Craig Grieve said: “The feedback has been amazing.”