Who are “The Racers”?

– After noticing a new Scottish development team, “The Racers”, on twitter and scoring an early season result via Jack Barret at the Velo29 winter series south of the border, I got in touch to find out more. To my surprise, I found that the team was not brand new, but born out of an existing track club, based at Meadowbank Velodrome. I seem to have scored the journalistic jackpot, because after one of The Racers wrote me this piece to explain what they are all about, they scored another result at the Dick Longdragon Road Race, with Philip Trodden winning and Fin Young third. 

So, the Rigmar Racers, eh? The team’s slick new website TheRacers.org went live last Monday, and since then there have been a fair few questions flying about. To clear any clouds of confusion, I shall try to enlighten you on this new look team stepping up in 2014.

The Rigmar Racers is a development team – you don’t simply stop developing once you’ve won a race, or turned into a senior rider. Of course that is unless you’re perfect, like many seem to be! For this reason, to cut a long story short, our team is slightly different to others. There are three main groups in the team that you’ll see at the races; development Racers, the slightly more experienced Racers, and the coaches. This allows us a fully integrated approach to development and answers the question, “what happens to all the riders from these successful kids clubs?”

Notice I say team, and not club. A team focused on racing: our slightly lower numbers allows for us all to be closer, communicate better, and have all runnings of the team geared towards the most efficient way to help and support the riders and staff to achive their goals.

Where did we come from? The kids go-ride club, The Edinburgh Racers, slowly wound down as the air of uncertainty surrounded the future of its home at Medowbank velodrome.

– Sir Chris Hoy is an alumnus of the City of Edinburgh Racing Club as are Craig Maclean and Kate Cullen. It’s good to see this club live on. [ed]

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A new direction was needed, and With the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome newly open, there were going to be some newbies, of all ages who would want to have a go at the bike racing. The Racers modestly continued as a development team, doing a great job with athletes from other sports. They once had one girl with funny coloured hair who was quite good – I don’t see her around anymore, I wonder what became of her…

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– if you’re not getting this joke, the reference is to Katie Archibald, who became world champion with the British team pursuit team in Cali, Columbia this month.

And now we have the Rigmar Racers! The search for new talent continues; whilst also being organised and competitive at regional, national and international level. We’re the guys who’ve up till now been racing in black and white butler outfits, which “smell like Oxfam!

3 Rigmar Racers butler kit

The Rigmar Racers are a motivated and ambitious development club who admit there’s room for improvement in developing Scottish Riders. Rigmar Racers this year hopes to compete at the highest levels on the road and the boards. 3 wins on the road already has been a good start – now it’s over to Mr Callum Skinner tonight at the London Revolution to see what he’s got.

[He didn’t do too badly, getting to the match sprint final against world champion Francois Pervis. ed]

We all know racing isn’t cheap. Fortunately, the team has been given generous backing from Rigmar Fabrication, among others. Rigmar Fabrications, to be specific, are expects in offshore, and subsea specialist equipment manufacturing. Whilst operating worldwide; Rigmar, a relatively new company are making a big name for themselves in the UK oil and gas industry, all from their Dundee offices.

[A note on  Rigmar – from what I see, they are making the most of their cycling sponsorship, having booked Sir Chris for a keynote speech at the opening of their new Dundee fabrication facility and donating a signed jersey to AWCC’s charity auction. There is more to be gained in this way for other sponsors of clubs and race teams, I feel. They could use cycling in their news campaigns and run other initiatives rather than just relying on the name on the jersey to get their name around. ed]

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The team has the pleasure of wrapping the handlebars of their Dolan bikes with Lizard skin bar tape; whilst also being spoiled by countless other quality pieces of equipment seen on the 2Pure website. Cumbria’s finest bike shop, Rock to Roll Cycles, have been kind to offer the Rigmar Racers some generous support, also. Of course, what kind of racers would we be if we couldn’t get to the races?! That’s where Glen Rental car rentals comes in; they will play a huge role in our race season.

– Thanks to The Racers for contributing this post and good luck for the season.