Unheralded Capital-based cyclist Harry Bulstrode caught the eye with an impressive second-place finish in the Scottish ten-mile time trial championships over the Westferry course in Renfrewshire.
The Velo Club Edinburgh rider has recorded successes in the past, including top spot at the Musselburgh Road Club Humbie Hilly Time Trial last month. He also chalked up several wins south of the Border, among them the 2013 British Universities ten-mile title while studying for a PhD at UCL in London. However, he was considered an outsider for the podium in his latest outing.
Bulstrode, now a research fellow at Edinburgh University’s Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, shrugged off the dismal conditions to clock 20 minutes 13 seconds, a time beaten only by defending champion Iain Grant (Fullarton Wheelers), who retained the title with a time of 19 minutes 58 seconds. Alan Thomson (Sandy Wallace Cycles) took third spot, 19 seconds adrift of the runner-up. Former City of Edinburgh rider Katie Archibald was an impressive winner of the women’s title. A world team pursuit gold-medal winner last year, Archibald bagged top spot by more than a minute ahead of Lynsey Curran (Dooleys Cycles), with Toni McIntosh (Ayr Roads) in third.