Archived news items - 05/12-to
3rd. September 2013
travelled to Cambridgeshire at the weekend to ride the VTTA
national 10. He was just warming down from warming up when the
event was abandoned due to a work squad coning off a lane on
the A11. It wasn't clear as to the nature of this work, but all
agreed that the organiser had no choice but to cancel the event.
Approximately 20 riders had already set off and some had finished and
were given times.
weather was beautiful on the day and no other riders from Scotland were
present. What with a puncture in the VTTA 25 and now this Derek is
looking for a buyer for his lucky white heather!
27th. August 2013
The minutes of the committee meeting held on this date can be read here.
17th. August 2013
Success in early July for SVTTA members at the British Masters Track Championships held at Newport Velodrome.
- Bronze in the 50+yrs. womens pursuit for Jenni Nicholson
- Silver in the 55-59yrs. pursuit for Ian Humphries
- Golds in both the 70-74yrs. 500TT and pursuit for Peter Robinson
- Gold in the 75+yrs. pursuit and a bronze in the 500TT for Gordon Johnston
I don't know who the other blokes in the picture are - they're not SVTTA members :-)
only Peter Robinson supplied me with details of his result in time for
the latest edition of the magazine, so his is the only result mentioned
therein. Apologies to the other medal winners.
23rd. June 2013
from the Inverclyde Velo 10, the Moray combined clubs 10 and the David
Bruce Memorial 50.
21st. June 2013
Two events looking for riders and/or helpers please ladies and
Bob Gibson reports that organiser Mark Tandy has received only 14
entries thus far for the SVTTA 100 mile championship on 7th. July. Only
6 of those entries come from SVTTA members. Please get your entry in
sooner rather than later if you intend to ride.
- Michael Devlin
is looking for marshalls and other helpers to help run the SVTTA 30
mile championship the following Sunday, 14th. July. Event HQ is likely
to be Thornhill and not Blairdrummond. Please contact Michael on
Click here to load the latest summary of
SVTTA times up to and including the 11th. June.
minutes of the Group's committee meeting held on 29th. May can be found
26th. May 2013
Members' times from the 25th. and
the 26th. kindly compiled by Jim Harris. Scroll down for second page..
Times from the Raymond
Sinclair Memorial 10, the Bill Moore Memorial 10 and the
Moray Combined Clubs 10.
report on our 10 mile championship can be found on the Reports & Results page.
12th. May 2013
to our time trial secretary for again compiling the weekly
round-up of members' results.
to Christine McLean and Iain Grant on their bronze medals in the
Scottish Cycling 10 mile championship, run on the Freuchie course in
Fife on yet another cool and windy day.
having such a good weekend were members Randle Shenton, Jocky Johnstone
and Steve Nutley who travelled south to the Lake District to represent
the Group in the National VTTA 50 mile championship, only to
confronted with a race cancellation half an hour before the scheduled
start time due to roadworks on the course. To add insult to injury the
race has been rescheduled to Monday 26th. August at 14:00 which isn't a
bank holiday north of the border.
5th. May 2013
A round-up of members' times from the weekends of 27/28th. April and
4/5th. May can be found here.
A report of our own Boomerang event is on the Reports & Results page.
Please click here for the minutes from the
Group's recent committee meeting.
here for a summary of members' times from this weekend's
Scottish Group were sad to be informed that North of Scotland member
Frank Ellerby (Elgin Cycling Club) had passed away on the 30th March
and was cremated on 8th April. Frank was 82 years old and was a
lifelong cyclist until ill health forced retirement from the bike. He
held many district age records. An honourable man with deep held
Christian convictions, he also was a talented musician able to
play all orchestral instruments, an active member of Elgin City Band
and an accomplished chorister. His dry wit is already missed
on the road.
He joined the Notts &
E. Mids VTTA Group in 1982 and
became a life member on the 15th October 1990. He transferred from
the Notts & E. Mids to our Group on 29.05.92 and was awarded
the Group’s Tom McGinness Meritorious
Award in 2001.
The Scottish Group convey their deepest sympathies to his wife Pat and
15th. April 2013
busy weekend for SVTTA members with a selection of races on offer,
although the weather was not kind with heavy rain and gale force winds
in most areas.
At the Tour of the Meldons (hosting the SC
Olympic championship this year and running over an extended route) Jim
Cusick came him in 4th. place recording 59:07. It cannot have been
pleasant up on the hills to say the least..
by Jan Wildenhain.
to new member Gerry McGarrity who won his first open event, the Royal
Albert 10 at Stirling with a time of 21:20, no doubt coping with a
somewhat brisk crosswind on the Cambusbarron course.
up in Aberdeen district Steve Nutley won the Spring Bunny 25
57:05, with Carlos Riise taking 3rd. spot in 57:52. Christine McLean
was the fastest woman with 1:04:46 while under the revised standard
times for 2013 Derek Stewart was first on standard (+12:45). This
excerpt shamelessly lifted from the Forress C.C. website gives a nice
insight into the conditions the riders faced:
over the years I've raced in some conditions, but today took the
biscuit. 10 Degrees, pouring rain and a howling crosswind. 4 riders
packed early on after being blown over the road. Field of 53
riders. Lord only knows how 8 riders beat the hour. Crosswinds,
headwinds BOTH ways. Truly dreadful."
the Inchberry 10 Kevin Lackie recorded 24:30 while George Grant
finished in 27:35.
For a summary of members'
times click here.
9th. April 2013
the inhospitable weather and race cancellations at home, some
our members have been heading south of the border to race.
members competed in the www.drag2zero.com
10 mile TT on Easter Saturday. Christine McLean returned 23:51
showing that she has kept her fitness up over the
Johnstone, again proving that the older the fiddle the sweeter the
tune, recorded 25:27.
Nutley raced in Easter Sunday's Mid Shropshire Wheelers 25TT. The
rolling course and a biting easterly wind (-6 degrees at the
start!) depressed times but 57:26 was enough for fourth
and first vet on standard.
If you are riding outwith
Scotland then please let us know how you get on as other members will
Up north Kevin Lackie
organised the opening time trial
of the season and the following members returned respectable times:
welcome to some new members, namely Allan Ross, Gerry McGarrity,
John Cummings, Steve Davidson, Allan Ross & Gordon Dick.
members' times from today's Corrieri Classic 10 held on a cold and wet
||Fife Century Road Club
||Stirling Bike Club
||Fife Century Road Club
||VC Glasgow South
||Musselburgh Road Club
||Stirling Bike Club
||Kennoway Road Club
||Denny Road Club
||Stirling Bike Club
||Stirling Bike Club
||First vet 70yrs.
||First vet 50yrs
Scotland are holding a meeting on
March at George Berwick's home
who would like to attend contact George for further details
on 01382 330217.
Scottish Group are sad to report the recent death of honorary
life member Jim Reilly, formerly of Douglas C.C.
14.06.29 — 03.02.13
Honorary Life Member of the
passing of Jim Reilly the Scottish cycling fraternity have lost a good
long time member of the Bel’isle Road Club with his brothers Lyle and
Peter, and then latterly with the Douglas Cycling Club.
lived for cycling and would be seen out at most road races, for Jim was
a massed-start man riding with the best of them. Married to Irene with
two sons he was also a family man going on cycling and camping
holidays. He liked nothing better than heading for the Continent in
search of the sun. If you met Jim at a race he would be in a group all
talking cycling, for Jim loved the bike. For a time he and Irene took
up skiing and would head up to the Cairngorms at week-ends then at age
fifty Jim joined the Scottish Group in 1979 and rode the Group's events
or helped-out. With retirement and sons grown up Jim and Irene got out
on their bikes more often and met
up with old friends for cycle runs and coffee breaks, always finishing
at the cycle shop in Campsie Glen especially on Wednesdays.
years ago Jim had a heart bypass operation and was soon back
the bike. Latterly Jim was admitted into Knightswood Hospital Glasgow
where he passed away.
friends gathered at Clydebank Crematorium on the 11th. February to pay
their last respects.
Scottish Group wish to convey their sincere condolences to Irene and
sons Martin and Steven.
28th. January 2013
weather put paid to a
full function with only thirty-odd members including guests
attended the Group's annual presention. Some travelled from as far
afield as Forres, Aberdeen and even England, with the
from the central belt. The weather was severe in various
keeping members snowed in at their homes.
as usual at the Tartan Arms was up to standard and with the depleted
diners the service was fast. Organiser George Skinner, with the
assistance of chairman Michael Devlin, got going with the
award ceremony: first to the table was first year member Elaine Lowden
to collect her standard medals followed by Michael for his. Our expat
from England, Alec Munro aged 79, received his ten mile
standard medal then Jocky Johnstone collected his
awards. Jocky's training mate Spider [Tommy ] Nugent, another
new member, was next up to the table for his medals at 10,25
and 30 mile standards. Robert Cooper couldn't attend for
family reasons so George McLaughlan received his awards on his
behalf. Iain McLeod was called to the table for his medals and also
received Iain Binning's 3rd handicap medal from the John
Cramb event. Sandy Wallace of same named cycle team was first
to collect silver ware, along side his medal for 8th on standard in the Archie
Speed Trophy he received the Jackie Connor Road Race
championship Trophy and also the Jim Lyon over 60years R.R.
C/ship Trophy. Graeme Cockburn collected his standard plaque
and also his plaque for being 3rd on standard in the Bill
Lennon and 10 mile events, 9th
in the Archie Speed Trophy and fastest veteran in the 30 mile
event. Goerge Skinner received his standard plaque from
Michael then next award winner up to the table was Peter Robertson who
had travelled down from Forres with wife Mary. When asked about the
snow his reply was 'what snow'. Peter collected his standard
medals. The last person to be called to the table was Derek
Stewart from Aberdeen. Derek's silver haul was the Archie
Trophy, the Pinkie Williams 30 mile Cup, a plaque for 2nd on standard in the 25 mile
and Boomerang events , 3rd on standard in the 50 mile
event alongside his team award for the 30 mile event. He collected also
his standard plaque.
Picture: Robert Ivell with the John Cramb Trophy and David Mitchell
with the Tom McGuinness Trophy.
members having spread out around the hall it was pleasant
to be able to visit each table and have a chinwag which is
sometimes not possible with a full room. Next on the agenda was the
raffle the prizes donated by various cycle shops and friends of which
the group is grateful. The prizes were of good quality and
In all it
was a very pleasant evening and the group wish to thank
George Skinner for his organising and attention to the event.
Two of our
Northern Members are embarking on a feat that the majority of us only
Roger Sewell Ross-shire Roads will, if he competes this season, have
rung up fifty years of continuous cycle racing. Roger still
standard awards and is always near the top in our all rounder tables.
George Grant of Forres Cycling Club just pips Roger having
been cycle racing for fifty two years continuously.
It must be the sea air up there that does it! There must be
others out there that can claim half a century of racing
a break so please let our Press Secretary know and maybe we can set up
Smith of Aberdeen has been in hospital for a check up. Isobel
has organised the groups 100 mile championship for a few years.
send their good wishes for a speedy recovery.
from our Records Officer, Bob Gibson.
table of all our current Group age records has been sent to
the VTTA for publishing on their website. You can also view this table here.
also compiled a table of the Group's current road records, which you
can view here.
layouts and conditions can be very different these days, but it would
be good to see a revival of interest in this subject.
9th. January 2013
reaches us that Dave
Duthie (Kirkaldy & District) died recently; he would
have been 87 come June.
His service will be held at the Kirkaldy Crematorium on Thursday 17th
of this month at 2.15pm. Dave was one of the Group’s National HLM’s.
snippets of information..
Bell, Glasgow RC, is now back home and recovering from a
small operation to his back and hopes to back on the bike very soon.
John Byrne, Republic of Ireland and formerly of Glasgow’s Euan Mara CC,
although no longer allowed to cycle still remains active having now
hand to woodcraft after many years of training youngsters in the craft
metalwork. John and wife Maureen wish all old friends a lovely time
Culture vultures, John & Johan Thayne
were spotted at the
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow,
enjoying the delightful singing of the classical Welsh Warbler,
Jenkins. Unfortunately for John, he was seated between Johan and her
which meant that he got it in both ears during the intervals!
Despite the atrocious weather conditions, the Ivy CC enjoyed
another excellent and well attended Christmas meal which was prepared
served up by elected members at their club rooms in Torrance
on the 20th Dec. The
evening’s events were also enjoyed by the representatives from Denny RC
the Law Wheeler’s.
14th. December 2012
Minutes of the Group's A.G.M. held on 4/11/12
are available here.
13th. December 2012
championship next year will be held at the second of the A90
50s, the Coffee Pot on 4th. August.
race championships are expected to be held at the Millport (Isle of
Bute) events in June.
of news items:
their Christmas lunch at the Last Shift Inn, Braehead, Forth, and the
Albert held theirs at Hollandbush Golf Club, Lesmahagow, over the
both being well attended. MC at the RA was the group’s Social
George Skinner with George McLaughlan representing the Law Vets.
John Thomson, Royal Albert,
continues to make good his
recovery after a life threatening accident over a year ago. Although
receiving medical care he is now back on his bike and cycles around a
circuit near to home.
19th. November 2012
tuned into BBC Scotland's 'Adventure Show' last night will have been
lucky enough to see tandem duo Phillip Jurczyk & George Berwick
(and possibly some other SVTTA members too) riding in the Snow Roads
300km Audax and giving interviews to camera. Well worth watching on BBC
Congratulations to Christine Mclean on her third place in
the VTTA B.A.R.
Below are the top two from the 9 members who forwarded their
results for inclusion in the national table.
positions were Roger Sewell in 43rd, Alasdair Washington 45th, Michael
Ferguson 52nd, Stewart Mitchell 82nd, Becky Watson 83rd, David Mitchell
89th. and Ed Rattray 91st.
The Timetrial Secretary's report to our 2012 A.G.M. can be read here.
The championship results plus the B.A.R, Archie Speed Trophy and
this year's trophy winners are availtable on the Reports & Results page.
Standards awards for 2012 can be accessed here.
The provisional 2013 events calendar, which is a work in progress, can
be found on the Calendar
Reproduced below is the obituary for J.G.Campbell, who joined
the group in 1974.
(Jack) Gold Campbell was born in
the family home at Cadzow Street, Larkhall on 19th
February 1934. With his father J. B. (Johnnie) Campbell being such a
notable in the hierarchy of Scottish cycling, having received an
Olympic Torch replica from The Torch Trophy Trust in 1967, it was
inevitable that Jack would be introduced to the pastime at an early
age. Indeed, Jack was to embrace the pastime of cycling in all of its
forms and became a lifelong cyclist.
education at Machanhill
primary School and then Larkhall Academy Secondary School, Jack
joined John Steel (Drapers), Larkhall as a junior. However, National
Service beckoned and Jack joined the RAF being stationed in England,
Wales and Ireland. Wherever he was located his bike went with him and
he had many tales of his, and his colleagues, adventures while
cycling round and acquainting himself with new parts of the country.
leaving the RAF, he returned to
Larkhall and John Steel’s and continued to work there for over 30
decided however that Larkhall could
benefit from a friendly cycle shop and, with his knowledge of the
retail trade that it was economically viable and hence in 1980 Pro-Am
cycles was opened with Jack as owner/proprietor. Jack continued with
this business until failing health caused him to retire in 2008.
the last few months of his life
Jack resided at The Ballantine House Nursing Home, Ashgill before
dying quietly on Sunday 23rd September.
his life Jack embraced all
aspects of cycling including touring, cycle polo with The Royal
Albert Cycling Club team and all forms of racing. He competed in road
racing, time trials at all distances from 10 miles up to, and
including, 12 hours and track racing. Indeed, it was probably as a
powerful track rider that Jack enjoyed his greatest successes
including being a member of the Royal Albert track pursuit team that
won the Scottish Championship. In addition to performing, Jack was a
Scottish Cycling accredited time keeper and commissaire and for many
years organised the grass track racing at The Strathallan Highland
funeral took place at Blantyre
crematorium on 3rd October
and Jack will be sadly missed
by family, club mates, friends and everyone who knew him.
Kleckham, who was a member of the SVTTA from 1967 and held various
committee positions, sadly passed away on 29th. October. Derrick served
on H.M.S. Rodney and saw action against the Bismark. Although born in
England he lived in Scotland after the war.
are Bob Gibson's annual reports to the upcoming AGM on 4th.
November - the reports from other SVTTA officers will
posted as and when they become available.
should be noted that Bob has kindly compiled the age records data by
trawling through all the year's results himself. I'm sure that the
riders involved would like to thank Bob for his efforts which have
saved them a lot of work.
(Edit: our chairman Michael Devlin should be added to the list of over
Just some brief news about next year's championship events.
At a national level the VTTA now
have have organisers for all VTTA Championships in 2013
and even offers to consider running one in 2014.
At the group level the Boomerang, 10TT, 2 X 25TT’s,
30TT are now all secured.
championship may go the super-fast Glasgow Couriers 50TT course,
although this may not be possible if this event is also the SC
there will be no 50TT in the Mid region again next year, so Fife seems
the obvious alternative.
The 100 championship may go to the early-August NOSCA event.
for your diaries
Age record claims
deadline - 31st. October - see yesterday's entry below.
Annual General Meeting - 4th. November 2012 - Mc.Q's Tartan Arms,
Dinner & Presentation - 25th. January 2013 - Mc.Q's
Tartan Arms, Bannockburn
the provisional results of the Ed Taylor and Archie Speed Trophies.
to winners Phil Kelman and Derek Stewart - a Desside Thistle C.C.
Harris requests that all riders check that their data is correct and
inform him of any errors so that the tables can be finalised.
3rd. October 2012
Please remember to send any age record claims to our Records Officer
Bob Gibson before the October 31st. deadline.
has trawled through the results on the Scottish Cycling site and has so
far managed to identify records for the following riders:
Derek Stewart ~~ 76
Phil Kelman ~~ 48
Carlos Riise ~~ 47
Christine McLean ~~ 51
Iain Grant ~~ 41
Davie Millar ~~ 66
ABG Washington ~~ 75
George Berwick and Phil Jurzcyk ~~ 71/67
Steve Nutley ~~ 56
He is however short of official claims so please get
your forms to him ASAP.
On a similar note please remember to send your signed
B.A.R. forms to Jim Harris for him to submit for the national B.A.R.
count towards our own B.A.R. times must have been ridden
in Scotland whilst times from south of the border
count towards the national B.A.R.
Check back tomorrow when I hope to have put up the provision
B.A.R. tables for this year.
Please note that when claiming standards you may includes times from
races south of the border.
27th. September 2012
SVTTA are sad to report that Jack Campbell, Royal Albert CC (age
78) died on Sunday morning after a prolonged illness. Jack was a member
years and one of the Group’s life members.
The funeral arrangements for
Wednesday 3rd October are as follows:
services, 10/12 London
Road, Larkhall, ML9 1AG.
Service Time 14:30
Tel. 01698 882170
onto South Lanarkshire Crematorium, Sydes Brae, Blantyre,
Service time 15:30
Tel. 01698 452230
26th. August 2012
Please note that the SVTTA 100 mile
Championship due to be held on the 2nd. September has been
Harris has stepped-down from the role of 'trophies organiser' i.e.
collecting all the group's trophies and organising their engraving
prior to our end of year presentation. He will still be responsible for
all the paperwork behind this exercise. If anyone else feels that they
could take on this job then please contact acting secretary George
McLaughlan, or any other committee member.
reminder that once you have finished racing for the year you should
send your Standards and B.A.R. claim forms through to Jim Harris.
Claim forms for the national B.A.R. must be signed or they
not be accepted.
George Berwick (Edinburgh Road
Club) and Phillip Jurczyk (West Lothian Clarion) rode the Mersey Roads
24 hour/CTT Natioanl Championship on 21/22 July and covered 262 miles,
some 21 miles further than last year. They established a new British
Vets Record for average age 69. Their ride was pretty uneventful apart
from one broken spoke and buckled wheel which George soon trued up.
They admit also to having set off too fast so would hope to do even
next year. The weather was good, dry and mild overnight, though it
became a bit too hot for George on the Sunday.
5th. July 2012
- The minutes of the last committee
meeting held 23/4/12 can be found here.
Connor/Jim Lyons Road Race Trophy will be contested at the Kinross
events of Vets & Women’s RR series on 9th. September.
For full details of the event please see the SC Calendar entry.
- The Group extends a welcome to
new members Tony Nugent and Douglas Kirkham.
18th. June 2012
organiser of the SVTTA 30 mile
is looking for marshalls to help out
the event. The event strip has been moved
to Thornhill village hall. If you are able
please call Michael on 01324 874946.
News that Ian King of Velocity RT has been knocked off by a car. The
SVTTA wish Ian a speedy recovery
9th. June 2012
Stewart, defending his championship gold medal of last year, came home
with the silver in this year's VTTA 25 held on the same Newmarket
course, recording a '58'.
Brief details below:
On Scratch and first on standard Kevin Tye
Iain McLeod Denny Road Club.
Race HQ was a modern leisure
centre on outskirts of Newmarket. Plenty of car park / turbo trainer
spaces. The course uses mixture of 2 and 3 lane dual carriageway. Long
straight sections with mixture of flat and slight but
noticeable climbs and descents. The turn involves going up slip road,
roundabout, then down slip road. This is at almost exactly half
distance. Iain Mcleod's splits of 35 mins out and 28 mins
return give an idea of the effects of wind and gradient.
reminder that the John
Cramb 25 mile Handicap Trophy will take place on
Saturday 16th. June and
not on Sunday 17th. as still shown in the Scottish Cycling online
calendar. This leaves everyone free to ride Jim Cusick's '50'
30th. May 2012
to our medal winners in the national
VTTA 10 mile championship.
Christine McLean took the silver with +7:08 while Derek Stewart's +6:53
was good enough for the bronze. The gold medal going to a 49
old with +7:26 would seem to indicate another close result under the
start sheet for Fitnut
50/SVTTA 50 Championship on Sunday 3rd. June can be
suprisingly small entry considering that it is our championship for the
Harry Roberts Trophy, that it's the
opening 50 of the year and is one week ahead of the Scottish Cycling
22nd. May 2012
should note that the Ben Smith Trophy 25 mile
Championship being run on 1st. July will be run in
conjunction with the SC 25 Championship. This means that the
event closing date is two
weeks prior to the event on 17th. June. Please state on the
entry form that you are an SVTTA member.
- Medals for
Christine McLean and Shelley Farrar in the Scottish 10TT Championship
on the Westferry course - silver and bronze respectively. In
mens event Jim Cusick was the first SVTTA rider home, in sixth place.
- A win for GCRT's
Norman Skene, his first for a while, at the Angie MacDonald 25TT
on the Saturday. Norman's excellent 2012 form continues.
unknown reason we ended-up with two SVTTA-related events on the same
- The report on the
first of the SVTTA's own events for 2012, the Boomerang Trophy,
can be found on the Reports
& Results page.
up in Aberdeenshire there were enough SVTTA members to go around to
fill all the podium places, mens and womens, at our Records Officer Bob
Gibson's Neish/Low 25TT
A90 course. Carlos Riise tooks the overall honours in a time
55:30 with Steve Nutley second in 55:52 and Phil Kellman third in
56:37. Shetland Wheelers completed the double with Christine
McLean fastest woman in 1:00:41 ahead of Shelley Farrar and Patricia
Baird, both riding for Deeside Thistle CC. Full
- The startsheet can
be found here.
has been noted that some members have not yet renewed their SVTTA
membership yet are riding this event. Please note that in
to qualify for SVTTA prizes membership renewals must be
made before this weekend. Those wishing to renew should
phone Jim Harris on 01236730157 by Friday at the latest.