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Listed below are some significant dates in the racing calendar remaining for 2001:


W/e 1st-2nd September - Cairngorm Cycling Festival

Arguably one of the most exciting and varied weekends of racing in the north's calendar, with a great atmosphere and excellent hospitality by the host club. The location of Aviemore / Kincraig is such that some of the top central belt competitors are attracted up with consequent large start lists. There are four races:

Event 1. - Sat 1030 Cairngorm Hillclimb ? no! not all the way to the Munro's summit but 2 miles up the road to the ski lift car park, which should take between 26 and 46 minutes. Charlie Ross came an excellent 4th to 3 of Scotland’s top riders last year.

Event 2. - Sat 1400 George Edwards Memorial 14 mile TT ? hillier that the average TT, south of Aviemore and including the very scenic back road from Kincraig to Rothiemurcus.

Event 3. - Sun 1000 10 mile TT ? Kincraig to Kingussie and back.

Event 4. - Sun 1400 Kincraig APR ? if you enjoyed the Halkirk Games road race you'll enjoy this - two circuits of the '14' course of the previous day. There are few opportunities for less competitive or would-be racers to ride in a bunch in the north with the motivating benefit of handicapping and this is one of them. The editors favourite race last year! A health warning though ? the narrow, winding roads on parts of these courses must be taken with care ? it is essential to keep to the left hand side of the road when cornering and to look out for oncoming traffic. Also, the 3 races other than the '10' are limited to 40 riders, so get in early if you wish to enter. Entries to Peter Bennet, 01479 811293.

4th September - Last Tuesday 10 Mile Time Trial of Year

Remember that both September '10's' start at 1900, and that lights are
advisable at this time of the year due to the earlier onset of darkness.

11th September  - 2 mile Hill Climb on Scrabster Hill
19:00 from the entrance to Thurso Business Park (BT)

30th September

Strath Brora run to be organised by Al. This is one of the most scenic rides in the area, from Brora to Lairg via the Strath, lunch at the Shin Falls Centre, thence via Bonar Bridge and Dornoch (avoiding main roads) back to Brora.
Not to be missed, details later.

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