12 months ago, when I started looking into the top Scottish Cyclists of all time, someone asked incredulously: “how can you forget Brian Smith!”. Being relatively new to road cycling, I had never heard of him- but after realising he completed the Giro d’Italia, won the British Road race championship (twice), and finished a few classics, it became obvious pretty quickly that he is the one of the best riders Scotland has had. Although now in retirement, Brian continues to have a big influence on cycling in Scotland forward via the Braveheart fund, which supports young talented riders.
By Alastair Hamilton on PEZ cycling news: covering his career, some moving thoughts on Jason McIntyre’s death, some background to the Braveheart fund, and comments on riders such as Gianni Bugno, Freddy Maertens, Cadel Evans and his father Don Smith.
By Ed Hood for the Braveheart fund: focusing on Brian’s 1994 season, which was a big year with a ride on Motorola, the Giro d’Italia with Andy Hampsten, Sean Yates and a young Lance Armstrong, but not shying away from the tough reality of life as a pro, fighting for contracts.
Finally Brian Palmer on the washing machine post centres largely on the present: life after retirement with cycling.tv, the Braveheart fund, and the Tour of Britain.