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Scottish 30 mile time trial record

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.

The 30 mile distance has been recorded since the Scottish Amateur Racing Association began to recognise competition records in 1932, but it hasn’t been as popular a distance as the ’25’. No records were posted in the 1940s or 1960s, and there was only one record time posted in the 80s, 90s and 00s.

Scottish men’s 30 mile time trial records

1932 A.Robertson Glasgow Wheelers 1 hr 19 mins 32 secs
1933 J.Harvey Ivy C.C. 1 hr 17 mins 40 secs
1934 J.B.Berwick Lanarkshire R.C. 1 hr 17 mins 18 secs
1935 A.A.Brown Glenview Paragon 1 hr 17 mins 01 secs
1937 J.G.Bone Glasgow Wheelers 1 hr 16 mins 40 secs
1939 W.Scott Crawick Wheelers 1 hr 13 mins 59 secs
1950 J.Scott Law Wheelers 1 hr 13 mins 22 secs
1951 J.Hamilton Fullarton Wheelers 1 hr 12 mins 07 secs
1956 J.B.Hay Nightingale C.C. 1 hr 11 mins 39 secs
1957 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow Suburban C.C. 1 hr 11 mins 18 secs
1958 J.McGinty Regent C.C. 1 hr 11 mins 13 secs
1959 R.Kinnear Wallacehill C.C. 10 mins 27 secs
1959 A.H.Dickson Ivy C.C. 1 hr 10 mins 15 secs
1976 R.Neish Denny R.C. 1 hr 09 mins 31 secs
1979 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connors Cycles 1 hr 07 mins 31 secs
1979 D.Hannah Regent C.C./ Connors Cycles 1 hr 05 mins 56 secs
1988 R.Peploe Edinburgh R.C. 1 hr 04 mins 47 secs
1997 J.Gladwell Edinburgh B.C./Montpeliers 1 hr 02 mins 53 secs
2004 M. Atkinson Team Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers 1:02:47

Scottish Men’s 30 mile time trial team records

1932 Glasgow Wheelers A.Robertson, R.Stevenson & R.Weinberg 4 hrs 03 mins 38 secs
1936 Central Scotland Whs J.M.Forsyth, N.Clelland & J.S.Forsyth 4 hrs 03 mins 13 secs
1937 Ayr R.C. J.Drummond, M.Alexander & J.McKissock 4 hrs 02 mins 41 secs
1937 Glasgow Wheelers J.Bone, D.Morrison & J.Brinkins 3 hrs 52 mins 28 secs
1943 Crawick Wheelers D.Scott, J.Scott & J.Tudhope 3 hrs 50 mins 56 secs
1950 Fullarton Wheelers H.Angus, J.Hamilton & D.Morrison 3 hrs 46 mins 45 secs
1956 Glasgow R.C N.McLean, D.Davidson & D.Campbell 3 hrs 38 mins 24 secs
1959 Wallacehill C.C. R. & G.Kinnear & F.Smith 3 hrs 38 secs 15 secs
1959 Velo Club Stella E.Scally, R.Park & K.Laidlaw 3 hrs 34 mins 40 secs
1980 Dundee Wheelers D.Bowman, D.McCallum & J.Millar 3 hrs 30 mins 42 s
1984 Regent C.C./ Connor/ESSO D.Hannah, A.Hewitt & S.Jarvis 3 hrs 28 mins 33 s
1985 Regent C.C./ Connor/ESSO D.Hannah, A.Hewitt & A.McGinty 3 hrs 27 mins 01 s
1988 Edinburgh R.C. R.Peploe, P.Hutton & B.O’Donnel 3 hrs 18 mins 14 secs
2012 Sandy Wallace Cycles S. Goldsworthy, A. Thomson and P. Ettles 3h 15m 03s

Scottish women’s 30 mile time trial records

1948 I.Adams Nightingale C.C. 1 hr 25 mins 25 secs
1956 M.Robertson Lomond Roads C.C. 1 hr 24 mins 28 secs
1956 R.Jones Johnstone Wheelers 1 hr 23 mins 09 secs
1957 G.Brierly Johnstone Wheelers 1 hr 21 mins 42 secs
1957 G.Brierly Johnstone Wheelers 1 hr 20 mins 43 secs
1979 E.Brown Roiseal C.R.T. 1 hr 18 mins 55 secs
1980 E.Brown Roiseal C.R.T. 1 hr 16 mins 00 secs
1991 J.Hewson Dunedin C.C./MacDonalds Cycles 1 hr 13 mins 56 secs
1995 S.Phillips Deeside Thistle C.C. 1 hr 11 mins 28 secs

Times in italics were listed as ‘native record’ in Jock Shaw’s information.

Scottish women’s 30 mile time trial team records

1962 Johnstone Wheelers R.Jones, M.Linden & M.Adams 4 hrs 12 mins 39 secs

Scottish veteran men’s 30 mile time trial records

1980 D.McCallum Dundee Wheelers 1 hr 10 mins 11 secs
1987 D.Millar Chryston Wheelers 1 hr 09 mins 15 secs
1988 D.McCallum Dundee Wheelers 1 hr 07 mins 06 secs
1992 J.O’Donovan Deeside Thistle C.C./Positioning Resources 1 hr 05 mins 53 secs
2014 Iain Grant Dooley’s Cycles RT 1h 2m 53s

2017 Douglas Watson 1,02.14 – SVTTA / VTTA record (not SCU record)
2019 Douglas Watson GTR 1:0:34 SVTTA / VTTA record (not SCU record)

Scottish veteran women’s 30 mile time trial records

1981 L.Stewart Charles Star C.C. 1 hr 23 mins 48 secs
1986 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 1 hr 23 mins23 secs
1989 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 1 hr 19 mins 45 secs
1992 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 1 hr 16 mins 44 secs
2016 Christine McLean Shetland Wheelers 1h 15m 05s

Scottish Junior men’s 30 mile time trial records

1980 Steve McCaw Scotia Sports C.C./Dales Cycles 1 hr 10 mins 26 secs
1988 E.Baxter Edinburgh R.C. 1 hr 09 mins 46 secs
1993 Jonathan Ritchie Deeside Thistle C.C./Positioning Resources 1 hr 09 mins 39 secs

Scottish men’s tandem 30 mile time trial record

1938 T.McGuiness Glasgow Eastern C.C. / J.Brinkins Glasgow Wheelers 1 hr 07 mins 26 secs
1959 N.D.Smith / S.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 1 hr 06 mins 07 secs
1986 R.Wilson V.C.Olympia / S.Wilson Stewart Wilson Cycles 1 hr 04 mins 28 secs

The tandem record was listed in Jock Shaw’s info, but Scottish Cycling is not currently publishing tandem records. I’m not certain if tandem records come under the auspices of Scottish Cycling / UCI rules or are a CTT thing.

Scottish mixed tandem 30 mile time trial record

1998 A.MacLean & I.Fletcher Nightingale C.C. 1 hr 07 min 53 secs

Scottish men’s 30 mile tricycle time trial record

1988 R.Shenton Velo Sportiv 1 hr 17 mins 49 secs

Scottish junior 30 mile time trial records

As at 2019, there were no junior 30 mile time trial records claimed in either men’s or women’s categories.

Scottish Road Champs, and the last Davie Bell

I heard on the Cycling Podcast  this week that this weekend’s road champs will also be the final edition of the Davie Bell road race.

Pocast host Richard Moore has been invited in a VIP capacity as a former winner. It’s a monument of Scottish cycling with a roll call of greats including Robert Millar, David Millar (no not that one), Jason McIntyre and pretty much everyone else who has had any success professionally or at the top of the amateur ranks.

“How come I didn’t know about this?!” I wailed. Chris Johnson did great publicity for the race in previous years, especially when the gravel sectors were included and when there was an appetite to step up to National A or even Premier status.

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Hat tip to Robbie Hassan

Robbie Hassan announced recently, on his blog, that he was hanging up his racing wheels.

Robbie was a Braveheart funded U23 rider who moved to Spain to race full time and have a real go at making it as a pro bike rider. He is someone who I have followed since getting into road cycling in 2008 and starting this blog so I wanted to tip my hat to his career, even if it has ended before he reached the goals he would have wanted.

The impact of a 12-week knee injury on top of struggles against health an allergy setbacks have led to the decision to call it a day.

As I followed the local racing scene in 2009 and 2010, Endura were dominating with a strong squad of all the best Scottish riders including Oliphant, Hand, McCallum, Lines and Creber. I celebrated any club rider who could get a result against them and got myself into trouble once or twice trying to stir up light-hearted banter on twitter that got taken badly.

Robbie Hassan
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Davie Lines – The (fire)man who would be king

Orinally published in the Dig In At The Dock 2014 programme in January, this piece, by David Hamill, looks back on Davie Lines’ 2013 cyclocross season and celebrates his choice as honorary reigning Scottish series champion.

Bike racing is a cruel sport. Most people who race bikes never win and those who do win will more often lose. Losing (or not winning) is something even the best bike racers need to get used to. It’s part of the sport. The history books don’t provide a great deal of discussion about who came second, third or fourth. If they did Davie Lines might be a bit of a legend.

Davie Lines works as a firefighter in Edinburgh and also races bikes for Starley Primal. If you were to assign Davie a specialism in bike racing it would probably be criterium road racing. As a past Scottish champ he’s got plenty of results to back this up. But to badge Davie a crit rider is to do him a disservice. He competes on the road, on the track and in cyclocross and he does this all at a very high level.  Continue reading

Dig Deep Coaching – cyclocross race tips

Dig Deep Coaching logo

Dig Deep Coaching comprises former pro riders Stephen Gallagher and Dan Fleeman, with Mandy Collie providing business expertise to the team.

The company works closely with National cyclocross champion Ian Field, who was up in Fife recently for a two-day training camp organised by some of the Team Leslie Bike Shop / Bikers Boutique people.

Ian Field & Eddy van IJzendoorn

Dan and Ian released a webinar entitled ‘Cyclocross Season – Time To Get Ready‘. The 1-hour presentation comprises audio and slides covering a vast array of tips to get more out of your cyclocross racing, including equipment choices, skills drills and training sessions.

I have always enjoyed absorbing as much of this sort of information I can during the past 5 years racing. While it’s always enjoyable and sociable to just go out and ride with clubmates, I found that doing working on my own (to heart rate, although power is better) with specific training sessions, and focusing on structured high intensity interval sessions allowed me to get the best race fitness while juggling the finely balanced work/family/cycling equation.

Tips from the Two Johns Podcast, Coach Joe Beer Podcast and Joe Friel’s website added to my knowledge over that time and I highly recommend the webinar above. If you want to take things further, Dig Deep Coaching offer 6 and 12 week training plans for cyclocross.

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“Dummy Jim” from Scotland to the Arctic circle

Filmmaker Matt Hulse has produced a biopic of deaf Aberdeenshire cyclist James Duthie, known as “Dummy Jim”, who cycled solo from Scotland to the Arctic circle in 1951.

The film is touring Scotland, starting at the Glasgow Film Theatre on 6th July, going around the North and North East, and finishing at the Edinburgh Film Festival on the 17th.

It weaves fiction, documentary, animation and archive to explore the eccentric adventures of profoundly deaf Scots long-distance cyclist James Duthie who hailed from the close-knit Aberdeenshire fishing community of Cairnbulg and Inverallochy. In 1951, he set out on a lone cycling tour to Morocco. After three months of pedalling, he reached the Arctic Circle. “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” 12 years in the making, Hulse crafts a multi-layered memorial to a quietly determined maverick and the community that shaped him, with present-day village inhabitants emerging as creative participants. Deaf actor Samuel Dore leads.

From Matt Hulse on Vimeo.

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Duthie kept a detailed journal of his marathon voyage and meticulously chronicled his myriad experiences. His original intention was to set off for Morocco.

But, as the trailer for the film points out, he never made it.

Instead, a much more dramatic scenario unfolded as the deaf Buchan cyclist entered a completely different world from anything he had experienced before.

“He was one of those adventurous souls who was very curious, very determined, and never let anything get in his way, and that was inspiring,” said Hulse.

“When you think that he was profoundly deaf and growing up in a small community in the 1930s and 1940s, this must have been a huge step for him to take.

“But, although things didn’t always go to plan and he faced difficulties, I like the idea of this wonky cyclist persevering and doing things his way.”

Scottish Time Trialling: photoset

I shot pictures at the Corrieri’s Classic 10 time trial in early March and posted them on Stirling Bike Club’s flickr account – the aim of the game being to get the action shots published as quickly as possible for the benefit of the competitors and the event organisers.

Gone are the days of race previews and news on this blog: Life, The Universe and Everything has taken over and the type of writing that isn’t time-bound has taken precendence: historical pieces, route reviews, and contributed content such as interviews or race PR from the organisers.

I wanted to revisit my photos from that TT though, and process a few of the image files to give an alternative view. Amidst the action and competitor shots, I wanted to look for the little details and take a few sideways glances at racing against the clock – similar to how Balint Hamvas shoots cyclocross. Not being a time trial stalwart myself, this was a challenge – do these evoke the feel of an early season TT in Scotland? What are the feelings that run through your mind as you warm up, head to the start, and the clock ticks down to your start time?


Headwind on the course.

A chat before the start
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Gabriella Nordin at Tour of the Battenkill

Gabriella Nordin should be known to the female racers in the Scottish scene and to most of the men who pay attention to the women’s scene. But to those of you who don’t, she is a 25-year old postgraduate student who races in the tartan and black of Pedal Power RT.

I had noticed Gabriella entering some pretty big races recently – she seemed to be taking the sport about as seriously as an amateur can do. She raced the Tour of the Reservoir this weekend but unfortunately was caught in a crash that scuppered her race. She is coached by pedal power employee Gary Hand, who also races for KTM Road and Trail and is current Scottish Elite RR Champion. “Having a specific training program makes it much easier to juggle training with my studies. This is the first season that I’m doing structured training and I’m noticing the benefits so far,” she told me.

She has contributed to the blog her report of her race at the Pro/1/2 women’s race at the Tour of the Battenkill, a one-day race in Cambridge, upstate New York, in the style of the European Cobbled Classics.
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Make the difference to your cycling training – with yoga?

This piece was originally provided by Simon Kirkness for the Dig In At The Dock race programme this January. He had had a blistering start to the cross season in Autumn 2013 with a podium place at Callendar Park. I asked him what had made the difference in getting improved results. If you are starting to make a plan for the 2014-15 ‘cross season, or just getting back into proper riding after winter hibernation, read on for inspiration…

I was getting a bit tired of being the pumped not the pumper, so after the end of last season I changed a few things to try to compete with the fast boys and give me the edge on some of the other guys. We all know it’s not about just riding the bike faster, harder and longer – there’s a bit more to it.

Lomond Shores CX 2013 (15 of 23)
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Crit on the Campus 2014: Youth race reports

The following report may used by any news outlets provided Stirling Bike Club / Owen Philipson are credited.

Stirling Bike Club’s inaugural Crit on the Campus was held today (Sunday 23rd March) at the chilly but sunny setting of Stirling University. Organiser Andrew Wilson had negotiated a traffic-free closed circuit on Scotland’s most beautiful campus. The challenging circuit was to reward technically skilled riders with long speed bumps, a few small ramps and some swooping bends included.

Youth D/E
The action-packed day kicked off at 8:30 with under-10 and under-8 boys and girls competing together in the Youth D/E category for 15 minutes +1 lap. Owen Moran of North Argyll CC beat 18 other boys to win the Youth D category by 4 seconds followed by Archie Ellen of Edinburgh RC in 2nd and Robin Purves of Stirling BC closely behind in 3rd.

The Glasgow Riderz dominated the 7 girls in the Youth D category, with Imani Pereira-Jones, Skye Donnelly and Kasha Butz taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Jacob Moore win the Youth E boys with the riders in the same age category grouping themselves together – Jake Speed of Tay Titans only 2 seconds behind him and Andrew Brewer of Glasgow Riderz a few seconds further back in 3rd.

Lastly, of the three Youth E girls competing in the race, Isla McCutcheon of Johnstone Jets beat Kristin Peil of Edinburgh RC and Katie Sandilands, Ross-shire CC.

Youth C
Next up was the Youth C category for riders under 12. At the front of the race, the win came down to a sprint for the line, with Hamish McLaren of Johnstone Jets just pipping Callum Reid of Stirling BC in a photo finish. Aaron King was 2 seconds back in 3rd.

Crit on the Campus 2014

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