|A train of Atlantic
fronts were racing across East Lothian early morning, leaving the road
in Gifford under a few inches of water as we
drove to the Blinkbonny start. It was still rather wild as the early starters
left in rain for a cloud covered Lammer Law. Not many minutes later we
were sweltering in sunshine on the heathery upper slopes with steam rising
off the bracken. The family tandems and triplets (five junior stokers in
all) were early leaders on the road to Traprain (the floods had already
subsided), pursued by the more severely handicapped, spurred on by the
perceived injustices from the handicapper. Digby Maass got a red card for
handicapper-abuse on Lammer Law and a two weeks ban from the handicapper’s
future events. There’s still a steward’s inquiry in progress into whether
he was victimised unduly, or just can’t ride a bike commensurate with his
undoubted running ability (from which his handicap was calculated). Anyway
he got the handicapper’s consolation prize to calm him down. Sorry Digby!
Andy Lennie was so carried away by the tail-wind down to Longyester (and his need to keep ahead of Bob Johnson for the Cyclo X prize) that he came off on the first bend and collected some impressive gravel rash before calming down a bit. Everyone else concentrated on the distant views of Traprain and North Berwick Law through the clear spring air with the intoxicating scent of pine, rape seed and gorse. Our World Champion orienteer Bill Gauld had a rare navigating slip and set off along the road to the south of Traprain, losing valuable time before realising his mistake as Traprain passed around his wrong shoulder.
Conditions were sweltering on the sharp scramble up Traprain, where copious nettle stings helped revive flagging legs. The end game starts at East Linton after crossing the Tyne and starting the climb to North Berwick. Here the field was compressing well for a busy scramble on North Berwick Law. Your handicapper suffered yet another humiliation from the Gibson/Stewart tandem GT machine as they stealthily snook up on him just as he was thinking he had avenged last year’s drubbing.
North Berwick Law was quite congested with the now-compressed field jostling for the finish. Bob Johnson caught Andy Lennie at the summit to secure his Cyclo X title once again. This is a small sample of many other personal battles that were enjoyed in superb weather snatched from the jaws of what could have been a very wet day.
Many thanks to Anne and Ian Nimmo, Andy Millard, Keith Adams, Peter Baxter, Bärbel Burns and other valuable helpers who supported our marshals for the event.
Thanks also to North Berwick Fry for their usual friendly hospitality and excellent food.
Results attached for further forensic analysis.
East Lothian 3 Peaks Race*
“The law is a kind of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in
yer face while it picks your pocket; and the glorious uncertainty of
it is of mair use to the professors than the justice of it”.
“But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall
“We must go UP to the Sea Again”.
Maybe it was by having no pockets to pick or by simply following
the example of my Elder, or because the hocus-pocus science of the handicapping
left me with no glorious uncertainty Colin and I romped home to an erm,
thinking of next year’s handicap an arduous, difficult, lucky and totally
stretching overall win.
|Results by finish order (results by fastest times are below)|
Results by fastest times
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