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
It's a tough challenge to replace somebody of the stature, charm & medal-count of Chris Hoy, but it looks like Scotland's young track riders have risen to the challenge & are slowly rising onto the international stage, some with a big bang. For those who follow the sport closely, some may be well-known to you, for … Continue reading Young Guns
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
There's been some debate on Twitter regarding the increased affiliation fees for clubs north of the border, compared to those in England. The main difference is that Scottish Cycling (SC) are affiliated to British Cycling (BC). BC arrange the race & rider insurances, so they control the sport if Scotland wishes to use the rider … Continue reading Would you like to go large?
The Scottish Road Racing scene changes significantly every year, races come & go, others seem to have been with us forever. But very few of the multitude of past & present road races are universally accepted as having the 'Scottish Classic' label attached to them. It's probably about time to take a fresh look at … Continue reading Scottish Classics
* 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
If time trialling continues in the format that currently exists in Scotland (and the rest of the UK), predominantly older men competing, using busy, main & trunk, or dual carriageway roads, it will eventually create its own demise. If we start changing things now & re-invent time trialling, Scotland could have one of the most … Continue reading A Demographic Time Trial
We know where & when the Scottish Scratch Championships will be held, due to the organiser informing us last week. But where are the rest of them?It's time to look at which events are confirmed & have a date on the calendar. Let me know if I've missed any, you can't filter the calendar by … Continue reading Medals for Pedals?
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
I wasn't going to comment on this unless it became public knowledge, I saw the letter yesterday and was hoping it would blow over and a clarification of a clarification was going to be issued. Unfortunately it's not, the resulting chaos is one that could affect the development of the sport and avoid riders joining … Continue reading Postman Pat’s Bad Mail
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?
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
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?
Continuing on from my initial blog, particularly the road racing part of it, I've been forwarded a very interesting email that was sent to past & present road race organisers by the National Events Officer for Scottish Cycling, plus a draft calendar in there too, looks like it's been widely distributed, so seems logical it's … Continue reading Curiouser & Curiouser
I’ll begin this blog with a good honest look at how cycle racing in Scotland is progressing with regards to the ever changing road racing scene, the slow demise of ‘traditional’ time trialling, then the massive upsurge of interest in cyclo-cross & track racing. I’ll not go into the sportive scene, but may comment occasionally … Continue reading The State of Cycle Racing in Scotland