IN MEMORY OF
In Ross-Shire Roads CC we have races and in-club awards that are held in recognition of the work that members have done for the club.
Below is some information about these members.
Francis Skelly - Skelly 50mile Time trial - Ross-shire Roads CC
Francis Skelly was a member and great supporter of Ross-shire Roads CC. Most of his cycling in Scotland was in 1950 and early 60's. His speciality was long distance events
On 25th September 1960 he broke the Perth to Inverness record by 27 minutes in 5 hours 10 minutes 20 secs. The previous record was held by a club mate W Maclennan. Frances record lasted for 17 years.
On 17th September 1961 he broke the Aberdeen to Inverness and back by 8 minutes in a time of 11 hours 18 minutes 8 seconds.
He was renowned for being a tough rider and always kept going and perhaps like some of the rest of us he seemed to mature with age.
Francis we believe was the first RRCC rider to ride a 12 hour event.
He was also the first RRCC rider to have the name on his cycling jersey after a visit to Holdsworth shop in London.
In the picture you will see him wearing a woollen jersey that he knitted himself. The older members will remember the woollen jerseys which weren't very good on wet days but the woollen shorts were even worse, as they got wetter they got heavier and then slowly slide down.
Francis was a very enthusiastic member of RRCC and put up the trophy for this 50 mile event.
Francis got married and moved down to Slough in England and joined the Maidenhead Cycling & Athletic Club. He was runner up in the 1965 Senior BAR and runner up in the same year in the 50 Championship.
Quite interestingly this club has also got a 50 mile Frank Skelly Cup.
His other interests were bowling and hockey which I believe he carried out with some enthusiasm.
Francis had two daughters Julie And Caroline and Julie followed her father interest of bowling and was an English Junior Champion.
Francis Passed away on 6th February 1995
Ronnie MacDonald - Ronnie MacDoanld 10mile Time trial - Ross-shire Roads CC
Ronnie was a very popular member of RRCC who always had a word of encouragement and advice for less experienced or slower riders. He was always good fun and enjoyed the craic with his club mates and fellow riders from all over the north. He inherited his cycling ability from his father Angie, who was also a member of RRCC and whose death is remembered every year with the Angie Macdonald 25. Angie was killed in a road accident and tragically Ronnie suffered the same fate some years later in 1994 near Contin. Neither of these accidents was cycling related. Ronnie was a good all round cyclist, competing in time trials, road races and grass track events and was sorely missed by his club mates and the wider cycle racing community. RRCC decided to commemorate Ronnie's tragic and untimely death by holding this annual 10 mile TT in his honour. He is survived by his partner Lynn, and their sons, Ronnie and Gary. Young Ronnie has shown that he has the ability to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
John Dymock - Ross-Shire Roads CC
John Dymock was a keen member and supporter of the RRCC for many years until his worsening physical disability made attendance at races impossible. He never actually raced (publicly at least!) but was a respected commissaire and a regular time-keeper/recorder, always being closely involved with the Club.
John loved cycling all his life, touring Britain and the Continent mainly through the forties and fifties. He made his first trip to France solo at the age of 16. On another - which took him to Arles in the South - his companion rode a motorbike, which is a testament to his speed and stamina! In the late fifties he settled on the Black Isle with his wife Jean, and was able to give free rein to his love of cycling in the remote places of the Highlands.
For many years John favoured a fixed wheel and tubulars, which certainly gave him speed and efficiency, but could be rather dicy on steep downhills! To him off-roading meant hoisting his bike onto his shoulder and striding through the hills until he came to the road again, where he could speed off on his way. His preference for a light and mechanically simple bike helped him to make some spectacular journeys across the Highlands, without the restraint of keeping to roads, and it also helped him to tackle snow-drifts on his way to work in the winter!
John’s committment to the RRCC led to him being appointed Life Member in 1986. In 2005 he received the Endeavour Award by Ross & Cromarty Sports Council in recognition of his contribution to cycling.
John’s disability was thought to have stemmed from a cycling accident in 1969, causing a degenerative condition that gradually worsened over four decades. However despite increasing physical difficulties he continued to cycle - and time-keep - until recent years, when it became absolutely impossible.
It has been commented that John Dymock was 'one of the true gentlemen of the sport'. He passed away in July 2012.