Jason MacIntyre, 1973 - 2008

Tuesday, 15th January, 2008


One of Britain’s leading cyclists was killed today while out training near his home in Fort William. Jason MacIntyre, a three-time British champion and Scottish record holder, was training on the A82 road when he was hit by a vehicle, said to be a council vehicle which overtook him and then turned into his path. The 34-year old was airlifted from the scene but died on his way to hospital in Glasgow.

Jason represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 2002, enjoyed arguably his best season in 2007. He beat the national ten-mile record, held by Graeme Obree, with a stunning time of 18 minutes, 47 seconds. He also won the British 25-mile title for the second time and was leading Tour de France star David Millar in the Olympic time trial title race until a puncture ended his challenge.

He was known to be highly motivated for the 2008 season, and had spoken not only of another tilt at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, but also of possible selection for the Beijing Olympics this summer. Last week he was one of the riders selected by the Braveheart Cycling Fund to receive significant financial backing for the coming season.

Jason showed early promise from the age of eighteen, when he took up the sport, and he soon became a regular Scottish team member. He represented Scotland in the Irish FBD Milk Ras and the Tour of the North which he won at the age of 23. In more recent years he became a time trialling specialist, winning three British titles against the clock.

Jason achieved great success in difficult circumstances, both geographical and personal. Living in Fort William added significantly to the demands of competition at a high level. He and his wife Caroline had twin girls, now eight, one of whom had a medical condition that required constant care. In recent years Jason had fitted training and racing around his commitments as her full-time carer.

In such circumstances, he found that time trialling was an easier discipline to pursue than road racing, and it was only in recent seasons that his considerable talent began to bloom more fully. In his thirties he seemed to be improving each year, regularly beating riders who were part of the lottery-funded British squad and earning a comparison, from one cycling magazine, to “a modern-day comic book hero.”

Graeme Herd, the former national coach who managed MacIntyre at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, said:“There’s no doubt Jason was one of the most talented riders to come out of Scotland in the last decade, if not longer. He achieved an incredible amount of success, and enjoyed a very good career, in challenging circumstances. It is a tragic waste that he has lost his life at such a young age.”

 
Richard Moore.

Condolences from all at the Braveheart Fund to Jason's wife and family.

The thoughts from all supporters of the fund are with you at this sad time.
 
 



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