ON Saturday 30 April 2011, the Musselburgh Roads Cycling Club had just under 80 riders competing in the British Eagle 56 mile-road race, which covered four laps of the hilly road curcuit between the villages of East Saltoun and Humbie.
The competitors from all regions of Scotland and Northern England and were not disappointed as the event, held on a glorious spring day, was enhanced by the beautiful East Lothian countryside.
Begins a spokesperson: “On the the second lap of the Glenginchie climb outward from West Saltoun village, a group of nine riders took flight and escaped the bunch. Within the group, there was two local riders from the Bicycle Works Racing Team- Lindsay Gordon (Port Seton) and Matt MacDonald (Edinburgh)
“Over the remaining two laps, the main bunch – now down to approximately 40 riders – failed to regain contact with the strong breakway group, and, with a mile-and-a half to go, Eddie Addis from Velo Ecosse made his bid to win from the lead group.
“He was the race favorite and in good form after his recent debut in The Tour Doon Hame three-day Easter stage race. With about 300 metres to go, he was captured by Neil Griffiths (Glasgow Wheelers) and Matt MacDonald (from The Bicycle Works).
“Then, in the final 100 metres, MacDonald caught and passed Griffiths to win the event by two bike lengths in a time of 2 hour 14 minutes, and record his second win for April events.
“Other notable performances from local riders- Lindsay Gordon ninth, David Lindsay tenth and Dale McCallum 18th, all from the Bicycle Works Racing Team. Peter Hamilton from the Musselburgh Road Club finished 23rd.
“This race was very well received by the competitors from outwith the county and the Musselburgh Road Club would like to thank everyone involved with the promotion of this event in the club’s 75th anniversary year.”
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