James Frew lend a helping hand to Scotland’s first National Trophy Cyclocross event at Irvine Beach.
The company offered to help with the local competition by supplying necessary event infrastructure and manpower from 2nd year apprentices over a number of days.
Declan Smith, Jonathan Harkness & Mark McNaught represented the company and co-ordinated our support by helping to ensure the safe delivery and placement of event portaloos on tarmac and grass areas. The apprentices also helped to build the 3 kilometre course the racers would be using over the weekend utilising wooden and plastic posts, plastic tape, scaffold netting and metal barriers to create a safe environment for riders, spectators and volunteers.
John-Paul Baxter, an organizer from the event said, ‘’The boys were fantastic. Great work ethic, polite and enthusiastic. A real credit to the company’’ Scott Kerr, who also helped organise the event added, ‘’Helping to cover the costs of the infrastructure was amazing and very much appreciated but it was a big part of our ethos to work with local communities and having your apprentices on-site with us across the three days was brilliant. Their enthusiasm for what was a pretty alien environment was super and although the skills we passed on are probably not easily transferable the guys dealt with a broad diversity of people and challenges and hopefully they gained some positives from the experience.
Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and consists of many laps of a short (2.5–3.5 km or 1.5–2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount.