New Board Member Welcomed at first ever virtual Scottish Cycling AGM

New Board Member Welcomed at first ever virtual Scottish Cycling AGM


30 November 2020

Saturday 28 November 2020 was a first for Scottish Cycling as the 2020 Annual General meeting was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The inaugural virtual event was chaired by President of Scottish Cycling, Tom Bishop, and  providing an opportunity for member clubs to debate and decide the issues of the day and to consider the progress that Scottish Cycling has made against its strategic objectives.

The AGM considered the organisation’s annual report, the election of directors and the awarding of the Badge of Honour. The AGM also approved the adoption of revised Articles of Association that provide the discretion to hold a virtual AGM in the future.

In addition to the AGM itself, a question and answers session with the Scottish Cycling Board and Senior Leadership Team took place followed the closing of official business.

Colin Allanach Welcomed onto the Board

Following his decision not to see re-election at the AGM, Mike Masson was thanked for his many year’ service to cycling and to the Scottish Cycling Board with Colin Allanach elected as the incoming director.

As an active member and past Chair of Ythan Cycle Club, Colin has worked tirelessly to bring cycle sport to the Grampian area for many years. As a youth coach he achieved Go-Ride status at Ythan Cycle Club and is passionate about getting children and young people into the sport.

In his role as race organiser, Colin has collaborated with local councils and businesses to ensure the running of the Ellon Youth Crits, a regular feature in the Scottish Cycling youth racing calendar and was also co-organiser of the support races when the Tour Series came to Aberdeen.

Scottish Cycling is delighted to welcome Colin to the Board and we look forward to working with him

Scottish Cycling Badge of Honour

The Scottish Cycling Badge of Honour recognises the contribution and achievement of individuals who have shown exceptional dedication, made a remarkable contribution or who have given an outstanding performance to the sport of cycling in Scotland.

Following the first membership nominations process in the accolade’s history, and review by the newly instigated Nominations Committee, the Scottish Cycling Board selected Alasdair Gow and Sandy Lindsey MBE to be put before the AGM for approval for the Badge of Honour in 2020. We are thrilled to confirm that both nominees were unanimously approved.

One of a Kind

Alasdair Gow has been building wheels and running Wheelcraft bike shop for 35 years during which time he has provided a vital service to the cycling community across Scotland. He has also supported the careers of many racing cyclists by providing quality services and also by pulling out the stops should any last minute technical issues arise before a race!

Through investing time, effort and money training young cyclists to become mechanics and wheel builders, Alasdair has also ensured that a new generation of experts is in place for the future. His shop is seen as a community centre for the cycling world and even appeared in and edition of Oor Wullie.

The Gentleman of the Cycling Community

Sandy Lindsey has been the unassuming lead for the Deeside Thistle since 1967. He has grown the club from 20 members to over 600 members and been a source of inspiration to many young riders. In particular, Lee Philips and Sarah Rowe whom he nurtured throughout their development to elite level.

An outstanding cyclist in his own right, he can still be found clocking up miles on the roads of the north east. Sandy was the winner of the local club BAR, Scottish National 100 Mile Time Trial and 24 Hour Time Trial. President of Scottish Cycling Tom Bishop put it perfectly when he said Lindsey deserves a “Knighthood to services to cycling”.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Scottish Cycling 2020 Annual General Meeting. The information regarding the AGM can be found here.