Club News Archive

Junior Racing Update

Well, the month of May has been a busy for the DTCC Youth road and track riders. We have gone from having no events to being flat out. It’s good to be back racing!

The first trip away from Knockburn was the RACE National training session at Lochgelly on 16th May where we had 8 riders attending. This was a four hour session giving riders the opportunity to work on tight group riding skills and race simulation. The sun even shone for us – most unusual.

On Thursday 20th May the first “event” took place at Lochgelly – this was the first round of the Spokes Summer Crit Series. The weather wasn’t kind and it was a wet and chilly evening. Arabella and Elliot took the wins in their respective Youth B girls and Youth A boys races giving them the honour of winning the first youth road events in Scotland since the pandemic disrupted racing. Erin raced as a Junior in with the Senior women and finished in 10th place. Jacob rode his first race and took a creditable 5th place in the Senior Cat 3/4 event having done well to stay around the front of the race throughout. Alexander raced well in the fast E/1/2 race with the big burly men.

Next up came the first round of the British Cycling National Youth Omnium Series held at Dundee track and organised by DTCC. Simon Small and his team put on a spectacular event with meticulous planning to ensure the event met all the necessary Covid requirements and protocols. This is the first track event organised by DTCC Youth and Simon did the club proud – a big thank you to him. The racing matched the organisation, and the club was represented by 10 DTCC riders. We had 4 Youth B girls with Arabella taking the win, 3 Youth A girls with Evie taking second and Millie third. Archie, Elliot and Isaac all raced well in the fast and furious Youth A boy’s race with riders coming up from England to stir things up. Well done to all – a great effort despite no track racing (or riding) for about 15 months!!

It was then on to round 2 of the Spokes Summer Series where the club was represented by the same 5 riders as round one. This time the sun shone, and it was warm – it was still rather windy but that is to be expected at Lochgelly! Arabella continued to dominate and won her race again with Elliot taking second place in his. Jacob came in 5th place again in the 3/4 race and Erin in 11th place in the Women’s event. Alexander rode a great race in the E/1/2 event and took 5th place in another fast race.

On Monday 31st (another day off school) six DTCC Youth riders travelled to Loughborough University for the first round of the British Cycling National Youth Series. Scorching weather and a fast technical course resulted in a fantastic day of racing. Arabella started the day off well by winning the U14 girl’s race – she was dominant from the beginning. Thea and Hope also raced and finished a well-deserved 15th and 18th respectively in their first British Series event. Next up was the U16 girls race with considerably more riders and this race was fast from the gun. Evie fought hard and finished 21st with Millie coming in 48th after being delayed by a crash. The final youth race of the day was the U16 boys race which was contested by 80 testosterone fuelled boys (150 boys entered this race) eager to race hard. The race started fast and never let up with it being split into groups all around the course. Elliot finished in the second group in 14th place. This was followed by a long drive home!

DTCC Evening League

Evening League 2021 – The Fourth event is tomorrow, Tuesday 18 May. Have you registered to take part? No? Go here.  Once the registration page has been visited follow each button in order, for additional information. The series is informal, even laid back. If you’re unsure how to get involved with competition this is the ideal place to start. 

As always, we’re desperate for volunteers to help our events run smoothly and we need three marshals for this first event. If you’re minded to get involved before you start racing you may reply to this email offering your services.

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<>
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)

Zpring Bunny ITT 2021A

Zpring Bunny ITT 2021

A date for your zwifting diary.

Details of prizes and categories to follow.

Eligibility for prizes as per usual Zwift requirements and a donation to our chosen charity Kayleigh’s Wee Stars

Thanks to our generous supporters for prize donations and Woodgrafik for the flyer.

Club Clothing Window open

The club clothing show window will be open from 17th March to 23rd March. Please see Deeside Notes extra email for information.

Club Rides update

Scottish cycling has launched their latest guidance following the government update and ease of some restrictions.
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:


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.

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