Cycling: Phil’s lead won’t be Trodden on

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Capital cyclist Phil Trodden extended his advantage at the top of the Meadowbank National Track League with another tidy points haul in round four of the campaign.

The Rigmar Racers rider was beaten into third place in the 12-lap scratch event with his nearest challenger overall, Dave Martin (Bicycleworks) taking second spot behind Stuart Balfour (Spokes RT) who was making his first appearance of the season.

Balfour also took the honours in the Devil take the hindmost ahead of Nicky Hall (City of Edinburgh) and Martin. But Trodden bounced back to win the closing event, the 10 kilometre scratch race ahead of Balfour and Hall and stretch his lead in the table over Martin to 27 points, with Hall remaining five points back in third spot.

Balfour’s efforts on the night mean he occupies fifth spot overall and is second junior behind Flora Gillies (SPEG Project 51) who also shares pole position in the women’s competition with Peggy Series (Edinburgh RC).

Meanwhile, a tight competition is brewing in the youths’ category, where Alex Ball currently enjoys a one point advantage over West Lothian Clarion team-mate Christopher Hordon, with Emily Ireland a further point adrift in third place.