Croall gets off to flyer in opener

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Defending champion Bruce Croall wasted no time in imposing himself when the opening round of the Meadowbank National Track Cycling League took place last night.

The City of Edinburgh rider posted the quickest time in the opening discipline, the flying lap, ahead of his team mate Philip Trodden and last year’s league runner up Dave Martin (Bicycleworks).

Croall then took second spot in the 12-lap handicap behind Gavin Murty (Edinburgh Racers, who took the honours in the two lap dash and powered home in the 25-lap scratch.

The points garnered from three second places and a third spot meant Trodden ended last night’s session in second place, and is potentially Croall’s closest challenger over the coming months.

Murty occupies third spot ahead of evergreen Nicky Hall (City of Edinburgh), who was runner up to Martin in the scratch and devil, and had three third place finishes to his credit. Meanwhile Lulu Bartlett 
(Edinburgh Racers) is the early pacesetter in the youth league.