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Jack Carlin – “It’ll be a great honour to represent Scotland”(Comments Off on Jack Carlin – “It’ll be a great honour to represent Scotland”)

December 12, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Continuing with our series of interviews with the Scottish riders who we hope will be making the headlines on The Gold Coast in Australia come the spring, we speak to 20 year-old Paisley rider, Jack Carlin who’s rapidly making a name for himself in that shortest but most savage of disciplines, the team sprint.

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Katie Archibald – “You’ve got to learn to be a leader”(Comments Off)


December 5, 2017 • by Ed Hood

This 23 year-old is a force of nature and has to be one of our best medal hopes at the Commonwealth Games; she’s been rampant recently in the European Championships and World Cups; Ms. Katie Archibald recently kindly took time to speak to VeloVeritas about her autumn adventures and her future ambitions:

Mark Stewart – “It’s all about the track”(Comments Off)


December 3, 2017 • by Ed Hood

The last time we spoke to 22 year-old Scotsman Mark Stewart he’d just ridden a cracking U23 Road Worlds in Bergen – cue total contrast from big blue skies, solitude, fjords and fresh air to The Kuipke with light about as artificial as you can get, wall to wall people, scary steep boards and the smell of burgers frying … and Jupiler pils.

Mark’s partner for the six nights of Europop and autograph requests was Worlds U23 road race fourth placed man and GB team mate, Ollie Woods. The interview was conducted in the authentic but cramped surroundings of his trackside cabin at the Kuipke.

Jonny Wale – “It’s time for us to shine”(Comments Off)


December 1, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Yes, Scotland has two Olympic champions on the Commonwealth Games squad for The Gold Coast; Katie Archibald and Callum Skinner. We also have double European U23 champion, Mark Stewart and World Cup gold medallist, Neah Evans. But there’s another name which isn’t so obvious, that of 26 year-old Jonny Wale – born and raised in Scotland, British team pursuit champion and author of a 1:01.1 kilometre.

We caught up with Jonny recently to get his story. He’s recovering from a training crash which resulted in a broken collarbone but hasn’t kept him out of the gym or off the turbo – the man wants to get to the Gold Coast, real bad!

Neah Evans – “I wouldn’t necessarily say I’ve made huge leaps this year”(Comments Off)


November 29, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It was at the Berlin Six Day a few years ago that we first saw Neah Evans in action on the boards. She’s made a lot of progress since then and the 27 year-old was recently part of the successful GB team pursuit squad at the Manchester World Cup. High times we ‘had a word.’

Callum Skinner – “I’d like to ride all four sprint events”(Comments Off)


November 27, 2017 • by Ed Hood

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year is an interesting proposition for Scotland, with Katie Archibald and Callum Skinner now Olympic champions, Mark Stewart a double under 23 European Champion and Neah Evans on the top step of a World Cup podium – and don’t forget ‘left fielder’ Jonny Wale, reigning British team pursuit champion and 1:01 kilometre man. VeloVeritas spoke to all of them about their 2017 seasons and prospects in Australia come the spring, and we start with Callum Skinner…

Aidan Duff – Part Two; Moving from Riding to Selling to Manufacturing with Fifty One Bikes(Comments Off)


November 20, 2017 • by Ed Hood

In Part One of our interview with Irish rider Aidan Duff we heard about his six years based in Nantes, three of them riding for Jean Rene Bernadeau’s top flight Vendee U squad, his experiences riding with Thomas Voeckler in the team, and his wins in the Herald Sun Tour and Tour of Brittany. 

We continue our chat by asking Aidan why he stopped racing and how he moved into the business side of the game, as well as the unusual methods involved in producing his custom-sized carbon fibre frames and bike builds…

Aidan Duff – Part One; Six Years Racing in France, Victories and Voeckler(Comments Off)


November 18, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Continuing on our recent Irish theme we caught up with Aidan Duff, former Vendee U professional and now owner of Fifty One Cycles – building bespoke carbon frames. ‘Fifty One?’ we hear you say… The race number for Merckx, Ocana, Thevenet and Hinault when they won the Tour de France.

With tales of Jean Rene Bernadeau, Tommy Voeckler and building custom carbon – not ‘off the peg from Taiwan’ – we cover some interesting ground. Let’s go…

Sandy Gordon – Part Two: Shipyards and Scottish Championships(Comments Off)


November 11, 2017 • by Ed Hood

In Part One of our interview with Sandy Gordon, we heard about his horror crash at the 1966 Tour of Austria and missing the Jamaica Commonwealth Games, helping Brian Temple secure a silver medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games and racing in the Tours of Scotland, Czechoslovakia – and getting banned for racing in South Africa at the Rapport Toer.

We continue the chat by finding out more about Sandy’s other overseas races and his many domestic successes…

Sandy Gordon – Part One: a fixture on the West of Scotland cycling scene in the 60’s and 70’s(Comments Off)


November 8, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Late June 1972, Loch Lomond and history is made as Sandy’s Gilchrist and Gordon tie for the Scottish ‘50’ mile time trial title with 2:01:46 whilst Ron Gardner is third with 2:05:15. My part in this historic day on the old road which tracked every curve and bump of those bonnie, bonnie but tough banks? I was caught by both winners on my way to some ignominious time which I now no longer remember but which would have been closer to 20 mph than 25 mph…

VeloVeritas has already caught up with Mr. Gilchrist so high times we spoke to the ‘second Sandy,’ who won a record breaking seven Scottish titles that season. Sandy Gordon was a fixture on the West cycling scene for a decade and more with the Glasgow Clarion, Glasgow Regent, Glasgow Wheelers and Scotia Sport clubs.

David Griffiths – Scottish Hill Climb Champion 2017(Comments Off)


November 4, 2017 • by Ed Hood

Pro Vision’s David Griffiths successfully defended his Scottish Hill Climb Championship on the tough Stow climb recently – VeloVeritas caught up with the bearded winner not long after his success to ‘have a word.’

Conor Henry – no one expected the 21 year-old from Belfast to win the 1992 Milk Race(Comments Off)


October 31, 2017 • by Ed Hood

The 12 day, 13 stage British ‘Milk Race’ of 1992 was a pro-am affair with Belgian hard men Collstrop – who won four stages including the opening TTT; talented home pros from Banana-Met; the Danish National squad; the Belgian National team; a squad form CIS, the Commonwealth of Independent States – formerly the Soviet Union and the Netherlands National team to name but seven.

And a team from Ireland; but no one expected 21 year-old Conor Henry from Belfast to defy some of the best riders in Europe to take final victory. Here’s his story…

John Mangan – Part Two; “The speakers used to call me ’The Irish Compressor’ or ‘The Irish Locomotive’(Comments Off)


October 28, 2017 • by Ed Hood

We pick up our chat with John Mangan after discussing his ‘adventure’ at the Munich Olympics which involved hiding in the woods, the riders he respected most, how most of his 156 wins came through pure power, and of course, why the ‘Rider Mafia’ simply had to let him in.

John rode 13 seasons in France, ’76 and ’79 were his best but the thing about having great form is that it encourages you to keep racing, keep pushing and you pay for it the next season. As John told us; “You’ve gone too deep – it’s like a car battery, if you let it run too low it’ll perhaps never accept a full charge again. I had a philosophy that if I beat someone one day then there was nothing to stop me from beating them again the next day. The ‘speakers’ used to call me ‘Master John,’ or the ‘Irish Compressor’ but usually the ‘Irish Locomotive.’”

John Mangan – Part One, Starting Out in France; “the Mafia didn’t have much choice but to let me in”(Comments Off)


October 26, 2017 • by Ed Hood

‘Mangan steals show’ or ‘Ras title for Mangan’ nice enough headlines but there’s just something about French that rings that little bit better, ‘John Mangan en solitaire,’ or ‘Mangan brillant vainquer a Cagnes.’ But not just Cagnes – Fougeres, Cancale, Landihen, La Gouesniere, Loudeas, Trebry, Evry, Saint-Ouen-la-Rouerie, Ploemeur, Montauban, Rennes …

John Mangan won 156 continental races not to mention a raft of races in his native Ireland before he headed for France and huge success. Such was his strength both on and of the bike that for a decade he was head of the ‘Brittany Mafia’, the group of riders which controlled racing in the West France racing Heartland. He would tell me; ‘I think that in all the years I was there we only let two wins slip away from us.’

Peter Crinnion – “I had my successes and I passed a lot on to Stephen Roche, so I can’t grumble too much”(Comments Off)


October 18, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It’s 30 years since Stephen Roche’s historic ‘treble’ of Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and World Professional Road race Championship. The only other rider to achieve this feat is Eddy Merckx. And given the specialisation of riders’ race programmes in the current era it’s unlikely it will ever be repeated.

But who was Roche’s mentor? A fellow Dubliner called Peter Crinnion is the man. Crinnion wasn’t of the current generation of watts/turbo trainer coaches with a college background. He’d walked the walk, having ridden many of the races Roche would compete in, almost 30 years earlier…


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