:: History

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The Tay Titans saga began in 2009, arising as a scion of Perth United Cycling Club to bring young riders on and through their ranks

 

Perth United CC have been developing amateur road cycle racing in Perthshire since 1946, earning a reputation that saw them hosting the British Junior Road Championships in 2003… with some familiar faces in attendance to-boot… Recognise anyone below?

 

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That day saw Matt Brammeier attack and ride off the front ahead of a youthful Mark Cavendish with an equally youthful Geraint Thomas in 3rd!

 

Brammeier would go on to become Irish National Road Race Champion in 2010 (beating former Team SKY rider and BMC Director, Nicholas Roche) and would win that title 4 times. As of 2018, Brammeier rides for UCI pro-team Aqua Blue Sport. Cav’s and Thomas’ palmares need no introduction!

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But TAY TITANS have since earned their own plaudits…. and continue to do so…!

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:: An early line-up of Tay Titans in their original Perth United-inspired colours, and still on drop-bar bikes

 

Under the guidance of Perth United Veteran Kenneth Bruce, and Club-rider-turned-coach Scot Tares of Skinny Tyres, a handful of young riders would don the Titans jersey, attending their weekly coaching sessions at Dunkeld.

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From those small beginnings, some of those early members now aspire to the highest echelons of cycling, including professional road-racing teams and the British Olympic development squads:

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:: Former Titans on top! – Amber King (British Cycling Junior Academy – Track Sprint), Mark McGuire (British Cycling Senior Acedemy – Mountain Bike) and Fraser Martin (Team Raleigh GAC – Road Racing)

 

Following a hugely successful Beijing Olympics for Team GB’s cyclists, Tay Titans development coincided with a surge in popularity of all-things-cycling. Steered by Ken and Scot’s vision and enthusiasm, it was little wonder that the Titans roster continued to grow.¬† Road racing, Track and Cyclocross as well as XC and DH MTB disciplines all grew in popularity, latterly shadowed by the emergence (and eventual prominence) of Enduro racing.

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To support the young riders’ development (and in a move away from Perth United’s road cycling roots) the decision was made to focus on mountain biking as the primary vehicle for coaching. This shift to off-road dove-tailed with an accreditation with the British Cycling Go-Ride program, requiring UKCC Level 2 coaching delivery in a traffic free environment. Bike handling, gearing, line choice, braking and cornering – the core skills common to all disciplines, but so easily overlooked in the pursuit of speed and power – became the coaching provenance of the Club, with a massive emphasis on inclusion, safety and fun. This has become the bedrock upon which Titans has staked its reputation and which has earned it a reputation as a Club that punches well above its weight.

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The trails of Craignvinean Forest and the playing fields of Dunkeld Rugby Club would be the stage for this early development before relocating to Kinnoull Hill, Perth, in 2013 as the overall demographics of the Club moved closer to the Fair City. The club kit would switch from the blue and green of Perth United to the red and black that is the Club’s modern identity.

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A hard-earned expansion and development of coaching and leading staff has followed, rising to 8 regular coaches by 2017, supported by an able cadre of MBL Level 2 leaders and a plethora of enthusiastic parent helpers. Fostering this wealth of cycling experience at the core of the club has allowed an according expansion of the Membership to aspire to the 8:1 Coaching/Leading ratio not just demanded by British Cycling’s legislation, but which has fostered the quality of session delivery that the Club believes is key to its success.

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That success is measured by an enduring popularity evidenced by its loyal Members who renew each year and keep the increasing but healthy waiting list at bay. The Club would never be so conceited as to claim its Member successes as all its own work, and is eternally grateful for the inestimable support of the Parents and Carers who support the Members and the Club. But the success story continues…

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:: Former Titans Kyle McGeoghie, Ed Yearsley and Liam Higgins relax while doing their bit for Progression Bikes Racing Team

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:: Charlotte Higgins (now also of Progressions Bikes) gets some air in Titans livery – thanks to Raymond Leinster for the pic!
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:: Earning turns… Former Titan Robbie Hearns riding for Synergy Cycles Race Team 2017
(Thanks to Synergy Cycles. Pic used without permission – no challenge to their status is intended)

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:: Local recognition – Former Titans Conor Stevenson (left) and Michael Mauchline (right) get the backing of Coupar Angus Cycle Hub for their 2018 race seasons- with CACH development officer (and DH racer) Grant Murdoch
(Thanks to Coupar Angus Cycle Hub. Pic used without permission – no challenge to their status is intended)

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::Look out Schurter, Absalon et al – Former Titan (now of Stirling Bike Club) Charlie Aldridge in 2017 European MTB XC Champion livery takes victory at another round of the Scottish Cross Country (SXC) MTB Series, simultaneously holding Scottish, British AND European Champion Status!!!
(Thanks to thepressroom, image used without permission – no challenge to their status is intended)