Race Report: British National XC Series 2022 - Round 3 Fife

May 11, 2022 at 13:20
by Nick Bentley  
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The National Cross-country Series headed to Lochore Meadows in Fife this weekend, with headline wins for Isla Short and Rory McGuire in the elite field and plenty more great racing on the dry and fast course.

Lochore Meadows Lochgelly hosted Round 3 of the National XC Series challenged riders with rocky ascent tight berms fast rooty chutes and slick pump track sections. There was something for everyone at this track.
Lochore Meadows, Fife hosted Round 3 of the National XC Series challenged riders with rocky ascent, tight berms, fast rooty chutes and slick pump track sections. There was something for everyone at this track.

A brilliant turn out for XC Round 3 at Lochmore Meadows Lochgelly with over 335 riders travelling north to get involved in the race
A brilliant turn out for XC Round 3 with 335 riders travelling north to get involved in the race

The views over Lochgelly rewarded riders after the gruelling climb
The views over Lochgelly rewarded riders after the gruelling climb

The competition was close this weekend with riders wheel to wheel . . . some closer than others
The competition was close this weekend with riders wheel to wheel . . . some closer than others

The descent sent riders through the bluebell-strewn woodland
The descent sent riders through the bluebell-strewn woodland

Riders could get some air going into the woodland descent
Riders could get some air going into the woodland descent

The stunning bluebells are iconic of this time year let s hope as summer rolls in the sun stays too
The stunning bluebells are iconic of this time year, let's hope as summer rolls in the sun stays too!

Harriette Taylor made light work of the rooty downhills thankfully the rain stayed away this weekend else this section would be lethal.
Harriette Taylor made light work of the rooty downhills, thankfully the rain stayed away this weekend else this section would be lethal.

Some riders preferred charging their way down the descent than grinding their way up the hills Matt Cuthbertson was clearly one of them looking strong in the downhills enroute to 12th in the Male Sport Field.
Some riders preferred charging their way down the descent than grinding their way up the hills, Matt Cuthbertson was clearly one of them looking strong in the downhills enroute to 12th in the Male Sport Field.

Nathaniel Henderson charged on to take first place in the Men s Youth Race.
Nathaniel Henderson charged on to take first place in the Men's Youth Race.

James Calvert using the rock as a kicker
James Calvert using the rock as a kicker

Corben Haynes got his lean on in the berms this weekend rocking the flamingos
Corben Haynes got his lean on in the berms this weekend, rocking the flamingos

The track took its toll on both riders and bikes with many bikes not finishing in one piece
The track took its toll on both riders and bikes, with many bikes not finishing in one piece

Where would we be without the mechanics The pits were busy this weekend with support teams ensuring their riders rode their best on the track
Where would we be without the mechanics?! The pits were busy this weekend with support teams ensuring their riders rode their best on the track

Leon Atkins powered his way to first place in the Male Juvenile field.
Leon Atkins powered his way to first place in the Male Juvenile field.

Nathan Smith wheelying across the finishing line celebrating taking second place in the Men s 17-18 Field
Nathan Smith wheelying across the finishing line, celebrating taking second place in the Men's 17-18 Field

Lewis Martin looking strong crossing the finishing line victorious in the Men s Expert field
Lewis Martin looking strong crossing the finishing line victorious in the Men's Expert field

It s always great to see family and friends out supporting their riders.
It's always great to see family and friends out supporting their riders.

And they re off The Men s SuperVets powering off the line
And they're off! The Men's SuperVets powering off the line

Grant Johnson looked focussed on the start line
Grant Johnson looked focussed on the start line

Making it three for three Grant Ferguson took another victory this weekend in Men s SuperVet
Making it three for three Grant Ferguson took another victory this weekend in Men's SuperVet

Ricardo Parreirinha showing the new line through the braken putting the power down.
Ricardo Parreirinha showing the new line through the braken, putting the power down.

Nick Craig kept clear of the thorny bracken
Nick Craig kept clear of the thorny bracken

The lead constantly changed with Marc Chamberlain and Chris Buchan battling it out constantly over the 6 laps with neither rider letting up.
The lead constantly changed with Marc Chamberlain and Chris Buchan battling it out constantly over the 6 laps with neither rider letting up.

A close race for first place in the Men s 40-49 field with Marc Chamberlin narrowly beating Chris Buchan the pair battled it out from the start line
A close race for first place in the Men's 40-49 field with Marc Chamberlin narrowly beating Chris Buchan, the pair battled it out from the start line

It s great to see riders support each other leaving the competition on the course
It's great to see riders support each other, leaving the competition on the course

For some the excitement got too much and they needed a lie down
For some the excitement got too much and they needed a lie down

Isla Short returned to National racing and looked dominant on her return after a suffering with Covid
Isla Short returned to National racing and looked dominant on her return after a recovering from Covid

Elena McGorum made Isla Short work for first place keeping hot on her heels for several laps. Elena went on to take second place keeping a strong position across the series so far.
Elena McGorum made Isla Short work for first place, keeping hot on her heels for several laps. Elena went on to take second place, keeping a strong position across the series so far.

Emily Carrick-Anderson carving her way through the sand on her first place in the 17-18 Women s field
Emily Carrick-Anderson carving her way through the sand on her first place in the 17-18 Women's field

There was another tight battle between Zoe Roche and Aelwen Davies resulting in a sprint finish where Zoe claimed victory to take first place in Women s Juvenile field.
There was another tight battle between Zoe Roche and Aelwen Davies resulting in a sprint finish where Zoe claimed victory to take first place in Women's Juvenile field.

Cheeky overtake on the root section by Hamish Creber
Cheeky overtake on the root section by Hamish Creber

Rory McGuire took the inside line on his was to first place in the Elite Men s field
Rory McGuire took the inside line on his was to first place in the Elite Men's field

Others kept it pinned in the berms.
Others kept it pinned in the berms.

Rory McGuire took his first win of this year s National series in the Men s Elite comfortably by 28 seconds
Rory McGuire took his first win of this year's National series in the Men's Elite comfortably by 28 seconds

Robert Wardell kicking back after taking his season-best result of second in the Men s Elite
Robert Wardell kicking back after taking his season-best result of second in the Men's Elite

There were several sprint finishes this weekend here with Ben Wadey and Hope s Grant Ferguson battling it out for the final podium spot in the Men s Elite final. Grant narrowly missed out on fifth place by just 0.3 seconds.
There were several sprint finishes this weekend, here with Ben Wadey and Hope's Grant Ferguson battling it out for the final podium spot in the Men's Elite final. Grant narrowly missed out on fifth place by just 0.3 seconds.



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6 Comments
  • 8 0
 Funny looking bracken.
  • 1 0
 Lol I was thinking the same thing!
  • 5 0
 Awesome to see some UK XC getting some Pinkbike love! Smile
  • 2 0
 "The views over Lochgelly rewarded riders after the gruelling climb"

Lochgelly is best experienced viewing it from a distance...jk
  • 2 0
 Just realised I can no longer compete in the under 40's field... that makes me feel my age!
  • 2 0
 I retired when i reached Vets, too many of them had 40 years of practice Wink







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