In the summer of 2013, following a number of years in the cycling wilderness, Dominic Free decided enough was enough and got back into some serious training. We caught up with him to find out more about his comeback, how his training is going, and his motivations for the coming season.
A date for your diaries:
Following the success of last year’s Kilmacolm Kermesse, the Glasgow Road Club will be running the event again at 12pm on 4 May 2014. This is going to be a ‘National B Category’ road race held over an 8-lap 65 mile course in the rolling Renfrewshire hills.
Further details to follow, including how to enter.
Euan Pope capped a good season in impressive style today, winning silver in the Scottish National Hillclimb Championships ’up the kirk’ at Blairlogie in Stirlingshire.
Euan Pope powered his low profile machine to 5th place in today’s 28.5 Tour de Trossachs time trial. The race was won by Silas Goldsworthy (Sandy Wallace Cycles) who showed class and terrific form in beating Arthur Doyle (Dooleys Racing Team) into second place by over one minute. Euan was also fifth place in the Dukes Pass hillclimb spot prize.
Three GRC riders took to the start of this year’s edition of the Tour of the Campsies, held around a demanding 25 mile course in Stirlingshire that includes the long, arduous ‘Crow Road’ climb out of Lennoxtown. Danny McShane’s 1-4-42 was good enough for 6th place in a race won by one of Scotland’s best short-distance testers, Ben Peacock of Paisley Velo Racing Team. He beat previous race winner Arthur Doyle (Dooleys) into second place by 21 seconds.
Daniel McShane became the Glasgow Road Club’s fastest man in history, clocking 21:07 at the Inverclyde Velo ‘10’ held on the West Ferry course today. He bettered George Cowan’s 12 year old record by 3 seconds. With a low-tide and near perfect weather conditions, two riders went under the magic 20 minute mark and many other riders posted personal bests. Graham Barron and Scott McIntosh also rode well in clocking 22:31 and 25:42, respectively.
Euan Pope and Barry McGurk took 5th and 6th places overall, respectively, in the Moray Firth 2-day stage race, which was won by time trial specialist Silas Goldsworthy of Sandy Wallace Cycles. Euan also showed good strength and tactical awareness to claim a fine victory in the King of the Mountains competition, beating Granite City Racing Team’s David Anderson by 2 points.
John Cameron is on the comeback trail, taking part in the gruelling Trophee de l’Oisans in France alongside Mark Whitehead from the JWCC.
For his efforts, John is hoping to raise a bit of cash for Cornerstone, the charity he works for (and the logo on the back of the new GRC jersey!)
For more information on the challenge and the charity objective click on
John will be providing regular updates via Twitter @John_F_Cameron
Well done, and best of luck to John
Fraser Martin of Perth United CC took the inaugural Neilston Nocturne race organised by the Glasgow Road Club. His strong performance saw off the challenge of Graeme Neagle (Glasgow Wheelers) and Ross Clark (Glasgow Ivy) who took second and third places, respectively.
The first lady over the line was Gabriella Nordin of Pedal Power RT, who finished ahead of Elizabeth Adams (GMBC).
Barry McGurk produced a fine performance at the Cambusbarron 25 this morning as he took 3rd place against strong opposition with a time of 56:11, just over half a minute slower than the winner, one of Scotland’s best testers, Arthur Doyle of Dooleys Cycles.