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Riders from Scotland had never achieved any success in track racing at the British level, or in international racing, until in 1982 when two junior riders won individual medals at the British Track Cycling Championships at Leicester.

 

The first was Tom Annable (from Bonnyrigg CC) who, at age 16, won the bronze medal in the British Junior 30Km Points Race Championship.  Two days later Eddie Alexander (from Clachnacuddin CC) repeated that success with another bronze medal in the British Junior Sprint Championship.

 

 

 

Alan Nisbet ( also Bonnyrigg CC) was the prime mover for Scottish Track Racing since he led the successful campaign to secure a proper international standard Velodrome for the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.  Alan was the Organiser, and first Champion, of

the Meadowbank National Track League, which was held on every Tuesday evening, from 1970 until his sudden premature death in 2000.  For more than 30 years Alan had been the leader and true Champion of track racing in Scotland.

 

 

 At the 1982 Championships Alan persuaded Brian Annable, ( Tom`s father) who was then the City Architect of Edinburgh and a former cycling Champion in England, that Scotland needed a specialist track racing team to travel to top events in Britain and compete against the best British track teams.  This would need expert coaching, leadership, and financial support.

 

 In 1982 the City of Edinburgh Racing Club was formed.  Brian Annable  took early retirement from his post as the City Architect of Edinburgh and agreed to manage the new club.  A successful application for grant in aid was made and received from the Council of the City of Edinburgh. This was supplemented with a sponsorship agreement negotiated with the private Company owned by Edinburgh`s youngest City Councillor Joe McCann. ( McCann Demolitions)  

Grant aid from the City Council has continued over the ensuing years, and various private Companies from time to time sponsored the club.  The club`s current sponsors are the bottled water company 'Highland Spring', and tyre provider 'Continental'.  Assistance is also provided to members by 'Active X Clinics' a physiotherapist company based in Edinburgh.

 

The founder members were Brian, Judy, and Tom Annable; Alan, June, and Andrew Nisbet; former Scottish Champion Allister Watson ( to comeback from retirement) as Captain and coach; Alistair Adams ( Scottish 15Km track Champion); Eddie Alexander; Steve Paulding (top rider from Cleveland); Tom Glen; Gary Mitchelson; and Ian McKinlay.  The club now has 15 members.

 

The club colours are blue black and white which are a combination of the colours of Scotland and the City of Edinburgh.  The club Constitution included the aim of winning medals at the British Championships, which had previously seemed out of reach for riders from Scotland.

Since 1982 club members have been British Champions in excess of 100 times and have won more than 300 British Track Championship medals, and (riding for Scotland or Great Britain) have also won medals and Championships in the Olympic Games, World and European Championships, Commonwealth Games, and major international Grand Prix and World Cups. 

Brian Annable OBE

In June 2013, Brian Annable was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen at a ceremony held at Holyrood Palace.  

Brian was honoured for his contribution to Scottish cycling, founding the Club which has been instrumental in the careers of many prolific riders on the world stage.  Brian would be first to admit that the award is in recognition of both Alan Nisbet and Brian's involvement in the club and UK track scene.

Brian's involvement in cycling began in Coalville, Leicestershire at the age of 16 when he came to prominence on the track, and was part of the squad for the 1952 Helsinki Olympics; although he did not get to ride.   After a successful racing career, Brian became the organiser and promoter of events in Scotland, notably the Meadowbank track league, the Meadowbank GP, the Edinburgh GP, the Scottish Track Championships and the Tweedale Classic APR.

Brian was also inducted in the inaugural list of the British Cycling Hall of Fame in 2010.

City of Edinburgh Racing Club Annual Reports

Each year a report is produced of the clubs results throughout the year.  The reports can be viewed below.

Please be advised that the reports are large files  (Up to 50Mb) and require a good internet connection to download.

 

 

  Annual Report 2014  
Annual Report 2013 Annual Report 2012  Annual Report 2011
Annual Report 2010 Annual Report 2009  Annual Report 2008 
Annual Report 2007 Annual Report 2006  Annual Report 2005
Annual Report 2004 Annual Report 2003 Annual Report 2002
Annual Report 2001 Annual Report 2000 Annual Report 1999
Annual Report 1998 Annual Report 1997 Annual Report 1996
Annual Report 1995 Annual Report 1994 Annual Report 1993
Annual Report 1992    

 

                                    

 

                                       

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