Success for Kirkcaldy racing team Spokes

Calum Mitchell, Kirkcaldy Spokes, has moved to the top of the North East Scotland rankings
Calum Mitchell, Kirkcaldy Spokes, has moved to the top of the North East Scotland rankings

The Kirkcaldy-based Spokes Racing Team enjoyed a successful weekend both on and off the road, obtaining medals at the Scottish Junior Track Championships in Glasgow as well as putting on impressive showings in both the Battle of Black Loch and John Davies Memorial road races.

Grant Martin and Ben Forsyth flew the flag for Spokes in the face of the dominance on the track of the west coast junior outfit, Glasgow Cycle Team.

Having narrowly missed out on a medal in both the Individual Pursuit and One Kilometre Time Trial, Martin hit back in the Keirin and bunch races, retaining his Keirin title, a race in which Forsyth received an excellent bronze medal, and followed that up with silver in both the 25 Kilometre Points Race and 20 Kilometre Scratch Race.

Forsyth gave Spokes’ championships a silver lining with second in the 200m Sprint to round off the weekend which had seen the duo endure a testing start.

It was also a particularly fruitful weekend for Kirkcaldy’s own Calum Mitchell who produced British Cycling ranking points scoring performances in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s outings.

A seventh place at the Battle of Black Loch in Slamannan was followed by an excellent third place the next day at the John Davies Memorial Road Race in Kilmaurs, propelling him to the top of the rankings for his category in the North East of Scotland region.

This form has come at the right time as he joins Martin as well as team mates Ruari Yeoman and John McLeod for the journey down to Wales this week to compete in the prestigious five day stage race, the Ras de Cymru, in what will be one of the team’s sternest tests this season. Edinburgh’s John McLeod built on last week’s points scoring double at the Campsies Road Race and Balgay Park Criterium with 11th place at the Battle of Black Loch.

Grant’s older brother Fraser Martin made the journey down to Lincoln to take part in the Senior British Road Race Championships alongside the likes of Mark Cavendish and Pete Kennaugh.

Ultimately his race was over after an unfortunately timed bottle change as the bunch hit the cobbled Michaelgate for the first time.