Breaking the Paradox : Womens Racing

Over the last few years we've seen a good number of very strong Scottish women racing on the road, performing overseas & with the best British riders in the UK races. But there's a gulf between these athletes & the new female athletes taking the first steps on the cycling ladder, it's sometimes a daunting … Continue reading Breaking the Paradox : Womens Racing

National Leagues (Elite League)

[I'd advise to first read the other post from Race Development before this one, so you know where we are. Accessed from the menu or link] If we can stimulate the lower categories to develop regionally via the 'Entry League' & 'Advanced League' models, to produce higher category riders & instigate a bit of basic … Continue reading National Leagues (Elite League)

Scottish Road Race Leagues (Implementation)

Nobody said this was going to be easy, but with a good bit of cooperation & some help from the Scottish Cycling RDO's (Regional Development Officers) we can get interested clubs together to make some progress. I'm also not saying the ideas I have are in any way perfect, but in a vacuum of any … Continue reading Scottish Road Race Leagues (Implementation)

Local Leagues (Advanced League)

The initial blog 'Local Leagues (Entry League)' dealt with the initial league structure, feeding riders into the higher league structures & allowing them a better chance to progress. In this next rung, we have a league that doubles as a transition area, where progressing riders, riders with some experience & riders who find competing with … Continue reading Local Leagues (Advanced League)

Off Piste on the Alpe

Many question how a track rider can become a good mountain climber & take Alpine stages or do well in general classification, but this isn't just confined to British riders, there was one notable performance in this years Tour by an ex track rider, I bring you Christophe Riblon. The 'Other' Chris This years stage … Continue reading Off Piste on the Alpe

Local Leagues (Entry League)

I wrote a blog titles 'Out of Our League' back in January, it deserves a rewrite & a bit more thought put into it, especially with the likelihood that things will change regarding how the Regions are set out in the future. Lets take a fresh look & see what we could end up with, … Continue reading Local Leagues (Entry League)

The Brit Awards & Scots Metallurgy?

Tomorrow British Road Race Championships in Glasgow are gong to be incredibly tough, there's a large number of world-class riders in both races. Our home-grown riders are going to have to pull off an extraordinary ride, plus have lots of luck on their sides to sneak near a podium. A circuit such as this, with … Continue reading The Brit Awards & Scots Metallurgy?

Champing at the Brits

On June 23rd 2013, they're only going & shutting down Glasgow City Centre for what will be a fantastic event, the British Cycling Road Race Championships! The Courses Fellow Scottish blogger @owenp has put up some information regarding the course HERE. The road race will be held on a 14.2km city centre course, the men … Continue reading Champing at the Brits

Out of our League

Road racing in Scotland, there’s obviously something wrong with the system, so how do we change things for the better and give the calendar a good kick-start for 2014? By all accounts, 2013 doesn’t see a major road series in Scotland, we've recently had the Super6 Series, which supported by Scottish Power Renewables had proved … Continue reading Out of our League