Grant gears up for Glasgow

Commonwealth Games hopeful Grant Ferguson defended his British Cross-country Championship title on Sunday as he cruised to victory in Hopton Woods.

The versatile 20-year-old from Peebles is on double duties in Glasgow next week. Not only will he be one of Team Scotland’s leading contenders on the Cathkin Braes mountain bike course, but he is also part of the road racing team.

Speaking about his medal hopes, Ferguson said: “I’d like a medal – that is my main goal – but I’m going in with an open mind. There will be some strong riders and I need to make sure I’m in the right shape to be at the front.”

Last weekend, Ferguson, a renowned climber, set off up the starting hill at a furious pace and had opened up a healthy gap by the time he reached the top. He was never in any danger as he continued to lap quicker than anyone else on the circuit and secured the jersey once again with more than a minute-and-a-half back to second place.

The junior women’s race also produced an outstanding ride, with Cardrona’s Isla Short recording the second-fastest female lap of the day to win her class by almost two minutes.