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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 Steve Beech, Tom Glendinning & Sandy Wallace 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

2012 Christine Maclean Shetland Wheelers 4:20:41
2018 Debbie Greig 4h 17m 56s

Italics = “native record”

Scottish Men’s 100 mile time trial team records

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
2003 Ginny Pollard/Ken Craig Dundee Thistle CC 4:29:09 (set at Rising Westerly 100TT, 31/8/03, info supplied by Ginny Pollard)

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
2003 Ginny Pollard/Ken Craig Deeside Thistle CC 2:01:41 (set at Coffee Pot 50TT 24/7/03, info supplied by Ginny Pollard)

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

Vlog 003: Dig In At The Dock cyclocross 2017

I recorded this video at the last ever Dig In At The Dock Cyclocross race in Bo’ness at the end of February 2017.

The race had grown to become a very big, successful and popular event – one of the biggest races on the Scottish calendar, with arguably the best atmosphere. It was much loved and will be missed. The organisers are stepping down after it has perhaps become a victim of its own success, with a tented village, band, printed programme and great course features to set up, and several bags of dog dirt to uplift before the race.

Luckily Davie Hamill isn’t stepping back from race organisation entirely, as he explains towards the end of this video. It’s quite long, which in itself is an homage to Davie’s own video blogs. See if you can spot any other tributes to the original ‘Dig In’.

2017 Dig In At The Dock B Race Cobbles

I’ve covered Dig In in various ways over the years. Check out this other content:

Podcasts
Scottish cycling podcast 6: Dig In cyclocross and marketing events
Scottish cycling podcast 5: cyclocross with Dave Hamill

Blogs
Q&A: looking forward to the 2014 race
Davie Lines – The (fire)man who would be king

Videos
2013 race promo video
Au revoir to the Dig In videos
New series of Dig In videos 2012

image copyright Andy Gerrie

Scottish cycling Podcast 8: Live Broadcasting and Crit UnderThe Castle

In this episode I gave my thoughts about live broadcasting at Crit under the Campus, a closed road circuit race held at Stirling Town Centre. I did live Twitter and Periscope broadcasts at the race and shared my tips about how best to use technology to live broadcast your event.

I hadn’t recorded for a while and wanted to get this out – just my monologue thoughts. I have one longer interview to come soon.

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Sam Robinson: the cyclist, the road race and all the results

The All Bikes Scotland facebook group is brilliant. It’s so good, that if I had more money than I knew what to do with, I’d buy it and rebrand it as The Drum Up Scottish cycling FB group.

It is driven by Harry Tweed Jr, who posts historical images of the Scottish cycling scene going back to the 50s, with the occasional shot from before the war. Harry’s consistency has encouraged lots of others to post their own historical images and memories – a thriving example of social media at its best.

Martin Knox posted this image of Sam Robinson, courtesy of his son Jim Robinson, who has a memorial race named after him – a tough hilly race through the Trossachs which is arguably one of the classics of the Scottish calendar. I have always been intrigued by the names behind the memorial races and feel that many entrants to these events are oblivious to the characters behind them – one of the original aims of this blog was to record and spread these stories.

Sam Robinson Glasgow racing cyclist

Sam was a member of the Glasgow Nightingale continuously from the late 1920s until his death in 1973 at the age of 68.  The Sam Robinson trophy was donated by his son Jim and Jim’s brother-in-law in 1975 on the occasion of the first event. Jim plays an instrumental part in the running of the club today. Running continuously since 1975, this year sees the 42nd edition of the event organised by the “the Gales”.

Click here for details of the 2016 race.
Full historical results below:

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How to run a twitter account for your cycling club

I’ve been on twitter for a while now, and have been involved in the twitter account for Stirling Bike Club. This account has really taken off in the past two or three years and I thought I’d share some tips on how other clubs could do it succesfully.

Why do it?

You can use twitter to spread the word about your cycling club, grow your membership, create or improve a sense of community amongst the members, promote your events and other uses.

Don’t go on twitter just to go on twitter or your account will drop like a stone – it’s good to start out with a few specific aims.

To begin with, I aimed to follow any club members who were on twitter and any notable local cyclists. At that time, we were talking Scotland-wide, but these days many more people are on twitter. The aim was to build an audience and a community that would become self-sustaining.

Cycling Past

Conversation and community

To state the obvious, perhaps, social media is best when used socially. The big brands and personalities might judge their performance in the thousands followers and hundreds of retweets but for a cycling club, the numbers will be small. I usually cringe when people talk about their followers on twitter. Rather, success should be engaging in useful conversations and building an online community.

Anyone who sent me a tweet or replied would be engaged in conversation – this helps the person running the account to get to know people. After a while, your twitter community will take a life of its own and people will be having their own conversations. Continue reading

Instincts, crashes and cyclocross starts

Sometimes it’s all about instinct. This striking image, capturing Chris Barr about to the deck at the Strathclyde round of the Scottish Cyclocross series, conveys many things for me.

cyclocross start crash

The unbridled instinct of the improver, bursting with enthusiasm and gridded at the front, to sprint full gas but underestimate the treacherous conditions and potholed surface.

The instinct of the seasoned racer, well-versed in the rough and tumble of Belgian racing, to anticipate the chaos and take a wide line to avoid potential chaos. The reactions kick in, to resist grabbing a fistful of the brakes, shift your weight on the bike and squeeze past the danger.

The instinct of the photographer, Mike Bishop who shoots a range of sports, to position himself near the bottleneck, sensing an incident may happen at the bottleneck formed by the gate.

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Wardell on ‘portage’

Rab Wardell opined on the technique of ‘portage’ – or carrying your bike, to the non-cyclocross aficionado – for the Dig In at the Dock 2014 race programme. With summer cross races now underway and thoughts moving towards the approaching season, I thought I’d revisit this with a new angle.

Portage – it is what separates cyclocross from all other disciplines of cycling. Lesser disciplines of cycling, one might argue. I’ve seldom heard a more eloquently phrased explanation of how this can inspire a lifelong love of ‘cross. I overheard one of our humble race organisers recalling a childhood memory to the Simon Burney. ‘Ah mind wotchin’ some ‘cross race on Grandstand, aboot 30 years ago! Ah wis just a lad and ah mind seein’ these guy fae Belgium an tha’ jumpin’ oer bits ae wid an’ tha’. The next day ah wis runnin’ roond the wids wi’ a road bike an’ ae’most got hypothermia. Quality likes! Thats the real deal…’

‘Yeah…’ Simon agreed.

I don’t think that anything in Scottish Cycling can compare to that moment you cross the burn at the ‘Tosh after 55 minutes, ready to shoulder your trusty steed and face that b*tch of a run-up one final time. Whether fighting for the victory, surviving the race, finishing for your first time or getting the better of your mate, one thing remains the same. As you try to slot your feet into the ankle deep, cold, muddy footholds. Digging your toe studs (if you’re lucky enough to have them) in the soil and push off, propelling your protesting, wheezing body and mud clogged, heavier-than-ever bike closer to the summit. It is incredibly painful. Horrific even.
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