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Scottish 25 mile time trial records

Pictured is Jason McIntyre in the 2006 Tour de Trossachs, which he won in the British National 25 mile TT champion’s jersey. Picture: Jamie Forbes / Glasgow Ivy CC.

See my Scottish time trial records post for a full index list of records. These were originally compiled by Jock Shaw.

The Scottish ’25’ has been recorded since 1932 and was originally recognised by the Scottish Amateur Racing Association.

Scottish men’s 25 mile time trial records

The record for this popular distance was bettered gradually, with seconds chipped off the mark until the hour was broken in 1944 and then Dave Hannah took over 30 seconds off it in 1980 with 53:58.

Graeme Obree narrowly beat the record in 1989, setting 52:49. He went on to dominate for the next five years, shaving 25 seconds off in 1991 and then taking an incredible 2:36 off his own record later that year. In 1994 he took almost another minute off, posting 48:43 and this record stood for 23 years until John Archibald broke it in 2017.

Graeme Obree narrowly beat the record in 1989, setting 52:49. He went on to dominate for the next five years, shaving 25 seconds off in 1991 and then taking an incredible 2:36 off his own record later that year. In 1994 he took almost another minute off, posting 48:43 and this record stood for 23 years until John Archibald broke it in 2017.

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1932 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 1 hr 03 mins 56 secs
1932 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 1 he 03 mins 31 secs
1932 J.Quigley Lanarkshire R.C. 1 hr 02 mins 52 secs
1936 J.B.Berwick Lanarkshire R.C. 1 hr 02 mins 29 secs
1937 G.Lawrie Aberdeen Paragon C.C 1 hr 02 mins 16 secs
1939 J.Brinkins Glasgow Wheelers 1 hr 01 mins 54 secs
1939 W.Scott Crawick Wheelers 1 hr 01 mins 21 secs
1940 W.Scott Crawick Wheelers 1 hr 00 mins 54 secs
1944 D.Scott Crawick Wheelers 59 mins 55 secs
1949 J.Paton Hamilton C.C. 59 mins 41 secs
1949 J.Scott Law Wheelers 59 mins 40 secs
1950 J.Scott Law Wheelers 59 mins 37 secs
1950 J.Williams Law Wheelers 59 mins 30 secs
1950 A.Hamilton Law Wheelers 59 mins 19 secs
1952 J.Scott Law Wheelers 59 mins 11 secs
1952 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow United C.C. 59 mins 09 secs
1952 S.F.Higginson Halesowen C. & A.C. 58 mins 47 secs
1952 D.J.Keeler Vegetarian C. & A.C. 58 mins 11 secs
1957 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow Suburban C.C. 58 mins 09 secs
1957 A.H.Dickson Ivy C.C. 57 mins 48 secs
1958 E.V.Mitchell Glasgow Suburban C.C. 57 mins 35 secs
1960 E.C.Brown Stirlingshire R.C. 57 mins 34 secs
1960 A.H.Dickson Ivy C.C. 57 mins 30 secs
1961 P.Robertson Central Scotland Wheelers 57 mins 24 secs
1962 N.Molyneaux Lomond Roads C.C. 57 mins 03 secs
1962 J.McMillan Tranent Thistle C.C. 56 mins 42 secs
1964 J.McMillan Velo Sportiv 56 mins 25 secs
1964 J.McMillan Velo Sportiv 56 mins 17 secs
1965 J.McMillan Velo Sportiv 55 mins 33 secs
1979 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connors Cycles 55 mins 32 secs
1980 D.Lloyd Birkenhead North End C.C. 54 mins 32 secs
1980 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connors Cycles 53 mins 58 secs
1987 D.Hannah Regent C.C./Connor/ESSO 53 mins 28 secs
1988 J.O’Donovan Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquar 53 mins 13 secs
1989 D.Hannah Albany Wheelers/C.R.Smith 52 mins 59 secs
1989 G.Obree Wallacehill C.C./AOS/Olympia 52 mins 49 secs
1991 G.Obree Glasgow Wheelers/ASSOS 52 mins 24 secs
1991 G.Obree Glasgow Wheelers/ASSOS 49 mins 48 secs
1994 G.Obree Professional Cycling Association 48 mins 43 secs
2017 John Archibald, Pro Vision Scotland 47 mins 57 secs

Men’s 25 mile time trial team records

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
1932 Douglas C.C. T.J.Poustie, R.J.Thomson & R.Martin 3 hrs 19 mins 04 secs
1933 Lanarkshire R.C. J.Quigley, J.Dow & J.Warnock 3 hrs 18 mins 47 secs
1934 Lanarkshire R.C. J.Quigley, J.B.Berwick & J.Kemp 3 hrs 16 mins 20 secs
1935 Lanarkshire R.C. D.McIntyre, J.McFadyen & J.Morgan 3 hrs 14 mins 26 secs
1936 Lanarkshire R.C. J.B.Berwick, J.Morgan & J.Kemp 3 hrs 10 mins 34 secs
1941 Glasgow Wheelers J.Brinkins, A.Hendry & H.Herd 3 hrs 08 mins 35 secs
1947 Forfarshire R.C. W.Cameron, J.MacDonald & A.McGowan 3 hrs 07 mins 04 secs
1948 Leeds St Christophers C.C. C.P.G.Duggan, L.Wilson & T.Power 3 hrs 04 mins 46 s
1950 Law Wheelers J.Scott, A.Williams & A.Hamilton 3 hrs 01 mins 39 secs
1952 Halesowen C.& A.C. S. & B.Higginson & K.Sharp 3 hrs 01 mins 00 secs
1957 Stirlingshire R.C. E.Brown, T.Rennie & E.Glenn 3 hrs 00 mins 55 secs
1958 Perth United C.C. A.Bell, J.Morgan & A.Taylor 3 hrs 00 mins 38 secs
1959 Wallacehill C.C. R. & G.Kinnear & F.Smith 3 hrs 00 mins 08 secs
1959 Wallacehill C.C. R. & G.Kinnear & T.Heron 2 hrs 59 mins 57 secs
1959 Wallacehill C.C. R. & G.Kinnear & M.Blacklock 2 hrs 59 mins 50 secs
1960 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Martin, N.Smith & S.Sutherland 2 hrs 59 mins 34 secs
1960 Belleisle R.C. F.Connel, D.Devlin & G.Watson 2 hrs 58 mins 19 secs
1962 Lomond Roads C.C. N.Molyneaux, A.McGibbon & T.Dugan 2 hrs 57 mins 17 secs
1962 Lomond Roads C.C. N.Molyneaux, J.Linden & A.McGibbon 2 hrs 54 mins 53 secs
1962 Lomond Roads C.C. N.Molyneaux, J.Linden & J.Leitch 2 hrs 54 mins 25 secs
1966 Velo Sportiv J.McMillan, R.Gardner & G.Cairns 2 hrs 52 mins 53 secs
1980 Glasgow United C.C. A.Hewitt, A. & S. Donaldson 2 hrs 52 mins 24 secs
1981 Regent C.C./ D.Hannah, A.McGinty & A.Hewitt 2 hrs 49 mins 57 secs
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1981 Regent C.C./ D.Whitehall, A.Hewitt & J.Clark 2 hrs 46 mins 55 secs
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1985 Regent C.C./ Connor/ESSO D.Hannah, A.Hewitt & M.Little 2 hrs 46 mins 43 s
1988 Edinburgh R.C. P.Hutton, R.Peploe & P.Haggart 2 hrs 45 mins 23 secs
1995 G.S.Modena/ A.B.Hamilton D.Gibson, G.Hutchison & S.Beech 2 hrs 43 mins 10 s
1996 Edinburgh B.C./ Montpeliers J.Gladwell, I.Spence & B.Cook 2 hrs 41 mins 09 s
1997 Dunfermline & District C.C. G.Hutchison, D.Barnes & A.Temple 2 hrs 40 mins 47 s
1997 Edinburgh B.C./ Montpeliers R.McLean, I.Spence & S.Smith 2 hrs 39 mins 43 s
1998 G.S.Modena/ A.B.Hamilton D.Gibson, J.Cusick & N.Skene 2 hrs 37 mins 35 s
2018 Robert Friel, David Griffiths, Ross Thomson Bioracer-Project GO 2 h 30m 29s

(not certain if I have missed a record between 1998 and 2018)

Scottish women’s 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1946 I. Adams Nightingale C.C. 1 hr 08 mins 13 secs
1949 I. Campbell Nightingale C.C. 1 hr 08 mins 06 secs
1950 I. Campbell Nightingale C.C. 1 hr 07 mins 07 secs
1951 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 1 hr 06 mins 28 secs
1952 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roads C.C. 1 hr 05 mins 52 secs
1953 J.Sutherland Musselburgh Roas C.C. 1 hr 03 mins 54 secs
1969 B.Burton Morley C.C. 58 mins 50 secs
1990 S.Phillips Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 57mins 18 secs
1998 Andrea Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks 55 mins 57 secs
2000 Andrea Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks 55 mins 32 secs
2018 Victoria Smith Aerocoach 54m 52s

Scottish women’s 25 mile time trial team records

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
1949 Heatherbell A.Nelson, M.Pike & E.Nisbet, Ladies C.C. 3 hrs 32 mins 04 secs
1953 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & M.Cooper 3 hrs 30 mins 06 secs
1953 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & M.Cooper 3 hrs 29 mins 13 secs
1954 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, M.McGregor & A.Grannum 3 hrs 25 mins 50 secs
1954 Musselburgh R.C.C. J.Sutherland, A.Turnbull & M.McGregor 3 hrs 25 mins 16 secs
1958 Johnstone Wheelers R.Jones, G.Brierly & M.Robertson 3 hrs 18 mins 38 secs
1993 Team Caledonia J.Hewson, E.Whittaker & E.Forde 3 hrs 15 mins 56 secs
1995 Johnstone Wheelers/ Dooleys Cycles E.Clark, Z.Anderson & L.Cusick 3 hrs 14 mins 52 secs
1996 Team Caledonia C.Cook, E.Forde & J.Wright 3 hrs 07 mins 01 secs

The most recent 25 mile time trial team records published by Scottish Cycling list a team of two women – at some point on the way the rules may have changed about how many riders are required to constitute a team time.

2009 Mari Todd and Fiona Duncan Sandy Wallace Cycles 1h 57m 13s
2019 Catriona McGillvray and Pamela Craig, RT23 1h 56m 24s

Scottish veteran men’s 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1982 P.Harley Glasgow Wheelers 56 mins 19 secs
1986 A.Gilchrist Manchester Wheelers/Trumans Steels 55 mins 00 secs
1993 D.Hannah Denny C.C. 53 mins 45 secs
1997 Davie Millar V.C.Astar/Anderside Tools 51 mins 23 secs
2018 Douglas Watson GTR – Return to Life 49m 01s

Scottish veteran women’s 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1982 R.Montgomery Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 24 mins 35 secs
1986 R.Montgomery Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 24 mins 18 secs
1989 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 24 mins 11 secs
1990 E.Clark Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 23 mins 55 secs
1999 A.Pogson Letchworth Schills 22 mins 56 secs
2000 A.Pogson Midlothian R.T./The Bicycleworks 22 mins 44 secs

Scottish junior men’s 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1975 D.Porter Musselburgh Roads C.C. 58 mins 38 secs
1978 A.Adams Dunfermline & District C.C. 57 mins 40 secs
1980 Steve McCaw Scotia Sports C.C./Dales Cycles 57 mins 25 secs
1980 Steve McCaw Scotia Sports C.C./Dales Cycles 56 mins 51 secs
1984 L.Simpson Deeside Thistle C.C. 56 mins 49 secs
1990 N.Brown Deeside Thistle C.C./Cameron Farquhar 56 mins 27 secs
1994 N.Walker Loudoun R.C. 56 mins 26 secs
1996 A.Ramsey Aberdeen Wheelers 55 mins 51 secs
1998 B.Duncan Deeside Thistle C.C./Positioning Resources 55 mins 43 secs
2000 Russell Anderson Team Velo Ecosse 54 mins 48 secs
2000 Russell Anderson Team Velo Ecosse 53 mins20 secs

Scottish junior women’s 25 mile time trial records

2017 Georgia Mansefield RT23 1h 04m 00s

Jock Shaw’s list of historical information did not include any junior women’s records. I’ve started with the most recent mark published by Scottish Cycling.

Scottish junior men’s 25 mile time trial team record

YEAR CLUB MEMBERS TIME
2000 TeamVelo Ecosse R.Anderson & R.McNeill 1 hr 56 mins 46 secs
2018 Alasdair Munro, Kyle Cartmell RT 23 1h 50m 49s

Scottish youth male 25 mile time trial records

YEAR NAME CLUB TIME
1983 Brian Smith Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 1 hr 03 mins 11 secs
1983 Brian Smith Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 1 hr 02 mins 15 secs
1983 Brian Smith Johnstone Wheelers/Dooleys Cycles 1 hr 01 mins 57 secs
1983 S.Smith Scotia Sports C.C./Stewart Guages 1 hr 01 mins 30 secs
1984 J.Evans Loudoun R.C. 1 hr 00 mins 38 secs
1987 Jim Gladwell Loudoun R.C. 1 hr 00 mins 13 secs
1987 J.Gladwell Loudoun R.C. 59 mins 07 secs
1988 D.Adam Dale R.C. 58 mins 23 secs
1998 Russell Anderson Velo Sportiv 57 mins 20 secs
1998 Russell Anderson Velo Sportiv 55 mins 28 secs
1999 Russell Anderson Velo Sportiv 55 mins 13 secs
1999 Russell Anderson Velo Sportiv 53 mins 12 secs

Scottish youth female 25 mile time trial records

2016 Ellie Park Johnstone Wheelers CC 1h 7m 18s

Jock Shaw’s list of historical information did not include any youth women’s records. There were ‘juvenile boys’ records, which I’ve listed above as ‘youth’. I’ve started with the most recent youth girls mark published by Scottish Cycling – they don’t include historical info – only the most up-to-date record.

Scottish men’s tandem 25 mile time trial record

YEAR NAMES CLUBS TIME
1986 J.Murdoch Edinburgh R.C. / George Berwick 58 mins 08 secs
1987 R.Wilson V.C.Olympia/ S.Wilson Stewart Wilson Cycles 54 mins 52 secs
1989 E.Baxter / P.Haggart Edinburgh R.C. 52 mins 23 secs

Scottish mixed tandem 25 mile time trial record

YEAR NAMES CLUB TIME
1992 J.O’Donovan & S.Phillips Deeside Thistle C.C./ Positioning Resources 52 mins 53 s

Scottish veteran men’s tandem 25 mile time trial record

1966 57.22
2018 Mark Leadbetter / Donald Maclean (Stirling BC) 57 mins 12 secs
2019 Nigel Holl Stirling BC / teammate? 55 mins 23 secs
2019 Nigel Holl Stirling BC / teammate? 54:47

Obree the innovator: predecessors to Old Faithful

On a recent This Week In Cycling History podcast, John Galloway and Cilian Kelly went off on a tangent (as they sometimes do) musing over the origins of Graeme Obree’s aero tuck position, used to break Francesco Moser’s hour record on his Old Faithful’ bike in 1993.

Obree was an innovator, rethinking his position on the bike and the bike itself,  achieving aerodynamic gains by  going back to first principles and bringing a ‘beginner’s mind’ to bike engineering. I’ve heard him speak about this in person several times – he would look at his bike and think (or maybe say out loud) ‘what if I had never seen a bike before – what would I do differently?’

Early frame innovations

Obree could weld his own frames and would design  Found on Bob Reid’s homage to the Flying Scot bicycle, the picture below shows some of the genesis of his frame innovations:

One predecessor of ‘old faithful’ was this machine he built and seen here at a road race in Carluke in 1987. The short back end prevented Graeme from using double chain-rings and the frame has a brazed-on chain guide.

Obree custom frame 1987

You can read about Obree’s story in his own words in ‘The Flying Scotsman’

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Help kick start an Obree film

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to see Richard Moore quiz Graeme Obree on his career at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

He was his usual eccentric yet inspirational self with several lines sticking in the memory and making you think again about the way you view things – which is his default way of looking at the world.

He talked about owning his bike shop and being in the comfort zone, as many of us often are, like a ball sitting on a flat surface. Sometimes something comes along to nudge that, and sets the ball off in a new direction.

Motivation and determination are key to his make-up: for example, he asked: would Moser (the previous hour record holder to Obree) have ‘chucked’ a training session in the snow, if he had had two punctures and frozen hands?

Being ‘willing to die’ and ‘getting the ‘last bit of toothpaste out of the tube’ were two ways of describing 100% effort needed to break a record that stuck in my mind.

During the evening, we watched a short rough cut of footage shot at Obree’s world speed record attempt in the USA. Read on to find out more of the background to his record attempt and Journey Pictures’ kickstarter campaign that will transform the thousands of hours of film into a documentary.

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A night with Graeme Obree at Ronde 24 Nov

Here is some info about an appearance by the great Graeme Obree that readers may be interested in.

On Saturday 24th November, Magdala Media (organisers of the Scottish Bike Show) & Ronde Bicycle Outfitters will be hosting ‘A Night with Graeme OBree’ celebrating the Scottish legend’s achievements in cycling and the upcoming cycling land speed record. Taking place in Edinburgh at Ronde, this special evening will be open to the public to attend, including an interview session with Graeme to be lead by the Founders of the ‘Velo Club Don Logan‘ podcast, followed by Q & A from the audience.

Neil Dryden, Ronde Bicycle Outfitters commented, “To have such a prestigious ambassador for Scottish Cycling coming to our premises is amazing. We often host in-house evenings showcasing various new brands and niche designers, but to have one of my hero’s at the store is really quite exciting.”

Graeme will discuss his amateur and professional cycling career including becoming the World Hour record holder, his brushes with the UCI, rivalry with Chris Boardman, Drugs in cycling and coming right up to date with his world land speed record attempt aboard The Beastie – his latest and most radical bike design.

‘Beastie’ will be on show during the evening and will provide all attendees with an up close and detailed view of the ingenious and revolutionary design the Flying Scotsman built from nothing.

There are a small number of tickets available for ‘A Night with Graeme Obree’ at £18.00 per person. From 7pm – 10pm, the entry price will include complimentary wine, cheese and nibbles.

To pre-register your tickets, contact info@magdalamedia.com or neil@rondebike.com Tickets will also be available to buy at the Ronde Store this Friday 9th November:

66-68 Hamilton Place Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AZ

Tickets sold are on a first come, first served basis – we look forward to celebrating the evening with everyone.

Return of the Flying Scotsman

Most of you should have heard of Graeme Obree’s upcoming attempt on the World human-powered vehicle land-speed record. If you haven’t, watch this video. And if you have, also watch this video, because Graeme is brilliant.

[edit 2015: Humans Invent seems to have vanished but the video is still available on youtube.]

It’s like time trialling but without the UCI regulations on bike dimensions. Without restrictions, the type of bike that you tend towards is a recumbent with full aerodynamic faring, an ideal outlet for Obree’s design innovation and creativity. Speeds of up to 80mph can be reached and if conditions are right he hopes to hit 100mph.

If you’ve got time for a more in-depth listen, check out this audio from Jack Thurston of The Bike Show, during Graeme’s visit to Look Mum No Hands cafe in London. Graeme goes into detail about the land speed record as well as topics like motivation, training, nutrition and more.

And you can see Graeme speak in person at Stirling University this Wednesday, 28th March at the Pathfoot Building. It’s free, followed by a screening of Chasing Legends at the Macrobert cinema.

Scottish Cycling Foods IV: Marzipan

“We have evolved to eat food” said Graham Obree at a recent talk at Look Mum No Hands cycling café in the East End of London. He was speaking to Jack Thurston of The Bike Show to promote his new training manual, The Obree Way.

Energy drinks can be indigestible– you’re bypassing the first stage of digestion which takes place in the mouth, and with energy bars you end up breathing in crumbs.

So his ingeniously low-fi solution for energy food is a lump of marzipan in the cheek, hamster-style, that can dissolve and be munched on gradually as you ride. “How can you not like marzipan?” he asks, rhetorically, at the talk.

Marzipan is yummy!...

It is well worth a listen, click through to the Bike Show website and scroll to the bottom for the audio. It’s also availble on iTunes as a podcast download.

Scottish cycling foods III: Tunnocks
Scottish Cycling foods II: Irn Bru
Scottish Cycling foods I: Oatcakes
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Graeme Obree to open Etape Caledonia 2011

Graeme Obree, aka The Flying Scotsman, has confirmed he will open this year’s Macmillan Cancer Support Etape Caledonia cycle challenge – immediately after bearing formal witness to the start line nuptials of fundraisers Rick Millin & Jo Louden who will tie the knot in front of 5000 participants in the UK’s biggest closed road cycling event.


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Race-pace.net blog

A quick plug for a twitter associate, Phil Jones, who has relaunched his blog at race-pace.net. Phil is a big fan of Sir Chris and Graeme Obree, and met them both- booking Obree for public speaking, and attending a business lunch with Hoy.

Questions for Sir Chris Hoy
Graeme Obree interview

Phil, like me is relatively new to the sport of cycling and has posted several useful pieces such as an introduction to bike fit and bike buying guides.

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Jason McIntyre and Graeme Obree 2007

Jason McIntyre in 2007 riding an 18:49 to win a midweek 10 on the West Ferry course. I mistakenly thought this was the Scottish Championships, but David Martin aka threepockets advised me on twitter that the champs were on the A77 that year. He won that too, and beat a record held by Graeme Obree.

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For some reason I feel a bit of a fraud posting pics and info about Jason- his untimely death was relatively recent and he is sorely missed by many in Scottish Cycling. It still feels a bit close to the bone and I don’t want to be jumping on the bandwagon. As I’m new to the sport, I never watched him race but I still enjoy learning more about such a class rider.

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Graeme Obree in the colours of his local club, Fullarton Wheelers, riding a typically massive gear.

thanks to Ian Johnston on flickr for permission to use the pictures. Click on the images to see his other photography.

Graeme Obree’s ‘The Hour’ watch

Graeme Obree designed a watch to celebrate his record-breaking hour record.

Graeme Obree interview – The Hour from Mr Jones on Vimeo.

The watch appeared last year, and the other week he was on STVs ‘The Hour‘ programme (available on limited catch-up, click ‘part four’). There’s his typical frankness about the pain of attempting the hour record in this video, mixed in with some philosopy about time.