I’ve achieved an ambition today – I’m sitting in John Anderson’s Six Million Dollar Man pick up truck on my way to the Scottish TTT 2009.
John and I are up front, unfortunately we don’t have Daisy Duke in the back; just an out of sorts Dave Martin – never mind.
We’re en route the TTT champs at Bishopton, last week I was aboard a shop team car, which has got me to thinking about bike shops.
When I was a young cyclist in Kirkcaldy the bike shop was run by chain smoking legend, Boyd Arnott – Boyd built not a bad wheel on his day. Most other situations were dealt with using a large ball and peen hammer, as I recall.
Then I moved on – Sandy Gilchrist Cycles; one day there’ll be a ‘Gilchrist Hall’ built at Abbeyhill to commemorate the great philanthropist – well, maybe not!
It’s a fine morning for a race – I’m having to keep John right on the navigation front – these Borders guys get a bit confused north of Leadburn.