Capital firefighter Davie Lines (MG Maxifuel) will be looking to continue his recent fine form when he lines up for Sunday’s Scottish Cyclocross at Foxlake near Dunbar.
The event, organised by the Tri Centre, has attracted a field that reflects the growing popularity of the discipline and will be contested over a circuit featuring mud, steep climbs and hurdles.
Lines currently leads the Scottish Cyclocross series and will face a strong field that includes fellow internationals Rab Wardell (Trek Racing) – the defending champion – and Iain Paton (Ben Wyvis CC).
Edinburgh will also be well-represented in the women’s race and the age group events where Sean Flynn (Edinburgh RC), will be looking to extend his unbeaten run this winter in the Under-14 category, while his team-mate Emma Borthwick will be an equally strong favourite in the girls’ Under-16 event, with another colleague Eleanor Strathdee set to offer a stern test.
Meanwhile, Livingston’s Gary Hand, the Scottish road race champion, will ride for the KTM Road and Trail squad as he bids to secure a Commonwealth Games place.
The 32-year-old finally landed the road title this year at the tenth attempt, having finished on the podium on five previous occasions. That result has boosted his hopes of being involved in Glasgow.
Hand rode for the Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes team in 2013. The company has ended its sponsorship although it will continue to provide nutritional products for Hand and his new colleagues.