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Scottish Cycling introduced the MBLA award scheme (previously (Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Award)), qualification in the UK for leading organised groups on mountain biking rides. This award is now simply called the Mountain Bike Leader Award.
In 1931, Scottish cycling clubs formed a loose association named the Scottish Amateur Racing Association (SARA), which concerned itself with organisation of amateur road time trials. In 1936, a meeting of all Scottish clubs resolved to form a new body to represent all road time-trialling. This body, the Scottish Amateur Cycling Association (SACA), took over from the SARA in 1937.
In the same year, the National Cyclists' Union (NCU) formed a Scottish section to regulate mass-start road and track cycling. Racing on the open road had been discouraged by the NCU since the 19th century for fear that it would jeopardise the place of all cyclists on the road. Mass races were held on private circuits and consequently there were few races.
A desire to race on the open road led some clubs to affiliate to the rival British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) in 1945. The following year, the Scottish section of the NCU reformed itself into an autonomous body affiliated to the NCU, the Scottish National Cyclists' Union (SNCU). In response, in 1947, the Scottish BLRC reconstituted itself into the Scottish Cyclists' Union (SCU), an automous body affiliated to the BLRC. The inaugural meeting at the Clarion Rooms in Queen's Crescent, Glasgow, on 8 December 1946, resolved to ask the Union Cycliste Internationale, the world governing body, for recognition as the governing organisation in Scotland. The first president was Tom Cook, Member of Parliament for Dundee.
In 1952 the SCU, SNCU and SACA amalgamated into a single body, which kept the Scottish Cyclists' Union name. That has since been shortened to Scottish Cycling (SC).
Board & Operational Responsibilities
The Board’s primary responsibility is to lead the strategic direction and policy of the organisation. It is also responsible for reviewing the progress being made towards the strategic aims. The organisation operates on a day-to-day basis through employed staff and a number of sub-committees or individual appointments. Matters of policy and strategic direction, together with matters specifically referred to within the rules, are reserved for the Board; other matters are delegated to operational levels. On a day-to-day basis, the Chief Executive is responsible for all aspects of the organisation and for ensuring the effective delivery of the organisation’s corporate strategy. The current Chief Executive is Craig Burn.
In 2011 the number of Scottish members increased by 12.7% to over 4364 in the 12 months to September 2011. There was a steady level of Junior and Youth membership with an increase of 11.1% to Under 12 riders. There was a 26.3% rise in Female Membership. Ride Membership for non racing cyclists, increased by 147.9%.
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- Scottish Cycling Annual Report 2011
- The Bicycle, UK, 18 December 1946, p19
- Official website
- Pedal for Scotland 2010
- Scottish Tourist Board - Cycling in Scotland
- Braveheart Cycling Fund
- CTC Scotland
- Scottish Mountain Bike
- List of organised bike rides in and near Edinburgh
- List of Scottish cycling websites