Scottish 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.

My original interest in time trial records goes back to 2010, when I was searching for Scottish 10 mile time trial champions and found that Scottish Cycling’s information was not up to date. That led to a mini online rant. A few weeks later, I was out for a ride and received a call from none other than the president of Scottish Cycling himself, who assured me that they were working to update things. How he got my number I’ll never know…

Check out the links below where I’ve published the historic time trial records and filled in the gaps with the help of Scottish Cycling’s most recent information, and guidance from the Scottish cycling community.

10 Miles  – men’s
10 Miles – women’s
25 Miles
30 Miles
50 Miles
100 Miles
12 hours
24 hours

By Jock Shaw:

Up to 1931 no one in Britain bothered with Competition Records. There was a huge range of place to place records and straightaway records but no such thing as Competition Records. 

“Cycling*” started the B.A.R. in 1930 and later, in 1931, there was an article in “Cycling” pointing this out and saying that the fastest 50 recorded in competition was 2 hrs 05 mins 07 secs at Easter 1927 by F.W.Southall. In that article they also posed the question “What is a Competition Record?” They came to the conclusion that Competition Records should only be recognised if they were done in open races. At that time the vast majority of races were club confined.

In 1932 competition records were first recognised by the Scottish Amateur Racing Association. Which was formed in 1889.They seem to have been a loose organisation of some sort who simply recognised the records set up in 1932 but there are little snippets of information which are intriguing. 

e.g. J.Quigley in his second 25 was “a few seconds short of the 25 miles record”, in his third 25 he “broke the record by 79 seconds” but there was no official record! The same rider “covered 227.00 miles in 12 hours six miles better than the previous recorded best”. (E.McCabe did 221 miles in 1931). 

There were also events where no team time was recorded. The team race seems to have been of little interest up to that time.

I started my search using the S.C.U.’s 1953 handbook, the first one printed after the reconstitution. 

Using the record list published in it I found a number of omissions and errors. There is no mention of a 50 mile team record in 1932 and no mention of a 100 mile team record in 1932. 

I checked all the “Cyclings” of 1932 but not all results are shown so I’ve published the times that were claimed as records. J.Quigley broke the 25 mile record three times in 1932 but only the final record is shown in the published list at the end of the season. We still do this in our current handbook.

As a matter of interest there were no mens 10 mile records recognised in Scotland until 1971 and 10 miles races were only reported in “Cycling” if they were ladies events!

I’ve included all the records I found, some not previously listed and, as far as I could, I’ve eliminated as many of the anomalies as I can but it is very possible that I could have missed something, I cannot be 100% sure. All I can say I’ve done my best.

– Jock Shaw

*The magazine that started as ‘Cycling’ has now evolved into Cycling Weekly.