Conner Johnstone excels on Raleigh RX Race with Irvine Beach Park win

North of the border Raleigh has been supporting Conner Johnstone of Leslie Bikes, Glenrothes, Fife this season.

Under-16s rider Conner has been flying since he got his Raleigh RX Race carbon cyclocross bike, making a name for himself in the Ridley Cycles Scottish Cyclocross series, but the infamous course at Irvine Beach Park was certain to put man and machine to the test.

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With sand dunes to be negotiated alongside grass, mud, off-camber sections and Scottish coastal winter weather, bike handling skills and choice of equipment would play a major part.

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After some strong defensive work from Johnstone’s main rival for the entire race, Johnstone finally managed to pass his opponent on the last lap, opening up a 17-second winning margin.

“The bike was going great and every time I put the power down it just took off,” said Conner.

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Conner Johnstone (centre) in Leslie Bike Shop / Biker’s Boutique team kit

Full results are available on the Scottish Cyclocross website.

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