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Round two of the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series moved to Callendar Park this weekend.

Local riders and event organisers Franco Porco and David Lines put on an challenging and exciting course, which crammed just about every conceivable obstacle in the way of the record breaking 388 rider field.

20-10-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Callendar park. Cyclocross event. Under 8s.

20-10-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Callendar park. Cyclocross event. Under 8s.

The course held up well to heavy overnight rain and after a few pre race tweaks, and world cup mountain-biker Grant Ferguson (Superior-Brentjens) was the man that everyone wanted to finish second to. Ferguson grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck from the get go, and proceeded to slam the opposition into the greasy, slippery parcour with a solid and intelligent ride.

Behind him was Iain Paton (Ben Wyvies Cycles) and a fast starting Simon Kirkness (Tri-Centre), dishing out the pain to the rest of the 90 strong field.

The Veteran 40 class Gary McCrae won in front of team owner Andy Hain, Glasgow United filled the rest of the podium with James Melville and Stevie Jackson.

The Veteran 50/ Women/Junior race was the domain of Harry Johnston (Team Thomson’s Cycles), Jamie Mason (West Lothian Clarion) and Connor Nally (Hardie Bikes) .

A record breaking 30 women racers took to the line, which is an all time participation record for a Cyclocross race in Scotland, and despite finishing second, VC Moulin race ace Maddy Robinson did her series effort no harm at all by seeing off a very impressive ride from first time crosser Kerry McPhee (Rock and Road).

In the under-eights Gavin Gronkowski and Daisy Taylor were top, in the under-12 class, Jamie Johnston (Thomsons Cycles) and Niamh Docherty posted a top ride amongst the boys with a fine win for herself placing ninth overall.

Wrapping up the full race schedule were the Youth events and a great top step from Joe Nally (Hardie Bikes), and a spirited ride from Emma Borthwick (Tri-Centre) won the youth events.

See video from the event at www.falkirkherald.co.uk/sport.