Club News

Club News

Check back here for the latest goings on at the club. Last Update – 20/05/22

Tuesday night training (TNT)
Sign up now for the session on 24th May. The session includes:

  • Skills warm up
  • TT
  • TTT
  • Intervals
  • Coach lead racing

All undertaken in a fun inclusive environment. CX bikes only and sessions are run on a 2 grass ovals, one inside the other so everyone gets a workout that suits them.

Please sign up below, minimum 8 adult riders required
Sign Ups
Meet at the 4G pitch at 6.55 for 7pm start, 8.30 finish

Gravel Ride Finale
The gravel crew enjoyed a post ride beer after wrapping up the winter gravel ride schedule this week. A group of seven went out on the ride with more joining for a refreshment afterward! 

 Tuesday night road sessions will replace the gravel rides for the summer so keep an eye on the website and social media for more info on that.

Summer CX Rd2 – 6th June
This race is as grass roots as it gets think jumpers for goal posts in the park and as such provides a great opportunity for members to try out CX for the first time, try out new race strategies or sharpen their race craft ahead of the CX season.  It’s a great opportunity for Clarion riders to use the event to test their fitness/ tune up in summer.
This event is designed to be for all and as such you can ride MTB, CX bike or even a gravel bike. The only stipulation is no E-bikes, no panniers or mudguards, basically anything that might cause injury to other riders.
The races is open to all current first and second claim members and it is for all from novice to experienced riders.
We will need volunteers on the night, including lap counters, marshals and sign on, no volunteers no race.

For our youths to allow them to prepare for the coming cyclocross season they will race the categories they will race from 1st September – ie a current second year youth C ( born 2010) will race in Youth B
Mondays are very busy for the leisure centre, with football, and regular users of the facilities making it pretty congested. We will be an extra activity on top of what is already going on.
Therefore riders where possible will need to arrive on bike if there is no space in the car park they will need to park elsewhere.
Spond Invites will be issued for Youth Riders and Adults sign on on the night
Entries for youths will close at LUNCHTIME on MONDAY 6th June
Monday 6th June 2022
1x Sign on – also one of the lap counters
2x Lap counter
1x First aid
5x Marshals
Racers set up the course and take down – only essential corners taped, other areas can be coned off
1. Race 1 – Youth race D & C: 15 mins (youth age 8-11)
2. Race 2 – Youth race A & B, juniors & Adults: 30 minutes ( youth age 12 – 18)
Set up: 6.15pm 
start race ONE: 7.00pm
starts race TWO: 7.30pm
Finish 8 pm, clear up by 8.30pm

See you there!

TT Week 1

Results from the club TT below. 15 riders today, the most we have had for a very long time, also plenty volunteers for marshalling, timekeeping and even someone pushing off. Thank you all!

Great to see so many young riders making up the field, some doing their very first TT. This is what the club 10 is all about!

Weather not quite as nice as forecast with patches of rain and quite a stiff easterly wind making for a difficult return leg.

Ian Dobbie looking unbeatable once again, taking the win by well over a minute. Excellent performances across the board though, well done everyone.

1. Ian Dobbie 23:11
2. Dave Macivor 24:26
3. Gregor McFadden 25:02
4. Marcus Illingworth 25:38
5. Noah Bletau 25:45
6. Jamie Corr 27:04
7. Alasdair Ray 27:33
8. Ben Massey 27:45
9. Fraser Gemmell 28:00
10. Martin Kane 28:08
11. Stephen Beecher 28:24
12. Alasdair MacIver 30:02
13. Vyaan Dhokia 30:14
14. Rhu Fulton 31:21
15. Mike Thomas (Handcycle) 37:53

MTB – British XC Round 3
Round 3 of the British was held at the Lochore Meadows last Saturday. A list of results below, well done folks!

Youth Male
Ruan Vorster – 9th
Ben Massey – 28th

Youth Female
Sarah Darling – 15th

Juvenile Male
Gregor Calvert – 24th
Brodie Duncan – 26th
Cailean Vorster – 34th
Johnny Darling – 35th

Vet Female
Ailsa Curtis – 5th

The Dirty Reiver 2022
Ten plus Clarion Riders ventured to Kielder Forrest to complete Dirty Reiver. Camp Clarion was set up taking a large section of the campsite, including several tents, Club gazebo, picnic table, fire pit and pizza oven.

We set off on a lovely sunny morning but the wind grew to gusting over 40mph towards the end of the day, which didn’t help those tired legs. The Event Village in the ground of the castle had over 14 exhibitors, which Craig was spotted with a very full bag of goodies from!

The routes include a 65km, 130km or 200km, with most of us going for the 130km option, Meg, John, Jamie, Dave, David and Stewart who was either very tired or very keen took the wrong turn and joined those going for 200km option.  The rest went for the 130km option, the route was amazing some very long and steep climbs which then resulted in some very fast long graven descents, not for the faint hearted!!

The food stops were very well stocked, two even had a sofa which a certain Clarion rider (who shall remain nameless) slept on for 40 minutes zzzzz!

With over 1200 riders taking part this is an event for your diary for 2023 as it’s the 10 year anniversary and there is talk of a 250 km route, yes 250km off road!

New Kit for 2022
West Lothian Clarion launched their new jersey design last weekend. To celebrate the occasion the youth and adult sections got together for their biggest ever team photo.

The new kit has 4 different jersey designs that reflect the diversity of club activities. The ‘RACE’ design will be worn by members when competing for the club in open events. The ‘9ER’ jersey got it’s name from the 9.00am group ride start time on a Saturday. The ‘EXPLR’ Jersey has a contour motif, taken from the spot where the club first started meeting 14 years ago and the ‘4S’ has a camo design to hide the dirt for all year round cycling.

Club president Liz Henry said, “It was so good to see everyone after a torrid couple of years. I’m proud to lead a club with such a diverse membership and a thriving youth section.” After the photoshoot Liz lead a ‘Cruise’ cycle ride to South Queensferry, Liz continued “Our ‘Cruise’ rides are all about getting folk on bikes and enjoying the health and mental wellbeing that cycling brings, and of course, after cycling 25 miles you don’t feel guilty about having a slice of cake at a cafe stop!”

Cruise rides are part of our group ride portfolio which includes Tuesday night ‘Gravel’ rides and a faster club run” Ewen Fulton, the youth section president was proud as punch to see the youngsters line up before their coaching session. Ewen said “Over the last two years we continued coaching when regulations allowed, and our volunteer team did an amazing job implementing all the new Covid guidance from Sport Scotland so that our riders could keep developing their cycle skills and fitness”.

Our youth GoRide coaching now delivers sessions to 120 riders at Xcite in Linlithgow and Beecraigs. We’ve also launched a race training programme for older riders who take part in the extra sessions. The club has taken a major pedal forward by employing Stevie Crowther as the new Club Development Officer. Ewen said “Stevie’s job is to increase the adult membership, focussing on women and to also continue to increase the number of youth riders. We are grateful for the support and investment from the Scottish Cycling Club Development Programme over the next two years”.

The next 12 months will be a big year for cycling at the Clarion and locally and nationally. This year work will start on the West Lothian Cycle circuit project in partnership with Linlithgow Development Trust, West Lothian Council, Sport Scotland, West Lothian Leisure and Scottish Cycling. Matthew Ball who leads on the project says “We plan to start work on the new 1km tarmac, traffic free cycle circuit this year. It will be a game changer for cycling in the region, the Clarion will benefit from a new safe cycling space to train and coach riders, but also cyclists from the local area will be able to come along and ride the new 4-loop cycle circuit and experience the joys of riding a bike with no traffic worries” Next year Scotland will host the biggest ever World Cycling Championships. Linlithgow’s West Lothian Cycle Circuit has already benefitted from a £636K grant when Scottish Cycling, announced the first nine projects to receive investment from the £8 million Cycling Facilities Fund.

Club Member of the Year
The committee reviewed the votes for CMOTY 2021 and are delighted to announce that Nina Tomlin was the winner, congratulations to her!

2021 was a big year for Nina, the pinnacle surely being completing the Celtman Extreme Triathlon, an absolutely incredible achievement. Aswell as this, she has been an extremely active club member, supporting the club runs, TTs, club confined CX events, and also pushing herself outside her comfort zone in competing at open CX events.

A great advocate for women’s cycling in our club (and beyond) and a very worthy winner of this award.