Scottish Cycling are pleased to announce the winner of the Men's Scottish National Road Race Championship will be presented with the Ian Steel Memorial Trophy, kindly donated by Glasgow United.
Ian Steel was one of Scotland's first ever successful international road racers and sadly passed away in 2015 aged 86. Born in Glasgow in 1928, Ian won the 1951 Tour of Britain and three of its stages. He won another stage the following year and became British National Road Race Champion. Ian was an outstanding figure in British Cycling in the 1950s on the road and became British RR (BLRC) Champion and became the only British winner of the Peace Race, in 1952, the biggest amateur stage race in the world.
Ian retired from cycling in 1956, however remained well respected and loved figure within the cycling community in Scoland.
The trophy has been kindly donated by Glasgow United Cycling Club, Ian's first club and one which held a place in his heart throughout his cycing career. The club felt the National Road Race Championship was a fitting race to incorporate the trophy given that Ian raced with such passion and determination on the roads of Scotland.
This year’s Scottish National Road Race Championship will be the Cromarty Classic Road Race based in the village of Cromarty in the Highlands and is organised by Moray Firth Cycling Club. It promises to be a brilliant course with six laps of a challenging 17 mile circuit for the Men and three for the Women. The added incentive of a brand new trophy in honour of such a great bike racer will be sure to motivate some combative riding!
You can still enter the Scottish National Road Race Championship here.