Grant Ferguson: winning

Wednesday, 15th May, 2013


 

In between a travel schedule that would keep a full-time Personal Assistant occupied, Braveheart’s cross-country mountain biker Grant Ferguson has somehow – somehow – found time to give us a breathless account of his deeds so far this season. Recall that Grant is still 19 and just starting his second season into the extremely competitive Under-23 class both on and off-road. Anyway, enough of the scene setting, here’s Grant.

“I was very happy with the start of my year back in January with a trip to the top step in the National Cyclo-cross championships in Bradford (Grant won the Under-23 National cyclo-cross title – Ed), since then I have had a couple of training camps in preparation for the mountain bike season which started with the first round of the national series in Sherwood Pines down in Norfolk at the end of March.

It was a very snowy and cold race with some international competition that made it a hard day out, I managed to finish third there which great and it was also my first elite podium. Next up we had a trip abroad to Switzerland to race in the two opening rounds of the Swiss cup series; it was a mini World Cup field including the current world champion Nino Schurter.

The first race went well and I managed to finish in 18th place and learn lots about racing at that level of competition, the following week I raced the second round where I had some bad luck in the start loop and this meant I had to race from the very back and ended up finishing in 30th place. It was great to race with some of the best cyclists in the world and there was lots of opportunity to learn and gain experience for future races.

After this we headed back to the UK for the second round of the national series in Cornwall. I was looking forward to this race and the course was great. The race went very well and after a good start I managed to get away in the second part of the race and win my first elite race which I was very happy about!

After this we headed to (national cross-country legend and Olympian – Ed) Oli Beckingsale’s territory which is Bristol and we spent 10 days training with him and learning as much as possible from him as he has been at the top level of our sport for many years so it was great to spend time with him. It was also good fun.

Finally I raced last weekend in Scotland on the new Commonwealth Games track around Cathkin Braes south of Glasgow at round three of the Scottish national XC series, It was a great track that will also hold the national championships in a couple of months. The race went well for me and I managed to win from team mate Kenta Gallagher and fellow Scot Rab Wardell in third. Next up I have the first round of the World Cup series in Germany this weekend (May 19) followed by the second round a week later (May 26) in the Czech Republic. So, until the next time, thanks for the support.

You can follow Grant's progress via Twitter on @GrantFerguson1




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