It’s not very often that the Scottish town of Bo’ness and the Eternal City of Rome feature in the same sentence. It has taken a unique alignment of celestial bodies in the heavens to allow this to happen. This means the stars of Cyclo Cross are coming out to play in both Bo’ness and Rome this Sunday.
In Bo’ness it’s the 2nd edition of Dig in at the Dock, while Rome hosts the penultimate round of the UCI World Cup.
I have written a little bit about Dig In already in a previous blog, but I thought I should take a look at the coming edition on Sunday.
Last year’s mens’ winner was James McCallum of Rapha Condor and he will be defending his title against the guys who filled out the podium last year, David Lines (Pedal Power) & Gareth Montgomerie (GT Racing). But they can expect stiff competition from an enlarged field compared to 2012, including regular SCX series round winner Rab Wardell & Ben Greenwood (4th last year).
Eileen Roe returns to try and win Dig In for the second year in a row in the womens’ race and will have a tough job on her hands holding off Maddy Robinson (VC Moulin) & Morven Brown (Dales) who finished 2nd & 3rd last year. In a competitive women’s field, New Zealand’s Genevieve Whitson (Ronde Bikes) tackles Dig In for the first time after some fine racing in recent rounds of the UCI World Cup.
Which brings me to Rome.
The Women’s competition seems to be all over as American Katie Compton’s lead over the British duo of Nikki Harris and Helen Wyman appears to be too big with two rounds to go. The
Belgian Men’s competition, however, is hotting up with Sven Nijs & Niels Albert tied for first and Kevin Pauwels breathing down their necks. Both races will be hard and fast and a lot of fun as always.
But then again, so will Dig in at the Dock, and I know where I will be on Sunday.
As they say around these parts, ‘When in Bo’ness…’