Founding of a Cycling Club
Clubs are a strange thing. A few people with a common interest get together and try to attract others in order to do things together, to share in a passion, to do things better or different. There must be millions of clubs around the world and for many there must be those moments usually in the beginning when it seems like the most exciting thing there is and perhaps at times the only thing there is. Life is good. We’re making a difference. So it was with the Broughty Velo CRT in the 1980s, a club like no other, unique in its place and time and mix of personalities, but paradoxically and thankfully like millions of others.
The Founders in 1980: Tom Robertson, Mike Burnett, Morag Paterson, Stewart Pritchard and Sandy Berry
The club started essentially as a splinter away from the Dundee Thistle RC by two riders (Sandy Berry and Stewart Pritchard) who were keener to do more miles than pints, and to start something to support the cycling interest around Broughty Ferry. Sandy’s bike shop Broughty Bikes was a natural focal point and a good way to contact interested riders. Very quickly the founding group of Tom, Morag, Mike, Sandy and Stewart formed and gave birth to the BVCRT. They reckoned they had the best club colours - and a much more enthusiastic 'have a go' attitude than the other Dundee clubs of the day. The colours were kind-of plagiarised off a Dulux Ceramica team Sandy had seen when in France some time before. Tom's contribution in leading Saturday rides was a key part in developing the club. The formula worked rather well with some great characters and results.
Tom was the stabilizing influence on the club and without him things would have fallen apart rather quickly. Tom guided the youngest and most experienced riders and if he felt the time was right he’d pass them on to the faster section guided by Sandy Berry. Stewart Pritchard kindly supplied many cuttings detailing the early days of the BVCRT. Many of the reports are written by Mac Hastie.