Friday, September 24, 2021
HomeInterviewsJoe Wilson - Scottish 12 Hour TT Champion

Joe Wilson – Scottish 12 Hour TT Champion

-

Joe Wilson
Joe has had a great season.

It’s official, if you want to do a big mileage in a 12 hour time trial, forget the energy food, drinks and gels – macaroon bars are what you need. Joe Wilson (Sandy Wallace Cycles), who successfully defended his Scottish 12 title and narrowly missed breaking his own record for the event last Sunday, on the roads near Invergordon explains;

‘I was catching Carlos on that long leg out to Portmahomack, but I was feeling terrible, I had a macaroon bar and the bad patch passed quickly!’

Sadly, it was an Asda macaroon bar and not the authentic Lees item, if it had been, then maybe the record would have been his?

VeloVeritas didn’t make it to the 12 champs; we were busy sitting at Meadowbank watching the boards not-drying-out for the British madison
champs.

We rang Sandy Wallace Cycles on Tuesday morning to chat to Joe, but he was on his day-off (careful Sandy, he’ll want one every week).

Club sponsor and a former Scottish 12 hour champion himself, Sandy Wallace filled-in a bit of the background for us;

“Joe did 279 miles, missing his record of 2006 by less than a mile, he didn’t have a computer on, so he didn’t know how close to the record he was.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if it had been a bit milder, then he would have broken his own record, it wasn’t a bad day, but it was cool. He rode the circuits at the end very fast, certainly at 23 minute ten speed.

“Carlos Riise (Shetland) was second with 268, Ian Black (Sandy Wallace) third with 262 and Steve Beech (Sandy Wallace) fourth with 249, we broke our own team record from 2006 with the same three riders as last time.

“I was riding, but had to climb-off after nine-and-a-quarter hours, it’s the first time that I haven’t finished a 12 but I’ve been having problems with my back. I’m not sure if Joe’s leading the BAR, but he can’t be far away, Carlos did a great ride in the 100, but that’s a mile per hour that Joe has put into him in the 12.’

We eventually caught up with Joe last Wednesday and fired the questions:

You must be disappointed at just missing the record?

“I didn’t expect to be so close to the record, it was very cold in the morning; I rode for a couple of hours in the morning with a track top on. I don’t know if I could have gone much further, I had Alan Dow looking after me and he was really egging me-on.

“I was trying harder than I have for a long time at the end, my last lap of the finish circuit was the fastest, so I’m not sure I could have done much more to get the record.”

What was the food for the day?

“Apart from the macaroon bars, I had cheese and ham rolls, cake bars and PSP energy bars and drinks.”

Does this take you top in the BAR?

“I’m not sure – I’ve not really been paying attention! I’m riding a 50 at Blairdrummond this weekend to try and improve at that distance.”

How were the legs on Monday morning?

“My knees were killing me, I live in Crombie and cycle to my work in Inverkeithing, there’s a little drag out of the village which I’d never noticed before, but it was sore on Monday. My hand was numb too, I think just from spending so-much time on the tri-bars. I’m feeling better today, though.”

How about the new job?

“This is only my second week, but I’m enjoying it; I’m in the workshop today working on a Planet X bike, we’re stockists now – nice bikes.”

Sandy has him well-trained already; “Remember to plug the new bikes!

Result

1 Joe Wilson Sandy Wallace Cycles 279.057
2 Carlos Riise Shetland Wheelers 268.693
3 Ian Black Sandy Wallace Cycles 262.374

4 Steve Beech Sandy Wallace Cycles 249.348
5 Graham Jones Edinburgh RC Bicycle Wks 246.752
6 John Falconer Caithness CC 238.324
7 John Sturgeon Classic Walls 231.294
8 Al Sutton Elgin CC 224.485
9 Ivan Laughton Tri Changing Gear 216.440
10 Kenny Watson Deeside Th CC 213.100
11 Peter McLean Elgin CC 208.079
12 George Grant Forres CC 198.259

DNF Stephen Blom Glasgow Couriers
DNF Hamish Aitchison Forres CC
DNF Sandy Wallace Sandy Wallace Cycles
DNF Scott Taylor Deeside Th CC
DNF Robert McLean Angus Bike Chain
DNF George Hoseason Unknown
DNS Dave Millard Angus Bike Chain
DNS Tom Worthington Glasgow Nightingale
DNS Ewan Ritchie Angus Bike Chain
DNS Graeme Walsh Sandy Wallace Cycles
DNS Freddie Toms Elgin CC
DNS Bruce Bricknell Deeside Th CC

Handicap
1st Ivan Laughton 303.817
2nd Kenny Watson 300.173
3rd Graham Jones 291.141

Championship Team
Sandy Wallace Cycles: Joe Wilson, Ian Black, Steve Beech – 790.779 miles (New Scottish Record)

Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

Related Articles

Scottish Road Race Championships 2007

The result may have been predictable, but Evan Oliphant (DFL) only took home the gold medal in a sodden Scottish Road Race Championships 2007 after an incident-packed four hours. Taking a well-deserved silver medal and 'moral victor' of the championship was pre-race favourite Raymond Wilson (Dunfermline CC).

Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007

Jason Macintyre (Edge RT) made it a 'double-double' on Sunday morning as he successfully defended his Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007 with 51:58 on a sunny but airy Irvine by-pass, the win coming just two weeks after he retained his British 25 mile title.

Joe Wilson – Scottish 12 Hour TT Champion 2006

Joe Wilson (Sandy Wallace Cycles) scored his second consecutive victory in the Scottish 12 hour Championship on the roads around Invergordon on Sunday. His mileage of 276 is the second highest ever ridden in Scotland after his 279 last year which broke Steve Beech's long-standing 275 mile mark.

Scottish Cyclo-Cross Championship 2007

Craig Hardie (Dunfermline CC) disproved the old adage that; "a good big 'un, will always beat a good little 'un," when the 37 year-old from Dalgety Bay left his much-taller rival Dan Whitehead several lengths back to win the Scottish Cyclo-Cross Championships 2007 on a snowy and technical circuit at Plean Country Park.

Scottish Olympic Time Trial Championship 2007

Showing he's lost none of the form which would have kept David Millar (Saunier Duval) in Slipstream Argyle pattern - rather than the red and blue hoops of British champion -- in time trials next year (had the Fort William man's front tyre not exploded), Jason MacIntyre (Edge RT) put more than four minutes into second placed Arthur Doyle (Ivy CC) in Sunday's Scottish Olympic Time Trial Championship 2007 over 27 technical miles at Irvine.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007

Jason McIntyre (The Edge RT/Dooleys) successfully defended his Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007 on the A77 near Glasgow on Saturday morning; that's the 'who', 'what', 'where' and 'when'. In time-trialling though, the real information come from the watches, with no superlatives or flowery prose.

At Random

Henk Vogels – “I was made for the Northern Classics”

Henk Vogels is an Australian with a very Dutch heritage and a long and varied career. We managed to track down the super-experienced rider on the Gold Coast to hear about his past and present. It’s perhaps appropriate that his first big wins came in the Flatlands, where his father was born, and his last victory should come in the New World where he spent half of a career which criss-crossed the North Atlantic.

Le Tour de France 2006 – Day 3: Strasbourg Prologue

Another good sleep, alarm at 06:00 and straight into the shower, shave, jump into shorts and a T-shirt then down to the car and haul the bike out, stick the wheels in, blow the tyres up, run over it with a baby wipe [they work great] and we’re off to the Strasbourg Prologue.

Eric Heiden – American Hero in Two Sports

Lake Placid, USA 1980 and the XIII Winter Olympics. The Man of the Games? With his 32” waist and 27” thighs clad in that famous gold suit, the very epitome of power and grace there could only be one; Eric Heiden.

RIP Peter Post. Outstanding Road and Trackman, Six Day Star, Manager Par-Excellence

With the news on Friday that Peter Post had died in Amsterdam at the age of 77 the sport lost one of it's Colossi. Born in Amsterdam in November 1933, the son of a butcher, he had a hard childhood growing up in Nazi occupied Holland. He turned professional in 1956 for Legendary Amsterdam bicycle makers RIH Sport; he would remain in the peloton until 1972 having ridden for some of the most famous teams in the history of cycle sport-Flandria, Faema, Solo-Superia and Willem 11.

Preview: the South Carrick David Bell Memorial Road Race

It might be the middle of crit season, but the organisers of this Sunday's South Carrick David Bell Memorial in Girvan are delighted to have secured the strongest lineup in the race’s history.

Joe Wilson – Scottish 12 Hour TT Champion 2006

Joe Wilson (Sandy Wallace Cycles) scored his second consecutive victory in the Scottish 12 hour Championship on the roads around Invergordon on Sunday. His mileage of 276 is the second highest ever ridden in Scotland after his 279 last year which broke Steve Beech's long-standing 275 mile mark.