Our History

Ramsay Macaulay, centre with Hugh Donald, right.

The start of the 1961 Junior road race at Rothsay. Tommy Banks, front left, “Hammy” Mairs, front right. Gavin Robb, rear left, Jim McCartney, rear right.

Jackie Pollock supports Joe Mooney at a time trial.

Some of our youth and junior riders in the 1980's

The Glenmarnock Wheelers was formed in 1941 by a group of young cyclists from Rutherglen and Dalmarnock.(the club name is an amalgamation of the two town names).

 

The new club attracted many people into the sport of cycling and introduced them to the delightful countryside around Glasgow.  In the early years of the club, many members joined the Scottish Youth Hostel association and extended their horizons by undertaking weekend and longer trips.  Former member Edward McHugh describes a typical club run "we used to leave from Bridgeton Cross and head down to Moffat, 70 miles away.  Then we would cycle back, ending with a sprint finish on London Road.  All on a steel framed bike with limited gears"

 

Members also raced and time trialed all over the country. Of particular note is Ramsay Macaulay. Edward McHugh recalls "I had a Torino bike which I never won anything on.  Thinking the bike was holding back my talent I sold it to Ramsay who proved that it wasn't the bike that was the problem.  Ramsey went on to win the Glasgow to Dunoon Road Race three years running on that Torino."

 

Briek Schotte, World RR champion in 1948 and nicknamed “the last of the Flandrians”, was an honorary member of the Club.  This is because of his mentoring of our Club President, Norrie Drummond, when Norrie was an independent rider in Belgium in the early 1960s.  Norrie himself rode the world’s biggest amateur event, the Peace Race, for Great Britain. 

 

Best known of all former members is Robert Millar who won the King of the Mountains competition at the Tour de France in 1984 and the Giro d'Italia in 1987.  Robert won the great French mountain stage race, the Dauphine Libere, in 1990.  His fourth place in the 1984 Tour de France was only equalled by two British riders - Wiggins in 2009 and Froome in 2013 and 2015.  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.  Robert started out with the Glenmarnock under the guidance of John Storrie before leaving for the 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 the late 90's at Fintry, Robert  attended the event and stayed to catch up with John and to present the prizes to the day’s winner – young Bradley Wiggins.  Robert was the GB road team coach at the time.

 

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 road racing 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.  All of these riders got their start in racing under the critical eye of the late John Storrie.  John was a true legend of Scottish postwar cycling and a founder member of the Glenmarnock Wheelers Cycling Club.

 

In more recent times Steven Quinn has had notable success whilst wearing the Glenamrnock colours.  Steven was a member of the Glenmarnock Wheelers Cycling Club from the age of 12, and gained selection for the Scottish Road Team for 3 years, winning medals at national championships events.  He competed in events across the UK and in Belgium enjoying a number of successful racing seasons.  Steven put his success in cycling down to the support he received from the club.  Kevin Hughes was a member who was a British and Scottish Special Olympics squad member.  He won 2 gold medals and 1 bronze in the 2007 Special Olympics. He was also British national champion in 2009. 

 

The Glenmarnock Wheelers is more than a racing club.  Terry McGee, a long standing member, is known for his epic foreign journeys, cycled around the Great Australian Bight and camped out in the Nullarbar Desert.

 

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