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Our Vision and Mission
Our Vision is to promote cycling in and around the Glasgow area through enabling people who share a passion for cycling to meet like minded people in order that they can share the enjoyment of cycling and develop their capability on the bike.
Our Mission is to promote cycling in the Glasgow area and we will do this through:
• Growing our membership base.
• Active participation in a range of cycling activities from competitive racing, sportives, leisure riding through to youth development.
• Organising and facilitating a range of cycling events through the year from Elite road racing, youth criteriums, cyclocross, hillclimbs through to regular club training runs.
• Active links with the local community and Scottish Cycling to ensure that cycling can be fully developed in the Glasgow area.
• The creation of a club environment which supports members at all levels to achieve their full potential.
The club was founded in 1941 by a group of young cyclists from Rutherglen and Dalmarnock areas of Glasgow, creating the Glenmarnock Wheelers Cycling Club. The new club attracted many people into the sport of cycling, initially introducing them to the delightful countryside around Glasgow during Sunday club runs, and later as experience was gained, many members joined the Scottish youth hostels association and began to extend their horizons by cycling all over Scotland for the weekend or longer trips. Cycling was then, and still is today a way for people from all walks of life, particularly for young people, to escape from daily stresses, whilst improving fitness and wellbeing – physically and mentally.
Briek Schotte, World RR champion in 1948, “the last of the Flandrians”, was an honorary member of the Club and his name appears on our racing jersey. This is because of his mentoring of our Club President, Norrie Drummond, when Norrie was an independent rider in Belgium in the early 1960s. You can read more about Briek Schotte on the excellent Flandria Cycles Website . Norrie himself rode the world’s biggest amateur event, the Peace Race, for Great Britain.
Our Legendary Rider Norrie Drummond In The Lead. Third placed rider is believed to be Gordon McNaught. Thanks to John McBrearty for the information.
Drummond Trophy in 1964 or 65 on the Cathkin circuit. Rider in the foreground is Fraser Connell and the next 2 riders are Hector McKenzie (Douglas CC) and Norrie Drummond.
Thanks to John McBrearty for photo and information and Steve Mclean for additional information
Best known of all former members is Robert Millar who won the King of the Mountains competition at the Tour of France in 1984 and the Tour of Italy in 1987. Robert won the great French mountain stage race, the Dauphine Libere, in 1990, the only Briton ever to do so. His fourth place in the 1984 Tour de France was only equalled by another British rider (Wiggins) in 2009. He was runner up in the Vuelta a Espagna in 1986 in controversial circumstances when several teams conspired to aid Pedro Delgado’s escape on the last day. Ironically top Glasgow indie band the Delgados took their name from the Spanish rider because they were all cycling fans. Robert started out with the Glenmarnock under the guidance of John Storrie before leaving for Glasgow Wheelers where Arthur Campbell aided his plans to go to live and race in France. When the Club ran the Scottish round of the GB junior RR series, the Reynolds 531 Trophy, in (I think) 1997 or 1998 at Fintry, Robert, who was the GB road team coach at the time, attended the event and stayed to catch up with John and to present the prizes to the day’s winner – young Bradley Wiggins.
Club members Andy Ferrie and Andy Young were Scottish champions who rode in Commonwealth Games teams. More recently members David Jardine and Martin Lonie were Scottish junior champions and Martin represented GB at the junior world RR champs in Barcelona in about 1998. Martin left for France where, sadly, a catastrophic arm injury caused in a crash on a rainy day ended his professional ambitions. Gordon Murdoch was TLI ‘s British RR champion while a member of the Club. James McCallum was previously a member of the club and represented Scotland in the Team Pursuit, Points & Scratch Races at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and again in 2006 in Melbourne in the Scratch, Points & Road Races, winning a bronze medal in the Scratch race.
In more recent times Steven Quinn has had notable success whilst wearing the Glenamrnock colours. Steven has been a member of the Glenmarnock since the age of 12, and gained selection for the Scottish Road Team for 3 years, winning medals at national championships events. He has competed in events across the UK and in Belgium enjoying a number of successful racing seasons. Steven puts his success in cycling down to the support he has received from the club. Steven is a full time student studying Sport and Exercise Science at Napier University in Edinburgh. He has taken on the role of Club Coach and is working with club members to develop tailored training plans based on goals and aspirations. Kevin Hughes is a recent recruit to the Glenmarnock Wheelers. Kevin is a British & Scottish Special Olympics squad member who won 2 gold medals and 1 bronze in the 2007 Special Olympics. He was also British national champion in 2009. Kevin has been selected for the 2011 Athens Special Olympics. Kevin is currently studying Sports Coaching at Anniesland College in Glasgow which enables him to help out with the coaching of our younger members.
Steven Quinn riding the Fullerton Wheelers 10 mile TT
2011 will be the 70th anniversary of the club and we aim to celebrate this great milestone with a series of events running throughout the year.
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