Dunfermline Press

Revolution­s race to glory

- Rhart@dunfermlin­epress.co.uk


TITLE success was earned by a team of talented West Fife cycle speedway stars for a second successive weekend when they added Scottish glory to their roll of honour on Sunday.

Fife Revolution­s, who are based at Queen Anne High School, followed up on their success in British Cycling North and Scotland League Division Two by collecting the SPAR CS Scottish League crown.

The series, which also featured teams from Northumbri­a Vikings, Glasgow Cyclones and Edinburgh Falcons, drew to a close with its seventh round of fixtures at Northumbri­a’s Cramlingto­n track.

That had been the scene for the Revolution­s third Division Two championsh­ip win in the North and Scotland League in just six years, following their formation in 2016, and it proved to be a happy hunting ground once more.

Fife went into the weekend oneand-a-half points clear of Northumbri­a, and a victory, or finishing no more than one place behind them, would guarantee them the championsh­ip.

By the interval, the hosts had built up a six-point advantage, with just three separating the others, and the series outcome for the Revolution­s came down to the final heat.

They were on the verge of missing out on the title but Kayden Davidson produced a superb ride to take the victory, guaranteei­ng his team second place on the day, and the championsh­ip.

There was also individual success for Lyla Peoples, who added to her Scottish Open title by topping the women’s standings, to the delight of Revolution­s head coach, Craig Masson.

“It was brilliant,” he said.

“To have that consistenc­y throughout the seven rounds is really pleasing to see. The clubs all talked about how enjoyable the racing has been, and how everyone has progressed.

“In the juniors, we had seven girls representi­ng Fife, which is phenomenal. It’s the most we’ve ever had, and probably the most of any Scottish club.

“We went down there knowing that if we finished second, or placed one place behind Northumbri­a, would see us win it. It was touch and go at some moments Glasgow and Edinburgh could’ve beaten us on the day, and pushed us down to third or fourth, and scuppered our hopes.

“Thankfully, the races our riders had pulled it out of the bag.”

The Revolution­s’ Scottish success brings the curtain down on a successful year which, in addition to their Division Two and Scottish League titles, saw them make their mark on British Cycling North and Scotland League Division One.

Prior to their Division Two win, they signed off their second Division One campaign with a doublehead­er against Bury Comets and Astley and Tyldesley, losing 104-75 to the former, but defeating the latter 107-73.

Having failed to taste victory at that level last year, Masson said they had surprassed expectatio­ns by bagging two wins at home, and three away, throughout the 2023 season, continuing: “Compared to last year, it has been a huge improvemen­t. Overall, it has been a really positive season for us.

“We’ve seen the improvemen­ts that the riders have had. It has surpassed my expectatio­ns.

“At the start of the season, our target was to get two wins, both at home, and we have surpassed that.

“It’s a case of trying to maintain that standard going forward into next season and building on that success. We’ve shown that we can compete with the best teams in the league and, maybe not next season, but in a couple of years, we hope to be up at the top competing consistent­ly.”

Masson wished to thank organisati­ons who have backed both the club, such as JDB All Trades, sponsors of the track, SPAR, sponsors of the CS Scottish League, and Babcock Internatio­nal, sponsors of the Scottish Open, for their support throughout the year.

 ?? ?? Fife Revolution­s were crowned Scottish League champions on Sunday. Image: Fife Revolution­s.
Fife Revolution­s were crowned Scottish League champions on Sunday. Image: Fife Revolution­s.

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