Eastern Promise RR 2021

10 October 2021

Photo: © Thomas Haywood

This event was the last of ERC's truncated road race programme.

The race was hard from the start, the field split into small groups with many attempts to escape. As a result there were several groups and individuals spread around the course. In the final half lap, Cameron Mason (TRINITY Road Racing) and Louis Moore (Vanelli-Project Go) moved away from their peloton to contest the sprint for the finish. Cameron took the win by several bike lengths making some recompense for missing the HSBC UK | National Trophy Series cyclo-cross race in Cumbria. The remains of the peloton was brought home by Ciaran McSherry (Edinburgh RC) who also took the prestigous Eastern Promise Lantern as the first of ERC's riders to finish.

The race incorporated the Pippa Handley Trophy which was awarded at the top of the penultimate climb. Kate Richardson (VC Glasgow South) was victorious in this contest. She was followed in by Charlotte Robb (Ayr Roads CC). Kate got in some valuable racing miles for next week's British national championships. We all wish her well there.

Kate, on her way to winning The Pippa Handley Trophy.

Photo: © Thomas Haywood

The 25 finishers from an initial field of 37 knew they had been in a race.

Place Name Club Category
1 Cameron Mason TRINITY Road Racing 3rd
2 Louis Moore Vanelli-Project Go 2nd
3 Ciaran McSherry Edinburgh RC 2nd
4 Jamie Mackenzie META Bike Division 2nd
5 Greig Brown Vanelli-Project Go 2nd
6 Alastair McNicol dooleys cycles 2nd
7 Murray Soutter Torvelo Racing 2nd
8 Philip Trodden Musselburgh RCC 3rd
9 Calum McVie Torvelo Racing 2nd
10 Christopher Mellor VC Glasgow South 3rd
11 Harry Johnston Edinburgh RC 3rd
12 Jamie Chree University of Aberdeen 3rd
13 Harry Mustard Edinburgh RC 2nd
14 Roddy Fawbert Edinburgh RC 4th
15 Bruce Wallace Musselburgh RCC 3rd
16 David Macivor West Lothian Clarion CC 4th
17 Alexander Storey GS Metro 4th
18 Kyle Thomas Edinburgh RC 2nd
19 Daniel Hasbullah Livingston Cycling Club 4th
20 Alistair Merry Dundee Thistle RC 2nd
21 Ian Morton Musselburgh RCC 3rd
22 Josh Quigley Reifen Racing 4th
23 Keith Froude Edinburgh RC 4th
24 Callum MacEwen Glasgow Glenmarnock Wheelers 4th
25 Johnathan Street Spokes Racing Team 4th

More photos of the event can be seen at https://www.thomashaywood.com/gallery/cycling-eastern-promise-road-race-2021.

Also see, https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/247526/ERC-Eddleston-Road-Races-2021

Customer feedback

“….a great experience for me...”

“I totally forgot to hand it back in!!”

“...my first road race and after the welcoming feel and seamless experience, I'll be back for more.”

“From sign-on, leading out the riders in the neutral zone, the course itself and the food & drink offered afterwards (nice touch) it was an enjoyable experience.”

“The Sandwichs at the end were 10/10 Please pass on my compliments”

Next year we are considering going straight from the neutralised zone to the buffet table.

And finally

Here are some of the people who made the race a success, many thanks. (Steve and the first responders were camera shy?).

Photo: © Thomas Haywood, Phil Darby