Graeme Obree – FWCC’s Biggest Success Story
Born in 1965, Graeme Obree developed a keen interest in cycling as a youngster and regularly cycled long distances by his early teens. Graeme went on to regularly win senior races as a junior.
Francesco Moser’s hour record set in 1984 inspired Graeme and he went on to break it using his own ‘crouch’ position and a bike known as ‘Old Faithful’. He lost the record to fellow Brit, Chris Boardman six days later but made good by winning the World Pursuit title that year and regaining the record in Bordeaux, France the following year, covering 52.713kms.
His innovative riding styles were adopted by other riders before being banned by the governing body at the time.
Graeme broke several British records in his time as a professional athlete as well as winning seven British titles including the 1997 Time Trial Championship in which he rode in a conventional position in order to show his ability as an athlete.
In 2003, Graeme published his autobiography The Flying Scotsman, and a feature film of the same title was released in the UK, USA and Australia in 2007.
– Twice broke the world hour record (July 1993 – 51.596km and April 1994 – 52.713km)
– Pursuit World Champion – 4,000m pursuit (1993 and 1995)
– Inducted in The Scottish Sports Hall of Fame 2010
History of Early Club Success
Founded in 1934 by W. Fulton
G. Cowan sets new Ayrshire &Dumfries Cycling Association, 10 mile record in 25minutes 32 seconds.
04/10/1936 F. Townsend sets a new record for the Irvine / Stranraer / Irvine, in 8 hours 14 minutes.
C. Mason set a new record for the Ayr / Dumfries / Ayr, 7 hours 32 minutes 30 seconds
T. Muir stood out winning most of the clubs event and
22/08/1937 T. Muir – set a new record for the Ayr / Dumfries / Ayr, 6 hours 57 minutes
The Day War was Declared
A & DCA – 30 mile open time trial was held and was won by W. Fulton in a time of 1hour 17minutes 21seconds, in a field of 90 entrants.
During the War years although FWCC carried on and held a number of club events, it amalgamated with Goldberry Cycling Club until 1945 when they dismissed the Amalgamation and became Fullarton Wheelers Cycling Club once more.
T. Love became A&DCA champion and also broke the Ayr / Dumfries / Ayr – 5 hours 59 minutes 38 seconds, breaking the existing record by 23 minutes 22 seconds.
J. Love becomes “Scottish Best All Round Champion”, by averaging 21.933 miles per hour over 3 events; completing 50miles in 2hours 8minutes 45seconds, completing 100miles 4hours 37minutes 20seconds as well as completing a 12 hours distance race covering 250.11 miles. T.Love – came second to his brother at a speed of 21.54 miles per hour.
Fullarton Wheelers CC also won the BAR Team event at a speed of 21.553 miles per hour. The team included T.Love, J. Love and H. Angus.
Fullarton wins the “Sun Challenge – Trophy Team Sheild”, T.Love, J. Love and H. Angus. The Team won three team awards and three medals.
J. Love rode in the Olympic Trials at Matching Green for the 1948 Olympics in London.
J. Hamilton was the Scottish BAR Champion by averaging 22.520 miles per hour over 3 events; completing 50miles in 2hours 3minutes 33seconds, completing 100miles 4hours 20minutes 18seconds as well as completing a 12 hours distance race covering 242.74 miles. The fastest Scottish Champion ever.
J. Hamilton was the Scottish BAR Champion by averaging 22.379 miles per hour over 3 events; completing 50miles in 2hours 4minutes 25seconds, completing 100miles 4hours 25minutes 8seconds as well as completing a 12 hours distance race covering 244.73 miles.
J. Hamilton was the Scottish BAR Champion by averaging 23.030 miles per hour over 3 events; completing 50miles in 2hours 2minutes 19seconds, completing 100miles 4hours 17minutes 17seconds as well as completing a 12 hours distance race covering 255.05 miles. The fastest Scottish Champion ever.
Fullarton were Ayrshire 25 mile Team Time Trial Champions.
Club Records show, results for roller racing – where two cyclists would compete on mechanical rollers which were linked to clock type dials. This proved to be popular through the 60’s.
Miss M. Mills was the first lady member of the club to win the Haggart Trophy.
The first ever Scottish Cyclo-Cross Championships were held at Irvine Moor and were won by A. Kerr of Fullarton Wheelers C.C.
The Scottish Cyclo-Cross Championships were held at Kilsyth and were won again by A. Kerr of Fullarton Wheelers C.C.