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


November 4, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

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.’

The Scottish Road Race Championships 2017 – Robertson and Erskine take the honours (Comments Off)


August 20, 2017 • by Callum MacGregor • in Race Reviews

The Scottish Elite men’s and women’s Road Race Championships winners medals went to new homes with neither of last year’s winners Evan Oliphant or Eileen Roe on the start sheet for Sundays events.

An exciting day’s racing saw the victory in the Elite Men’s race go to the Army CC’s Mark Robertson with Julie Erskine riding appropriately for Cycle Team on Form taking the Women’s title.

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.’

Scottish 25 Mile TT Championship 2017 – John Archibald Smashes the Record (Comments Off)


June 4, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson • in Race Reviews

My amigo, Dave Henderson rang me soon after Martin and I got home from the Scottish ‘25’ Championship at Forfar; “how did the race go?” he asked me. ‘John Archibald, Pro Vision Scotland won with a Scottish record 47:57; Jon Entwistle, GTR with 49:27 was second and David Griffiths, Pro Vision Scotland was third with 50:12.’ I replied.

There was silence then a low whistle down the line. If, like Dave and I you grew up in an era where Glen Road Club’s Big Drew Brunton would win the ‘25’ Champs with a ‘58’ I could well understand his reaction – these times seem other-worldly, astonishing.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships – Archibald continues his Dominance (Comments Off)


May 7, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson • in Race Reviews

On as benign a morning as one can expect in Fife in early May, Pro Vision’s John Archibald delivered another stunning ride to win the Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championship in 19:29, just five seconds off his personal best. Archibald put 43 seconds into Jon Entwistle (GTR) and 55 seconds into Steven Lawley (Metaltek Kuota RT). Lawley had been dead level with defending champion, Chris Smart (GTR) with less than two miles to ride but ex-hill climb champion Lawley had the stronger finish. GB track rider, Neah Evans (Storey Racing) won the Ladies’ Championship from Cat McGillivray (RT 23) in with Lynsey Curran (Dooleys) third.

It was 07:30 am when we rolled through the start, just in time to see the boys in their hi-viz gear rattling the signs, cones and temporary lights up at the 30 mph signs at Freuchie – never a good sign…

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.

David Griffiths – Scottish Hill Climb Champion 2016 (Comments Off)


October 23, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

Unfortunately, VeloVeritas editor, Martin and I got out priorities wrong and instead of freezing on Purrinden for the Scottish Hill Climb Champs we were in warmer climes.

But fear not, we tracked down the new champion, David Griffiths (Pro Vision) and here’s what he had to say…

John Archibald – Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Champion 2016 (Comments Off)


September 12, 2016 • by Martin Williamson • in Interviews

They’re everywhere, those Archibalds.

We’ve no sooner finished congratulating Katie on bringing home gold from Rio than brother John pops up and grabs the Scottish “25” Mile Time Trial title.

Here’s what the most improved man in Scottish cycling had to say to VeloVeritas the day after his fine win where he relegated “50” and “100” champion, Jon Entwistle into silver medal spot by 25 seconds recording 50:03 to take gold.

Jon Entwistle – Scottish 50 Mile TT Champion 2016; “I’m kind of new to it all” (Comments Off)


August 9, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

A few Sundays ago we saw Tom Dumoulin time trialling his way to Tour de France stage glory in the thin-aired horror that is Andorra; but there was a much more important race against the watch going on in darkest North East Scotland – the Scottish ‘50’ Mile TT Championship.

Back at the ‘10’ Champs, winner Chris Smart (GTR) told us that there was a ‘changing of the guard’ taking place in Scottish time trials – and so it proved, with new name, Jon Entwistle (Team JMC) taking the 50 mile honours in 1:44:45 from Chris (1:46:15) and 2015 champion, Alan Thomson (Sandy Wallace Cycles, 1:48:07).

We thought we better ‘have a word’ with this new kid on the block – albeit he’s a veteran.

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


April 24, 2016 • by Martin Williamson • in Race Reviews

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 […]

Stephen Williamson – Scottish 100 Mile TT Champion 2015 (Comments Off)


August 26, 2015 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

VeloVeritas has all you need to know about the new Scottish 100 Mile TT Champion; Mr. Stephen Williamson (a3crg) …

The 44 year-old Aerospace Programme Manager is living in Surrey now, but was born in Ayrshire, his family emigrating to South Africa in 1975, where Stephen did all his schooling and education, returning to the UK 23 years later. The course for the 100 was near his birthplace, which was a good reason to target the event…

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


August 23, 2015 • by Ed Hood • in Race Results

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.”

Peter Murdoch – Scottish 25 Mile TT Champion 2015 (Comments Off)


June 25, 2015 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

This piece is about the man who recently added his name to those of Bilsland, Obree and Macintyre on the roll of honour – Mr. Peter Murdoch (Neon Velo).

The 35 year-old from East Kilbride’s ‘25’ silver in 2014 surprised us a little but his win this year didn’t; he looked every inch the champion to us as he blasted out to the final turn.

Steven Lawley – The New Scottish Road Race Champion for 2015 (Comments Off)


June 12, 2015 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

It wasn’t ‘til after the ‘25’ Champs that we managed to catch up with Steven Lawley (Neon Velo) – he’s a busy man, netting another two wins since his fine victory in the Scottish National Road Race Championship where he pushed multiple ex-champion, Evan Oliphant (Raleigh) off the top step of the podium. And in the meantime his team mate, Peter Murdoch scooped the aforementioned ‘25’ title at Irvine.

We first came across Lawley as a member of John Anderson’s Bicycle Works team, coming second to Grant Ferguson at the National Hill Climb Championship a year or two ago down at Stow. We might have guessed that ex-pro and now coach James McCallum had a hand in Lawley’s transformation to top roadman on the Scottish scene. Here’s what Mr. Lawley had to say to VeloVeritas the other night as he, ‘oo-ed and ah-ed’ on the massage table at the other end of the phone line.

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


June 7, 2015 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson • in Race Results

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).

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