A 22-year-old Billy Bilsland (in a Scotland top) wins stage 13 of the 1967 Peace Race in the Czech city of Liberec. (Image: NQ) A quick look at the crowds that lined Montrose Street in Glasgow’s city centre for the road races at the Cycling World Championships, which concluded to great acclaim last weekend, and it’s easy to start believing the hype that these World Championships will leave a lasting legacy in Scotland .
Maybe there will be; it’s not completely out of the question that these World Championships make Scotland into a cycling nation, or at least nudge it closer to something resembling one. Only time will tell.
I remain sceptical, however, about the effect these mega-events can have on a nation.
There is, instead, far more important entities that impact a sport in the long-term and that’s the clubs that don’t dip in and out of a country over a fortnight but rather, endure over decades, or even centuries.
One such club that, it cannot be disputed, has played a significant part in Scottish sporting history is Glasgow Wheelers, a cycling club that’s produced more world-class athletes than many others could even dream of.
The history of the club has been documented in a fascinating and incredibly well-researched book called: “The Glasgow Wheelers; A Scottish Cycling History”.
It’s written by cycling journalist Kenny Pryde, will be released in the coming weeks and tells the history of this club that has produced so many of the greatest Scots ever on two wheels.The release coincides […]