Track Titan & Cycling Mate
Many racing cyclists reach their zenith and then retire. For track riders the Masters racing scene provides competition right into old age. Ivor Reid (Clachnacuddin CC, City of Edinburgh RC, latterly Moray Firth CC) was a huge character in Masters’ racing due to his prowess, his personality and eagerness to share his significant knowledge of training, racing and tactics.
He had success as a senior rider, but the winning habit really kicked in with his first British Masters champion’s jersey (1999) at Herne Hill in the 3km pursuit. He then started to focus on the shorter distances, sprint and kilometre, after which he won at least one, but sometimes multiple British Masters championship titles for 10 consecutive years. During that period, he became a team sprint European Champion (2009) but achieved his ultimate goal of World Champion, in the team sprint (2006).
Alongside his training and racing he was also coaching. At Kuala Lumpur (1998), Manchester (2002) and Melbourne (2006) Commonwealth Games he led the Scotland track team preparation and competition to their many medals.
Ivor died in June 2018 at the age of 57. Many personal tributes can be found at http://www.veloveritas.co.uk/2018/06/19/ivor-reid-rip-jun19/