Scrapbook: the Gent Six Day and Hasselt ‘Cross, 2015 (Comments Off)
Ed and pals spent a few days at the Gent Six Day, catching up with the racing and old friends, and taking in the world cup cycle-cross race at Hasselt as well – but before we consider the racing at the track we have to think about the entertainment; whilst Belgium is a modern country and advance technologically we still marvel at the track-side entertainment; it’s like stepping back to a miners’ welfare in the 70’s – but the crowd loves it – and so do we…
On a cool but dry and benign morning around the beautiful lochs and hills above Aberfoyle and Callander it was Paisley Velo Race Team’s Scottish ‘Olympic’ Time Trial Champion Chris Smart who defended his title as ‘King of the Trossachs’ despite being 21 seconds down to former Trossachs Tartar, Arthur Doyle (www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) at the top of the Dukes Pass.
It was a two horse race with third man, David Griffith (Pro Vision Cycling Clothing) three minutes back on Doyle’s 1:08:20 and four back on Smart’s 1:07:23.
Courtesy of the Legend of North East Cycling that is Ms. Isobel Smith, here’s the lowdown on the 2015 Scottish 100 Mile Championship.
“With six miles to go it was all done bar the shouting; Stephen Williamson was looking strong and had increased his lead to 3.39 over the Deeside rider with last year’s winner now having to settle for bronze.”
- Billy Warnock Memorial Road Race 2015 – Ben Hetherington Takes the Win
- Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2015 – Peter Murdoch Takes Gold
- Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 16, Pinzolo – Aprica; the Mortirolo!
- Scottish National 10 Mile Time Trial Championship 2015 – Iain Grant Takes it Again!
- Chris Smart – Tour of the Meldons 2015 Winner
When we spoke to Cav’s personal soigneur, Aldis half way through the stage we knew it wasn’t to be; ‘And Mark, today ?’ Aldis screwed up his face; ‘he’s a little sick…’
So 4:1 to Greipel – and the rumours about Cav having to learn to understand Brian Smith’s accent at MTN get ever stronger. We changed our system and didn’t drive race route for the last stage; instead we drove straight to the digs, got organised, had a shower and headed off across a wet Paris to the finish circuit.
We didn’t want any slip ups on ‘le jour d’Alpe’ so we were offski early to make sure we were on the parcours in plenty of time. Trouble is that we were on the road before the routing crews and had a wee bit of mucking around before we picked up the parcours. One mitigating factor was that we stumbled on Oleg out for a run, complete with bodyguard/training partner and team car.
The stage may have been ‘all about L’Alpe’ but the Croix de Fer is no joke of a climb either – although the huge drop off makes it a descent where regrouping is possible.
It’s fabulous being on Le Tour but it does involve hugely long days and there’s always too much to do. With that in mind, to claw back a little time to get the pictures up to date, do the washing and get some proper sleep we decided to work a stage start then head for the digs.
Stage 19 started in St. Jean De Maurienne, a nice wee place with a long leafy boulevard where the team buses lined up and a square at the top of it where the Tour Village was situated. We had to wait 15 minutes to get through whilst the caravan rolled out – good for waving to all those smiley girls who get the best sun tans on the race.
- Le Tour de France 2015 – Stages 16, 17, 18 and the Second Rest Day
- Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 21, Turin – Milan; Eeeel-yoh!
- Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 20, Saint-Vincent – Sestriere; Aru Ancora!
- Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 19, Gravellona Toce – Cervinia; Aru Takes His Gift
- Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 18, Melide – Verbania; Gilbert Takes His Second
Then and Now – Wembley 1980 and London Six Day 2015, According to Top Soigneur Kris Tolmie (Comments Off)
Prior to the recent ‘five plus one’ it’s 35 years since a Six Day string made the London boards hum – albeit different times, riders and venue.
We thought it would be interesting to fire a few questions at a man who’s worked both races; 1980 AND 2015 – VeloVeritas’s ‘man on the inside’ and over the years soigneur to some of the biggest names in Six Day bike racing; Kris Tolmie.
The CTT Hill Climb Championship is usually won by a specialist or if it’s a longer climb then the roadmen tend to come to the fore but when the CTT 10 Mile Champion wins the hill climb championship it merits further investigation; that’s why VeloVeritas just had to ‘have a word’ with Mr. Richard Bussell (RST-Aerocoach)…
If you were on the UK race scene in the late 70’s through to the mid-90’s then you’ll be familiar with the name ‘Paul Curran.’ The man could do the lot – he was British Champion in the team pursuit, madison, points, motorpaced, pro criterium, amateur road race, team time trial and hill climb.
He won every big race on the UK calendar from Girvan to the Isle of Man to Essex via The Peak and Cotswolds. And that’s before we mention the Commonwealth Games Road Race and Team Time Trial the Tour of Normandie and Circuit des Mines. High times we had a word …
- Fraser Martin – On Board with Raleigh as Third Scot for 2016
- Craig Wallace – the Aberdonian Racing with Team Raleigh in 2016
- Mark West – the Welshman in Charge of Africa’s “Most Exciting” UCI MTB Team!
- Hugh Carthy – a Season of Ups and Downs with Caja Rural
- Mark Stewart – Two Golds Mean a Very Successful British Track Championships