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The Fullarton Wheelers' cyclocross cavalcade rolled on this week to the Stirling hamlet of Plean, somewhat depleated this week with only veteran Scott McKendrick making the journey east. The cavalcade of one arrived to find a section of the course closed due to ice, but with an extra muddy climb thrown in to give a full 40 minutes of racing. It really was a day for the hardcore. Following last week's stunning last place there was no hesitation in selecting the same singlespeed racing bike. After a degree of faffing about at the start with his race number McKendrick was off, along with fifty five of Scotland's finest cyclocrossers. With the singlespeed machine holding its own and – in his own words - his finely tuned bike handling skills to the fore, McKendrick was indeed going well, even to the extent of passing some riders (many of whom had fallen or had a bike mechanical issue). Pushing on, gliding through the mud, jumping the hurdles and cornering like it was a straight, McKendrick was well and truly in the zone. All humour aside, a final placing of 31st meant he was ahead of many riders who, the previous week, finished 20/30 places in front. As Henri Desgrange, the organiser of the first Tour de France, once said: "Variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles rather than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting soft." Not rider McKendrick though.
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