Scottish women’s 10 mile time trial records

Scottish cycling records are ratified and published on the Scottish Cycling website. I was passed a detailed compilation of historic records that were compiled by Jock Shaw for posterity, and decided to publish them here for information. See my Scottish time trial records post for a full index list of records. Unless otherwise specified, these are SC records, so subject to BC/UCI rules.

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1940 N.Muir West of Scotland Clarion C. & A.C. 27 mins 56 secs
1947 I.Adams Nightingale C.C. 27 mins 46 secs
1947 I.Adams Nightingale C.C. 27 mins 39 secs
1949 B.Moir Fife Century R.C. 27 mins 10 secs
1950 B.Moir Fife Century R.C. 26 mins 49 secs
1951 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 26 mins 39 secs
1952 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Rpads C.C. 26 mins 22 secs
1952 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 26 mins 00 secs
1953 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 25 mins 42 secs
1954 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 25 mins 35 secs
1967 S.Fraser Heatherbell Ladies C.C. 24 mins 31 secs
1980 E.Brown Roiseal C.R.T. 23 mins 55 secs
1987 M.Allen Barnsley R.C. 23 mins 08 secs
1990 S.Phillips Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 22 mins 43 secs
1997 C.Cook Letchworth/ Schills 22 mins 42 secs
2001 S.Ashbridge Deeside Thistle C.C./ Union Transport (Scotland) Ltd 22 mins 28 secs

2011 Jessica Wilson-Young Edinburgh R.C. 21m 42s

(the times in italics were also listed separately in Jock Shaw’s compilation under the heading ‘native record’)

Scottish women’s 10 mile time trial team record

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
1949 Heatherbell Ladies C.C. A.Nelson, E.Nisbet & M.Rannie 1hr 24 mins 17 s
1950 Heatherbell Ladies C.C. L.Cuthil, A.Nelson & M.Pike 1 hr 23 mins 56 s
1952 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & M.Cooper 1 hr 23 mins 13 s
1952 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & M.Cooper 1 hr 22 mins 35 s
1952 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & M.Cooper 1 hr 22 mins 00 s
1952 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & M.Cooper 1 hr 21 mins 23 s
1954 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & A.Turnbull 1 hr 20 mins 27 s
1954 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & A,Grannum 1 hr 18 mins 12 s
1959 Johnstone Wheelers M.Robertson, R.Jones & M.Hendry 1 hr 18 mins 06 s
1967 Heatherbell Ladies C.C. S.Fraser, L.Hutchison & B.Stark 1 hr 17 mins 13 s
1988 Johnstone Wheelers/ Dooleys Cycles E.Clark, R.Montgomery & F.McCulloch 1 hr 16 mins 26 s
1992 Johnstone Wheelers/ Dooleys Cycles J.Hewson, E.Clark & R.Montgomery 1 hr 15 mins 55 s
1995 Johnstone Wheelers/ Dooleys Cycles Z.Anderson, E.Clark & L.Cusick 1 hr 14 mins 57 s
1996 Team Caledonia C.Cook, K.Wylie & J.Wright 1 hr 14 mins 43 s
1996 Team Caledonia C.Cook, K.Wylie & J.Wright 1 hr 13 mins 03 s
1997 Team Caledonia E.Forde, K.Wylie & J.Wright 1 hr 12 mins 29 s

The most recent 10 mile time trial team records published by Scottish Cycling list a team of two women – at some point on the way the rules may have changed about how many riders are required to constitute a team time.

2011 Jessica Wilson-Young and Jennifer Lang Edinburgh R.C. 45m 23s

Scottish veteran women’s 10 mile time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1982 R.Montgomery Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 24 mins 35 secs
1986 R.Montgomery Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 24 mins 18 secs
1989 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 24 mins 11 secs
1990 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 23 mins 55 secs
1999 AndreaPogson Letchworth Schills 22 mins 56 secs
2000 Andrea Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks 22 mins 44 secs

Scottish junior women’s 10 mile time trial record

As at 2019, no record is claimed for the individual 10 mile or team record.

Scottish youth women’s 10 mile time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1975 C.Murray Johnstone Wheelers 27 mins 59 secs
1968 M.Bowker Charles Star C.C. 26 mins 33 secs
1987 V.Wylie Carnoustie C.C./Diahatsu/ 25 mins 50 secs
Wellington Garage
2002 Rachel Hughes Glasgow Couriers C.C./ 25 mins 19 secs.

Scottish youth women’s 10 mile time trial team record

YEAR CLUB NAMES TIME
1986 Carnoustie C.C./ V.Wylie & L.Pullar 58 mins 08 secs
Diahatsu/Wellington Garage
1987 Carnoustie C.C./ Vivian Wylie and Laura Puller 55 mins 16 secs
Diahatsu/Wellington Garage

Scottish 24 hour time trial records

Scottish cycling records are ratified and published on the Scottish Cycling website. I was passed a detailed compilation of historic records that were compiled by Jock Shaw for posterity, and decided to publish them here for information. See my Scottish time trial records post for a full index list of records. Unless otherwise specified, these are SC records, so subject to BC/UCI rules.

Scottish men’s 24 hour time trial record

The 24 hour time trial record is understandably not often broken. It’s a gruelling distance and there aren’t many events held. In recent times, a strong Scottish contingent has gone down to the Mersey Roads 24 but even with modern aero equipment, none have broken George Berwick’s record, that has stood for over 50 years.

YEAR NAME CLUB DISTANCE
1967 G.Berwick Glasgow R.C. 448.70 miles

George Berwick’s 448.70 miles is still listed in the Scottish Cycling roll of records, although I’m advised that the mark below was set on 23rd 24th July 2011.

2011 Phil Kelman DTCC 479.192 miles

Scottish veteran men 24 hour time trial record

1967 Archie Speed Fife Century Road Club 383.52 miles

Veteran women 24 hour time trial record

2007 Ginny Pollard 384.750 miles, on 1st July at the Mersey Roads 24.
This record wasn’t listed in Jock Shaw’s info or SCs record list but I’m advised it would have been a Scottish record.

2018 Christina Mackenzie Stirling Bike Club 431.64 miles
This seems to have been a British VTTA record, not a ‘Scottish’ record listed on Scottish Cycling’s record list.

Scottish men’s 24 hour tricycle time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB DISTANCE
1967 H.S.Spelling Wren Wheelers 396.18 miles

Scottish 12 hour time trial records

Scottish cycling records are ratified and published on the Scottish Cycling website. I was passed a detailed compilation of historic records that were compiled by Jock Shaw for posterity, and decided to publish them here for information. See my Scottish time trial records post for a full index list of records. Unless otherwise specified, these are SC records, so subject to BC/UCI rules.

See the full list of Scottish time trial records for other distances.

Scottish men’s 12 hour time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB DISTANCE
1932 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 227.00 miles
1934 C.Moncur Dundee R.C. 229.00 miles
1935 J.G.Bone Glasgow United C.C. 244.38 miles
1938 J.S.Taylor West of Scotland Clarion C.& A.C. 246.19 miles
1945 J.Allison Musselburgh Roads C.C. 248.73 miles
1946 J.Allison Musselburgh Roads C.C. 249.75 miles
1947 J.Love Fullarton Wwheelers 250.13 miles
1951 R.Scott Hawick C.C. 250.70 miles
1952 J.B.Millar Forfar Angus C.C. 254.83 miles
1952 J.Hamilton Fullarton Wheelers 255.05 miles
1955 T.Blakely Musselburgh Roads C.C. 257.05 miles
1955 J.B.Millar Forfarshire R.C. 261.57 miles
1960 J.Linden Lomond Roads C.C. 264.77 miles
1980 A.Gilchrist G.S.Strada/Manulife 270.42 miles
1982 A.Gilchrist G.S.Strada/Manulife 270.73 miles
1990 J.O’Donovan Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 273.16 miles
1991 Steve Beech Denny R.C./Rippin 275.27 miles
2005 Joe Wilson Sandy Wallace Cycles 279.97 miles

Scottish men’s 12 hour time trial team records

YEAR TEAM MEMBERS DISTANCE
1932 Ivy C.C. M.McMillan, J.Sherry & C.J.Hegley 648.37 miles
1934 Dundee R.C. C.Moncur, J.Brough & J.Anderson 660.25 miles
1935 Douglas C.C. J.McKechnie, J.Arthur & J.Sinclair 683.62 miles
1938 West of Scotland J.S.Taylor, W.Mowat & J.Donnelly 697.13 miles
Clarion C. & A.C
1938 West of Scotland J.S.Taylor, T.Blair & W.Mowat 723.56 miles
Clarion C. & A.C
1950 Douglas C.C. D.McCallum, T.Cochran, H.Crawford 724.02 miles
& R.Proudfoot (= 237.74 miles)
1951 Hamilton C.C. A.Paton, W.McGuigan & J.Stewart 724.99 miles
1952 Forfar Angus C.C. J.Millar, J.Spalding & F.Taylor 741.02 miles
1955 Forfarshire R.C. J.Millar, B.Balneaves & R.Kilhooley 767.12 miles
1990 Denny R.C./Rippin S.Beech, P.Hutton & T.Glendinning 776.15 miles
2007 J. Wilson, I. Black and S. Beech Sandy Wallace Cycles 790.76 miles

Scottish women 12 hour time trial record

1946 I.Adams Nightingale C.C. 218.40 miles
1948 I.Adams Nightingale C.C. 223.56 miles
1967 L.Hutchison Heatherbell Ladies C.C. 230.00 miles
1986 A.Fyfe Musselburgh Roads C.C. 232.26 miles
2004 Ashley Pearson Deeside Thistle CC /Union Transport (Scotland) Ltd 245.79 miles

Scottish women 12 hour time trial team record

2008 Shelly Farrer and Linda Reid Deeside Thistle 410.36 miles

Scottish veteran men 12 hour time trial record

1976 F.Davie Regent C.C./Connors Cycles 260.80 miles
1987 D.Millar Chryston Wheelers 261.71 miles
1991 Steve Beech Denny C.C./Rippin 275.27 miles

Veteran women 12 hour time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB DISTANCE
1983 Isobel Campbell Nightingale C.C. 213.71 miles
1984 Isobel Campbell 212.85
1998 S.Oxley Elgin C.C. 215.40 miles
2006 Ginny Pollard Deeside Thistle CC /Union Transport (Scotland) Ltd 233.59 miles

Isobel Campbell’s 1983 and 1984 records for the 12 hour record came some 34 years after setting a womens 100 record in 1949.

Scottish mixed tandem 12 hour time trial record

DATE NAMES CLUB DISTANCE
2000 A.Sutton & L.Amphlett Elgin C.C. 217 38 miles

Scottish men’s 12 hour tricycle time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB DISTANCE
1936 J.Cuthbert Edinburgh R.C. 192.13 miles
1955 R.R.Russell Edinburgh R.C. 212.26 miles
1957 P.Duncan Vegetarian C. & A.C. 226.49 miles

Scottish 100 mile time trial records

Scottish cycling records are ratified and published on the Scottish Cycling website. I was passed a detailed compilation of historic records that were compiled by Jock Shaw for posterity, and decided to publish them here for information. See my Scottish time trial records post for a full index list of records. Unless otherwise specified, these are SC records, so subject to BC/UCI rules.

Scottish men’s 100 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1932 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 4 hrs 52 mins 05 secs
1933 J.McKechnie Douglas C.C. 4 hrs 50 mins 35 secs
1934 C.Moncur Dundee R.C. 4 hrs 49 mins 04 secs
1934 J.McKechnie Douglas C.C. 4 hrs 46 mins 04 secs
1935 J.McKechnie Douglas C.C. 4 hrs 40 mins 40 secs
1935 A.A.Brown Glenview Paragon 4 hrs 39 mins 13 secs
1937 J.S.Taylor West of Scotland Clarion C. & A.C. 4 hrs 36 mins 19secs
1937 J.S.Taylor West of Scotland Clarion C. & A.C. 4 hrs 30 mins 04 secs
1938 J.S.Taylor West of Scotland Clarion C. & A.C. 4 hrs 24 mins 50 secs
1945 J.Allison Musselburgh Roads C.C. 4 hrs 24 mins 40 secs
1949 J.Hamilton Fullarton Wheelers 4 hrs 20 mins 18 secs
1952 J.B.Millar Forfar Angus C.C. 4 hrs 18 mins 52 secs
1952 J.Hamilton Fullarton Wheelers 4 hrs 17 mins 17 secs
1954 J.B.Millar Forfar Angus C.C. 4 hrs 16 mins 38 secs
1956 B.Balneaves Forfarshire R.C. 4 hrs 15 mins 09 secs
1957 E.Scally Nightingale C.C. 4 hrs 14 mins 51 secs
1957 K.Laidlaw Hawick C.C. 4 hrs 13 mins 14 secs
1958 J.B.Millar Forfarshire R.C. 4 hrs 10 mins 24 secs
1961 J.Linden Lomond Roads C.C. 4 hrs 09 mins 29 secs
1963 F.Connel Belleisle R.C. 4 hrs 09 mins 21 secs
1966 J.McMillan Velo Sportiv 4 hrs 06 mins 37 secs
1968 M.Potts Derby Wheelers 4 hrs 06 mins 27 secs
1980 A.Gilchrist G.S.Strada/Manulife 4 hrs 01 mins 24 secs
1983 A.Gilchrist G.S.Strada/Eiffel 4 hrs 00 mins 30 secs
1984 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connor/ESSO 3 hrs 57 mins 48 secs
1993 D.Gibson G.S.Modena/M & M Windows 3 hrs 55 mins 11 secs
1995 G.Moore Penicuik R.T./Sandy Wallace Cycles 3 hrs 54 mins 55 secs
1998 C.Riise Shetland Wheelers 3 hrs 54 mins 14 secs1999 C.Riise Shetland Wheelers 3 hrs 54 mins 08 secs
2000 D.Gibson G.S.Modena/A.B.Hamilton 3 hrs 51 mins 15 secs
YEAR? Mark Atkinson 3 h 49 min 45 sec
2016 John Entwistle Team JMC 3 h 46 min 10 sec
2018 Kyle Gordon RT 23 3h 36m 10s

In 2018 Kyle Gordon took a huge 10 minutes off the 100 mile record that Jon Entwistle had set two years previously. He gave an interview to Veloveritas about how his race went.

Scottish women’s 100 miles time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1946 I.Adams Nightingale C.C. 5 hrs 05 mins 35 secs
1946 I.Adams Nightingale C.C. 5 hrs 01 mins 06 secs
1949 I.Campbell Nightingale C.C. 4 hrs 57 mins 26 secs
1954 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 4 hrs 56 mins 38 secs
1954 R.Jones Johnstone Wheelers 4 hrs 52 mins 48 secs
1958 R.Jones Johnstone Wheelers 4 hrs 41 mins 40 secs
1981 F.M.Dawson Teeside R.C. 4 hrs 41 mins 34 secs
1990 S.Phillips Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 4 hrs 31 mins 38 secs
1991 S.Phillips Deeside Thistle C.C./Positioning Resources 4 hrs 24 mins 31 secs
1997 A.Pogson Gala C.C. 4 hrs 23 mins 18 secs
1998 A.Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks 4 hrs 21 mins 13 secs

2018 Debbie Greig 4h 17m 56s

Italics = “native record”

Scottish Men’s 100 mile time trial team records

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
1933 Douglas C.C. R.J.Thomson, J.Robertson & S.N.Ogilvie 14 hrs 57 mins 24 secs
1934 Dundee R.C. C.Moncur, J.Anderson & J.Brough 14 hrs 44 mins 21 secs
1934 Douglas C.C. J.McKechnie, R.J.Thomson & J.R.Martin 14 hrs 24 mins 53 s
1937 Lothians C.C. A.Craig, T.Morrison & R.Anderson 14 hrs 23 mins 09 secs
1937 Glasgow Wheelers D.Morrison, J.Bone & J.Brinkins 14 hrs 16 mins 17 s
1937 Glasgow Wheelers D.Morrison, J.Bone & J.Brinkins 14 hrs 06 mins 50 s
1938 West of Scotland Clarion C. & A.C. J.S.Taylor, M.Mowat & R.W.Scott 14 hrs 06 mins 13 s
1938 Edinburgh R.C. J.Dickson, M.Morrison & D.Kiddie 13 hrs 57 mins 15 s
1938 West of Scotland Clarion C. & A.C. J.S.Taylor, J.Waterson & T.Blair 13 hrs 42 mins 28 s
1948 Fullarton Wheelers J.Love, J.Hamilton & T.Love 13 hrs 37 mins 29 secs
1949 Lomond Roads C.C. J.Niit, J.Clark & A.Linden 13 hrs 26 mins 12 secs
1952 Forfar Angus C.C. J.Millar, F.Taylor & J.Spalding 13 hrs 25 mins 12 secs
1952 Forfar Angus C.C. J.Millar, F.Taylor & J.Spalding 13 hrs 09 mins 43 secs
1958 Johnstone Wheelers A.McPherson, M.Ramsey & F.Connel 12 hrs 54 mins 06 s
1966 Velo Sportiv J.McMillan, R.Gardner & B.Temple 12 hrs 41 mins 47 secs
1980 Regent C.C./ Connors Cycles D.Hannah, W.Gibb & A.Bruce 12 hrs 36 mins 10 secs
1991 G.S.Modena/ M & M Windows M.Williamson, D.Gibson & S.Whitlie 12 hrs 35 mins 50 s
1993 G.S.Modena/ M & M Windows D.Gibson, S.Beech & S.Whitlie 12 hrs 31 mins 39 s
1994 Penicuik R.T. G.Moore, S.Smith & P.Hutton 12 hrs 30 mins 23 secs
1996 G.S.Modena/ A.B.Hamilton D.Gibson, R.Todd & S.Beech 12 hrs 29 mins 21 s
1997 G.S.Modena/ A.B.Hamilton D.Gibson, S.Beech & J.Cusick 12 hrs 17 mins 05 s
1997 Edinburgh B.C./ Montpeliers R.Todd, R.Denoon & G.McLean 12 hrs 11 mins 59 s
1998 G.S.Modena/ A.B.Hamilton D.Gibson, J.Cusick & S.Beech 12 hrs 06 mins 34 s
2007 J. Wilson, I. Black and A. Dow Sandy Wallace Cycles 11h 47m 22s

Scottish women’s 100 miles time trial team records

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
1958 Johnstone Wheelers R.Jones, G.Brierly & M.Robertson 14 hrs 20 mins 09 secs

Most recent Scottish Cycling record is listed with two riders:

2004 A. Pearson and L. Goldbeck Deeside Thistle 9h 47m 00s

Scottish veteran men’s 100 mile time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1981 A.Fairweather Glasgow Wheelers 4 hrs 15 mins 00 secs
1983 I.Glen Stirlingshire Roads C.C. 4 hrs 13 mins 16 secs
1986 J.O’Donovan Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 4 hrs 01 mins 37 sec
1991 J.O’Donovan Deeside Thistle C.C./Positioning Resources 3 hrs 57 mins 55 sec
date? Mark Atkinson Velo Ecosse 3 hrs 49 mins ??sec
2016 Jon Entwistle Team JMC 3h 46m 10s

Scottish veteran women’s 100 mile time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1981 L.Stewart Charles Star C.C. 5 hrs 04 mins 20 secs
1983 I.Campbell Nightingale C.C. 4 hrs 56 mins 46 secs
2012 Christine McLean Shetland Wheelers 4h 20m 41s

Isobel Campbell’s veteran women’s 100 mile time trial record of 4:56:46, set in 1983, was achieved when she was 69 years old. She had set a similar time (4:57:26) in the open category, 34 years previously in 1949, when she would have been aged around 35 (assuming it is the same I.Campbell in the record books!)

Scottish men’s tandem 100 mile time trial record

YEAR NAMES CLUBS TIME
1986 J.Murdoch / G.Berwick Edinburgh R.C. 4 hrs 00 mins 14 secs

Scottish mixed tandem 100 mile time trial record

DATE NAMES CLUB TIME
2000 A.Sutton & L.Amphlett Elgin C.C. 4 hrs 58 mins 08 secs

Scottish men’s tricycle 100 mile time trial record

TEAM NAME CLUB TIME
1935 J.Cuthbert Edinburgh R.C. 5 hrs 25 mins 06 secs
1953 E.Tweddle North Roads C.C. 5 hrs 23 mins 18 secs
1956 R.R.Russell Edinburgh R.C. 5 hrs 01 mins 51 secs
1959 W.Nimmo Edinburgh R.C. 4 hrs 55 mins 19 secs
1966 H.Bayley Solihull C.C. 4 hrs 37 mins 11 secs

Scottish 50 mile time trial records

Scottish cycling records are ratified and published on the Scottish Cycling website. I was passed a detailed compilation of historic records that were compiled by Jock Shaw for posterity, and decided to publish them here for information. See my Scottish time trial records post for a full index list of records. Unless otherwise specified, these are SC records, so subject to BC/UCI rules.

I was passed a detailed compilation of historic records that were compiled by Jock Shaw for posterity, and decided to publish them here for information. See my Scottish time trial records post for a full background of Jock’s work and an index list of records.

Scottish men’s 50 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1932 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 2 hrs 12 mins 46 secs
1933 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 2 hrs 12 mins 05 secs
1933 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R./C. 2 hrs 09 mins 56 secs
1936 A.A.Brown Glenview Paragon 2 hrs 09 mins 55 secs
1936 G.Lawrie Aberdeen Paragon 2 hrs 09 mins 47 secs
1936 G.Lawrie Aberdeen Paragon 2 hrs 09 mins 46 secs
1937 G.Lawrie Aberdeen Paragon 2 hrs 07 mins 27 secs
1938 J.S.Taylor West of Scotland Clarion C. & A.C. 2 hrs 06 mins 56 secs
1939 W.Scott Crawick Wheelers 2 hrs 04 mins 52 secs
1944 J.Tudhope Crawick Wheelers 2 hrs 04 mins 50 secs
1945 J.Allison Musselburgh Roads C.C. 2 hrs 04 mins 48 secs
1949 J.Hamilton Fullarton Wheelers 2 hrs 03 mins 33 secs
1949 J.Scott Law Wheelers 2 hrs 02 mins 45 secs
1951 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow United C.C. 2 hrs 02 mins 17 secs
1952 A.Walker Shotts Miners Welfare C.C. 2 hrs 01 mins 44 secs
1952 A.Walker Shotts Miners Welfare C.C. 2 hrs 01 mins 29 secs
1954 B.Balneaves Forfarshire R.C. 2 hrs 00 mins 39 secs
1954 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow Suburban C.C. 1 hr 59 mins 53 secs
1954 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow Suburban C.C. 1 hr 59 mins 37 secs
1958 P.Mitchell Glasgow Suburban C.C. 1 hr 59 mins 28 secs
1959 J.Linden Lomond Roads C.C. 1 hr 59 mins 17 secs
1959 A.H.Dickson Ivy C.C. 1 hr 59 mins 13 secs
1959 F.Connel Johnstone Wheelers 1 hr 58 mins 55 secs
1959 F.Connel Johnstone Wheelers 1 hr 58 mins 17 secs
1962 A.Kirk Musselburgh Roads C.C. 1 hr 58 mins 15 secs
1963 F.Connel Belleisle R.C. 1 hr 58 mins 12 secs
1964 R.Gardner Velo Sportiv 1 hr 57 mins 45 secs
1969 B.Temple Velo Sportiv 1 hr 57 mins 17 secs
1972 A.Gilchrist Dunedin C.C. 1 hr 56 mins 50 secs
1973 A.Kirk Eagle R.C. 1 hr 56 mins 40 secs
1975 S.McPherson Gordano Valley C.C. 1 hr 55 mins 23 secs
1978 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connors Cycles 1 hr 54 mins 51 secs
1979 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connors Cycles 1 hr 53 mins 41 secs
1982 A.Gilchrist G.S.Strada/Manulife 1 hr 52 mins 13 secs
1987 D.Millar Chryston Wheelers 1 hr 51 mins 40 secs
1987 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connor/ESSO 1 hr 49 mins 38 secs
1992 G.Obree Greenock R.C./Castle Levan Hotels 1 hr 43 mins 04 secs
2018 Kyle Gordon RT23 1 hr 41 mins 16 secs

In 2018 Kyle Gordon beat a 26 year old record set by the great Graeme Obree, taking a hefty 1:48 off the mark. He gave an interview to Veloveritas about the achievement.

Scottish women’s 50 mile time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1946 I.Adams Nightingale C.C. 2 hrs 22 mins 43 secs
1948 I.Adams Nightingale C.C. 2 hrs 21 mins 51 secs
1949 I. Campbell Nightingale C.C. 2 hrs 21 mins 32 secs
1950 I.Campbell Nightingale C.C. 2 hrs 20 mins 00 secs
1951 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 2 hrs 19 secs 56 secs
1952 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 2 hrs 15 mins 32 secs
1954 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 2 hrs 13 secs 28 secs
1973 E.Moore Dunfermline & District C.C. 2 hrs 11 mins 31 secs
1980 E.Brown Roiseal C.R.T. 2 hrs 10 mins 30 secs
1987 M.Allen Barnsley R.C. 2 hrs 05 mins 06 secs
1990 S.Phillips Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 2 hrs 00 mins 51 secs
1997 A.Pogson Gala C.C. 1 hr 58 mins 54 secs
1998 A.Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks 1 hr 58 mins 33 secs

2019 Catriona McGillvray RT23 1 hr 57 minutes 27 secs

Competing in the David Bruce Memorial at Invergordon in 2019, Catriona McGillvray broke Andrea Pogson’s record that had stood for 21 years, taking 1 minute 6 seconds off the mark.

(the times in italics were also listed separately in Jock Shaw’s compilation under the heading ‘native record’)

Scottish men’s 50 mile time trial team record

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
1933 Douglas C.C. R.J.Thomson, D.A.Peddie & J.Robertson 6 hrs 47 mins 10 s
1935 Lanarkshire R.C. J.B.Berwick, J.Morgan & R.Baird 6 hrs 42 mins 52 secs
1935 Douglas C.C. J.McKechnie, R.J.Thomson & J.R.Martin 6 hrs 38 mins 26 s
1936 Glenview Paragon A.A.Brown, A.M.Francis & A.S.Dickson 6 hrs 36 mins 33 sec
1938 West of Scotland J.S.Taylor, W.Mowat & J.C.Donnely 6 hrs 34 mins 16 secs
Clarion C. & A.C.
1944 Crawick Wheelers J.Tudhope, D.Scott & J.McKay 6 hrs 30 mins 27 secs
1947 Fullarton Wheelers J. & T.Love & H.Angus 6 hrs 30 mins 07 secs
1948 Douglas C.C G.Edwards, F.Lonsdale & D.McCallum 6 hrs 29 mins 09 secs
1948 Douglas C.C. G.Edwards, F.Lonsdale & D.McCallum 6 hrs 26 mins 24 secs
1948 Fullarton Wheelers J. & T.Love & H.Angus 6 hrs 24 mins 06 secs
1949 Law Wheelers J.Scott, W.Barr & A.Williams 6 hrs 22 mins 32 secs
1950 Douglas C.C. H.Crawford, T.McGuiness & K.Cochran 6 hrs 17 mins 49 secs
1953 Perth United C.C. G.Davidson, J.Osborne & R.Duncan 6 hrs 15 mins 53 secs
1953 Perth United C.C. G.Davidson, J.Osborne & J.Swan 6 hrs 15 mins 03 secs
1954 Forfarshire R.C. B.Balneaves, J.Millar & A.Morrison 6 hrs 11 mins 34 secs
1955 Forfarshire R.C. B.Balneaves, J.Millar & W.Reid 6 hrs 10 mins 41 secs
1960 Belleisle R.C. F.Connel, J.Todd & G.Watson 6 hrs 05 mins 19 secs
1961 Musselburgh R.C.C. S.Sutherland, A.Kirk & M.McGregor 6 hrs 05 mins 07 secs
1962 Lomond Roads C.C. N.Molyneaux, A.McGibbon & J.Linden 5 hrs 59 mins 44 secs
1974 Velo Sportiv J.Summers, D.McKinley & R.Gardner 5 hrs 57 mins 40 secs
1974 Eagle R.C. A.Kirk, A.Lindsay & F.Anderson 5 hrs 55 mins 26 secs
1985 Regent C.C./ D.Hannah, M.Little & A.Hewitt 5 hrs 51 mins 29 secs
Connor/ESSO
1987 Regent C.C./ D.Hannah, K.Welsh & S.Beech 5 hrs 44 mins 54 secs
Connor/ESSO
1992 G.S.Modena/ D.Gibson, I.Humphries & A.Davies 5 hrs 42 mins 30 secs
M & M Windows
1995 Berwick Wheelers S.McCaw, C.Isats & G.Johnstone 5 hrs 37 mins 03 secs
1995 Berwick Wheelers S.McCaw, C.Isats & G.Johnstone 5 hrs 36 mins 57 secs
1996 Edinburgh B.C./ S.McCaw, J.Gladwell & N.O’Neil 5 hrs 28 mins 38 secs
Montpeliers
2018 RT23 Kyle Gordon, Alan Thomson, Ewen MacGillivray 5 hrs 18 mins 15 secs

Scottish women’s 50 mile time trial team record

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
1949 Heatherbell A.Nelson, M.Pike & M.Rannie 7 hrs 29 mins 25 secs Ladies C.C.
1950 Heatherbell M.Pike, A.Nelson & N.McIntosh, Ladies C.C. 7 hrs 25 mins 52 secs
1950 Heatherbell L.Cuthil. M.Pike & E.Nisbet, Ladies C.C. 7 hrs 15 mins 48 secs
1952 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & M.Cooper 7 hrs 03 mins 46 secs
1954 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & A.Turnbull 6 hrs 57 mins 58 secs
1958 Johnstone Wheelers R.Jones, G.Brierly & M.Robertson 6 hrs 55 mins 39 secs
1996 Team Caledonia C.Cook, J.Wright & E.Forde 6 hrs 45 mins 14 secs

The most recent 50 mile time trial team records published by Scottish Cycling list a team of two women – at some point on the way the rules may have changed about how many riders are required to constitute a team time.

2014 Toni McIntosh and Lynne Wardrop Ayr Roads C.C. 4h 10m 34s

Scottish veteran men’s 50 mile time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1978 A.Fairweather Glasgow Wheelers 1 hr 56 mins 13 secs
1986 D.Millar Chryston Wheelers 1 hr 55 mins 58 secs
1987 D.Millar Chryston Wheelers 1 hr 51 mins 40 secs
1990 J.O’Donovan Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 1 hr 51 mins 24 secs
1997 D.Millar V.C.Astar/Anderside Tools 1 hr 50 mins 12 secs
1999 D.Millar Glasgow Couriers/Tetra Pak/CSC 1 hr 49 mins10 secs
2016 Jon Entwistle Team JMC 1h 44m 45s

Scottish veteran women’s 50 mile time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1979 L.Stewart Charles Star C.C. 2 hrs 18 mins 46 secs
1982 R.Montgomery Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 2 hrs 12 mins 22 secs
1986 R.Montgomery Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 2 hrs 11 mins 24 secs
1995 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 2 hrs 09 mins 27 secs
1997 S.Oxley Forres C.C. 2 hrs 07 mins 17 secs
1999 Andrea Pogson Letchworth Schills 2 hrs 04 mins 25 secs
2000 Andrea Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks I hr 59 mins 06 secs

Scottish junior men’s 50 mile time trial record

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1977 N.Lindsay Musselburgh Roads C.C. 2 hrs 01 mins 53 secs
1979 R.McFarlane Nightingale C.C. 2 hsr 01 mins 22 secs
1980 Steve McCaw Scotia Sports C.C./Dales Cycles 2 hrs 00 mins 34 secs
1981 A.Ferry Scotia Sports C.C./Dales Cycles 1 hr 59 mins 21 secs
1984 G.McDonald Ayr R.C. 1 hr 59 mins03 secs
1990 C.Whittle Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 1 hr 56 mins 43 secs
1996 A.Ramsey Aberdeen Wheelers 1 hr 55 mins 13 secs
1997 Peter Murdoch Edinburgh B.C./Montpeliers 1 hr 55 mins 01 secs
2000 Russell Anderson TeamVelo Ecosse 1 hr 52 mins 48 secs

Scottish junior women’s 50 mile time trial record

2016 Georgia Mansefield Forres CC 2h 22m 06s

No claims for a junior women’s 50 mile time trial team record.

Scottish junior men’s 50 mile time trial team record

In 2018, there was no previous record, so with a fast time posted, Munro and Cartmell set the benchmark for others to beat.

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
2018 Alasdair Munro and Kyle Cartmell RT23 4 hr 3 mins 09 secs

Scottish men’s tandem 50 mile time trial record

YEAR NAMES CLUBS TIME
1933 J.Robertson / D.Peddie Douglas C.C. 1 hr 59 mins 40 secs
1936 J.Dickson Edinburgh R.C. / T.Morrison Lothians C.C. 1 hr 57 mins 05 secs
1953 I.Moore Tweedside C.& A.C. / R.Carr 1 hr 52 mins 45 secs
1959 N.D.Smith / S.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 1 hr 50 mins 55 secs

Scottish mixed tandem 50 mile time trial record

YEAR NAMES CLUB TIME
2001 R. & J.Whitley Elgin C.C. 2 hrs 25 mins 30 secs
2002 R.Johnstone & P.Hughes Glasgow Couriers Tetra Pak/ CSC C.C. 2 hrs 13 mins 59 secs

Scottish men’s 50 mile tricycle record

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1936 J.Dickson Edinburgh R.C. 2 hrs 27 mins 39 secs
1953 T.H.Henderson Sharrow R.C. 2 hrs 23 mins 49 secs
1954 D.K.Gilmour Chester R.C. 2 hrs 20 mins 24 secs
1958 W.Nimmo Edinburgh R.C. 2 hrs 20 mins 20 secs
1959 W.Nimmo Edinburgh R.C. 2 hrs 18 mins 19 secs
1960 W.Nimmo Edinburgh R.C. 2 hrs 17 mins 45 secs
1980 G.Jackson Barrow Central Wheelers 2 hrs 17 mins 26 secs

obree upturned bars 1991

Scottish 25 mile time trial records

Pictured is Jason McIntyre in the 2006 Tour de Trossachs, which he won in the British National 25 mile TT champion’s jersey. Picture: Jamie Forbes / Glasgow Ivy CC.

See my Scottish time trial records post for a full index list of records. These were originally compiled by Jock Shaw.

The Scottish ’25’ has been recorded since 1932 and was originally recognised by the Scottish Amateur Racing Association.

Scottish men’s 25 mile time trial records

The record for this popular distance was bettered gradually, with seconds chipped off the mark until the hour was broken in 1944 and then Dave Hannah took over 30 seconds off it in 1980 with 53:58.

Graeme Obree narrowly beat the record in 1989, setting 52:49. He went on to dominate for the next five years, shaving 25 seconds off in 1991 and then taking an incredible 2:36 off his own record later that year. In 1994 he took almost another minute off, posting 48:43 and this record stood for 23 years until John Archibald broke it in 2017.

Graeme Obree narrowly beat the record in 1989, setting 52:49. He went on to dominate for the next five years, shaving 25 seconds off in 1991 and then taking an incredible 2:36 off his own record later that year. In 1994 he took almost another minute off, posting 48:43 and this record stood for 23 years until John Archibald broke it in 2017.

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1932 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 1 hr 03 mins 56 secs
1932 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 1 he 03 mins 31 secs
1932 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 1 hr 02 mins 52 secs
1936 J.B.Berwick Lanarkshire R.C. 1 hr 02 mins 29 secs
1937 G.Lawrie Aberdeen Paragon C.C 1 hr 02 mins 16 secs
1939 J.Brinkins Glasgow Wheelers 1 hr 01 mins 54 secs
1939 W.Scott Crawick Wheelers 1 hr 01 mins 21 secs
1940 W.Scott Crawick Wheelers 1 hr 00 mins 54 secs
1944 D.Scott Crawick Wheelers 59 mins 55 secs
1949 J.Paton Hamilton C.C. 59 mins 41 secs
1949 J.Scott Law Wheelers 59 mins 40 secs
1950 J.Scott Law Wheelers 59 mins 37 secs
1950 J.Williams Law Wheelers 59 mins 30 secs
1950 A.Hamilton Law Wheelers 59 mins 19 secs
1952 J.Scott Law Wheelers 59 mins 11 secs
1952 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow United C.C. 59 mins 09 secs
1952 S.F.Higginson Halesowen C. & A.C. 58 mins 47 secs
1952 D.J.Keeler Vegetarian C. & A.C. 58 mins 11 secs
1957 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow Suburban C.C. 58 mins 09 secs
1957 A.H.Dickson Ivy C.C. 57 mins 48 secs
1958 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow Suburban C.C. 57 mins 35 secs
1960 E.C.Brown Stirlingshire R.C. 57 mins 34 secs
1960 A.H.Dickson Ivy C.C. 57 mins 30 secs
1961 P.Robertson Central Scotland Wheelers 57 mins 24 secs
1962 N.Molyneaux Lomond Roads C.C. 57 mins 03 secs
1962 J.McMillan Tranent Thistle C.C. 56 mins 42 secs
1964 J.McMillan Velo Sportiv 56 mins 25 secs
1964 J.McMillan Velo Sportiv 56 mins 17 secs
1965 J.McMillan Velo Sportiv 55 mins 33 secs
1979 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connors Cycles 55 mins 32 secs
1980 D.Lloyd Birkenhead North End C.C. 54 mins 32 secs
1980 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connors Cycles 53 mins 58 secs
1987 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connor/ESSO 53 mins 28 secs
1988 J.O’Donovan Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquar 53 mins 13 secs
1989 D.Hannah Albany Wheelers/C.R.Smith 52 mins 59 secs
1989 G.Obree Wallacehill C.C./AOS/Olympia 52 mins 49 secs
1991 G.Obree Glasgow Wheelers/ASSOS 52 mins 24 secs
1991 G.Obree Glasgow Wheelers/ASSOS 49 mins 48 secs
1994 G.Obree Professional Cycling Association 48 mins 43 secs
2017 John Archibald, Pro Vision Scotland 47 mins 57 secs

Men’s 25 mile time trial team records

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
1932 Douglas C.C. T.J.Poustie, R.J.Thomson & R.Martin 3 hrs 19 mins 04 secs
1933 Lanarkshire R.C. J.Quigley, J.Dow & J.Warnock 3 hrs 18 mins 47 secs
1934 Lanarkshire R.C. J.Quigley, J.B.Berwick & J.Kemp 3 hrs 16 mins 20 secs
1935 Lanarkshire R.C. D.McIntyre, J.McFadyen & J.Morgan 3 hrs 14 mins 26 secs
1936 Lanarkshire R.C. J.B.Berwick, J.Morgan & J.Kemp 3 hrs 10 mins 34 secs
1941 Glasgow Wheelers J.Brinkins, A.Hendry & H.Herd 3 hrs 08 mins 35 secs
1947 Forfarshire R.C. W.Cameron, J.MacDonald & A.McGowan 3 hrs 07 mins 04 secs
1948 Leeds St Christophers C.C. C.P.G.Duggan, L.Wilson & T.Power 3 hrs 04 mins 46 s
1950 Law Wheelers J.Scott, A.Williams & A.Hamilton 3 hrs 01 mins 39 secs
1952 Halesowen C.& A.C. S. & B.Higginson & K.Sharp 3 hrs 01 mins 00 secs
1957 Stirlingshire R.C. E.Brown, T.Rennie & E.Glenn 3 hrs 00 mins 55 secs
1958 Perth United C.C. A.Bell, J.Morgan & A.Taylor 3 hrs 00 mins 38 secs
1959 Wallacehill C.C. R. & G.Kinnear & F.Smith 3 hrs 00 mins 08 secs
1959 Wallacehill C.C. R. & G.Kinnear & T.Heron 2 hrs 59 mins 57 secs
1959 Wallacehill C.C. R. & G.Kinnear & M.Blacklock 2 hrs 59 mins 50 secs
1960 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Martin, N.Smith & S.Sutherland 2 hrs 59 mins 34 secs
1960 Belleisle R.C. F.Connel, D.Devlin & G.Watson 2 hrs 58 mins 19 secs
1962 Lomond Roads C.C. N.Molyneaux, A.McGibbon & T.Dugan 2 hrs 57 mins 17 secs
1962 Lomond Roads C.C. N.Molyneaux, J.Linden & A.McGibbon 2 hrs 54 mins 53 secs
1962 Lomond Roads C.C. N.Molyneaux, J.Linden & J.Leitch 2 hrs 54 mins 25 secs
1966 Velo Sportiv J.McMillan, R.Gardner & G.Cairns 2 hrs 52 mins 53 secs
1980 Glasgow United C.C. A.Hewitt, A. & S. Donaldson 2 hrs 52 mins 24 secs
1981 Regent C.C./ D.Hannah, A.McGinty & A.Hewitt 2 hrs 49 mins 57 secs
Connors Cycles
1981 Regent C.C./ D.Whitehall, A.Hewitt & J.Clark 2 hrs 46 mins 55 secs
Connors Cycles
1985 Regent C.C./ Connor/ESSO D.Hannah, A.Hewitt & M.Little 2 hrs 46 mins 43 s
1988 Edinburgh R.C. P.Hutton, R.Peploe & P.Haggart 2 hrs 45 mins 23 secs
1995 G.S.Modena/ A.B.Hamilton D.Gibson, G.Hutchison & S.Beech 2 hrs 43 mins 10 s
1996 Edinburgh B.C./ Montpeliers J.Gladwell, I.Spence & B.Cook 2 hrs 41 mins 09 s
1997 Dunfermline & District C.C. G.Hutchison, D.Barnes & A.Temple 2 hrs 40 mins 47 s
1997 Edinburgh B.C./ Montpeliers R.McLean, I.Spence & S.Smith 2 hrs 39 mins 43 s
1998 G.S.Modena/ A.B.Hamilton D.Gibson, J.Cusick & N.Skene 2 hrs 37 mins 35 s
2018 Robert Friel, David Griffiths, Ross Thomson Bioracer-Project GO 2 h 30m 29s

(not certain if I have missed a record between 1998 and 2018)

Scottish women’s 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1946 I. Adams Nightingale C.C. 1 hr 08 mins 13 secs
1949 I. Campbell Nightingale C.C. 1 hr 08 mins 06 secs
1950 I. Campbell Nightingale C.C. 1 hr 07 mins 07 secs
1951 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 1 hr 06 mins 28 secs
1952 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 1 hr 05 mins 52 secs
1953 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roas C.C. 1 hr 03 mins 54 secs
1969 B.Burton Morley C.C. 58 mins 50 secs
1990 S.Phillips Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 57mins 18 secs
1998 Andrea Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks 55 mins 57 secs
2000 Andrea Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks 55 mins 32 secs
2018 Victoria Smith Aerocoach 54m 52s

Scottish women’s 25 mile time trial team records

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
1949 Heatherbell A.Nelson, M.Pike & E.Nisbet, Ladies C.C. 3 hrs 32 mins 04 secs
1953 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & M.Cooper 3 hrs 30 mins 06 secs
1953 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & M.Cooper 3 hrs 29 mins 13 secs
1954 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & A.Grannum 3 hrs 25 mins 50 secs
1954 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, A.Turnbull & M.McGregor 3 hrs 25 mins 16 secs
1958 Johnstone Wheelers R.Jones, G.Brierly & M.Robertson 3 hrs 18 mins 38 secs
1993 Team Caledonia J.Hewson, E.Whittaker & E.Forde 3 hrs 15 mins 56 secs
1995 Johnstone Wheelers/ Dooleys Cycles E.Clark, Z.Anderson & L.Cusick 3 hrs 14 mins 52 secs
1996 Team Caledonia C.Cook, E.Forde & J.Wright 3 hrs 07 mins 01 secs

The most recent 25 mile time trial team records published by Scottish Cycling list a team of two women – at some point on the way the rules may have changed about how many riders are required to constitute a team time.

2009 Mari Todd and Fiona Duncan Sandy Wallace Cycles 1h 57m 13s
2019 Catriona McGillvray and Pamela Craig, RT23 1h 56m 24s

Scottish veteran men’s 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1982 P.Harley Glasgow Wheelers 56 mins 19 secs
1986 A.Gilchrist Manchester Wheelers/Trumans Steels 55 mins 00 secs
1993 D.Hannah Denny C.C. 53 mins 45 secs
1997 Davie Millar V.C.Astar/Anderside Tools 51 mins 23 secs
2018 Douglas Watson GTR – Return to Life 49m 01s

Scottish veteran women’s 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1982 R.Montgomery Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 24 mins 35 secs
1986 R.Montgomery Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 24 mins 18 secs
1989 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 24 mins 11 secs
1990 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 23 mins 55 secs
1999 A.Pogson Letchworth Schills 22 mins 56 secs
2000 A.Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks 22 mins 44 secs

Scottish junior men’s 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1975 D.Porter Musselburgh Roads C.C. 58 mins 38 secs
1978 A.Adams Dunfermline & District C.C. 57 mins 40 secs
1980 Steve McCaw Scotia Sports C.C./Dales Cycles 57 mins 25 secs
1980 Steve McCaw Scotia Sports C.C./Dales Cycles 56 mins 51 secs
1984 L.Simpson Deeside Thistle C.C. 56 mins 49 secs
1990 N.Brown Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 56 mins 27 secs
1994 N.Walker Loudoun R.C. 56 mins 26 secs
1996 A.Ramsey Aberdeen Wheelers 55 mins 51 secs
1998 B.Duncan Deeside Thistle C.C./Positioning Resources 55 mins 43 secs
2000 Russell Anderson Team Velo Ecosse 54 mins 48 secs
2000 Russell Anderson Team Velo Ecosse 53 mins20 secs

Scottish junior women’s 25 mile time trial records

2017 Georgia Mansefield RT23 1h 04m 00s

Jock Shaw’s list of historical information did not include any junior women’s records. I’ve started with the most recent mark published by Scottish Cycling.

Scottish junior men’s 25 mile time trial team record

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
2000 TeamVelo Ecosse R.Anderson & R.McNeill 1 hr 56 mins 46 secs
2018 Alasdair Munro, Kyle Cartmell RT 23 1h 50m 49s

Scottish youth male 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1983 Brian Smith Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 1 hr 03 mins 11 secs
1983 Brian Smith Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 1 hr 02 mins 15 secs
1983 Brian Smith Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 1 hr 01 mins 57 secs
1983 S.Smith Scotia Sports C.C./Stewart Guages 1 hr 01 mins 30 secs
1984 J.Evans Loudoun R.C. 1 hr 00 mins 38 secs
1987 Jim Gladwell Loudoun R.C. 1 hr 00 mins 13 secs
1987 J.Gladwell Loudoun R.C. 59 mins 07 secs
1988 D.Adam Dale R.C. 58 mins 23 secs
1998 Russell Anderson Velo Sportiv 57 mins 20 secs
1998 Russell Anderson Velo Sportiv 55 mins 28 secs
1999 Russell Anderson Velo Sportiv 55 mins 13 secs
1999 Russell Anderson Velo Sportiv 53 mins 12 secs

Scottish youth female 25 mile time trial records

2016 Ellie Park Johnstone Wheelers CC 1h 7m 18s

Jock Shaw’s list of historical information did not include any youth women’s records. There were ‘juvenile boys’ records, which I’ve listed above as ‘youth’. I’ve started with the most recent youth girls mark published by Scottish Cycling – they don’t include historical info – only the most up-to-date record.

Scottish men’s tandem 25 mile time trial record

YEAR NAMES CLUBS TIME
1986 J.Murdoch Edinburgh R.C. / George Berwick 58 mins 08 secs
1987 R.Wilson V.C.Olympia/ S.Wilson Stewart Wilson Cycles 54 mins 52 secs
1989 E.Baxter / P.Haggart Edinburgh R.C. 52 mins 23 secs

Scottish mixed tandem 25 mile time trial record

YEAR NAMES CLUB TIME
1992 J.O’Donovan & S.Phillips Deeside Thistle C.C./ Positioning Resources 52 mins 53 s

Scottish veteran men’s tandem 25 mile time trial record

1966 57.22
2018 Mark Leadbetter / Donald Maclean (Stirling BC) 57 mins 12 secs
2019 Nigel Holl Stirling BC / teammate? 55 mins 23 secs
2019 Nigel Holl Stirling BC / teammate? 54:47

John Kennedy: the Scottish cyclist who rode the 1960 Tour de France

I researched the historical context and background to the early career of John Kennedy in previous posts, looking first at the Belleisle Road Club and then at the first part of his racing career with the elite club that emerged from it, the Velo Club Stella. He was one of Scotland’s best riders, having been a National champion and winning stages and the mountains classification of one of the biggest stage races of the time, the ‘Oats’ amateur tour of Britain.

Kennedy was demobbed from national service in the RAF in around 1953, moved to Belgium and later turned pro. After a great season, the zenith of his career came with a ride for Great Britain in support of Brian Robinson in 1960. He was one of the first Scots to ride the Tour, a little-known achievement that deserves wider recognition. The first British team had entered only 5 years previously, in 1955, under the trade team banner of Hercules. Ian Steel was in that team, the first Scot to ride the Tour.

Kennedy’s pro career included seasons for former world champion Briek Schotte’s Flandria teams, and will have consisted of a Belgian kermesses – long, hard-fought races on several laps of a relatively short circuit on narrow country lanes.

Scotsman Jimmy Rae had also travelled to Kortrijk in 1960 to ride as a pro, with the expectation of riding for the GB team in France in July, but he didn’t get on with the selector and wasn’t picked. Kennedy eventually got a call just three days before the race started, after the team had problems filling the roster. Not ideal preparation but who would turn down a call-up to ride the greatest bike race in the world, something he had dreamed of since leaving school in Glasgow?

1960-06-27 - Miroir des Sports - 804 - 23B

The Great Britain team for the 1960 Tour de France was built around Tom Simpson (above, third from right) and Brian Robinson (fourth from left). Robinson had won the first ever stage by a British rider in 1958.

Kennedy’s last-minute call-up would certainly not have been ideal, especially since his preparation for a three week race with mountainous stages was a diet of Belgian circuit races and semi-classics.

However he had good form: he finished 14th in Fleche-Wallone on 9th May, beating Gastone Necini (who finished 20th that day but won the Yellow Jersey at the Tour that year. The Fleche-Wallone results also included Rik Van Looy and five stage winners from the Tour later that summer: Necini, Louis Proost and Pierre Beuffeuil (who won a single road stage each), Michel Van Aerde (who the 15th medium mountain ,stage) and Jean Graczyk (who won four stages and the points jersey for the second time in his career). This isn’t to say Kennedy was as good as the Tour winner, but it shows the level he was at.

Great Britain team for the Tour de France 1960

Great Britain team for the Tour de France 1960

Tour-racing.co.uk reproduces a piece by Rene Delatour from the Sporting Cyclist of September 1960 summing up that July’s Tour with some views for the British readers. Many big riders did not take the start line that year, but “stars or no stars, the pace was cracking – faster than it had ever been in the days of Koblet, Bobet, Kubler, Gaul – or even the great Fausto himself.”

1960-tdf-map

The route took in Northern France and Belgium, including cobbled sections. before heading west to Brittany and then south to Bordeaux, with six of the first nine stages over 200km.

From Cyclingpassions.eu, – these pages from French newspaper Miror des Sports showed were cobbles on stages 6 and 7. Terrain on which Kennedy excelled and was charged with keeping his team leaders safe.

During the first 9 stages of the 1960 Tour de France, John Kennedy finished well up the field, often in the top 20, and never much lower than the 30s.

Stage 1a, 108km Lille-Brussels: 47th @2:56
Stage 1b: 27.8km Brussels (ITT): 98th @5:16
Stage 2, 206km Brussels-Malo-les-Bains (Dunkerque): 17th @0:44
Stage 3, 209km Malo-les-Bains-Dieppe: 16th @3:07 in a group of favourites
Stage 4: 211km Dieppe-Caen: 28th @6:19 in a group of favourites, finishing on a cinder track on which Simpson crashed.
Stage 5: 189km Caen-St-Malo: 44th @3:35
Stage 6: 191km St. Malo – Lorient: 27th @14.40. 7 riders stayed away, including favourites Nencini and Riviere.
Stage 7: 244km Lorient – Angers: 32nd @3:45 with Nencini and Riviere
Stage 8: 240km Angers – Limoges: 34th @9:10. 27 riders stayed away.
Stage 9: 225km Limoges – Bordeaux: 32nd @4:32. 3 breakaway riders contested the win.
Stage 10: 228km Mont de Parsan – Pau (including Col d’Aubisque): 101st @26:34
Stage 11: 161km Pau – Luchon: (Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde): 87th @22:02 with groups all over the road.
Stage 12: 176km Luchon – Toulouse (col des Ares, col de Portet d’Aspet) retired after falling off the back

Kennedy posted great results before the mountains, given his job was to ride in support of Simpson and Robinson all day, carrying bottles, pacing them back on after punctures, and shepherding them through the bunch. I imagine his expertise on flat and punchy terrain will have seen him near the front in the finale of these stages, keeping the leaders out of trouble.

Writer Rene Delatour highlighted the inequality of 14-man French, Italian, Belgian and Spanish teams, while Great Britain and the others had only eight – even pacing his team leader Simpson back on, Kennedy was at something of a disadvantage. This is the type of riding Kennedy could do well with his experience in Britain and Belgium – he was built for these stages.

Assessing the British team, he praised Simpson and Robinson, the only two to finish, as well as Norman Sheil, but says ‘Kennedy and Andrews were at home on the long flat stages but couldn’t cope with the mountain stages.’

With this inequality in team sizes, the farther the race went, the tougher life became for the smaller teams. Crashes, retirals, or finishing outside time limit reduced the size of teams so that the domestiques in smaller teams would have been subjected to a brutal work load. Larger teams could send several riders to assist their leaders after punctures or crashes, whereas small teams  could only manage a couple of riders for this job, particularly in the later stages of the race.

John Kennedy Tour de France 1960

Dave Meek, a Scot who travelled out to Kortrijk to race in 1963, speaking to Veloveritas in 2007, recalled John telling him that during the tour Simpson and Robinson roomed together, and one evening he was in the room next to them and could hear them chatting through the wall. He had stopped to help Simpson after a puncture during that day. Simpson apparently said to Robinson – “Did you see Kennedy today? He was flying! Got me on after that puncture, when I thought we would never make it.”

With Kennedy’s riding experience, it looks on paper as though he gave out after the first two major mountain stages in the Pyrenees: day 10 over 228km from Mont de Parsan to Pau, with stage 11 a brutal, classic Pyreneen stage of 161km from Pau to Luchon, which saw Norman Shiell and John Andrews both finish outside the time limit by 5 minutes.

He had ridden well on the 11th stage, and the 12th stage was won by Jean Graczyk, who won two Tour points classifications in his career but was not viewed a climber. Also on stage 12 the mountain prime on the Portet d’Aspet was won by Jos Planckaert – followers of 1960s assure me was no climber either. So surely the pace uphill wouldn’t have been ferocious? “So modest were the hills” of stage 12, wrote The Sporting Cyclist, “that Darrigade won a bunch sprint up the top of the Col des Ares” (a prolific road sprinter).

Although some Jean Graczyk a ‘non climber’, he also won a mountain stage (17) from Briancon to Aix-les-Bains in the Alps, as well as three other stages en route to the points classification. He was on a flyer that year and my gut feel is that many of the British team domestiques must have been a level below the Belgians, French, Spaniards and Italians.

The story of the from Sporting Cyclist magazine, however, of the “comparatively easy” 12th stage from Luchon to Toulouse is of one that put paid to the hopes of two more of Tom Simpson and Brian Robinson’s lieutenants.

“We had seen him going off the back on the Ares climb.”. Harry Reynolds crashed out descending the Portet d’Aspet and a litle later there was another news flash on Radio Tour that John Kennedy had retired.”

The only rest day of 1960 came after stage 13.

Sporting Cyclist September 1958 - article about British riders in 1960 Tour de France

These stats certainly suggest that the going got too tough when the Tour hit the high mountains. But behind all the bare statistics there is a story for every rider in every stage. Each guy has his own version of the race, and the statistics only scratch the surface and are a snapshot.

Jim Hay, a commenter on this site who started riding with the Glasgow Nightingale in 1946/7 offered to enlisted the help of a John “Gino” Goddard of the Kenton Road Club, who was in touch with surviving members of the 1960 Great Britain team at the Pedal Club lunch, to see if we could gain any long- lost insight.

In addition to John, three of the team have passed away – Tom Simpson of course, Jock Andrews and Vic Sutton. Brian Robinson, now in his 80s, didn’t remember Kennedy, but this is unsurprising as the late call-up meant they wouldn’t have ridden together. Norman now apparently lives in Australia and was not contactable, leaving only Stan Brittain and Harry Reynolds to ask.

Reynolds recalled John as being super-strong on the flat. “He seemed to be one of the strongest team members – quite comfortable in the front part of peloton but seemed to lack confidence in the mountains. He retired after the first day in Pyrenees as did Norman Sheil. This lack of confidence in the mountains comes as a surprise to anyone who knew John from his time in the UK. He was known as a strong all-rounder who was an excellent climber. (KoM in 1955 Tour of Britain) Perhaps 5 or six years racing in Belgium contributed to his lack of confidence in the mountains?”

Meanwhile, Stan Brittain who roomed with John told a darker story.  John told him he had been feeling depressed for some time due to the widespread drug use in Belgium, making it very difficult to compete on even terms without getting involved in doping as well.

This isn’t controversial – Tom Simpson’s use of amphetamines are well documented and were a contributing factor to his death in 1967. Roger Riviere, a favourite for the 1960 Tour, crashed on a descent trying to follow Gastone Nencini, and the injuries ended his career. Painkillers were found on his body and had admitted taking drugs for his hour record in 1958.

Stan Brittain also recalled some marital problems that were contributing to this low morale. Another rider who knew John from his days in the Velo Club Stella reckoned that he received a letter via the Tour’s internal mail system informing of the end of his marriage during the Tour. I have never been able to corroborate this, but it is known that he returned to Britain and resettled, marrying again in Wales.

 

Thanks to John Gallacher for supplying the initial photos that led to this piece, and to Steven Flockhart for help sourcing historical details and context.

Acknowledgements are also due to Jim Hay, Gino Goddard, Norrie Drummond, Ray Green and Russell Galbraith.

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The Drum Up Scottish Cycling podcast 19: Closed road circuits

In this show I cover closed road cycling circuits in Scotland, including my own experiences at the much-loved Ingliston near Edinburgh. There is news about the Fife Cycle Park, which is starting to be built, and an interview with Matt Ball of the Linlithgow Development Trust about the West Lothian Cycle Circuit, which is entering its final phase of funding.

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The Drum Up Scottish Cycling podcast 18 Trials and sponsorship

In this show I interview Kevin Johnston of the Clydesdale Colts cycling club and who is also involved in the the Scottish trials club. We talk about how young riders can use trials bikes to get on bike skills quickly that can be easily transferred to mountain bikes.

In Motherwell they were looking to raise awareness of what he calls the best kept secret in cycling – how the trails bike can be used, and even with a simple grass area and cones course.

Any Scottish cycling Go-ride club can get involved and Kevin is keen to share the knowledge.

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After that, keep listening I give a few thoughts about big event sponsorship based on my talking to a few major sponsors at the Motherwell tour series.

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Here’s Lee Craigie’s Ted Talk, as mentioned in the show.