Zpring Bunny update!

In the absence of the annual Time Trial season opener (for obvious reasons), we are taking to Zwift again for a charity Time Trial supporting Kayleigh’s Wee Stars.
Enter here
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Prizes that you could win if you make a donation and get yourself on the start line.
1st overall (male and female – International) 2 x £200 coaching vouchers from @ardoyneperformance
1st Grampian Rider (male and female – grampian postcode) 2 x mixed cases of beer from @sixdnorth
1st Cat B (male and female – UK only) 2x muc-off cleaning kits from @rembikes
1st Cat C (male and female – UK only) 2 x Hoody/bottle/buff packs from. @kayleighsweestars
1st under 18 (male and female UK only) 2 x Deeside Thistle race jerseys from @deesidethistlecc
1st Cat D (Male and female – UK only) 2 x @pactimo_official vouchers
Various awesome goodies courtesy of @grit_n_glory_coaching – see their instagram feed for details
Special prizes on the night – @orchidcocktails and a wiggle voucher courtesy of www.olwg.co.uk<www.olwg.co.uk/>
To be eligible for a prize, you need to be zwiftpower registered, have a genuine power source and make a donation to our chosen charity (please make sure your zwift name matches your donation name)

Club Rides update

Scottish cycling has launched their latest guidance following the government update and ease of some restrictions. www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/SC_Guidance_Tier_4_-_12.03.21.pdf
As we ease out of restrictions club rides are starting to spring into action again. At the moment club rides are for members only to ensure we comply with the guidance and to ensure we have a means to record who’s turning up to rides and have suitable contact information etc. More information about club membership can be found on our website: deeside.org/members/


Annual General Meeting – Your club’s AGM will take place on-line on Friday 29 January 2021 from 7.00pm. Members will be supplied with a link to join the meeting in due course. AGM papers will be published on-line. This is your opportunity to get involved with the running of your club. If you are keen let us know. info@deeside.org

Zwift Sunday Club Endurance Ride

Zwift Sunday Club Endurance Ride
Created and administered by Simon Stromberg

We now have a Sunday Club Endurance Ride on Zwift, with different groups at a different pace. Details here. This is run in partnership with ZwiftScotland group.
There will be different groups formed on ride each at a different pace. Regrouping at top of KOMs


Scottish Cycling – Badge Of Honour – Sandy Lindsay

Sandy Lindsay, Mr Deeside Thistle:

Incredible and dedicated service to the whole cycling community for over 50 years; enthusiast; pioneer; communicator and role model.

Alexander J Lindsay joined Deeside Thistle Road Club (as it was then titled) as an 18 year old and became Treasurer in 1967 and Secretary in 1968. He has held both roles in the 53 years since then with distinction and shows no signs whatsoever of freewheeling. The Club had fewer than 20 members when he started; the majority were under 20 years old. The world was a different place and cycling had a different status and following; now Deeside Thistle Cycling Club has in excess of 600 members and has been the consistent winner of an annual award for the largest club in Scottish Cycling. But it’s not just about numbers.

Sandy has been the consistent and motivating factor. He has committed enormous amounts of time and energy to running the club, keeping in touch with members, inspiring new generations to be involved, supporting community and charitable activities and keeping abreast with the latest thinking.

In the early years he was an outstanding time trialist and was winner of the club season-long BAR for 19 consecutive years. Unrivalled at longer distances he was a hard man to beat especially at 100 miles and 12 hours. Nationally he was second in the Senior BAR and a consistent challenger at 100 miles. Weather was never a factor and in the days before tri bars and aero helmets he powered round the well-known courses in a huge gear.

But Sandy was never just a racing man. He enjoys the bike in so many ways. He has been a mountain biker for many years and enjoyed rough-stuffing over wild passes long before the days of mountain bikes. He held the Aberdeen-Dundee-Aberdeen place to place record and the Scottish 100 mile straight out record. He pioneered routes like Aberdeen-Ardnamurchan-Aberdeen and all this while being in charge of the club.

Sandy led summer hostelling tours in the 1970s and 80s. They are legendary. Some of the youngsters who took part are now approaching retirement. They have commented that the inspiration they received from Sandy and the club have made a real and positive difference to their whole lives.

Sandy was an innovative fund raiser for club and community funds. He initiated the Stonehaven Bike Ride hugely supported by his first wife, the late Mary Lindsay whose dedication and organising ability were legendary and celebrated by all who knew her. Then, in 1987 he established the Great Inverurie Bike Ride which was aimed at family groups. This was long before such events were a national feature. Now with major support from his wife Elaine the GIBR ran for 21 years before transferring the event to the local council. Sandy then inaugurated the King of the Mountains 100 mile sportif around well-known and challenging climbs in the north east when such events were still in their infancy.

He encouraged newcomers to the club and assisted many youngsters in their racing interests. While it may be invidious to pick out one rider, the club’s most successful rider of all time, Sarah Rowe nee Phillips was a multi-championship winner at Scottish and UK level in the 80s and 90s and rode for Team GB in the Olympics. She, like Sandy, now puts a lot back in to the club by way of coaching youngsters.

Sandy continues to raise money for charities. He has made several trips to The Himalaya and ridden to Base Camp Everest. He has helped to raise funds for charities in Africa founded by friend and clubmate Alasdair Brodie.  Just a few weeks ago Sandy rode over 600 miles in 7 days around Scotland’s remotest places in a tour organised by his son, Robert, who is also putting his energies and talents in to organising cycling and community events clearly inspired by his parents.

Sandy Lindsay does all that at the same time as running the administration of the club. Our monthly newsletter, Cranks of which he is editor and major contributor is 46 years old and Sandy has never missed one edition. It’s unusual not to have 3 or 4 emails from him every week.  Amazing but that’s what we’ve come to expect as ‘normal!’

Sandy was made an MBE in the Honours List in 2000 for services to education

 He deserves a knighthood for services to cycling!    

AGC October 2020

Deeside Thistle and Moray Firth Zwift Race

I am sure you all want to know about the Deeside & Moray Firth Winter League because this is the league where you get to win a Deeside or Moray Firth cycling apparel.

So here is the deal:

1. We start on the 4th of November and run to the end of March.

2. Your best 6 races count.

3. The races will be points race with primes. Primes are always first over the line, except for a few special races. The same number of points will be available for each race (max of 45 points).

4. We are going to alternate flat courses with a hilly course.

5. There will be 3 separate race groups, A, B and C+D. A start at 19:25, B at 19:26 and C+D at 19:27.

The first race will be 4th of November, with a prologue on Bologna, but it will be a mass start drafting race.Special stages will be:

1. Alpe Du Zwift. KOM timed segment. No prizes for placing, just fastest up the hill

2. Mount Ventoux. KOM timed segment. No prizes for placing, just fastest up the hill.

3. The Jungle Loop Banana Splits Cup (replacing the Um Bongo Cup). It does not count for the league. But there is a special cup (for A, B, C and D).

The Banana Splits Travel Mug to be precise. Oh yes, you know you want it!

For more info checkout: https://www.facebook.com/DeesideMorayFirthCrit

Isla Short

Isla Short – Webinar
Scottish champion in both Mountain Bike and Cyclo-Cross in 2016 and 2017, Isla was also crowned Elite British Mountain Bike Series champion in 2016. She took 4th place at the UCI U23 Mountain Bike World Cup in Val di Sole and finished the series 10th overall.

If you’d like to be part of our next in-depth interview register your interest using the link here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KP0KD2hNTTSC04VNdj-8lw 

More information on the Deeside Thistle Facebook pages or Deeside Notes Email.

It all happens on Thursday 29 October at 7.00pm. Spaces are limited so be sure to get your name in early.