As the world’s best mountain bikers descended on Fort William for the UCI World Cup, Scottish Cycling’s young stars showed the future of the sport is in very safe hands.
In windy conditions, 70 talented mountain bikers caught the eyes of the crowds as they competed for ScottishPower Race Series glory.
Each rider had to qualify for the Mini Downhill final through performances in previous events at Fort William, Comrie Croft, Aberfeldy, Innerleithen and Keilder Forest.
And following on from their success in those events Peebles siblings Emily Carrick Anderson and Corran Carrick Anderson managed to grab another double victory.
The formidable duo claimed the Under 10 Female title, as well at the Under 12 Male crown. Emily believes her brother has had a huge influence on her career so far.
“He really helps me with my bike riding,” she said.
“I look up to him as he is an amazing rider and its great we get to go to these races together, its lots of fun.
“I do a lot of types of cycling but downhill is one of my favourites. The ScottishPower Mini Downhill events are great because it’s not just the adults that get to have all the fun, we do too!”
The weekend’s victory was the third time in a row Corran Carrick Anderson has won the ScottishPower Mini Downhill Series. He defeated Highland Bikes RT’s Zander Millar Todd from Avoch, the eventual silver medallist.
“I was really glad to win it again this year”, said Corran. “I have had challenges this season and haven’t always come first in all of the rounds, I am really glad to just win it today.
“The ScottishPower Series has been great for me, I love doing it every year especially when you qualify to ride at the Fort William World Cup.
“It’s a great feeling to be here and it’s amazing to race next to some of my heroes that are competing on the track next to us. I hope I am good enough to race there one day.”
After a busy weekend of Mountain Biking, Bob MacFarlane, ScottishPower National Youth Racing Series Events Officer for Scottish Cycling, praised the performances of the youngsters.
He said: “With some of the best mountain bikers in the world in Fort William, the young racers involved in the ScottishPower youth series really managed to get people talking.
“It was a tremendous weekend and the series has produced a group of athletes who are well prepared for serious competition thanks to the challenges and competition they face throughout the year. Many will make the step up next year.
“It is a huge showcase event and it is worth remembering that those involved today had to qualify for the event so we were seeing the best of the best in youth Scottish Mountain Biking. Each one of them did themselves very proud, it was a tremendous weekend.”
With more than 178 affiliated clubs across the country and more than 650 events to choose from it has never been easier to get involved.