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Supported by Dales Cycles The Scottish Cycling National Women's Road Race Series, moves north to Munlochy, near Inverness for Round 2 this weekend.
32 women have signed up to race, with more expected to enter on the day. The race will cover 5 laps of a rolling 8.6 mile circuit and includes a "Queen on the Mountain" competition.
Round 1 winner, Peebles local, Flora Gillies (Project 51) and 2nd placed Emily Middleditch (Deeside Thistle) are likely to be the main contenders again along with 2014 Series winner, Chloe Fraser (Team Rytger) and Ashleigh Fraser (Deeside Thistle) who finished 3rd overall in last year's series. Promoting club Moray Firth Cycling Club has 9 riders entered including Laura Nicolson (4th in round 1) and Natalie Munro (7th in 2014 series).
In addition to the Inverness round of the Series, a further 4 events will take place across the country in Falkirk, Dundee, Banchory and Aviemore.
Cube Bicycles invited myself (Simon) and John from Dales, Dobbies Loan along with Managing Director Debbie to a unique visit to their German Factory.
After a couple of days in Berlin, we took the train down to Bavaria and the small town of Waldershof where the company has its Head Quarters. The company was founded 1993 by the former student Marcus Pürner, who began with an area of 50 m² in his father's furniture factory in Waldershof, Germany. Today the company has expanded its production area to 20,000 m² and sells to more than 34 countries in Europe and Asia.
We met the owner Marcus the night before the visit and were taken out to dinner in a local bar which brews its beer by the "Reinheitsgebot," which is the oldest food standard law in the world where beer is brewed from 4 ingredients only and the law states that the bar must brew a certain amount and only open the bar when the brew is ready, once it is drunk the bar closes until the next batch
The Scottish Enduro Series at Ae Forest in Dumfries & Galloway was the 2nd round of this exciting season.
Steep and technical trails were stretching rider's skills and stamina all day. We were there to support our rider Greg Jolliffe. Earlier at the first round of the season Greg had a mechanical problem and his chain came off on one of the stages causing time loss. He finally finished at round 1 in 4th position.