The Scottish Cycling Gold Badge of Honour recognises the contribution and achievement of individuals who have given their all to the sport of Cycling whether this is medal success as an athlete or coach or loyal commitment throughout the years as a volunteer.
On Saturday 28th November 2015, two gold badges were presented at Round 4 of the Revolution Series in Glasgow at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
The awards were presented by the President of Scottish Cycling Alasdair Maclennan.
Alan Hewitt was a larger than life personality within the Scottish Cycling community throughout his career as a very distinguished time triallist, coach, bike shop owner and latterly cycle industry consultant.
Until he was sadly taken from us late last year “Aldo” had nigh on 40 years commitment to the sport he loved and built up a wide circle of friends across all disciplines. From his introduction to the sport with Glasgow United through his distinguished racing career with the Regent CC, his time in the bike shop and then Scottish Cycling, Commonwealth Games Scotland and Madison Alans gregarious and affable nature belied his appearance and stature endearing him to all who were privileged to know him.
His untimely passing denied the cycling world of a true friend and huge personality. Alans partner Gillian Farmer collected the award on his behalf.
In the days when individual riders with talent had to plough their own furrow David Millar packed his bags and moved to France to pursue a career in cycling, with little more than a small but much appreciated level of support from The Dave Rayner Fund. Little did he know what he was letting himself in for.
His experience of extreme highs and lows throughout his 18 year professional career has been well documented not least in his own books “Racing through the Dark” and “The Racer”
However, latterly, it has been David’s contribution to Scottish Cycling and Commonwealth Games Scotland Teams through unheralded anti-doping work and of course the small matter of Commonwealth Games Gold and bronze medals in Delhi which led the membership to award the Gold Badge, the highest that can be bestowed by Scottish Cycling.