Cyclists go for titles

Cyclist James McCallum races in the Shugborough Kermesse
Cyclist James McCallum races in the Shugborough Kermesse
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West LOTHIAN cyclist Anne Ewing faces a tough test as she bids to clinch the British Women’s Road Race Series at tonight’s Stafford Grand Prix, the final leg in the ten-round competition.

The 26-year-old Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team rider appeared to have secured the silverware after last month’s Ryedale Grand Prix, with her nearest challenger, Hannah Barnes (MG-Maxifuel), expected to miss tonight’s event owing to racing commitments in Europe.

However, Barnes, the British Circuit Race champion, is now available to compete and will start as favourite to take the honours, an outcome that would leave Ewing needing to finish second to win the title. Also competing are youngsters Louise Borthwick (Edinburgh RC) and Katie Archibald (City of Edinburgh).

The race forms part of the two-day Staffordshire Cycling Festival which includes a men’s circuit race tonight. Among the riders will be Capital man James McCallum who is due back in action tomorrow in the nearby Shugborough Kermesse.

Another Edinburgh rider in the two-hour event over a 3.8 mile lap is Evan Oliphant who is also listed to contest Sunday’s Billy Warnock Memorial in Grangemouth against a strong field that includes Scottish road champion Gary Hand.