The 2006 season was wonderful for Jason MacIntyre, and we also Pippo winning in Sanremo, Tomeke taking Flanders and Fab winning at Roubaix – no complaints there.
But Le Tour was no epic, Floyd ‘won’ but Pereiro was declared winner – I’m sure you remember the saga?
Floyd’s book ‘Positively False, the real story of how I won the Tour de France’ is the only cycling book I ever bought then gave away after I read it – they’re on Amazon for 40 pence, now.
But back in Bonnie Scotland we had a lot to cheer about as the late – and it’s not patronising to say ‘great’ – Jason MacIntyre had a fantastic season, winning the British Circuit Time Trial Championship and the ‘Blue Riband,’ the British 25 Mile Time Trial Championship to join the likes of Norman Sheil, the late John Woodburn, Alf Engers, Sean Yates, Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree on the roll of honour.
It’s our featured memory for that season, and in fact was our launch article on VeloVeritas.
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Ten years after Graeme Obree became the first Scotsman to win the British 25 Mile Time Trial Championship, Jason MacIntyre has taken the holy grail of time-trialling north of the Antonine Wall again – all the way to Fort William. A common denominator over the ten years has been the presence on the podium of former world points race and team pursuit champion who won the 25 in 1999, Chris Newton [now Recycling, back then with North Wirral].
In 1996 he was third behind ‘superman’ positioned Obree [Scotoil] and Bob Hayles [Ambrosia]. This year he was second to Jason MacIntyre despite having been originally announced as the winner, but it’s b