Scottish Cycling pay tribute to Past President Ian Sinclair

Scottish Cycling pay tribute to Past President Ian Sinclair


Scottish Cycling is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ian Sinclair, who was the President of Scottish Cycling between 2000 and 2004, and a well respected event organiser.

Ian was well known within the cycling community in Scotland as the organiser of the famous Scottish road race "The Girvan", a race which was held in high regard by the cycling fraternity and provided an important early-season test for national, professional and club teams alike. He later went on to run the "Tour Doon Hame" in Dumfries, another brilliant race. In later life, Ian took a step back from the cycling scene to pursue his passion for cars, even getting behind the wheel to race occasionally.

President of Scottish Cycling, Tom Bishop said:

"It is with great sadness to hear of Ian’s passing and I am sorry to hear of this great loss especially for his family and friends. Ian played a significant role in cycle racing in Scotland, organising the prestigious longstanding British Premier calendar event referred to as ‘The Girvan’ and then ‘The Tour Doon Hame’. An early season multi-stage race The Girvan offered the best riders in the UK a season test in front of selectors etc.

Ian also served as the President of the Scottish Cycling Union referred to as Scottish Cycling now. In that role he managed to represent SCU members interests with great gravitas on numerous committees and the Board of British Cycling.

Sorry to hear of the passing of this lovely charming man."

British Cycling President, Bob Howden said:

"Ian was someone who for many years had been embedded within the organisational fabric of our sport. Indeed for much of my own time on the Board of British Cycling he sat across the table from me, there as with everything else he did, his input was never less than committed, with a forensic approach to the agenda and a thoughtful and considered contribution to Boardroom discussion and debate, which was often laced with his dry humour. This was however just one of his many lifetime roles, which had previously included being the President of the Scottish Cycling Union as well as at the same time working on the ground as a National Road Commissaire and as an official of the Wallacehill Cycling Club.

Many will however remember Ian as the Organiser of the highly regarded and gruelling Girvan 3 Day Stage Race, during the period from 2005 to 2009, it was then that local difficulties spelled the end of the event. Undaunted, he re-located and established the Tour DoonHame as its successor, which itself was to run for three years.

Cycling owes its past, its present and, its future to the work of our volunteers and Ian gave an example to us all with his supreme contribution."

Ian passed away on the morning of Friday 15 May 2020 following a short illness. Our thoughts are with Ian’s family at this time.