Online registration for this year’s Grampian Tigers Dirt Crit 2016 is now

Online registration for this year’s Grampian Tigers Dirt Crit 2016 is now open via

TIGERS DIRT CRIT 2016 @ Knockburn Loch

screenshot-2016-09-10-16-29-55It’s that time of year again when we are all getting geared up for the annual Tigers Dirt Crit at Knockburn Loch. We are busy wading through this years prizes, gathering race numbers and thinking up new and wonderful race routes.

This year’s event will be held on the 1st October and we’re all hoping that the weather is as beautiful as it was last year. The event details should be up on the British Cycling website very soon and a message will go out to all members as soon as it does.

We hope that there will be a good representation across the age groups from Tigers and, as always, the races are open to members of all other clubs as well as individuals who want to give it a go. Please register online as soon as you can. It gives us a better idea of numbers and stops those horrible butterflies in our bellies in the run up!

We are looking for people to help marshall the event and would really appreciate offers by any parents who are willing to watch the racing from trackside whilst wearing a high vis and picking up any riders who fail to keep it ‘rubber side down’. Please speak to one of the coaches at the sessions if you are able to help.

In the meantime, we’ll see you at the weekly coaching sessions where riders can hone their race skills and ensure they are in peak physical condition for the race 😉



Blairgowrie Highland Games

Well done to all that represented Tigers on the grass track. Brilliant to see all the work that riders have put in up at Mackie being put into practice at the Highland Games. Jayson recounts the day below:
Good tigers showing for the Blairgowrie Highland games. Alexander, Lucy, Reubens and Calum all competing, with Al, Richard and myself having a go in the seniors.
A lush sunny morning led into some torrential rain making the track slow and boggy. Good riding was demonstrated by all just to stay up right.
The handicapping made for some exciting racing. Race one had Reubens, Calum and Lucy entering the final straight together and race two was like a two up pursuit. I had a shot at the senior event which was a lot more frenetic then I expected and I was a lot more unfit then I’d thought. I learnt some good coaching points though and fought into the prizes in the devil at least.

Tigers Sessions Restart

Hi Tigers,

I hope you’ve had a good Summer.

We are back up and running from this Saturday

Saturday is at Mackie – usual 11-15 sign-on & bike check for  11-30 start

On Monday evening we are at Foggieton Woods, 6:15 for 6:30 start.

Foggieton is at the upper end of Baillieswells Road, just down the hill from Counteswells where we were before the summer.  There were road closures around Blacktop recently so I’m not sure which directions you can approach it from.

Foggieton is a Forestry Commission wood –

Saturday Session in Stoney Cancelled

Really sorry but due to a lack of coach availability the session tomorrow has been cancelled. Please spread the word.

Next weeks session will be at Baird Park with a slightly different format to compliment the Midsummer Beer Happening – Redo and Undo. Details will be emailed and posted up here shortly.


Cycling Award for Young Volunteers

Scottish Cycling in conjunction with Grampian Tigers are running the Cycling Award for Young Volunteers (CAYV) programme on the 12th June 2016 at Knockburn Loch.

We currently have four young volunteers who have been helping out with coaching and are going to become qualified and registered with Scottish Cycling as Young Volunteers through the CAYV programme, As part of their development as Young Volunteers they are required to deliver an assessed coaching session to other members of Grampian Tigers and as such I’m looking to get 6 riders to come along to Knockburn Loch on Sunday 12th June between 12.30pm and 3pm to receive some coaching from the Coach Volunteers in the afternoon.

This is a great opportunity to help out some fellow club members develop as coaches and also give the riders an insight into the opportunities that are available to them to become volunteers through the CAYV programme when they become 14yrs or older, who knows they could end up becoming the next Dave Brailsford and coaching Team Sky or the Santa Cruz Syndicate!

If riders wish to come along can they respond by e-mail along with the completed attached form to myself please?

Colin Esslemont, e-mail:

Grampian Grand Prix Results

Well done to all of the Tigers who flew the flag at last weekend’s Grampian Grand Prix. The results are posted below and pictures will be available in the gallery section of the website too.

U8 Boys
1st Matthew Smith – Ythan CC
2nd Ruaridh Kent – Grampian Tigers
3rd Lucas Young – Desside Thistle
U8 Girls
1st Melanie Rowe – Ythan CC
2nd Hope Thomson – Desside Thistle
3rd Heidi MacLeod – Grampian Tigers
U10 Boys
1st Elliot Rowe – Ythan CC
2nd Reubens MacLeod – Grampian Tigers
3rd Callum MacGillivary – Grampian Tigers
U10 Girls
1st Millie Thomson – Deeside Thistle
2nd Islay Pearson – Deeside Thistle
3rd Eva Sinclair – Deeside Thistle (3rd)
3rd Lucy MacLeod – Grampian Tigers (3rd)
U12 Boys
1st William Cooper – Ythan CC
2nd Calum Smith
3rd William Lennox
U12 Girls
1st Chloe Shewan – Grampian tigers
2nd Freya MacLeod – Grampian Tigers
U14 Boys
1st Calum Cooper – Provision
2nd Daniel Kain – Ythan CC
3rd Alex McCleod – Grampian Tigers
U16 Boys
1st Jamie Penny – Discovery

Grampian Grand Prix @ Alford

A reminder that Saturday June 4th is Grampian Grand Prix day!

A day of youth-only racing on the famous Grampian Transport Museum’s closed circuit track in Alford, organised and run by Ythan CC and Grampian Tigers.

This is one of a couple of events this year being promoted by Grampian Tigers so we’d really like to see a good turnout of Tigers showing off their jerseys.  Needless to say there will be NO Tigers session in Stonehaven that day!

There will be races for each age group from U8 to U16 with separate prizes for boys and girls although they will race together

This is a great opportunity to use all the skills you have been learning and have a blast on the closed circuit that is just so much fun to ride on.  There will be two rounds of races in each class, one in the morning and one in the early afternoon.

All age groupings are defined as being on 1 January of the year of the appropriate birthday.  As an example an Under 8 is born in 2008 or later and you stay as U8 until 31 December of year in which 8th birthday falls.
If you have any questions please speak to Neil or any of the other coaches