Tam O Ranter
Posted - 12 Apr 2015 : 20:58:33
| I can't quite put my finger on it. But can you imagine , for example the Rootes Group Factory at Linwood in 1960. The company ask the workers working outside to go outside, into the cold freezing rain, wearing a thin shirt and then ask you to pay for the punitive experience. Within 20 minutes the work would have closed under the direction of the Union, then the lights would go out, miners out on strike, then the dock labour, followed by the NUR no trains. The country would have come to halt
Yet today the worst imagineable weather the wind to the turn the pouring cascading rain the flooded roads , freezing temperatures and a list of 73 competitors falsely lured into the event by midweek weather.One could easily have used the Forth and Clyde Canal which possibly held less water. George Adams the SVTTA first off toddled up to the start. He took to the water like a duck. Craig McGowan fom the Fran and Anna Cycling club supported a lie in bed instead of the brutal weather, Gordon Murdoch felt his good looks might have depreciated with the attentions of rain assault.
The early start riders had a more challenging conditions with continual dowsing as cars passed.
At the end of this memorable event Gavin Shirley had spent only 22.25 minutes in the conditions . He won the stunning trophy and a suitable check to say nothing of 2 coffees and 5 fairy cakes
Greg Seymour was second 22.27 he had a getaway car parked on the pavement outside for a quick getaway. QUICK was not the word for whilst the hall waited gathered together in a chorus of " Why are We Waiting" the chief technician and computer expert George McLaughlan was tippexing the corrections on the screen . Another 22.37 was the 3rd placed Ian Elliot, Alan Holmes, Inverclyde squeezed out a wee 23.35 beating Carlos Riise by a simple second
On the Veterans front SVTTA on age standard plus your weight divided by height minus the cost of your bike was non other than Derek Stewart his time was won on the complex standards system
Billy McFarlane was second on the standards issue
Lynne Wardrop Ayr won the womans award and she had suffered over the course as did early starter Katherine Wren ,Stirling.
Kathrines face at the finish was a pulsating red with a blue tint, it was really cold and no ambulance to the recovery hall.
George Skinner unveiled his new super steed , it came from outer space, he thinks, Planet X although the label said Made in China"
a 30.14 was a tear ****ing moment for his son timed at28.20 missing his standard time prediction by almost 2 minutes. Big Michael Devlin , St Christophers , his teeth were gnashing when he was made aware of the George Skinner time , of course as the jackanory music played he actually told me he could have gone much faster except for his hands were frozen to the brake levers. How the clubs have changed no Davie Gibson ,Tam Gordon Douglas Nicholson , Graeme O Bree, Bob Taylor, Eric Easson and of course Big Robert Cooper. yes he is sorely missed he was a great worker, reliable, keen and yet able to take his cycling too seriously , great sense of humour it was great to see his grandson Scott Cooper achieve an award for his 28.50. . Its what cycling is all about.
THE CATERING evidently someone had ram raided Greggs with a spread of cakes, scones biscuits ranging over 300 varieties. JJ Harris sat in a throne during the event and Jock Shaw nipped in on an outing from the Musselburgh View Old Folks home. Well done to all the helpers, the Law Wheelers promotion was excellent. I know all this to be true Cos I was there!
Next Sunday is wee Davie Millars 15 mile tt same time same course