Monday February 19, 2018

Glasgow Wheelers - Race Team

Our racing team comprises all sorts of riders with an age span of over 40 years - David Lang is responsbile for that huge spread! There is no restriction or entry standard for racing for the Wheelers, just a willingness to pin a number on your jersey and stomp on the pedals. If you are new to road racing there are a wide number of events to choose from in Scotland. For novices these will be 4th category events. If you are able to then gain points you progress up the ladder to a 3rd cat and beyond. Our riders range from 1st cat to 4th. A number of riders mix road racing with time trialling and track while others specialise on one discipline alone.

Time trialling is the easiest event to begin as it doesn't rely on tactics or bunch riding skills, merely your own ability to ride quickly against the clock. Track riding will become much more popular with our riders as track leagues and events develop at the new Sir Chris Hoy velodrome. Whatever discipline you choose we have the experienced riders able to provide the advice to bring you on.

Road Race

(Riders listed alphabetically. Click on profile photo for larger image)

David Griffiths

After joining in 2010, David has proved nothing short of a revelation. Medical student by day and road racing fiend at weekends, we have witnessed the change from struggling 4th cat to a quick climbing 2nd cat with a spring in his legs whenever the jump needs to be made. The Wheelers own Welsh Wizard has competed in some of the biggest domestic races including his country's own Ras de Cymru and the Tour Doon Hame. With real potential for further improvement on road and track he's definitely one to watch.

Geoff Martin

Having just joined in 2012 Geoff attended February's Dunoon training camp. It was on the 20% gradients over to Otterferry that we realised that this guy can climb. Fast!! Early year form carried through to spring road races, including Dunfermline's Jack Murray Trophy where he placed himself in the unsuccessful break before securing 7th place. Maybe more impressive were his strong rides in the southside chaingang where his surges from Fenwick put everyone on the rack.

Graeme Neagle

Despite years of hardening with sprints, climbs and long training rides, 2012 saw Graeme's toughest challenge yet - a job! Joining the working ranks has been a shock and we hope his racing days are not behind him. 2011 was a breakthrough year with a fine 2nd place in the last round of the national SuperSix Series which could have been 1st but for a controverial and cynical Endura Development tactic. An appearance in the Criterium de Lavellois in Paris was another highlight for the Argyll man. Graeme has also competed in a number of Easter stage races in the last five years.

James Kinsella

Sometimes we feel that we could field a full team of medics! James joined in 2011 and joined the ranks of our pedalling physicians. Another rider who enjoys a challenge, James took part in the Ronde Van Vlanderen sportive after practising cobble riding on Ashton Lane.

Jamie Drever

Jack of all trades, master of none! The Big Man is enjoying the velodrome which provides another challenge and another opportunity to buy a new bike. 6 time Tour of the North stage racer, time triallist (2 5th places in Scottish TTT, 56min12s for a 25m and a 21min man for a 10) and once a 2nd cat on the road! Also Club Chairman & Treasurer and webmaster. When the form's bad, the garden looks good....

Jason Roberts

If it's not pensioner's hips he's hammering, it's his pedals on a climb. An orthopaedic consultant at the Western, Jason is also a specialist at uphill gradients. Living in Aberfoyle he has the benefit of the perfect training ground with the Duke's Pass. A habitual podiummier (is that even a word?!) Jason possesses a good kick in addition to his vertical prowess that should serve him well for the track. Another proud member of the legendary B team that scooped 5th place in 2011's scottish TTT champs.

Kallen Kerr

Paisley-based student Kallen has had a great year. His fitness has progressed really well for which he was rewarded with a race win in Birmingham in April 2012. Kallen is one of the most regular attendees of Sunday Club runs and also regularly wins the prize for riding the dirtiest, most-neglected bike! Top marks also for volunteering and marshalling at every Club event this year - a real Club man!

Keith Smith

Came to prominence as a Junior with Caithness CC winning a cap riding for the Scottish Junior squad. With a university place at Glasgow Keith joined the Club and became a fixture of our Easter stage race squad, with a number of participations in the Tour of the North, Tour of the Borders and also an attempt at the dreaded Girvan. A handy tester too, Keith won the 25mile TT shield in 2009. He says he's not currently racing but we hope to see him back soon!

Nicky Cronin

When he's not impersonating Jim Morrison Nicky likes to road race. In 2013 he won his first road race with a classy 2up sprint victory in a round of the WOSCA RR Series at Strathaven.

Stuart Baylis

A student and another member of the GWCC class of 2012 Stuart showed some early promise in the spring road races with some attacking riding. A good climber we'll be seeing more of Stuart in the coming year.

Time Trial

(Riders listed alphabetically. Click on profile photo for larger image)

Allan MacLean

As a former district and Scottish national champion, Allan has found success in time trailing and grass track racing. More recently concentrating on triathlons, but still riding hard track at British and European masters’ level.

Andy Underwood

After several seasons of dipping his toes in the road racing pool, Andy has concentrated on the chrono with great results. There's no doubting this engineer has now found his metier. Andy has clocked some great times in 2012 and 2011 with low 56m and 21m times for 25 and 10mile tests respectively. What makes this even more impressive is that during this time Andy has become a dad.

Craig Dick

More than a rider, a cycling fanatico who indulges his passion with an annual pilgrimmage to some of the holy venues of cycling. Craig has completed a number of sportives in recent years, many of them on more than one occassion. With the Lapebie, Marmotte and Flanders sportives he has taken on the Pyrenees, Alps and Flandrian cobbles. A member of the mighty 'B team' who bested their GWCC A team rivals in the Scottish TTT champs in 2011 to place 5th, Craig is a handy 21m ten mile tester.

Eric Easson

Veteran time trialist and stalwart event organiser. Eric has brought plenty of spirit to his time trialling and marshalling which is just what you'd expect from an ex-Chivas Regal employee!

Errol Bennie

Based in Denny, Errol has been a regular participant in time trials throughout central Scotland for some time. A great Club volunteer, always willing to help out at Club-hosted events there's plenty of life in the old dog yet!

Jon Clarke

A convert from rugby, Jon shedded over 4 stone in his transformation from forward for Cartha Queens Park to an endurance road cyclist. With an enthusiasm to training rarely seen outside chez Lang, Jon has thrown himself into road and time trial competition, something that has only stalled this season with the birth of his son, Harrison. Jon has also competed in some major sportive events including the Marmotte in the French Alps. Another one of our strong time trial squad able to clock a 21 min ten.

Scott MacBain

Spotted by our scouts at the weekly Southside chaingang, ex-ski racer Scott joined GWCC in 2012. Injury prompted a halt to his ski career but the leg power and strength are evident and 2013 promises to be a big year for Scott in events against the clock. If you want to know a dark horse for the coming season this is your man!


(Riders listed alphabetically. Click on profile photo for larger image)

Donald Shearer

Donald is another of the class of 2012 new members who has been happy to throw himself in at the deep end. With some sprint schooling from Tommy Banks in the summer, Donald is now a member of GWCC's growing track team and as we saw at the hill climb champs, he's pretty handy going upwards too. Don't mention the aerodynamic drag of facial hair...

Graeme McBride

Former Scottish U19 athletics sprinter, Graeme started cycling as a method of rehabilitation before donning his track spikes again. As his understanding of the sport has grown and his eyes have been opened to his own opportunities the tartan track has been swapped for the banked wooden boards of the velodrome. Closely mentored by our own Tommy Banks the future is looking bright for the Airdrie Arrow.

Stef Collins

Now living in London, for a long time Stef was our only recognised track rider. Having pumped some serious iron in the gym, Stef is an out and out sprinter and will no doubt be making some pilgrimmages to the new Glasgow velodrome to pump the pedals on home turf. Stef is also a qualified Level 2 BC coach and commissaire.

Tommy Banks

Track supremo Tommy now spends much of his time as a cycling administrator. Elected as a director to Scottish Cycling in 2010, Tommy is also involved in WOSCA as well as being current Club Secretary. But this is merely an update of a new role for a rider who secured 18 scottish track titles, rode in the Commonwealth Games and was a fiercesome sprinter on the boards and cinder tracks. Read more in our Hall of Fame.