Jimmy Fraser, Scottish and American champ

Johnstone Wheelers Race

Here’s a great piece of trivia and history via Robert Baird, a connoisseur of Scottish cycling history.

The photo above shows Chryston Wheelers riders (l/r) Tommy Clarke, Jimmy Fraser and Tom Jardine at the start of a race promoted by the Johnstone Wheelers. Jimmy Fraser emigrated to America and won the American over-45 road racing championship in 1991. He now lives in Conneticut and has the same championship jersey as Lance Armstrong and George Hincapie. The photo comes from Tom Jardine himself.

There’s a small image found elsewhere on the net of Jimmy in his US National Champion’s jersey.

He also won the Scottish Road Race championship at Kilmarnock in the mid 70s while home on holiday. That must be the only person to have won national titles in the USA and Scotland – I wonder how many other riders have won national jerseys in more than one country? Cillian Kelly of The Irish Peloton and This Week in Cycling History would be the man for that stat.

He explained that from an Irish point of view, two riders, Dan Martin and Matt Brammeier have won titles in Ireland and Britain. They have both won the Irish National Road Race championship and Martin won the junior British road race and Brammeier won the British U-23 TT. It’s a bit different with junior and U23 titles though- as you can always affiliate with another country for senior nationality.

Brian Smith is another who has won the British Road Race title and [edit] I would have assumed won the Scottish RR. In fact his best finish was 3rd in Aberdeen in 1989 behind Andy Young and Roddy Riddle. He did win the Scottish schoolboys Road Race though.[/edit]

Below is Jimmy fraser on his way to win in a 100 mile road race in Stowe, Vermont. This was taken prior to the two week visit home to Scotland in which he won the Scottish senior RR champs. (was it ’73 or ’74?)

JIMMY FRASER.USA 100MILE RR

I asked Robert for more information on him, and he was remembered as a great rider with the Chryston and a really nice guy as well. Here’s a shot of him in his early days riding a 32 mile two-up with Billy Barrie, in Gartocharn in the late 60s. From Harry Tweed’s flickr photostream:

JIMMY AND BILLY