Iain Cochrane, is a road cyclist (& enjoys an occasional cycle tour) from Dunfermline & rides at least three times per week
Iain cycled a lot as a kid but was never interested in joining a club. As an adult, my early career entailed quite a bit of travelling and I lost the cycling bug. Once I returned to the UK and settled in Dunfermline, I bought a mountain bike from Halfords and increasingly got more interested in pushing myself further afield.
In a bid to get fitter, I then set myself a target to cycle across Ireland to my mother-in-law’s in west Donegal where the family were spending summer. This was my first multi-day ride (3 days each way), and I try and do at least one multi-day trip each year. I was introduced to road cycling by one of my work colleagues around ten years ago and shortly afterwards felt I was fit enough (and fast enough) to join the cycling club.
Road cycling and the occasional cycle tour with a light back pack and credit card (no camping!). During the winter months, my son Craig and I attend Neil and Kevin’s coaching sessions at the Fife Cycle Park on Tuesday nights to improve our skills and generally ride in a safer environment where you can try different skills and riding styles. The track surface is fantastic and makes a change from the local roads. I’d recommend everyone to give it a go.
At the time, the DCC mid-week training rides met at the crematorium for laps around Duloch. Coming home from work one evening, Iain stopped at the crematorium and asked if he could join them at the next session. It took quite a few sessions before he managed to hang on for the full five laps without being dropped!
Road cycling and the occasional cycle tour with a light back pack and credit card (no camping!). During the winter months, Iain attends the DCC coaching sessions at the Fife Cycle Park with his son Craig. These are run by club coaches Neil and Kevin on Tuesday nights to improve our skills and generally ride in a safer environment where you can try different skills and riding styles. The track surface is fantastic and makes a change from the local roads. I’d recommend everyone to give it a go.
I try and get out for a couple of mid-week evening rides and a weekend ride each week. Almost all of this is on the road, with the occasional FCP sessions and very occasional session on the rollers when the weather is just too much. Typically, I ride around 4-5000 miles each year.
I ride for the enjoyment of cycling, and the fitness and social aspect.
Other notable achievements include my first century with DCC a few years ago, motivating Craig to enjoy cycling and join the club, and finally, not getting dropped on the 08:30 Bun Run….
Non Cycling related interesting fact:
I worked overseas in the Far East, the Middle East and Portugal for a total of eight years. Since I returned 18 years ago, I’ve still not got used to the Scottish weather!