A very interesting post has appeared on the Scottish Cycling website regarding time trialling & the emergence of CTT in Scotland HERE. I had expressed my opinion in 'Calendar Conundrum' that CTT in Scotland may be a blessing in disguise for Scottish Cycling, that would allow them to focus more on road & track, but … Continue reading Testing Relationships
This isn't so much a message to readers, but more of a statement of intent for 2015, outlining which path this blog is going to take in the next wee while. Living in Scotland during the incredible events of 2014 & witnessing the public's re-engagement with politics (where almost nobody now thinks a Barnett Consequential … Continue reading Spokey’s New Year Message
This Saturday sees a very strange event, not just the normal abnormality of a Scottish Cycling AGM, but it also includes a contest, we actually have more than one candidate for SC President! For many years, the tradition for each bearer of the President's role is to attempt to get rid of it, to suggest … Continue reading El Presidente
There's a void developing between what we see as grass-roots sport & how the sport is 'managed'. The majority of the funding required to run a sport's governing body in this day & age does not come from the people taking part in the sport directly, but through taxes raised across the population & distributed … Continue reading Sport V Funding
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)
Following the recent 'Strategic & Governance Review' of Scottish Cycling by 'Renaissance & Company', a strategic management consultancy, we finally have some idea what exactly is going on inside SC, along with some much-needed answers. In this blog & the following parts of 'Scottish Cycling: Review & Renew', I'll be tackling the tricky questions that … Continue reading Scottish Cycling: Review & Renew (Part1)
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
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?
We've seemingly had storms for months, but now is the metaphoric calm before the cycling storm re-ignites itself for the 2013 season. The pre-season time has arrived. All to come very soon, damaged ego's, lies & innuendo, ancient rivalries, psychological warfare, and that's just in the training bunches, let battle commence and roll on to … Continue reading Calm Before the Storm, or is it?