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Tour of the Meldons

An early season classic hilly time trial, following a scenic 22 mile loop over the Meldons hills near Peebles.

The Tour of the Meldons is one of the classic time trial events on the Scottish Calendar with a history dating back to the 1930s. It was then that Jim Wight of the Edinburgh Road Club conceived the mountain time trial circuit including the climbs of Shiplaw and the Meldons. Though at that time the Shiplaw section was but a rough track, the course grew in popularity and the Tour of the Meldons was established.

Edinburgh Road Club organised the race for many years until the club was disbanded during the Second World War. After the war, the race was promoted by another club until it disbanded and the race was left in limbo.

In 1974 Edinburgh Road Club was reformed and in 1975 the Meldons was reborn and has continued since, enjoying a high profile by attracting top riders from Scotland and further afield. In 1998 Tommy Evans paid a rare visit from Ireland and won the event, breaking the course record on a 100" fixed! The event has hosted rounds of the former Scottish Olympic Time Trial series and has been used for the Scottish Olympic Time Trial championships on several occasions. In 2007 the course was changed for safety reasons, starting and finishing in Eddleston but retaining an uphill finish.

The Meldons Trophy, dedicated to the memory of the race's founder Jim Wight, is a worthy addition to the palmares of any roadman or time trialist.

Past Winners

 

1980

Andrew Davies

Edinburgh Road Club

56.17

1982

Graham Barclay

Fife Century

 

1983

I Wight

Edinburgh Road Club

 

1984

D Wilson

Johnstone Wheelers

 

1985

Willie Gibb

Johnstone Wheelers

 

1986

David Whitehall

VC Olympia

 

1987

P Cook

Dunedin CC

 

1988

Patrick Hutton

Edinburgh Road Club

 

1989

Anthony Stirrat

City of Edinburgh RC

 

1990

Martin Williamson

GS Modena

 

1991

James Millar

Regent Connor

 

1992

Jim Gladwell

Velo RT

51.30

1993

Jim Gladwell

Velo RT

52.28

1994

Neil Brown

Deeside Thistle CC

51.22

1995

Stuart Duff

GS Modena

51.04

1996

James Millar

Paisley RT

51.05

1997

Stuart Duff

Johnstone Wheelers

50.29

1998

Tommy Evans

Ireland

49.56

1999

Hugh Jamieson

Inverclyde Velo

50.07

2000

Roddy Riddle

Deeside Thistle CC

56.01 (extended)

2001

Event not held due to Foot and Mouth restrictions.

2002

Jason McIntyre

Team Velo Ecosse

56.26 (extended)

2003

Hugh Jamieson

Inverclyde Velo

53.50

2004

Ken Russell

Edinburgh RC

52.09

2005

Hugh Jamieson

Inverclyde Velo

51.49

2006

Gary Robson

Team Velo Ecosse

50.53

2007

Gary Robson

Edge Racing Team

52.25 (new course)

2008

Gary Robson

Edge Racing Team

53.21

2009

Gary Robson

Dooleys RT

52:45

2010

Jim Cusick

Glasgow Couriers

54:36

2011

Arthur Doyle

Dooleys Cycles RT

56:49

2012

Jim Cusick

Glasgow Couriers

52:40

2013

Alan Thomson

Sandy Wallace Cycles

57:27

2014

Arthur Doyle

Dooleys RT

52:37

2015

Chris Smart

Paisley Velo RT

57:23

2016

Chris Smart

GTR

56:08

 

Full event results

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