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Scottish Road Race Mens Championship 2016 – Magnificent Seven for Evan Oliphant(Comments Off)


May 22, 2016 • by Callum MacGregor

A clean sprint and Evan Oliphant bags win number seven in the Scottish Road Race Championship. I suspect it wasn’t coincidence that he was assigned number 7 as his race number today, a nice touch.

The result had a familiar ring to it though, if you were to look at the past ten years of championship results. Don’t however, be deceived into thinking this was anything other than a very well organised race on a very demanding circuit and what was lacking in glamour was more than made up for in grit shown by the riders on a day of mixed weather on bleak moorland roads.

Eighty riders pinned numbers on and this was no sportive “race” – four laps of a 21 mile circuit looked like a hard day out that only the strongest ‘enjoyed’.

The ‘Tour Series’ Edinburgh Criterium, 2016 Goes to Graham Briggs(Comments Off)


May 19, 2016 • by Ed Hood

The thing with riders like JLT Condor’s Graham Briggs is that they are very good at what they do, training specifically for these one hour efforts and riding bikes adapted to crit racing with high brackets – it’s hard for English road pros to beat them never mind Scottish riders used to slogging across the moors in wind and rain.

But for a crit to be spectacular it needs to be gutter to gutter, handlebar to handlebar – the circuit used for this year’s Edinburgh Tour Series event does not produce that kind of race. And like Willard says to the GI in the movie ‘Apocalypse Now !’ – ‘do you know who’s in charge here, soldier?’

Tour of the Meldons 2016 – Smart and Curran Retain Their Scottish Titles(Comments Off)


April 24, 2016 • by Martin Williamson

Chris Smart (GTR) put on another exemplary performance in the Tour of the Meldons hilly time trial in the Scottish Borders to retain his national title for the ‘Olympic Time Trial’ for the third time in a row, his 56:08 being 75 seconds faster than his time for the same course last year and 67 […]

The Primavera Démare Affaire(Comments Off)


March 22, 2016 • by Ed Hood

It’s been branded a ‘tame’ version of the Classicissima but we’re all still talking about it days later. Bouhanni didn’t sleep for two nights after dropping his chain in the finale and losing what for many looked like the win, Gaviria crossed the line in tears, a moment’s inattention wasting seven hours of being in the right place at the right time.

And the ‘Démare Affair’ has split the pundits down the middle; some want him DQ-ed and others say there’s not enough evidence – and even if it did happen, the commissaires didn’t see it so it didn’t happen.

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne 2016 Goes To Stuyven(Comments Off)


February 28, 2016 • by Callum MacGregor

The Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne adventure began when I met Craig Grieve, Spokes bike shop owner and U23 race team backer, early Friday morning, to get a picture of the newly-logoed team car.

For Craig, the journey to Kuurne is a long haul; catching a ferry from Hull, arriving Saturday in time for the riders to recce part of the course. We caught up with them on Saturday night in Kortrijk for a pizza and to hear how their preparation has gone and to plan for the race.

Het Nieuwsblad 2016 goes to GVA(Comments Off)


February 27, 2016 • by Callum MacGregor

Saturday dawns crisp, cold and sunny for the Omloop Gent Gent. We have a copy of Het Nieusblaad which has all the information we need about the route so its time to head for the start. It’s moved this year to the S.M.A.K complex, site of the Gent Six Day.

As the car park fills with the now de rigueur coaches, ushered in by whistle blowing attendants we grab a quick pic of world champ Peter Sagan’s Specialized before being asked to move on by an unfriendly team staffer…

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne 2016 Preview(Comments Off)


February 23, 2016 • by Callum MacGregor

The first weekend of the classic season is fast approaching, with the ‘semi-classics’, the 71st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Elite 1.HC) on Saturday 27th Feb and 68th Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (1.HC) the next day; the heat and sun of the Middle East and Australasia being replaced with the cold and biting wind of the Flemish Heartland.

Ian Stannard doesn’t appear on the start sheet so he won’t be back to defend his Omloop title despite his master class last year against the combined might of Etixx Quick Step who will doubtless be out to right that wrong and appease team boss Patrick Levere.

Looking back at the 75th Gent Six Day(Comments Off)


December 2, 2015 • by Stephen Penny

Coming to Gent to watch the Six Day, as I have for 20 years, is like meeting up with an old friend, a friend you see just once a year but when you meet you are familiar and easy in each others company. Most familiar is the velodrome, Het Kuipke that hosts the Six Days which has, barring a few upgrades in the bar areas, changed very little during the time I’ve been coming.

Importantly, it still feels like a bike race rather than a show or party – although the later does have its place here. The fans who come to the event year after year know and respect the tradition that makes this a classic and, really and truly, the last remaining Six Day that has had no identity crisis during these austere times.

Scrapbook: the Gent Six Day and Hasselt ‘Cross, 2015(Comments Off)


November 26, 2015 • by Ed Hood

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…

Tour de Trossachs 2015 – Chris Smart takes the Classic Scottish Hilly Time Trial(Comments Off)


October 4, 2015 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

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 Tour de 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.

Stephen Williamson takes the Scottish 100 Mile TT Championship 2015(Comments Off)


August 23, 2015 • by Ed Hood

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(Comments Off)


August 1, 2015 • by VeloVeritas

Ben Hetherington of Achieve attacked into the final drag maintaining a slender lead all the way to the line to take a strong victory with Jack Rees also of Achieve winning the bunch sprint.

Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2015 – Peter Murdoch Takes Gold(Comments Off)


June 7, 2015 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

On a windswept day for the strong of leg and heart on the Ayrshire coast it was last year’s silver medallist, ‘fresh’ from that toughest of races, the RAS, Peter Murdoch (Neon-Velo Cycling Team) who’s 52:13 was 22 seconds too quick for deposed reigning champion, Iain Grant (Fullarton Wheelers) and 49 seconds faster than bronze medallist and another former ’25’ champion, Arthur Doyle (Dooleys).

Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 16, Pinzolo – Aprica; the Mortirolo!(Comments Off)


May 26, 2015 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

You forget how gruesome the climbs are here in Italy; I’d never been over the Mortirolo before but it was an eye opener – 11.9 kilometres (that’s more than seven miles) with an AVERAGE gradient of just under 12% and a maximum of 18%.

Lance reckoned it was the toughest climb he ever raced and ‘Bert’ was on 34 x 30; ’nuff said !’

On most of the big climbs there are sections where it eases a little; not on this swine, it’s unrelenting and unforgiving – ask Fabio Aru …

Scottish National 10 Mile Time Trial Championship 2015 – Iain Grant Takes it Again!(Comments Off)


May 10, 2015 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

On a dour, grey morning by the banks of a brooding River Clyde Iain Grant (Fullarton Wheelers) reminded us why he’s Scotland’s short distance king with a stunning 19:38 in the Scottish National 10 Mile Mile Time Trial Championship on a sodden, cold Westferry course.

Second in 20:13 was ‘new kid on the block’ Harry Bulstrode (VC Edinburgh) with Sandy Wallace Cycles ever consistent Alan Thomson third in 20:32; just one tick of the second hand ahead of Billy Bilsland’s Ben Peacock in 20:33.


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