Feb 232010
A young Dominic Free

Young Dominic Free, a good climber

It’s almost 12 years since GRC rider Dominic Free, who had then recently turned 18, was selected to ride as part of the Scottish team in the 1998 edition of The Junior Tour of Wales, an annual three-day cycle race held around Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent, Wales. The event has run since 1981, attracting international teams as well as national teams from Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man and Scotland.

Feb 222010

Former GRC hardman Tam Gordon has announced that he would like to be called ‘Tammy’ from now on, according to a variety of sources.

Tam Gordon, a real hard man

The shock revelation was made on the Dooleys Racing Team website and news swept across the Scottish cycling scene like wildfire. Tammy decided to make a big splash by inviting Shug round for a bottle of Shiraz and a photo shoot.

Feb 092010

One honorary member of the Glasgow Road Club is now known as a ‘Million Kilometer Man’ by the CTC, thanks to his life-long insatiable appetite for eating up the tarmac in his spare time. In 1967 he set the record for the fastest ride between Gretna and John O’Groats , which stood until 1992. More remarkable is the fact that he still holds the Scottish 24 hour time trial competition record (448.70 miles), also set in 1967 whilst wearing our pale blue. This man is long-distance legend George Berwick.

George BerwickGeorge’s best racing days were long before my time but I’ve heard accounts that he was faster over very long distances than short ones, which totally defies logic. That trivia is surely contorted folklore; however, it serves as an illustration of how highly he was regarded as a specialist in endurance events.

Further to the above mentioned standards set in the 1960s, George’s completion of Paris-Brest-Paris (1200 Km) in ‘79, ‘87, ‘91 & ’99 and his epic Aberdeen- Ardnamurchan-Aberdeen ride in 34.5 hours are highly respectable accomplishments.