Douglas, Colin: Colin is just over a year older than me but started club cycling at a much younger age. This is quite significant as a teenager and it took some time for us to become friends and ultimately head to the Alps for a month long bike vacation at the end of 1989.
Andy Brewster writes:
He started young and was in the Broughty Velo from the early 80's until its demise. A strong rider with an all-rounder's physique, Colin was a firm believer in the idea of cycling as no more than a state of mind. This served as an inspiration to younger and less physically talented riders like me, but was never more true than of the man himself. With his mind on the job in hand, Colin was a great rider with Hinault-like determination and a good sprint and although not a natural climber, could stay up there with the best of them by strength and willpower alone. But lack of focus could be his undoing: influences outside of cycling and possibly a hint of self doubt often led to him chucking it for months on end. He's probably had more comebacks than Mohammud Ali and George Foreman put together.
He had a no-nonsense, all-or-nothing kind of approach to the sport and tended not to get involved in detailed analysis of techniques, equipment, or situations. One time, when the merits of various types of hills were being discussed, Colin's contribution was "I like flat hills".
This was written before Colin’s great 2009 comeback. In a very short period Colin got fit, shedding a fair bit of weight, got right into the latest bike and training technology and successfully rode La Marmotte sportive in the Alps (Glandon, Telegraph, Galibier, Alpe d’Huez). Andy Brewster now adds:
“It’s a pleasure to see him back again on the bike at 40 with the old determination still intact (especially into a puss wind climbing up Glenshee with me on his wheel - cheers Colin)”
Dyer, Ian: Awesomely large and strong rider from the early Broughty Velo days through to late 80s. Unfortunately his ambition fell way short of his physical capacity. Ian could do just about anything on a bike and was a top class tester, sprinter, climber and bike handler. He could out-sprint almost anyone without getting out of the saddle. Ian loved to torture weaker riders but rarely went out with the main Dundee bunch. When he did things could get interesting. I remember Tony Hastie trying it on up the Knapp one night. The large group contained only a few guys who knew Ian and they kept quiet. Needless to say Tony was ultimately shelled and only super-fly Eddie Flynn could hold him and they disappeared. Going out with the bunch did also reveal his Achiles heal - endurance. Winter 1989 Ian rode some of the longer runs and could suffer towards the end. I was truly flying that winter and stamina was my strongest point and for that one short period I think he may have actually respected a mortal such as me! Ian makes his first appearance here.
Darnell, Ian: Ian was a student in Dundee in the mid 90s and I met him on a few bike rides. Was a handy climber both then and now. Did not really get to know him at that time. When I was offered a job at Schlumberger (now Tokheim) in 1998 Phil Morris recommended I speak to Ian for advice. Ian basically said it was a bit of a shambles and stressy and many of the best engineers were leaving. I took the job anyway and Ian was spot on - two years was enough for me. In 2002 with Ian, Phil, Andy Brewster, Drew Lambourne and Jeroen Westerink we did a week of biking in the Ardennes and since then Ian and I have been ignoring each others career advice on a regular basis. Locations include Nice and Vosges in 2003, Alps in 2004 and Vosges in 2008. In 2005 Ian moved to Brugges in Belgium for a year which meant he was just down the road (200km or so) and we did a few bike rides including the Tour of Flanders sportive.