City of Edinburgh Racing Club

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Riders from the City of Edinburgh Racing Club competing

The City of Edinburgh Racing Club is a cycling club based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The club is said to be the most successful club in British track cycling;[1][2] its members having won numerous national and international medals.

Formation[edit]

The Club was formed in November 1982 with affiliation to the East of Scotland Cyling Association and the Scottish Cyclists Union. The club was formed by Brian Annable in response to a lack of Scottish success in cycling. Success at the junior level in 1982 had led to the belief that, with specialised coaching, training and competition, success at British and International level could be achievable. At the time no such provision was available to Scottish cyclists and the club was formed with the intention of meeting that need.[3] When it formed in 1982 the club constitution set out an objective of winning medals at the British Track Championships.[4]

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The team colours are blue, black and white.[5] The racing attire has blue sleeves and body side panels, two two-inch black vertical stripes, a white centre body with club logo, and black shorts.[6]

City of Edinburgh Racing Club Jersey Design


Achievements[edit]

Since formation the club has enjoyed much success in the British National Track Championships. Riders from the Club have won 301 medals in the Championships[7] including at least 84 national titles.[8] In the Team Sprint in particular the club has failed to win a medal only once between its inception in 1993 and 2010 including a run of 9 back to back wins.[7][9]

Before the formation of the City of Edinburgh Racing Club Scottish success in cycling had been few and far between and only in road cycling. The club has presided over a huge increase in success in Scottish cycling, including internationally. This increase in success is often attributed to the club, however this is not without contention.[10]

Notable riders[edit]

Many riders from the City of Edinburgh RC have achieved notable international representation and success whilst members.

Rider Olympic Games World Championships Commonwealth Games
Steve Paulding 1987 Sprint[11] 1986
1990
Eddie Alexander 1988 4th Sprint[12] 1986 Sprint[13]
1987 Sprint[11]
1986 3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint[14]
Anthony Stirrat 1992 14th Kilo[15] 1991[16] 1994[17]
Marco Librizzi 2002 3rd Bronze medal blank.svg T. Sprint[18]
2006 Sprint[19]
Chris Hoy 2000 Silver medal olympic.svg T. Sprint[20] 1999 Silver medal blank.svg T. Sprint[21]
2000 Silver medal blank.svg T. Sprint[22]
Craig McLean 2000 Silver medal olympic.svg T. Sprint[20] 1999 Silver medal blank.svg T. Sprint[21]
2000 Silver medal blank.svg T. Sprint[22]
Kate Cullen 2006 3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Points[23]
2010 Road, Points and Scratch[24][25][26]

In addition to international success Craig McLean, Steve Paulding, Stewart Brydon, James Taylor and Matthew Haynes have each won 10 or more British Championships for the club.[7]

Sponsors and funding[edit]

To help fund the training and racing programme the club has been sponsored by a number of companies. The club is currently sponsored by Highland Spring water and Continental tyres.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City honours Olympic cyclist Hoy:". BBC News. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Moore, Richard (2008). Heroes, villains and velodromes : inside track cycling with Chris Hoy. London: HarperSport. ISBN 0-00-726531-X. 
  3. ^ Moore, Richard (2008). Heroes, villains and velodromes : inside track cycling with Chris Hoy. London: HarperSport. pp. 56–57. ISBN 0-00-726531-X. 
  4. ^ Moore, Richard (2008). Heroes, villains and velodromes : inside track cycling with Chris Hoy. London: HarperSport. p. 57. ISBN 0-00-726531-X. 
  5. ^ "Club Finder". Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Picture of City of Edinburgh Riders". Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Brian, Annable (2011). Annual Report 2011: CITY OF EDINBURGH RACING CLUB. 
  8. ^ Renton, Colin (2009-09-22). "Cycling: Capital boost for Edinburgh club". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "British Cycling / Events:". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cycling Forums UK : www.veloriders.co.uk :: View topic - Scotland:". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Moore, Richard (2008). Heroes, villains and velodromes : inside track cycling with Chris Hoy. London: HarperSport. p. 60. ISBN 0-00-726531-X. 
  12. ^ "Cycling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's Sprint | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com:". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Moore, Richard (2008). Heroes, villains and velodromes : inside track cycling with Chris Hoy. London: HarperSport. p. 59. ISBN 0-00-726531-X. 
  14. ^ "Commonwealth Games, Track, Sprint 1986:". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Cycling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games: Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com:". Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "People news: Andy Pemberton joins Panache Cyclewear | Bicycle Business". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "commonwealth games 86, 94, 98:". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Scots cyclists have to settle for the bronze in men's team sprint drama.". Scottish Daily Record. 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "M2006 > Athletes > Display:". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  20. ^ a b Official Report of the XXVII Olympiad-Results (pdf) (1 ed.). Sydney. 2000. p. 63. Archived from the original on 2000. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "UCI- Union Cycliste Internationale- Track World's- '99:". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  22. ^ a b "Tissot Timing - Track World Championships 2000:". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "M2006 > Sports and Venues > Cycling Track:". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "RubaiSport". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "RubaiSport". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "RubaiSport". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  27. ^ "City of Edinburgh RC club profile". British Cycling Federation. Retrieved 21 May 2014.