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The Drum Up Scottish Cycling podcast 19: Closed road circuits

In this show I cover closed road cycling circuits in Scotland, including my own experiences at the much-loved Ingliston near Edinburgh. There is news about the Fife Cycle Park, which is starting to be built, and an interview with Matt Ball of the Linlithgow Development Trust about the West Lothian Cycle Circuit, which is entering its final phase of funding.

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The Drum Up Scottish Cycling podcast 18 Trials and sponsorship

In this show I interview Kevin Johnston of the Clydesdale Colts cycling club and who is also involved in the the Scottish trials club. We talk about how young riders can use trials bikes to get on bike skills quickly that can be easily transferred to mountain bikes.

In Motherwell they were looking to raise awareness of what he calls the best kept secret in cycling – how the trails bike can be used, and even with a simple grass area and cones course.

Any Scottish cycling Go-ride club can get involved and Kevin is keen to share the knowledge.

www.clydesdalecolts.com/

After that, keep listening I give a few thoughts about big event sponsorship based on my talking to a few major sponsors at the Motherwell tour series.

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Here’s Lee Craigie’s Ted Talk, as mentioned in the show.

In this show I interview Katie Archibald, who should need no introduction – multiple European champion on the track, a gold medallist in the Team Pursuit at the Rio olympics and recently crowned World Champion in the omnium.

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I net Katie during a talk to 3 primary schools – Ladywell, St Bernadette’s and another Motherwell school. She was there to encourage them to have a shot on their bikes, down at the velodrome or on the course at the Motherwell Tour Series on Tuesday 23rd May.

Katie Archibald talk to school children in Motherwell

I’ll be there in a work capacity, for my employers Robertson Group, a construction company that have contracts with North Lanarkshire Council, who are hosting the race. I hope to catch up with some of you on the day.

Katie Archibald, Ladywell Primary, Tour Series Motherwell launch
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Vlog 003: Dig In At The Dock cyclocross 2017

I recorded this video at the last ever Dig In At The Dock Cyclocross race in Bo’ness at the end of February 2017.

The race had grown to become a very big, successful and popular event – one of the biggest races on the Scottish calendar, with arguably the best atmosphere. It was much loved and will be missed. The organisers are stepping down after it has perhaps become a victim of its own success, with a tented village, band, printed programme and great course features to set up, and several bags of dog dirt to uplift before the race.

Luckily Davie Hamill isn’t stepping back from race organisation entirely, as he explains towards the end of this video. It’s quite long, which in itself is an homage to Davie’s own video blogs. See if you can spot any other tributes to the original ‘Dig In’.

2017 Dig In At The Dock B Race Cobbles

I’ve covered Dig In in various ways over the years. Check out this other content:

Podcasts
Scottish cycling podcast 6: Dig In cyclocross and marketing events
Scottish cycling podcast 5: cyclocross with Dave Hamill

Blogs
Q&A: looking forward to the 2014 race
Davie Lines – The (fire)man who would be king

Videos
2013 race promo video
Au revoir to the Dig In videos
New series of Dig In videos 2012

mountain biker, bike packer and round-the-world touring cyclist Markus Stitz on the Drum-Up Scottish cycling podcast

Scottish cycling podcast 16: round the world touring, singlespeed

In this show I speak to Markus Stitz, a long-distance mountain biker, cycle tourist and bikepacker. He rode around the world in 2016 on a singlespeed bike. We talk about how he grew into riding such long distances, what bike and kit he uses, overcoming tragedy during the trip, and his next venture, encouraging bikepacking in Scotland.

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Markus’ singlespeed bike for riding around the world

Surly Ogre touring MTB frame – comfortable geometry and designed

29er singlespeed wheel with Surly ultra hub and singlespeed specific screw-on Halo clickster freewheel – these provide simplicity and but the downside is that spares are less readily available than 26 inch wheels. Freewheel changed twice on the trip.

Schwalbe Marathon 2 inch tyres – heavy at 900 grams but have offroad capability and went 10,000 miles, halfway round the world, with zero punctures. Run with inner tubes and tubeless liquid sealant.

Jones bars for comfort position and capacity to carry bar bags and stem bags

Apidura frame bags, saddle bag, fork bag, stem bags and top tube bag – making weight more centred on the bike and improving handling.

Brooks C15 cadmium saddle – ‘vegetarian’ version! Some sort of rubber. Rock solid with no softness to minimise. Width very important to fit your sit bones.

Markus Stitz' Surly Ogre 29er singlespeed round-the-world bike

Markus Stitz' Surly Ogre 29er singlespeed round-the-world bike

Markus Stitz' Surly Ogre 29er singlespeed round-the-world bike

Bikepacking in Scotland

The Highland Trail 550 – 550 miles offroad in the wild north and west of Scotland
The Central Belter – a week-long adventure starting Saturday 9 September at 8am at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh
The Capital Trail – a 2-day 240km adventure ride on 13/14 June starting at Portobello Beach

If you’d like to hear Markus speak about his trip, he’s at Craigdon Mountain Sports on the outskirts of Edinburgh on 16th March.
Thursday 16 March // 7pm //
Craigdon Mountain Sports, 44 Biggar Road, Edinburgh EH10 7BJ

www.markusstitz.com

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Scottish cycling podcast 15: Richard and Tom Seipp!

Have you ever met a 12 year old that has raced 100 miles solo over 24 hours, ridden 215 miles in a day and attempted one of the toughest self-supported bike events in the world?

In my previous show I shared my brief thoughts following a chat with Richard and Tom Seipp. I’ve overcome technology problems and can bring you the full chat – listen to it below or get along to Craigton Mountain Sports on Biggar Road in Fairmilehead for 7pm to hear all about it. (Buy tickets here: 10% discount for Drum Up followers if you use the code DRUMUP on checkout!)


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Scottish cycling podcast 14: bikepacking and long distance mountain biking

In this show I record my thoughts after a chat with Richard Seipp and his son Tom. They are speaking this Thursday 16th February in Edinburgh about long distance rides like the Highland Trail 550, the Strathpuffer 24 hour and tours in Europe.

Listen to my thoughts below or go along to Craigton Mountain Sports on Biggar Road in Fairmilehead for 7pm to hear all about it. (Buy tickets here: 10% discount for Drum Up followers if you use the code DRUMUP on checkout!)

UPDATE: I managed to publish the full audio of my chat with Richard and Tom Seipp, which you can listen to HERE.

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Vlog 001: Active Travel

In my first ever video blog, I do a bit of ‘active travel’, first cycling to work, then taking my bike on the train to Edinburgh for the afternoon. A look at integrated transport in Scotland.

It was interesting to chat with Stirling Cycle Hub and I was grateful that Suzanne came on video at a moment’s notice. They have been doing good work at Stirling Train Station for several years now. I hope to get back there soon to do more audio or video content.


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Scottish cycling podcast 13: Female racers stepping up from Junior to Elite

In this show I recap some thoughts from a conversation with Helen Wyman about women’s cyclocross, young rider development, sponsorship and her upcoming trip to Scotland. Unfortunately the recording failed but as I mentioned on my previous show, you need to bounce back from these sorts of setbacks, whether it’s in cycling, podcasting or life, by getting back to what you do as soon as possible.

With this in mind I thought I’d recap some of the key points we discussed in a short snappy show.

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Scottish cycling podcast 12: preparation and setbacks

In this podcast, I share my thoughts about preparation for cycling events and bouncing back from setbacks, as I come to terms with making a balls-up of a recent podcast interview with Helen Wyman.

How many of you have tried a repair a the night before a bit race or event?
Many of us have tried it, I know I have. I the podcast, I recall a race I did on the ‘Jacobite Chase’ circuit, back when retired racer Jimmy Rae was still organising events.

The theme here is that preparation is vitally important, especially for big events.

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