The rearranged Drummond Trophy (Nat B) takes place this weekend (Sunday 8 October), the final national road race in Britain this season.
Featured image: Glenmarnock Wheelers
What is it?
Organised by Glenmarnock Wheelers, the Drummond Trophy is one of Scotland’s major annual road races, and has been running for well over 50 years. The race forms the final round of the Scottish Alba Road Series.
The race has a fabled list of past winners. We couldn’t find a definitive list of victors over the years, but our search of past race results did reveal that the late, great Richard Moore won the race in 1999. Pete Williams won twice, in 2009 and 2012, Dave Clark was the 2014 winner, Steve Lampier triumphed in 2017, while Aussie Michael Storer, a WorldTour pro, won the race in 2018. Tim Shoreman (Wheelbase CabTech Castelli) was the 2022 champion.
This year’s race was originally scheduled to run in June but was cancelled after a rider crashed on the second lap of the circuit.
The race takes in seven laps of the Drumclog Circuit. The circuit starts and finishes by Strathaven (pronounced Stray-vin) in South Lanarkshire and takes in a loop to the southwest of the town.
With 212m of elevation over 20.7km, the circuit is a typically rolling affair, the sharpest section of climbing appearing 11km into the circuit with the Dungavel climb, which reaches double digit gradients in places. The total race length is 136km.
The race begins at 10.00, rolling out from Strathaven Leisure Centre.
Riders to watch
Finn Crockett (Saint Piran) is the headline name. Last year’s Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic winner has proven himself time and again this season, and the recent Beaumont Trophy winner will be the favourite to end his road season on a high.
Last year’s victor Tim Shoreman (Wheelbase CabTech Castelli) has been one of the standout riders in the domestic peloton this year, winning the Fort Colne Grand Prix, the Scottish Road Race Championships and bagging bronze in the National Circuit Race Championships. A fast finisher, he is a serious rival to Crockett.
Moonglu RT has options. Daniel McDermott has been one of the most consistent performers of the domestic season, featuring in the top 10 of National Bs on numerous occasions. 12th at the Beaumont Trophy was a highlight. His teammate Ben Pease has also had an excellent season, and narrowly missed out on the win on Round 2 of the Alba Series at the Hugh Dornan Memorial.
Alba Series leader Craig Paterson (Spokes Racing) lines up. The Straiton Struggle winner was 4th at the Hugh Dornan Memorial (Round 2), and 9th in the Galloway Hillbillies Road Race (Round 3) and will be motivated to end the Series on a high.