Courtesy of Jennie Wells comes an image of Joe Christison of the Edinburgh Comet RC lining up for the start of a race.
There is a great set of images of the Edinburgh Comet RC riders in the 1950s – click through and explore them. Jennie’s father is John Gilliatt, who raced along with Joe Christison.
Joe Christison is pictured above- a rider who it seems little is known, these days, which does not seem commensurate with his ability. I blogged about his story in a post last year- Tour-racing.co.uk republished some archive articles about his lost chance to go to the Grand Prix des Nations– back then then the unofficial World Championship time trial.
Click through for my post, and the piece on tour-racing.co.uk – interesting story.
On the Braveheart Forum, former pro and recently-retired race organiser Jimmy Rae commented:
I remember as a junior riding out to the Tour de Trossachs 1953 with my clubmates in the Thistle and watch Joe winning, knocked he minutes off the course record, I followed his career and witness the sad demise of the pro and independent class, The last time I raced with Joe was in the the Tour of Scotland in 1958, I was in the race wining break with him and John Lackey, Joe offered to work and help me win the race which contained all the Empire Games riders.
Information is required for identifying the riders in the photos – please help if you can.