Ruaridh and George hit top form at Aonach Mor

Ruaridh Cunningham got back to winning ways at Fort William. Photograph Ian Linton.
Ruaridh Cunningham got back to winning ways at Fort William. Photograph Ian Linton.

THERE was double success for Borderers competing on the famous World Cup track at Aonach Mor near Fort William for the second round of the Scottish Downhill Series last weekend.

A packed elite class, including top world-class riders including Animal/Commencal World Champs winner Gee Atherton and his brother Dan and sister Rachael, wasn’t going to phase young Ruaridh Cunningham from Stow, who won by a clear six seconds over second-placed rider Fergus Lamb, riding for Perth City Cycles. Dan Atherton, making his comeback after his horrific spine injury, took third place.

This result will give Ruaridh a huge boost in confidence going into the Fort William WC race after the disappointing 37th at the first round in South Africa.

Ettrick’s George Gannicott had a tough weekend, only getting three practice runs and a race run, but still continued his winning form, taking the youth title over Stuart Wilcox in second place. Wilcox’s twin brother Ross, who also rides for Steve Deas’ I-Cycles team, was third.

Among other results, Frazer McCubbing took the Juvenile win to add to his first-round win. Junior race winner Fraser McGlone not only won his event, but also had the second fastest time of the day overall. Second place went to Mark Scott.

The women’s class saw Rachael Atherton take the win over Fox/CHR rider Angela Coates, with Sarah Rennie in third.

Alastair MacLennan continued his winning form on his new Nuke Proof Scalp bike with Ian McIntyre making the journey over from Ireland to take second and Stevie Boyd in third.

The senior class was won by Cyclejersey/Orange rider James Shirley over Simon Cheung, with third place going to CHR rider Thomas Pollock.

The Masters saw the chainreaction team dominate with Dale McMullen taking the win and his team-mate Michael Cowan taking third place. Splitting the pair was Ticket 2-ride’s John Young.

MonsterBike’s Ronan Taylor took the win in the experts over Devinci bikes rider Dave Duggan, with All Terrain Cycles’ Andy Phillips taking third.

The next big race will be the third round of the British Downhill Series from Glencoe in two weeks. It has now a huge number of the world’s best riders entered as it is the week before Fort William.