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John Archibald – 12 seconds off a podium spot at the British 25 Mile TT Championships (Comments Off)


August 16, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

It’s not a lot of time is 12 seconds; around 250 metres at the speeds they go at these days; but that’s what separated Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Champion, John Archibald from the podium of the CTT National 25 mile championship in Wales on Sunday.

Man of the moment, Dan Bigham (Brother NRG Wattshop) won his seventh British title of the year in 45:40 from Tim Cartwright (Newbury CC) 45:59 with champion for the last two years, Ryan Perry (Raleigh GAC) relegated to third with 46:11 to Archibald’s sterling 46:23.

That had to be the first question VeloVeritas asked; “Could you have found 12 seconds, John?”

John Archibald – “a four minute (Pursuit) effort is something I think I could be good at” (Comments Off)


June 6, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

Season 2016 saw John Archibald record times of 50:07, 50:04 and 50:03 for 25 mile time trials – so a big goal for him was to dip below the magic 50 minutes.

On Sunday past on the rolling dual carriageway between Brechin and Forfar he didn’t just dip inside the 30 miles per hour standard, he left it way behind with a stunning 47 minutes and 57 seconds ride.

In the process he took 46 seconds off Graeme Obree’s 1994 record of 48:43; we just had to, ‘have a word.’

Katie Archibald – the new World Omnium Champion! (Comments Off)


May 9, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

Once again we’re proud to bring you an exclusive interview with Olympic Team Pursuit Champion, Katie Archibald where she tells us about her latest triumph, in the World Omnium Championship – and puts us chauvinists at VeloVeritas securely in our box!

But we still respect and love the lady.

Craig Maclean – Moving from Racing to Coaching, with Guitars! (Comments Off)


March 28, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

‘Back in the day’ when he was World Team Sprint Champion and a silver medallist in the World Individual Sprint Championship we used to speak to Scottish fast man Craig Maclean on a regular basis.

Since then he’s gone on to be a successful tandem pilot on the paralympic scene and, he’s gone into coaching – as well as ‘playing in the band.’ High times VeloVeritas ‘had a word.’

Dave Hannah – Scottish ’25’ Champion Eight Times! (Comments Off)


March 15, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

If you had to name one man who single handedly changed the face of Scottish time trialling? The man who made sure a ‘59’ wasn’t going to win you the ‘25’ champs anymore…

Dave Hannah is the man; VeloVeritas caught up with him recently at his home in Shieldhill for a long overdue chat.

Jim Gladwell – the current Scottish Hour Record Holder who’s planning another attempt (Comments Off)


March 1, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

When VeloVeritas was at the Copenhagen Six Day last month, we witnessed a successful attempt on the Danish Hour record by Martin Toft.

It got us thinking; ‘is Jim Gladwell still the Scottish Hour record holder?’

And indeed he is – ‘best have a word,’ we thought to ourselves…

George Edwards – The Scot who was BLRC British Champion in 1946 (Comments Off)


February 23, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

George Edwards? The name might not mean much to you but along with Brian Smith, Robert Millar and David Miller he’s one of few Scotsmen who have won the British National Road Race Championship – in his case the BLRC version in 1946.

In that post-war period there were two governing bodies, the NCU (National Cyclists’ Union) and the BLRC (British League of Racing Cyclists), bitter rivals with the latter the flamboyant ‘new boys’ who wanted things to be like they were on the Continent whilst the NCU were much more conservative in their ideas.

We thought we should find out more about this man who played an important part in Scottish cycle sport history.

George passed away in 1992 at the age of 68 but Harry Tweed connected us with George’s son who shares the same Christian name and now lives in the Netherlands.

Here’s what George had to say to VeloVeritas, recently.

Ron Gardner – From East Lothian to Warsaw, via Berlin and Prague (Comments Off)


February 15, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

The Peace Race; when I was a lad it was spoken of in hushed tones, the toughest amateur stage race on the planet – the ‘Eastern Bloc Tour de France’ as many would have it. But more than a race, a clash of ideologies, tough, Communist East meets decadent, Capitalist West and also an opportunity for the Soviet Union’s forcibly adopted children – East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia to bite their giant Russian step-parent’s ankles.

Only once has an English speaker won this event – in 1952 Scotland’s own Ian Steel took the honours. We were fortunate at VeloVeritas to interview the great man before his death, last year and before we’re done we’d like to speak to all surviving Scots who’ve participated in this historic event.

Sandy Gilchrist, Jimmy Rae, Martin Coll and Ken Clark have all been kind enough to give of their time to us; next on our agenda is former Scottish 50 mile record holder, Velo Sportiv stalwart and all rounder, Mr. Ron Gardner.

Mark Stewart – “I realise AN Post is ‘the real deal'” (Comments Off)


January 31, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Stories, Interviews

The last time we spoke to Scotland’s top endurance track rider, Mark Stewart he’d just added to his growing medal collection at the European Championships with bronze in the team pursuit and silver in the scratch.

Some nice road results in the Ronde van Oost Vlaanderen followed where he made his breakthrough from riding as a domestique and/or ‘getting round’ to being a serious contender for stage and overall honours.

But it wasn’t long before he would be back on the boards – he is a trackman, after all.

Jamie McGahan – Scottish Winner of National Tours, definitely was ‘Good Enough’! (Comments Off)


January 13, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

The Rás. A race to strike fear in the strongest heart; huge fields, big hills and mad uncontrollable stages with fearless Irishmen continually firing off the front in death or glory bids.

The winners include: ’10’ and ’25’ record holder, Polish strong man, Marcin Bialoblocki; AG2R’s Lithuanian beast Gediminas Bagdonas and World Time Trial Champion, Tony Martin, and… Jamie McGahan of Scotland. Not only did he win it in 1981, he finished second in 1982 and third in 1983. He also won the 1983 The Tour of Scotland ‘Health Race’ – beating a certain Teun Van Vliet in the process. Van Vliet would go on to a successful pro career with Panasonic.

High times VeloVeritas ‘had a word’ with Mr.McGahan..

Martin Coll – Part 2: “Graeme Obree was special, introverted – a genius…” (Comments Off)


January 6, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

In part one of our interview with Martin Coll we discussed his career – but any chat with Martin wouldn’t be complete without mention of the times he spent with his brother-in-law; the legend that is Graeme Obree.

Martin became The Flying Scotsman’s manager, confidante, driver and personal assistant during the period when Graeme and ‘Old Faithful’ were much in demand on the continental boards.

Martin Coll – Part 1: Remembering ‘The Girvan’ and the Peace Race (Comments Off)


January 3, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

The Girvan Three Day; a Scottish Easter racing institution but now late lamented – sunshine, ice, snow and everything else in between but whatever the weather it was never a race for the faint-hearted. Bialoblocki, Downing, House, Elliott, Hayles, Curran, Lloyd, Doyle, Yates – some of the biggest names in British bike racing have won over that tough South West Scotland parcours.

Let’s go back to 1986; aforementioned Paul Curran is after his third win in the event – but Scotland’s Martin Coll has other ideas… We recently caught up with Martin at his home in Arizona to ‘talk a little Girvan’ and – the Peace Race.

Vic Haines – “I was pissed off with Obree, but I’m not now” (Comments Off)


December 30, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

Vic Haines – does the name ring a bell? If you’re into time trialling you’ll know him as a long-term sponsor in English cycling and a multiple tandem time trial record holder. Closer to home you’ll recognise him as the man who organised Graeme Obree’s successful Hour Record attempt in Hamar, Norway.

But his controversial ‘split’ with Obree came not long after the Scottish phenomenon had eclipsed Italian legend, Francesco Moser’s record – with, according to Haines, the new Ayrshire Hour Record holder due him a lot of money. We thought a chat with the man might be worthwhile…

Richard Davison – “Personalised coaching employing genomics is the coming thing” (Comments Off)


December 13, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

It’s not often we have a professor in the pages of VeloVeritas but that’s exactly what Richard Davison is; as well as Assistant Dean (International) at the University of the West Coast of Scotland.

He was also instrumental in the setting up of British Cycling’s current coaching system and does ‘one on one’ coaching with riders. Richard was also a successful rider on the Scottish scene a year or two back – and that’s where our interview starts…

Mark Stewart – “I think I have a lot more to come.” (Comments Off)


September 16, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

He’s been a busy boy, that Mark Stewart, since last we spoke with him back in June – first there was success in the Euro U23 track champs in the scratch and team pursuit. Both events where he’s building a solid reputation; as well as in the points race – another of the Dundee man’s […]

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