In the midst of a political no-mans-land, with huge uncertainties over Brexit, membership of the EU & another potential Scottish independence referendum. What would that mean for a sport's governing body, flung into a new phase of sudden responsibility, having to deal with licences, governance, memberships, insurance, online entry & websites, among many other things? … Continue reading A Hypothetical Nation At The ‘Worlds’
I've blogged about time trialling before, about the reduction in availability of what are deemed 'suitable' courses & the sustainability of sticking to the outdated model of standard distance, relatively flat courses. There are other ways of looking at measuring performance & progress in time trialling, than just looking at times at set distances, we … Continue reading 100% Time Trialling
I've pondered various ideas in the past, on how the event structure in Scotland can benefit riders development & the sport in general. It seems that very little has been done on forming an event structure in sufficient time before the season begins, and while I applaud the introduction of a women's road series, there … Continue reading Event Strategy
On the face of it, organising a racing season should be relatively simple, but things are never as easy as they seem from the outside. A mixture of misplaced nostalgia, defunct championships & "I want my 'traditional' race date" mentality create various issues across the road season in Scotland. It needs a total re-think, I'm … Continue reading Calendar Conundrum
The Medals 1970 - Brian Temple - Silver - 10 Miles Scratch Race 1986 - Eddie Alexander - Bronze - Sprint 2002 - Chris Hoy - Gold - Kilo 2002 - Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean, Marco Librizzi, Ross Edgar - Bronze - Team Sprint 2006 - Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean, Ross Edgar - Gold - … Continue reading Scottish Commonwealth Games Cycling Medals
During my 'Scottish Olympic Cycling Team' blog I touched on a possible solution to the issue of licences & race categorisation, without the stranglehold of the British Cycling system. If Scottish Cycling operated its own category system, to work better so riders don't have to travel large distances to race against a full field of … Continue reading Beyond Categories
* Post British Track Champs update coming in early October. Commonwealth Games Qualification for the Scottish Cycling team, that subject littered with controversy, accusations, and now more relevant as it's going to be in Glasgow, the home territory will surely create one hell of a fight. It's quite early, but the coming season is very … Continue reading Quali’s for the Comi’s – Track
[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)
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)
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)
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)
If you follow any posts on Braveheart, there's currently one where Martin Harris (one of Scotland's champions in promotion of cycle racing & facilities) has stated that he will be running the Scottish Scratch Championships at Caird Park track in Dundee. It's provoked some comments & there have been some tweets recently on same subject, … Continue reading Scratch & Sniff
Such are the times, that I've noticed people are getting to my blog with a google search about doping in Scottish cycle races, so there's obviously some interest in it, probably my Dr Leinders article has caused these links to my blog. I'll put across my opinion on this, based on what I've seen & … Continue reading Caledopers?
It's coming up for training camp season, the time of the year that the riders who've been on vitamin D supplements since 'that week in July' that they last got some sun shining on their skin decide to go abroad, with a bike. We/they decide to visit hot southern coasts & islands in search of … Continue reading Carry on camping
The recent revelations in the press regarding horse meat replacing 60% to 100% of the intended beef in Findus beef lasagne brings up some questions. There have been many so-called 'contamination' positive tests by athletes across all sports, who claim that they consumed a product that contained whatever banned substance they were caught for, could … Continue reading Horseing Around
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
As bike riders, we obviously choose to ride bikes, but sometimes the weather dictates our choices and you need to maintain or improve that hard-earned fitness. So you've likely got one of those dreaded turbo trainers, or rollers, or both, here's some tips on how to make winter training less horrific, but no matter what, … Continue reading Surviving the winter
The partner of somebody involved in training & racing can sometimes feel like they're playing second fiddle to a hobby and is often referred to as a 'cycling widow'. It can be an occasional tricky situation, but managed correctly, it doesn't have to be stressful, you've just got to see it from the other persons … Continue reading The other half of a racing cyclist.
There's an unfortunate dilemma unfolding in the hierarchy of global cycling, the UCI appear to have dug themselves into a massive hole regarding possible protectionism or treachery at some level regarding that cheating American guy who's proved that "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy" (I'm not going to delve into this, or … Continue reading Where would we be without the UCI?
Now is the time of year all those who've purchased from big bike retailers online will be getting a pile of emails every day, with news about January sales, massive savings, stock clearances etc, etc. I expect this is most of us, most of us have also tried to stop these emails, but it usually … Continue reading Your local bike shop, your wee pal.