Scottish cycling podcast 5: cyclocross with Dave Hamill

In this show I recorded a chat about cyclocross event organisation and the cx scene in Scotland generally with Dave Hamill who runs the Dig In at the Dock race, held this year on 26th February. We recorded at Rouken Glen at the end of January, which was race 1 of a 4-part series called the Super Quaich.

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Listen on itunes or using the soundcloud audio below.



Recorded at Rouken Glen Cyclocross

Getting into cycling
Was Robert Millar considered Aubois?
Dave’s first bike – Raleigh Striker
Dave’s Dad’s bike – 1985 Specialized Rockhopper
90s mountain bike racing Chris MTB race 1995

Steve Ovett’s son swaps running for cycling with AG2R
Pedal Power cycling club
Plean 2010 Dave’s first cyclocross race

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The Dig In Mate videos
Inspired by Jeremy Powers Behind the Barriers series of videos
Dig In Mate videos
Episode 1 – Knockburn Loch
Dave’s new videos – the Cross Report – Rouken Glen

Organising Dig In At The Dock…
Talking to councils – finding the right person – persistence
Local contacts important
The first edition! (photos)

Dig In at the Dock atmosphere
Starts with awave of enthusiasm from people – this goes a long way
Very near to the town centre – noise attracts locals
Speak to people!
Build an audience one person at a time

Superquaich series
Trying to extend the season and build credibility amongst standalone races
Everyone getting a good race whatever their level etc..

Belgian Races
Bpost Bank Trofee Scheldecross Antwerpen
UCI World Cup cyclocross Namur
Beer tents!
Dave’s one true desire – a John Deere Gator

National Trophy in Scotland
Davie Lines & Franco Porco’s Callander Park race bid for National Trophy
Maybe we are better off being happy with / building up our own scene?
National Trophy not awarded – long discussion thread on Facebook

Quick fire
Best rider you’ve ridden with? Roger Aiken (2016 and former Irish cyclocross champ)
Do you listen to any cycling podcasts? CX Hairs
Favourite cycling books? Skills Drills & Bellyaches book
Where can we find you online? @dav_hamill
Dig In at the Dock on Facebook

  • Alasdair McGill

    I’m loving the podcasts Owen. A great way to bring the characters of our sport to life.

  • Cheers Ali. More to come!