Monday February 19, 2018

Club Member Profiles

Our members come from all walks of life and perform at a variety of standards. Some members race, others keep fit with Club rides and others ride in occasional sportive events.

You can also learn more about our Race Team, Ladies Section and former racers. If your profile is missing please contact us, preferably with some blurb and a photo.

RACE TEAM - members competing in road races, time trials and track events
LADIES SECTION - probably our fastest growing section!
SPORTIVES - find out about our members' biggest challenges
FORMER RACERS - we've had some strong line ups, where are they now?!?

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

Adrian Doherty

A tough tourer, Adrian fronted up to the Club Hill Climb this November in shorts,though he did have his beard for insulation! They certainly make them tough over on the Emerald Isle.

Alix Drever

Previously an 800m runner for City of Glasgow AC, Alix had the bad luck to pick up a number of knee injuries which ended her involvement in running. After meeting (now husband) Jamie she picked up the bike, if only for a "if you can't beat them join them" thing. A regular attendee of Club rides, Alix has tried her hand at a few time trials but enjoys cycling to keep fit.

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 Taylor

When Saturday night's red wine intake is not too severe, you can expect to see Andy at a Sunday Club run. Andy has ridden around the Campsies as much as anyone and also has the distinction of regularly parading the cleanest bike in the Club. Few others have been as generous volunteers as our Bearsden bobby.

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.

Billy Bilsland

Where do we start? Former pro with Peugeot and Raleigh, Olympian, Commonwealth Games athlete, mentor to Robert Millar and current Club President. You can read more about Billy in our Hall of Fame.Victories in the Milk Race, Peace Race and throughout Europe were bagged in the 60s and 70s by one of Scotland's all-time greats.

Billy Munro

Billy is another of the Club's veteran time triallists. The 6 footer from Cumbernauld is another loyal Club man who can still lay the power down on the flat.

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.

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.

Deirdre O'Reilly

A keen triathlete, Deirdre joined the Wheelers in early 2012. She is also a keen participant in sportives and has completed the Robert Millar Sportive and the Etape Caledonia events - both 80 miles plus. Never one to shirk the big distances we need to tell Deirdre to stop training sometimes!

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...

Donnie Connochie

No one is quite sure when Donnie contracted his allergy to bike helmets but one thing is for sure - no one can remember seeing him in one! A southsider, you're most likely to see Donnie riding around the lanes by Eaglesham and Strathaven.

Elaine Lowden

Elaine has been our most prominent Lady for the past five years. Her speciality is time trialling but this has developed more recently into duathlon events. She has notched up victories in a number of these this year. A disciplined trainer, Elaine works in the field of nutrition and also lectures at Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh.

Eric Cruikshank

Former Club Chairman, with 40 years plus contribution the Club Eric has been involved in the scottish cycling scene for almost 60 years. A keen racer in his time, Eric has participated in nearly all road and track disciplines and has more recently devoted his energies to the running of the Club and event organisation. He is also an official on the WOSCA committee.

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!

Fiona O'prey

Swimming's loss is our gain! Fiona is transforming from the top flight of Scottish swimming to cycling. We think she will have loads of potential time trialling or on the track and hailing from Lennoxtown there's no excuse for not training in the hills either.

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.

Gordon Russell

A new member in 2012, Gordon racked up several thousand miles at the beginning of the year. Part of his goal was his participation in March's London to Cannes (Gordon's report) event. A successful businessman and bon viveur, Gordon has quickly become a popular character in the Club and is hosting this year's annual Club dinner dance.

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.

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.

Isobel Fletcher

In her own words, "Former first cat roadwoman. 1996 winner of the Scottish Ladies RR series. 30 mile mixed tandem Scottish record holder together with Allan Maclean. 2009 500m British Masters track champion. Likes hills (over the years I have bagged the ladies prize in the Catford CC, Bec CC hillclimbs, Isle of Man TT, Tour de Trossachs and Beacon Mountain time trials). Doesn't like corners."

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....

Jamie McGahan

Jamie was one of the Club's stars during the late 70s/early 80s. Among his contemporaries were other all time Scottish greats, Robert Millar and Willie Gibb. Jamie rode throughout the UK and Europe and would undoubtedly have made the grade as a pro had the current British cycling support apparatus been in place. A winner of Ireland's national tour - now called the Ras, Jamie was a reknown strong man. Full article in our Hall of Fame.

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.

Johan Thayne

While Johan can't quite match husband John's 60 year stint in the Club, the couple are undoubtedly Mr and Mrs Wheeler! Johan only hung up her racing wheels a couple of years ago when still able to clock a 26min ten mile TT. Both her and John's contributions to Scottish Cycling were recognised by the official body in 2010 with the award of the Gold Medal of Honour.

John Thayne

With a 60 year stint in the Club, John and his wife Johan are Mr and Mrs Wheeler! In his younger days Johan was a top rider in his own right, taking part in part in many top races including Glasgow-Brighton and was once holder of the Rothesay Serpentine hill climb record. As an administrator and official John also contributed greatly, holding the post of Club Treasurer for over 25 years. Both his and Johnan's contributions to Scottish Cycling were recognised by the official body in 2010 with the award of the Gold Medal of Honour.

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.

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!

Kerry Keenan

Lochwinnoch-based Kerry is another 2012 addition to our growing Ladies contingent.

Mark Symington

Though less involved in cycling than a few years ago, engineer Mark still enjoys a spin on two wheels. The Tarbolton Tornado has been more devoted to martial arts recently and has garnered several differnt shades of belt. We have Mark to thank for a lot of web content, including the Hall of Fame sections and trophy records. Ridiculously underappreciated - thank you!

Neil McLeod

Physio Neil is heavily involved with coaching after an amateur career that netted several race wins and a stack of hill top primes! Neil is a member of our Hall of Fame and had the honour of making a number of appearances for the Scottish national team, including some big events such as the Nissan Classic in Ireland which featured no less a global star than Greg Lemond. One of the top riders in this country in the 80s and 90s.

Neil Milligan

Another new addition to the Club in 2012, Neil has also been frequently spotted in the midweek southside chaingangs.

Niall McAlinden

Nialls's main speciality is hill climbing. Summer 2012, Niall won the Bog and Burn series. We give his knees another couple of years!

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.

Robbie Martin

Dentist Robbie joined in 2012 and wasted no time getting his teeth stuck into the hill climb, coming 3rd with a strong ride up the slopes of the Cuilt Brae.

Sarah Barry

Our Ladies Captain, Sarah is a prominent promoter of ladies cycling in the west of Scotland. Currently she runs the popular Scott-Contessa training sessions on Saturdays which aim to develop new or novice female riders. Sarah likes to compete in both road and cyclo-cross events. Organising GWCC Ladies RR in 2013!

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!

Shane McGuinness

Another who joined the Club in the class of 2012, Irishman Shane showed a pair of natural climbing legs at the Club Hill Climb champs. Earlier this spring this climbing power proved too much for his chain w

Simon Martin

Another new member in 2012, Simon joins the Club from the most active demographic in cycle sport - the medics! The NHS support of the Cycle to Work scheme is keeping many bike shops in business....

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.

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.

Stuart Gough

Stuart joined the Wheelers during the winter of 2011 - definitely not a fair weather rider.

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.

Tommy Murray

Despite not being a native Glaswegian, Tommy joined the Club in 2010. Struggling to find racing teammates in his native Jedburgh Tommy joined up with friends including Graeme Neagle and seamlessly joined the racing squad. A 2nd cat racer, Tommy has notched up several race wins and frequently crosses the border to ride in Northumberland.