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The VV View: the Tour de Trossachs, the Comic, and oh, Sammy! (Comments Off)

October 11, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Nuggets

The Tour de Trossachs: when the alarm blasts at 06:30 on a Sunday morning the question is; ‘do I really have to go all the way to Aberfoyle?’ But once you’re breathing that sweet fern scented air on The Duke’s Pass then driving along lovely Loch Achray side you remember why you love this race. Great history, wonderful scenery, a course which challenges your abilities as a bike rider.

So why do entries drop every year?

Smart and Curran top the Tour de Trossachs 2017 (Comments Off)

October 8, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson • in Race Reviews

Chris Smart (GTR) made it a hat trick of wins in the classic Tour de Trossachs 2017 time trial over 24.5 beautiful but demanding miles on a calm, mild and dry autumn Sunday morning, adding to his 2014 and 2015 victories – the race was cancelled last year due to roadworks.

Smart recorded 58:55 for the shortened course which went over the ‘Big’ Braes of Greenock rather than the usual ‘Wee’ Braes, reducing the distance by some three miles and cutting out the tough ‘Ruskie’ hamlet section of the course.

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 – Winning and Dominating the Tour of the North and Meldons Time Trial (Comments Off)

April 30, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

A 19 minute two-up ‘10’ in February, a solo 19 minute ‘10’ in March, Gifford, The Gordon Arms, The Tour of the North and now The Tour of the Meldons incorporating the Scottish National ‘Olympic’ Time Trial Title – that John Archibald (ProVision) laddie is on fire; better have a word…

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

October 4, 2015 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson • in Race Reviews

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 ( 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.

Callum Finlayson – Five Years from Stroke to Scottish Champion (0)

August 21, 2014 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

It’s not everyday we get emails from Time Trial Royalty, so when BBAR and 100 mile time trial legend Ian Cammish tells us;

“Hi, just been involved in a brief exchange of emails with a guy from Moray Firth CC – Callum Finlayson. He’s just won the Scottish 100 champs with the 2nd fastest time EVER in Scotland. Got a pretty good story to tell too … suffered a Stroke a few years ago!”

we jump to it. Callum is brother of former top Scottish 80’s road man, Davie Finlayson – here’s his story.

Scottish 50 Mile Time Trial Championship 2014 – Silas Excels (0)

July 20, 2014 • by Martin Williamson • in Race Reviews

Silas Golsdworthy put the disappointment of not being part of the Scottish Commonwealth Games team firmly behind him by taking victory in the country’s 50 Mile Time Trial Championship today with a stunning 1:43:48, the second fastest 50 miles ever ridden in Scotland and only 45 seconds off Graeme Obree’s 21 year old record.

Goldsworthy’s Sandy Wallace Cycles teammate Alan Thomson took the silver medal with 1:47:09, and of course the club took the team prize too – veteran Steve Beech providing the important third counting time of 2:02:25.

Alistair Speed Memorial 50 Mile Time Trial 2014 (0)

June 22, 2014 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson • in Race Reviews

It was 11:20 am on Thursday September 5th 2013 on the A91 road between Gateside and Strathmiglo when we lost Ali Speed. He was just 49 years-old, out on his bike and doing what he loved when he was snatched away. Ali rode his first race at just 12 years-old and was racing just days before he died.

VeloVeritas ran an obituary for Ali at the time of his death and it goes without saying that we had to attend the 50 mile time trial his sister Mhairi organised in his honour on behalf of Fife Cycling Association. We thought that rather than straight race reportage – albeit not ignoring Iain Grant’s (Dooleys) dazzling 1:47 to win – we’d drive most of the course and look at the roads and places Ali trained and raced on.

Gordon Arms Hilly Time Trial 2014 Goes to Oliphant (0)

March 30, 2014 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson • in Race Reviews

Raleigh professional Evan Oliphant handled the age old dilemma of the pro racing against amateurs – if they don’t win they’re criticised, but if they do then it’s ‘expected’ – by taking the best option and winning the Gala CC’s Gordon Arms Hilly Time Trial over 20.5 cold and cloudy Borders miles in 50:06; some ways short of Mark Atkinson’s (Velo Ecosse) 1999 course record of 48:47 but enough to give him the result by 41 seconds over Carl Donaldson (GS Metro).

Silas Goldsworthy – 4th and 7th in British Champs, One to Watch! (0)

December 17, 2012 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

A man who’s been moving steadily up the standings this year, against the watch and on the track, is Sandy Wallace Cycles’ Silas Goldsworthy – we thought we should have a word.

Scottish National 25 mile Time Trial Championship 2012 (5)

July 1, 2012 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson • in Race Reviews

On a grey, damp but mild and fast Sunday morning on the roads around Blairdrummond near Stirling, Dooleys’ Ian Grant added the ’25’ title to the ’50’ with a fine 52:26; besting Sandy Wallace’s Silas Goldsworthy – whose fight back over the closing miles hauled back a 17 second deficit on Grant down to six at the line.

Last year’s ’50’ champion Alan Thomson, took another medal for Sandy Wallace with bronze in 53:09.

The event was not without controversy, however.

Steve Nutley – Scottish 100 Mile TT Champion (0)

August 8, 2011 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

It was another surprise win in a Scottish time trial championship as Sandy Wallace Cycles’, Steve Nutley took the honours in the ‘100’ on a wet day along the Cromarty Firth, last Sunday.

Tour de Trossachs 2010 Preview (1)

September 21, 2010 • by Martin Williamson • in Race Previews

Although the start sheet for the Tour de Trossachs is still to be finalised, it’s looking to be a very interesting race – the field has been extended to accommodate 140 because the race is proving to be popular with riders of all abilities, and sees National Champions and World Champions taking part, as well as newcomers interested in trying out this classic course.

Arthur Doyle (Dooleys RT) will defend his title for the third time, but the big question is will he manage to beat both the hill climb and course record set by Jason McIntyre in 2007…

Gordon Arms Mountain Time Trial 2010 (0)

April 5, 2010 • by Martin Williamson • in Race Results

Alan Thomson (Glasgow Couriers) was run pretty close by his teammate Barry McGurk for the win in the Gordon Arms Trophy, a hilly time trial run by the Gala CC near Melrose in the Scottish borders. With Euan Pope backing them up in fourth place, the team prize was never going anywhere else.

Ian Black – New Scottish 100 Mile TT Champion (0)

August 3, 2009 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews, Race Reviews

VeloVeritas missed the 100 Champs again-we’re not men enough to disappear to the Tour for two weekends then vanish to Invergordon at 04:00 the first Sunday we’re back.

We thought it would just be a case of ringing Jim Cusick in a Highland Hostelry somewhere to discuss his win-but Ian Black (Sandy Wallace Cycles) had other ideas.

We spoke to 46 year-old Forres joiner Ian, as he prepared to head off on a well deserved holiday on Monday morning.

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