Sunday 14th April 2013
An early season classic hilly time trial. The Tour of the Meldons follows 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! It has hosted rounds of the former Scottish Olympic Time Trial series and in both 2000 and 2002 the course was extended to accommodate the Scottish Olympic Time Trial championships. 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.
|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|
|1999||Hugh Jamieson||Inverclyde Velo||50.07|
|2000||Roddy Riddle||Deeside Thistle CC||
Event not held due to Foot and Mouth restrictions.
|2002||Jason McIntyre||Team Velo Ecosse||
|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||
|2009||Gary Robson||Dooleys RT||
|2010||Jim Cusick||Glasgow Couriers||54:36|
|2011||Arthur Doyle||Dooleys Cycles RT||56:49 (extended)|
|2012||Jim Cusick||Glasgow Couriers||52:40|
|2013||Alan Thomson||Sandy Wallace Cycles||57:27 (extended)|
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