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Peter Murphy – “Go To Belgium”

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We chat to Peter Murphy about racing in Belgium. Scottish bike racing; let’s face it, no matter how well you do in the Super Sixes, or how quick you can go around West Ferry, you’re going nowhere if you stay in Auld Scotia.

Please don’t quote Graeme Obree – he’s a one off, crazy, marvellous, gifted, but impossible to emulate. John Kennedy, Billy Bilsland, Robert Millar, David Millar – they all crossed the channel.

The track? Then you best get down to Manchester and see if you can get on ‘the Plan,’ that’s what Chris Hoy and Craig MacLean did.

It’s a scary thought, but if you want to “make it big” it isn’t happening among the hillies and glens.

Cross the channel; go to any kermis around Gent – capital of Flanders – and the chances are you’ll see riders of all ages, shapes and sizes in a blue and yellow strip, covered in advertising (last season one of the main ads was for dog food!).