I’ve achieved an ambition today – I’m sitting in John Anderson’s Six Million Dollar Man pick up truck.

John Anderson with his wagon.
John Anderson with his wagon.

John and I are up front, unfortunately we don’t have Daisy Duke in the back; just an out of sorts Dave Martin – never mind.

We’re en route the TTT champs at Bishopton, last week I was aboard the Velo Ecosse car – which has got me to thinking about bike shops.

When I was a young cyclist in Kirkcaldy the bike shop was run by chain smoking legend, Boyd Arnott – Boyd built not a bad wheel on his day. Most other situations were dealt with using a large ball and peen hammer, as I recall.

Then I moved on – Sandy Gilchrist Cycles; one day there’ll be a ‘Gilchrist Hall’ built at Abbeyhill to commemorate the great philanthropist – well, maybe not!: It’s a fine morning for a race – I’m having to keep John right on the navigation front – these Borders guys get a bit confused north of Leadburn.

Ah well!