A sneak peek of the unofficial Scottish champion’s jersey to be presented to the winners of the Road Race championships this weekend.
It has been designed by Tom Worthington, including all the details down to the blue piping on the stitches. The Saltire is subtly included, but the design veers away from overt National flag motifs as these are already present on quite a few club jerseys. The top band is blue, and the bottom band is much more purple than it appears in the photo. See the design artwork below for a better idea of colours- the purple (in real life) is similar to the Scottish Commonwealth Games kit.
The design went through a few phases and then reverted to a classic champions style with horizontal bands- a timeless design.
Here’s an opinion piece on the upcoming champs- please bear in mind this blogger has been following Scottish cycling for a mere 3 years, so if you think I’m wrong, please post a reply and share your thoughts!
The men’s event is littered with top class riders. When you look at the field in the context of the last couple of years there is lots of interest.
pic: Granite City RT
Last year’s champion Evan Oliphant (Endura Racing) is back to defend his title, and is sure to be one of the favourites. I’d recently speculated that he perhaps wasn’t in the form of last year- however this has been shown to be armchair punditry, as when he’s raced in Scotland he has done well. Hewill be in great condition after racing down south and abroad but will of course be a marked man.
The Scottish Cycling Road Race Championships are this Sunday 22nd May 2011, with Race HQ based in Balfron.
Vortex Race Team is organising its first Scottish Championships and it looks to set a new standard. The ‘Endrick Valley’ circuit will be used for the first time, a course befitting a Scottish championship, located around the historic town of Balfron which lies between the Campsie Fells and the Trossachs.
A round up of tweets, links, pics and thoughts after Day 1 of the Tour Doon Hame.
After the glorious week of weather both Scotland and the rest of the UK had, the riders might have been a bit disheartened to wake up to a grey, rainy and relatively cold day. Not Magnus Backstedt though.
The pics in this post, courtesy of Natalie on Flickr, show just how rank the weather was. It’s due to be better tomorrow however.
Although this site purports to be ‘all about Scottish Cycling’, if I’m honest it’s a roadie blog. But I try to delve into all facets of cycling and I’ve been meaning to give BMX some love for a while. A Raleigh BMX was my first proper bike after all, and you only have to look in the streets and bike shops to see how many BMXs are being sold and ridden every day in Scotland.
It’s just over a month to go until the Scottish Bike Show on 16th-17th April and I am quite excited about this event. I am a roadie primarily, and I sometimes forget that Scotland is world famous thanks to a UCI Mountain Bike event being held annually at Nevis Range. It’s not surprising that mountain biking features heavily at the show.
The multi-award winning Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup will be bringing its action and atmosphere into the heart of The Scottish Bike Show with The Fort William World Cup Screen. As well as a continuous showcase of some of the best mountain bike action from the past 9 years, the screen will also feature the BSD BMX displays live. The World Cup team will also be on hand to talk about the Best Mountain Bike Event in the World!
The area is also a growing trail centre in its own right. Nevis Bike School will be running guiding and coaching sessisons plus new training camps with Dirt School in 2011, and Alpine bikes will be at Nevis Range this summer providing bike hire. Dirt School- the mountain bike skills coaching company- are also exhibiting, as are Alpine Bikes, who will have a large stand, hopefully with plenty of bling on show.
Other mountain bike exhibitors include:
Moredirt– a guide to mountain bike trails and routes worldwide
Singletrack mountain bike magazine
International Mountain Bike magazine
In the 1990s, celebrity chef Nick Nairn was a member of VC Olympia, based in Stirling. The club was part of a merger in 2000 with Stirling Mountain Bike Club, to form Stirling Bike Club.
Nick Nairn will be known by people of a certain age for his regular appearances on Ready Steady Cook among other TV shows.
I did my first race (and maybe last for a while) after a winter of training as efficiently as I could with limited time. Last year I bombed, even after a hard winter of riding with the fast boys, so this time I was relatively happy to hang almost until the end, getting dropped and cramping on the last climb. It was won by Ross Green, a junior rider from Stewartry Wheelers.
image courtesy of Derek Reid, Edinburgh RC
Although there were the inevitable crashes in the B race, I managed to stay near the front and avoid them. Despite these, which tend to happen when nervous, twitchy and sometimes inexperienced bunch, I found the race to be safe and really well marshalled – thanks and well done to organisers Edinburgh Road Club.
The Tak Ma Doon road, with its quintessentially Scottish name, is accessible from Glasgow, central Scotland and even Edinburgh, for a longer ride. I assume it was originally a drover’s road – it climbs from Carron Bridge in the North, located in rural Southern Stirlingshire, over the Campsie Hills and down to Kilsyth. The Kilsyth side is a much more challenging climb on a bike however, as you start with less height and the changes of gradient are more testing, so I’ll cover that here.
It’s a classic Central Scotland climb but isn’t used in any races or sportives, due to the ford on the other side that crosses the road near to Carron Bridge.
It provides access from near Glasgow to a host of other riding in the Carron Valley and towards Stirlingshire, and is ideal when ridden in a loop with the Crow Road.
A sign in Kilsyth points the way.
-from Matt Ward, Cyclevox
The Braveheart Cycling Fund has named the twelve riders and two clubs it will support in 2011, with Commonwealth Games silver medalists Jenny Davis and Charline Joiner among those to be funded.
The Braveheart Fund was established in 2003 to support young Scottish cyclists with racing and training costs. In 2011 it is supporting 12 cyclists with funding totaling £25,000, and since it was set up the Fund has raised more than £200,000 and has supported around 70 cyclists. It was set up by former British professional champion Brian Smith and is managed by a committee of volunteers. The Patrons of the Braveheart Fund are Scotland’s Olympic and World Champion Sir Chris Hoy and Commonwealth Champion David Millar.