Cathkin pupil up there with the best

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cam­bus­lang school pupil rep­re­sented the West of Scot­land at the UK’s most pres­ti­gious youth cy­cling event.

Cathkin High’s Kirsty Hay spent four days com­pet­ing with the best young rid­ers in the coun­try at the Scot­tish Cy­cling Youth Tour of Scot­land in Perthshire.

The S2 stu­dent rep­re­sented the Girls B team in her first out­ing in the event which con­sisted of four tough stages held on closed roads.

Kirsty has set her­self up for a great sea­son in 2017 and re­ally en­joyed test­ing her­self against Bri­tish and Euro­pean cham­pi­ons.

She said:“I had a great time and, al­though the cy­cling was tir­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence was amaz­ing.”

Her coach, Guto Wil­liams , said: “Kirsty rode bravely and was able to hang on to the front group of rid­ers for much of the race. She be­came pro­gres­sively stronger as the race pro­gressed and showed great skill in avoid­ing crashes dur­ing the par­tic­u­larly tech­ni­cal fourth stage.

“This in­volved nar­row roads with rough sur­faces and a steep 400m climb that had to be ne­go­ti­ated 10 times.”

Ex­pe­ri­ence Kirsty Hay

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