Daredevil Corey rides to Dunkeld glory

Downhill mountain bike ace Corey Watson
Downhill mountain bike ace Corey Watson

MOUNTAIN bike racer Corey Watson hit top gear with first place at the weekend’s Dunkeld Scottish Downhill Association race, writes Rhalou Allerhand.

The 13-year-old claimed top spot on the podium in an impressive time of two minutes 25 seconds from a 19-strong field.

Corey’s dad Mark told the Hawick News: “It was one of the hardest courses, and there were quite a few injuries. There was also a super-steep hill, but his winning run was a clean one with no mistakes.”

Corey took home a race jersey and two cups to mark his winning performance.

Mark added: “As Scottish champ he gets two trophies, one for himself and one to be engraved every year.

“He’s stoked because it is a big achievement in what is a prestigious race, and it will go onto his CV. The names on the trophy are lads who have gone on to do really well, so it’s really encouraging for him.

“He’s worked so hard this year and is really chuffed to have beaten 19 other riders.”

Corey would like to thank his sponsors: Steve Deas’ I-Cycles, Innerleithen; O’Neal; Roxburgh Sports Council; and Jayfest.

His next SDA race is at Ae Forest, Dumfriesshire, on August 9-10.