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’.
I’ve covered Dig In in various ways over the years. Check out this other content:
In my first ever video blog, I do a bit of ‘active travel’, first cycling to work, then taking my bike on the train to Edinburgh for the afternoon. A look at integrated transport in Scotland.
It was interesting to chat with Stirling Cycle Hub and I was grateful that Suzanne came on video at a moment’s notice. They have been doing good work at Stirling Train Station for several years now. I hope to get back there soon to do more audio or video content.
Watched The Road to Roubaix recently- a good documentary on the Queen of the Spring Classics. Thanks to @StumpyRider for lending it to me- the power of twitter strikes again!
The race is of course famed for it’s brutal cobbled sections. One of the most interesting things I took from it was that most of the bikes used in the race will never be ridden professionally again.
The pros all shower in an ancient concrete/stone changing room, with separate stalls badged with the names of the winners. It had the feel of a local race- everyone washing down together, no primadonnas here.
As a photography enthusiast, I also enjoyed the creative process of Timm Kölln with his series of gritty post-race portraits, titled The Peloton.
Shots of Maclean’s track cycling as he trains for the Olympics are set against a voice-over of the epic story of Odysseus, along with a tense soundtrack. It’s maybe a bit over-dramatic but I’m all in favour of artistic or creative interpretations of sports footage. The film captures a contrast between long hours of punishing training to the short, explosive team sprint.
PS Craig Maclean is #8 on my Top 10 Scottish Cyclists of All Time.
PPS I never knew Craig played the drums.