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.