Not since Eddie Mercx has a victory been so total, so complete, and so crushing as that witnessed by the crowds in Rothesay on Saturday when Fullarton's star retro pairing of McKendrick and Walker dominated their category. They not only achieved outright victory in the highly competitive retro bike classification (there was only one other competitor), but they took the scalp of Commonwealth Games champion Harry Tanfield. It was as if he was walking in the opposite direction with a puncture (actually, he ‘was’ walking in the opposite direction with a puncture). On the subject of punctures, rider McKendrick's front tyre deflated on the start line, meaning team mates and minute-men Watters and Skinner would now be setting off in front. Watters and Skinner were plunged into disarray, departing the start line 10 seconds late, and because of the pressure suffered complete psychological breakdown by six miles in and abandoning. Walker led McKendrick over the demanding uphill sections of the Bute island circuit while McKendrick, riding a mostly illegal 1980’s lo-pro time trial machine, took over for the downhills. Crossing the line together, tears misting the visors of their vintage aero helmets, a winning time of 1:03:28 put them in front of fourteen other riders and several tens of thousands of pounds worth of modern carbon fibre racing machinery. Sadly it didn’t put them in front of fellow FWCC rider Fraser Bell (1:00:48) or indeed an on form eleventh place Gordon Graham and Sean Barron pairing (51:50). At least the retro aero helmets gave the Bute islanders something to laugh at.

Image source: Bute Sport Flickr page ( ... 891822210/) photo by ufopilot.