Junior champ Georgia clinches another Scottish road cycling title

Georgia and Amanda in celebration mode. (pics: Sheila Scott)

MILTONDUFF CYCLIST GEORGIA MANSFIELD has got her summer up and running in the most perfect manner – clinching the Scottish Junior Women’s cycle road race championship.

Already well established as one of Scotland’s top junior cyclists, the Elgin High School pupil clinched her latest title after competing in an undulating 55-mile course at Eddleston near Peebles.

Juniors are restricted in the number of top-end gears they can use in a race – and that makes it difficult for them to compete with older classes in the cycling world. So Georgia had planned to just hang on to the tails of some of the best senior women battling at the front of the field.

The Moray cyclists rode strongly throughout the race – and finished ninth overall, just behind her Scottish Junior team-mate Amanda Tweedie of Inverurie. That was enough for Georgia to clinch the road race title – but it was her high finish against a strong field of senior women that earned accolades from her peers in the national cycling community.

Just 24 hours later Georgia dragged her tired legs onto the road again in the Scottish National 25-mile time trial at Forfar – and still beat her previous Junior record by almost two minutes, becoming the new Scottish Junior 25-mile champion and clinching a new course record for a Junior at 1hr 4mins.

Several of Georgia’s local team-mates were also successful last week with Catriona MacGillvary winning the senior women’s race, and with Amanda Tweedie taking the team trophy. Moray cyclists Kyle Cartmell beat his own youth record for 25 miles in winning the youth race, while the men’s winner of the day was John Archibald who was riding for Pro Vision Scotland – he beat Graeme Obree’s record which has stood for 22 years.