Archived news items October 2013 - July 2015
Please note that our website news wasn't updated July 2015 - November 2016
10th. July 2015
is with deep sadness that we report that John Thayne has passed away
rather suddenly. Our sincere condolences go to Johan.
John's funeral will be held at Dalnottar Crematorium, Wednesday
15th at 1.30pm.
28th. June 2015
SVTTA road race championship was run in conjunction with the Falkirk BC
'Tom Anderson Memorial' event. The winner was Derek McMillan of
St.Christopher's CC while Robert Regan won the Jim Lyon Trophy in the
26th. June 2015
Folks have been very busy racing and Jayjay has kindly compiled a large report of results from 20th. May through to 17th. June.
13th. June 2015
The minutes of the committee meeting held on the 1st. April can be read here.
5th. June 2015
JJ's results round-up to 30th. May including confirmation of the result below.
2nd. June 2015
Thanks to Iain McLeod for this picture of the podium at the VTTA 10 championships at Hull on 30th. May.
We have a new national champion in Derek Stewart whose time of 22:35 at age 78 is believed to be a UK record.
29th. May 2015
Latest racing results up to 24th. May.
26th. May 2015
Tandem Pilots Wanted!
Laura Cluxton who has very reduced sight and relies on
pilots to get any cycling other than turbo training
has been riding on back of a tandem in some TTs this year. Husband
Joe and others from Stirling BC have been doing pilot duties recently
but additional volunteers would be welcome. Laura is looking
towards riding in events such as the Commonwealth games. For
reasons of balance etc. the pilot should be 5' 6" or taller, good build
and good bike handler.
If you are interested, email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, further compilations of members' results from our Timetrail Secretary.
To 26th. April
To 17th. May
20th. April 2015
JJ's results round-up to 19/04/15
3rd. April 2015
With the new race season in full swing here is the first of JJ's results round-ups.
Results -> 29th. March
1st. April 2015
The Road Records Association of Scotland handbook on the Downloads page has been updated to the 2014 version.
15th. March 2015
Here is the updated list of SVTTA age records, also available on the national VTTA site.
18th. February 2015
Draft minutes of last year's AGM can be found here.
10th. February 2015
Thanks to Iain McLeod for this report on the National AGM.
VTTA AGM 31 Jan 2015
The Scotland Group was
represented by delegates Iain McLeod and Alex Munro, with our
secretary George McLaughlan as an observer and Derek Stewart there to
collect his prizes.
Proceedings started with a
buffet at 12 noon, followed by the Prize Presentation. Those present
to collect prizes ranged from 46 years old Adam Topham for the BAR to
84 years old Peter Horsnell for the Three Distance, with Derek there
as joint winner of the 10 and second in the 25.
It was then on to the AGM
agenda, with chairman Jim Burgin taking us through it with the help
of a few humorous remarks.
Some points of interest:
Item 3. Subscriptions –
no change, but apparently there are some anomalies relating to Hon
Life members that need to be checked.
Item 5. This was connected
to a legacy which has been left to the VTTA. It was withdrawn after
concerns were expressed that it could cause legal and financial
problems. It will be revised and presented at a later date.
Item 6. This means that
the NEC (National Executive Committee) would not be able to change a
Group’s decision to suspend or expel members. Carried.
Item 8. Medals to be
awarded instead of certificates for winning teams in the BAR.
Carried, 24 for, 8 against.
Item 9. Election of
Officials. The only change was that Carole Gandy replaces Alan
Colburn as President. Alan will become a committee member.
Yorkshire delegate had
been asked to propose that Ladies prizes be awarded for some of the
opinions, some think better to re-adjust standards tables to make
ladies more competitive in longer distance events.
Midlands delegate opened
up discussion on awarding Group Team prizes instead of Club teams in
Divided opinions again,
and on whether to have teams of six or three.
It is up to members to
think about these topics and put in proposals for rules changes at
the next AGM.
20th. January 2015
A few pictures from the recent presentation and luncheon have been added to the Gallery page.
25th. december 2014
Bike Club's Graeme Walsh was the only member to feature in this year's
national B.A.R. competition, finishing in 30th. place.
Graeme's stats for the 25, 50, 100 and 12 hour were as follows.
||Stirling Bike Club
15th. December 2014
are sad to report that John Byrne of the now defunct Eun Mara Cycling
Club passed away in his sleep. John semi retired to his family home in
Ireland some years ago but still kept an interest in Scottish Cycling.
He was made an honorary life member of the S.V.T.T.A in 2012. John was
the original gentle giant. Condolences go to John's wife Maureen and
1st. December 2014
Congratulations to Isabel Campbell MBE on the occasion of her 101st. birthday on the 8th. November!
THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR YOUR LETTER AND KIND WISHES, AND THE VETS INFO.
IT’S SO GOOD TO BE
KEPT IN THE LOOP.
IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY ON THE 8TH
WE HAD A LOVELY DAY.
21 AGAIN!!I SO WISH.
BEING 101, YEARS YOUNG HAS BEEN
GOOD. IT HAS ITS GOOD AND, NOT SO GOOD POINTS.
HOWEVER ONE MUST BE GRATEFUL
PLEASE PASS ON MY WARM
WISHES TO ALL THAT ASKED FOR ME IN YOUR LETTER.
TAKE CARE AND STAY FIT!
ALL THE BEST
ISABEL & SHARON
26th. November 2014
2014 season has seen a good number of veterans' time trial records
being broken plus, for the first year, we have embraced track records.
The records report from our Records Secretary Bob Gibson and links to
the tbales of 2014 season records can be found below:
- report narrative
- time trial records
- track records
The full list of current SVTTA records can be found on the national site via a link on our Downloads page, but note that this has not yet been updated with the above records.
3rd. November 2014
The Group's Annual General Meeting will be held on 23rd. November at the usual venue in Bannockburn.Please click here for full details.
Items of SVTTA kit will be available for purchase.
Our Presentation and Luncheon is to be held on Sunday 18th. January - details below.
“Tartan Arms” 43 Main Street, Bannockburn, Stirling
18th January 2015 at 12.00 noon
Organiser, George Skinner or any committee member if wishing to
G. Skinner, 14 Lembert Drive, Clarkston, Glasgow G76 7NQPhone
paying tickets by cheque please make these payable to Mr. G. Skinner
4th. October 2014
Pictures of our superb new kit from Endura can be accessed via the Gallery page.
See the news entry for 5th. June below for pricing.
To purchase items please contact Dave Pritchard:
Address: Corner Cottage, 3 Bassendean,
Gordon, Berwickshire TD3 6LU
2nd. September 2014
Times from our members competing in the Sam Dooley 25 and other events over the weekend.
30th. August 2014
Derek Stewart travelled down to East Anglia last weekend for the National VTTA 25 mile championships.
His effort was rewarded with second place overall (58:22 +20:52) and fastest in age group 75-79 years.
Denny RC's Iain Mcleod finished in a creditable 22nd. place with +14:07.
24th. August 2014
- times to 3rd. August
- times to 9th. August
Plus the minutes of the committee meeting held on the 11th.
8th. August 2014
Apolgies to Christine McLean who's 2:08:24 was omitted from the Coffee Pot results below (see 1st. August).
1st. August 2014
Our correspondent is back online - compiling the latest members' race times for you.
Plus some earlier ones received by post.
30th. July 2014
Sad to report that SVTTA member Robert Cooper died last Saturday following a short illness.
was a long time member of the Law Wheelers, an active member
of the SVTTA and was for a while a member of Stirling BC. As well as
being a regular on the time trial circuit recently he got himself
"up to speed" in the Glasgow Velodrome. Robert was great
company on training weeks in Mallorca, where he was renowned for going
up the steep climbs in the big chainring.
Robert had a
business, Cooper Brothers, supplying car tyres, and operating petrol
stations, with premises in Newmains, Shotts and Cumbernauld.
His funeral will take place at 10.00am on Saturday 2nd
August at Cambusnethan North Church, Cambusnethan, Wishaw ML2 8NN.
30th. June 2014
Firstly, here are the latest race times compiled by Mr. Harris: 2206.pdf
news that Bob Gibson has been taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay,
carrying the baton as it passed through Stonehaven on the 29th. Bob was
very proud to be nominated by the best club in the North East (his own words!), Aberdeen
We understand that Sandy Lindsay MBE of Deeside Thistle also carried the baton for a leg of the relay on its way to Peterhead.
Scottish veterans have had a very successfull time at the British
Masters Track Championships with medals a'plenty including one for our
own Track Secretary Gordon Johnstone. Hopefully a full report will
but by no means least, Derek Stewart had a wasted journey all the way
down to East Anglia for the VTTA 25 Championships. The race was
abandoned due to a thunderstorm and torrential downpour and Derek
didn't get to ride at all. By the time his start time came around the
course was dry again..
23rd. June 2014
The minutes of the committee meeting held on 14th. April can be found here.
22nd June 2014
An update on the Ben Smith 25 Championship on 6th. July.
Wheelers and the SVTTA have had quite a few hoops to jump through with
regard to course and strip selection, plus a clash with the Queen's
Commonwealth Baton Relay.
The result is that the
course is now confirmed as the Blairdrummond circuit with an
earlier-than-planned start at 07:00. The strip will be at Blairdrummond
15th. June 2014
Latest results from our TT secretary.
10th. June 2014
As mentioned in the March 2014 Veteran, Isabel Campbell MBE celebrated
her 100th birthday in Nov 2013. The Scotland group had hoped to mark the
occasion at their annual prize presentation in January 2014 with a gift
and a special cake. However, Isabel was spending the winter with her
daughter in Mallorca. So, unfortunately Isabel did not get the chance to
enjoy the cake, and it took a while to arrange presentation of the
gift, a silver pendant.
We are pleased to be able to say that the
pendant was handed over to Isabel by our secretary George McLaughlan and
Willie McLuskie during their annual holiday in Mallorca in May. We
heard that Isabel was delighted with the
pendant and pleased that her friends still remember her.
6th. June 2014
Due to the recent cancellation of the Granite City / SVTTA – John Cramb
H’cap Trophy on May 25th, Aberdeen Wheelers, has agreed to
embrace the SVTTA J. Cramb event in the forthcoming Wheelers Neish / Low Trophy
event on the 15th June. As the closing date on the BC web
site is this coming Saturday the organizer will accept
late postal entries.
Entry details here.
5th. June 2014
An influx of new members recently, which is good news.
Welcome to the Group to all those listed above.
I'm told that all are new to the Vets. except for Ian Murray who has transferred-in from another group.
Dave Pritchard has been very busy of late organising our kit order with Endura.
The following items of SVTTA kit will be available for purchase once the order is fulfilled (c. 11 weeks):
S/S jersey concealed zip x 5, £49.50
L/S jersey concealed zip x5, £56.10
Ultra packable shower jacket x5, £55
Gilet, Premium windtex x5, £49.50
Bibshorts premium x8, £73.70
Arm Warmers thermal x5, £19.80
Buff, multi tubes x10, £9.90
Overshoes x5, £14.30
S/S jersey premium x1, £67.10
52 items in total.
Please contact Dave on email@example.com to arrange to buy items.
3rd. June 2014
Two sets of results compiled by our TT secretary; those through to the 25th. May are here (sorry, delayed by lack of phone line) while clicking here will get you the latest missive.
11th. May 2014
Times from the mid-week events and the weekend here.
David Pritchard and Jim Cusick headed south the previous weekend for
some racing and here is a brief report in David's own words:
'A couple of
results from last weekend when down in Englandshire. Sun 4th RTTC series
Bassenthwaite HTT,15.1 miles, 1lap for Vets, Big Jim Cuisick, got 4th
vet on actual time, I was a more modest 22nd, Jim was 8th Vet on target
time, I was 19th. Quite a hard TT, with a nasty headwind the last mile
for good measure.
Mon 5th Kent Valley Road Club, Shap Hill Climb, reduced to 7 miles due
to roadworks, started on the outskirts of Kendal and went up the A6,
with the last half mile on an unclassified road, with two wee horrible
digs to the finish. I finished well down the field in 27th place. I was
passed by the British HC champion, Teyvan Pettinger, who was making it
look easy, He won of course, more than a minute ahead of the next man'.
news that Caithness Cycling Club's Roger Sewell is returning to England
to live. Roger has in the past organised the 12 hour championship
alongside his other events up north. The Scottish Group send their best
wishes for the future to Roger and his family.
7th. May 2014
to Derek Stewart who on bank holiday Monday became (joint) V.T.T.A.
National 10 Mile Champion at Tring in Hertfordshire.
and sunny conditions with a 15 mph southerly wind on the boomerang
shaped E/W course Derek rode 22:53 to tie on standard with 'young vet.'
Rob Pears' whose blistering 18:53 also came out at +7:57 on standard.
It was a relief to Derek to ride so well after his bad luck of last year when he was thwarted by mechanical problems.
The weekend results round-up can be found here.
6th. May 2014
2 more sets of times and results.
19th. April 2014
Latest race results update from our timetrial secretary covering the past 3 weekends of racing.
4th. April 2014
The first episode of a new entertainment show called 'Amazing Greys' will air this coming Saturday evening, April 12th, on ITV.
member Derek Stewart of Deeside Thistle has been chosen to compete in
the show, which features older athletes taking on younger challengers,
including some famous names.
Tune in and give Derek your support.
26th. March 2014
Folks were out and about in West Lothian and Aberdeen last weekend.
Lang Whang and Deeside Hilly
21st. March 2014
Reports from the past two weekends:
23rd. February 2014
Only one of our number was out racing this past weekend.
16th. February 2014
With racing now underway for the 2014 season here is JJ's first report on our members' performances.
Ice Breaker 2-up
3rd. February 2014
from our representative at the national VTTA AGM, Iain McLeod, that the
Performance Awards are to go and that the Standard Awards will return
for 2014. Many of you will be very pleased to hear this news I'm sure.
"There were three
proposals relating to Performance Awards and Standard Awards. The
outcome was that item 5(i) was approved, meaning that Performance Awards
will be stopped and we go back to having only
Standard Awards. I understand that this will be put into effect this
year, but I expect we will hear from the NEC as to how this will
be implemented. e.g. do we use last years times / distances or start
with a clean sheet".
19th. January 2014
all accounts the new format of a lunchtime presentation was very well
received and our thanks go to George Skinner for once again organising
a very successfull event at McQ's in Bannockburn.
Photos of the presentation of the awards can be found on the Gallery page or click here.
present were very pleased to see that Mhairi and Gavin Laffoley had
managed to make it over from Fife. Mhairi has sent the following
message of thanks:
"I just wanted to thank everyone for giving Gavin and I an enjoyable
afternoon at the Vets Presentation Lunch on Sunday. The Vets meant
everything to my dad and he was a member for almost 51 years and was
happy to encourage cyclists who turned 40 to join the organisation. Ali
too was proud at being a member of the Vets and he was really pleased
when he achieved his standards in 2013, after having missed out for a
couple of years due to work commitments.
When Ali was tragically taken from us I asked my dad
if he wanted me to make a claim for Ali's standards and there was
absolutely no hesitation in his response of yes. It was, therefore, a
great honour for Gavin and myself to be among friends yesterday
receiving Alistair's medals, which had been so thoughtfully placed in a
nice presentation frame. This frame will now be displayed proudly in my
home for everyone to see.
Finally thank you also for my bouquet of flowers and
for honouring my family through the minutes silence that was held. I
hope to have the courage to be at events in 2014 and look forward to
seeing some of you then".
18th. January 2014
member of the group Frank Gamwell (Perth United) passed away on the
13th. January after a three year battle against cancer. Frank came late
to the SVTTA but still managed to put in some very good performances.
He was introduced to the Group by David Mitchell, also of Perth United
3rd. January 2014
devastating news from Mhairi Laffoley I'm afraid: her mother Margaret
passed away yesterday afternoon after a short illness. She was admitted
to hospital only 2 weeks ago and the speed of deterioration was
Her funeral will be held at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Monday 13th at 10:15 and then followed at Dunnikeir House Hotel.
The Scottish Group send their sincere condolences to Mhairi at this very difficult time.
23rd. December 2013The Ivy CC enjoyed their Christmas dinner on Thursday
evening at the Torrance Community Hall, with SC Gold Badge of
Thomson in attendance along with Les McLeod, Kenny Clarke, Peter Reilly and
nephew Stephen, and many others. Head cook and bottle washer, Willie McLuskey,
was ably assisted by Hyslop Dickson, Shaun Campbell and George Hardie who
ensured that everyone enjoyed the evening – and the fare.
A number of the Royal Albert CC members, having braved
the inclement conditions, sat down to enjoy their Christmas meal at the
Hollandbush Golf Club, Lesmahagow. Accompanying them were the ‘less
inclined cycling enthusiasts’ that travelled by car making the number
attending in excess of 50, of which a good number were also members of
the SVTTA. After the Christmas Pudding was scoffed and members were enjoying
their coffee the various club prizewinners and club champions were then
presented with their well earned trophies.
On the 7th December, a contingent from the Law
Wheelers, which included four Group members, attended the Last Shift Inn at Braehead,
Forth, where they enjoyed an early Christmas
Lunch before several of them set off for home in some very unpleasant weather
conditions: it did not seem that bad in the car!
21st. December 2013
is with much sadness that we report that Iain Mcleod's wife died today
after a short illness. The funeral will be held at Falkirk
Crematorium at 9:30am on Saturday 28th December. No flowers please, but
Iain would like any donations to go to Strathcarron Hospice or
MacMillan Nurses. Refreshments and light chat thereafter at Bonnybridge
Golf Club. All welcome.
9th. December 2013
many of you will know, Isobel Campbell celebrated her 100th. birthday
yesterday 8th. December. She reports that she has recovered from the
injury to her shoulder, is keeping well and will be flying back to
Majorca on Tuesday. Should anyone wish to call Isobel and wish her Many
Happy Returns then her no. is 01416492722.
2nd. December 2013SVTTA member Alex Munro of Lancashire Road Club
was presented recently with a medal by Chris Boardman at his club’s 90th
Presentation & Dance, for his efforts in the 50TT.
It transpires that Chris
Boardman has now bought a house in Aviemore, so Michael
Devlin’s son whose bike shop is in that town may soon be getting a
famour customer calling in.
Press Secretary James Skinner may find himself writing about his own
exploits in the next edition of the magazine: James 'came a cropper'
the other day in an argument
with a car. Fortunately there were no serious injuries and the
We're pleased to hear that Jock Milne (see 11th. November) is making a good recovery.
Minutes of the Group's recent AGM can be read here.
11th. November 2013
Jock Milne has taken a tumble on the ice over the weekend and has
sufferred a fractured hip as a consequence. The Group send Jock their
best wishes for a speedy recovery.
8th. November 2013
For details of our awards presentation and luncheon please see the Calendar page.
The Timetrial Secretary's report to the 2013 Annual General Meeting can be read here.
note that the news entries relating to the sad events that befell the
Fife cycling community in late 2013 have been gathered together on a separate page for the sake of posterity.
23rd. October 2013News reaches us that Jack (Jakey)
Hill’s wife, Iris, passed away a few days ago. Her service will be
held at South Lanarkshire Crematorium, Blantyre,
on Friday 25th at 2.45pm. Jakey himself is one the Group’s
National Hon Life members and also a member of the Chryston Wheelers.
11th. October 2013
group's annual general meeting will be held on Sunday 3rd. November at
11:00 prompt at the usual location, McQ's Tartan Arms in Bannockburn.
The notice of AGM and mnuites of last years meeting can be found here.
presentation and luncheon will be held at the same location on Sunday
19th. January 2014. See page 2 of the above document for details.
8th. October 2013
News from the Masters World Track Championships in Manchester.
Silver in the 75+ Pursuit for Gordon Johnston
Bronze in the 70+ Pursuit for Peter Robinson
Bronze in the 50+ Pursuit for Ian Humphries
20th. September 2013
Officer Bob Gibson has requested that anyone who thinks that may have
set an age-related record this year should send him the claim form as
soon as possible. Bob will be on holiday at the end of October and this
will enable him to compile the claims, with the minimum of additions or corrections to be done
upon his return. Both the record claim form and a list of current records are available on the Downloads page.