Scottish cycling podcast 3: my 2016 predictions

After my last episode at the Scottish cyclocross champs I got some great feedback and discussion on Facebook in the Scottish cyclocross group. I was really pleased to see this – I’m not aiming to be controversial for the sake of it, or to draw attention, but to raise constructive discussion points and this is what happened, so thans everyone who commented.

I thought I would keep the run going with an ‘inbetweenisode’ – just me talking. Tis the season to make woefully inaccurate prognostications, but I’m not much of a gambler, so I’ve gone for a few fairly safe predictions for the Scottish cycling scene in 2016.

Blogger Spokedoke has posted his view of how the future of cycling will look and this is a good look at the way things are changing in international pro road cycling.

  • Light weight bikes with the removal of 6.8kg rule
  • How this might affect:
    •    Disc brakes on road bikes
    •    Power meters
  • Thought on Rio Olympics and how athletics doping crisis may affect things

In the podcast, I delve into my humble predictions for the coming year with a Scotland-centric hat on.

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Rise of cyclocross
– not hard to predict, we’re already seeing two new series post-Christmas, last year was a record with maybe 4 after christmas, this year its 12
– it seems every year there are new record numbers of riders
– word of mouth
– word of mouth is happening online, the biggest buzz I have noticed of any discipline is in this area – people who don’t ride cross notice it so will try it
– great for young riders
– great for families
– great for amateurs, vets
– good for elites but could be better – lack of Olympic discipline does mean
– however Brian Cookson has mentioned he is aiming for it to be included in the winter olympics
Callander Park bid for National Trophy status

Dig in at the Dock 2015Rise of track I think before and immediately after Glasgow 2014 there was a bit of a surge in track interest but then it plateaued a bit. Even though world class right nearby, and even though it’s cheap to take part. I’ve still not completed my accred 4 – it’s easier for the average cyclist to head out of the door and I don’t know huge numbers doing track. It’s a wee bit beauraucratic to get qualified and get on the boards BUT… That’s not really where I see the ‘rise of track’ next year. Many track races are Olympic and Commonwealth events so are naturally well-funded and supported by SC – it’s where Scotland gets the most ‘bang for its buck’ amongst the public, general sports fans and general cycling enthusiasts; outwith the committed cycling community. This means its the place where our young riders are encouraged to race and develop and having the facility is only a good thing for Scottish cycling – we’ll see more top level riders coming through. – as we enter an olympic year we’ll be hearing more about Scotland’s best track riders: – scratch race specialist Mark Stewart who won gold at world cup in New Zealand – former world team pursuit champion Katie Archibald – triple paralympic gold medallist aileen mcglynn -all of whom should hopefully feature at the olympics Track Cycling - Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth GamesPeople are still looking for a “customer experience” that is satisfying – be it cyclocross, sportives or track events. With the use of social media it seems that the volunteer organisers have the ability to gain traction and response rapidly. – Eg feedback that longest lap is gimmicky, and track league has taken feedback on board and improved.

Rise of professionalism
– 2 riders signed to Raleigh Craig Wallace who had been racing in spain Fraser Martin from Spokes Racing
– new cx series backed by a private company -and South Lanarkshire council Round 1 in Chatelherault (is that in France by the way?!)
Rise of partnerships, for example:
Borders council for the Tour of Britain
– Stirling Council for Crit under the Castle

The break in Galashiels