We’re off to the first edition of the Tour Doon Hame. I grew up with ‘The Girvan’ – in fact, it took me a long time to stop myself from referring to it as the ‘Grant’s of Girvan.’ Ronnie Boa won it way back when; Henk Lubberding won a stage, Sean Yates, Dave Lloyd, Tony Doyle, all famous names to associate with Girvan.
And of course, there was the Saturday night run down to watch the criterium; or the Monday pilgrimage to watch the last stage.
It takes a bit of getting used to the fact that there’s no view of Ailsa Craig through the morning mist.
But sport moves on and money talks – if you have pros in the race, then you need cash.
The prize list at Dumfries was exceptional, £6,555 to be exact – and good money generally means good racing.
We left Edinburgh early, to get to sodden Dumfries for 10:00 am at the latest. We wanted to have a few words with Endura’s Evan Oliphant and I wanted to see Raleigh’s Dan Fleeman and Vik and I both wanted to meet up with Endura’s New Zealand champ, Jack Bauer.