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


December 5, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

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 • in Interviews

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 • in Interviews

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 • in Interviews

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 • in Interviews

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…

The VV View: Walker Brothers Wheels, Books, Zwift – and Beards (Comments Off)


November 16, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Editorial

Let’s start with the price of wheels; £3,300 for a pair of Lightweights – as Woody Allen might say; ‘what ! are you crazee ?’

Men are winning kermises every day in Belgium on thousand euro bikes; if you’re a Grand Tour rider looking for every advantage on some horrible mountain stage – yes.

If you’re riding Ingliston criteriums – NO!

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


November 11, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

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 • in Interviews

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.

Farewell to Meadowbank Velodrome – an A to Z of the Famous Edinburgh Boards (Comments Off)


September 10, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Nuggets

I wandered down to Meadowbank the other Saturday, I thought it was for the ‘closing gala’ or some such but apparently the Track League can go on for another year? It was a disappointment to all those looking for coffee tables. The 1970 Commonwealth Games were just slightly before my time to spectate but I did read about them at the time; however I did witness the 1986 Games events and did a few laps of me own in anger round those boards.

It got me thinking about my personal memories of Meadowbank, and great riders who graced the boards; here’s my A to Z of Meadowbank Velodrome memories.

John Archibald – on breaking the Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial record (Comments Off)


August 28, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

It’s hard to believe that since I started cycling in 1971 nearly four minutes have been hacked off the Scottish 10 mile time trial record; when I started it stood at 22 minutes and 14 seconds: 1971  P.Templeton  (Dundee Thistle R.C.)  22 mins 14 secs.

It now stands at 18 minutes and 38 seconds thanks to that man John Archibald (Pro Vision) – a time he achieved this morning on the fast dual carriageway tarmac beside the River Clyde at Westferry.

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.

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