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Maurice Laing – Scottish Star of the 70’s had a Short but Scintillating Career

"All of that hanging on behind the East Europeans in the Milk Race had brought me on another rung up the ladder."

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The front page of the French La Voix des Sports newspaper, June 1978 – Italy and The Netherlands in World Cup action, Formula One legend Niki Lauda and; ’20 year-old Scotsman Maurice Laing the first leader of the Three Days of Marck-en-Calais.’

Maurice won the Scottish school boy road race and time trial championships, made the podium of the junior and senior road race championships; won the Davie Bell, Sam Robinson and Trophy Pernod; rode the Milk Race and performed with distinction in France.

But like a comet he burned brief and bright across the Scottish cycling firmament; his career over at 20 years-of-age when perhaps six or seven years from his peak.

He’s still slim – he does 200 miles/week on the bike – and he still has that glint in those blue eyes as we sit down with a coffee in the cosy kitchen of his beautifully renovated farm house out in the rolling Perthshire countryside – ‘I did all the work myself’ – to discuss his short but sci