Next weekend I’m doing the Lothian Flyer road race, a cat4/vets/womens event. The event is organised by Edinburgh RC, in memory of Archie Craig. Road Races are often held in memory of a rider or someone who has had a big influence on a club, so I thought I’d share some links showing who Archie Craig, ‘The Lothian Flyer’, was.
If you click on the link to the ERC website there are two obituaries that summarise and celebrate his career after his death in 2000.
As captain of the Lothian Cycling Club, Mr Craig set numerous place-to-place records in the late 1930s, and his proudest record was the Edinburgh to Berwick and back in five hours and 15 minutes. He was one of Britain’s best cyclists during this time, doing consistently well in British road races and in the solo record attempts that were very popular at the time.
•Award-winning average speed of 20.788mph in Cycling magazine best all-rounder competition 1937
•Silver medal Scottish team time trial championship 1937, with Lothian team T. Morrison & R. Anderson 14:23:09
•Morecambe to Bradford road race of 1945 – 3:10:00
•Edinburgh to Berwick and back – 5:15:00
•Edinburgh to Glasgow, 1933 – 4:15:00