Whether you’re racing or watching from the sidelines, you’ll enjoy the latest update from the National XC Series.
Lochore Meadows 7/8 May 2022
Photos by Man Down Media unless credited.
We headed further into Scotland for round three of the national XC series, up to Lochore Meadows in the Kingdom of Fife. It’s a place that’s been inhabited and worked for several thousands of years and visible remains from that include a few chunks of castle and a concrete pit head from more recent mining. The mine shut in the 60s and the area has been regenerated into a well-used park. There are a few bike trails here as well as water sports on the loch, plus it’s the home to Fife’s Outdoor Education Centre who work incredibly hard to bring the joys of doing exciting stuff outside to a whole range of children and families. There’s also a local bike club, Meedies, who not only encourage cycling locally but brought a whole range of home-made cakes to sell at the race. So, big shout out to them and to Andy the Park Ranger for all the help and support they gave to SXC putting on the race.
This was, of course, the round that was supposed to have been at Drumlanrig but the storm damage there couldn’t be cleared in time, sadly a familiar story this year. So the course that the SXC folk had been working on for three years had to be shelved and they quickly had to work with what they had at Lochore. Yet another warning that race organising isn’t as straightforward as it could be. There was a Scottish Championship at Lochore in 2019 when the weather had been incredibly wet and the course an utter mudfest, one of those days that goes down in legend, but thankfully this course was dry apart from a tiny slithery section. And while it wasn’t as technical a course as the previous two rounds there was plenty to keep you on your toes.
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