1 week to go – race preview

This time next week we will know who the winner of the 48th David Bell Memorial is!

We’ve attracted a top quality field including all the best riders in Scotland and a team from Northern Ireland.

The Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes team are returning direct from a team training camp in Leadville USA, and will be looking to secure a good result for reigning Scottish champion Gary Hand.

Team Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes.com sign on in 2012

Team Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes.com sign on in 2012

Ben Greenwood of IG Sigma Sport is unlikely to go down without a fight.  Second last year to South African Christopher Jennings, Greenwood knows the disappointment of missing out on the top spot and will be looking to make amends.

Team Raleigh’s Evan Oliphant should still be in jubilant mood after his magnificent overall victory in the Premier Calendar.  Already a two-time winner of the event, a third would edge him ever close to David Millars record four.

2010 victor Evan Oliphant enjoys a tow from then teammate David Lines.

2010 victor Evan Oliphant enjoys a tow from then teammate David Lines.

Collin Humphrey of Achieve – Skinnergate Racing is yet another strong man, taking a very impressive solo win in the Billy Warnock Memorial race just a week ahead of the race.

Collin Humphrey (yellow) bridges across to the leaders in 2009 Davie Bell

Collin Humphrey (yellow) bridges across to the leaders in 2009 Davie Bell

And the list goes on…

Two Cycling Ireland Cat A1 riders are sailing across the sea for their piece of the £1,500 prize fund – Alastair McCauley and Gary Jeffers were both prominent in the Irish National championships back in June.

Local attention focuses on Gary Maher of Prestwick.  Assuming he gets round the course Gary will lift the ‘David Bell Trophy’ as first rider from the host club, Ayr Roads CC.  However, with a super run of form earlier in the year Gary is the club’s best hope of a top ten result since Gavin McDonald in the 1990s.

The fifty strong field will depart Girvan at 11am for the 81 mile race featuring the climbs of Carleton, Screws and Byne.  Spectators should gather in South Park Avenue for the finish at 14:20.

For full information including up to date start list, race schedule and maps see the 2013 Event Handbook.

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