Cycling: McCallum comes out of retirement

James McCallum at the Commonwealth Games

James McCallum at the Commonwealth Games

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Lothians cyclist James McCallum is poised for a return to the saddle in tomorrow’s Chorley Grand Prix, seven months after announcing his retirement from the sport.

McCallum, who announced he was quitting after last year’s Commonwealth Games, kept himself in shape by competing in cyclo-cross events over the winter. The 35-year-old is now carving a niche as a coach and is also the sporting director for the Neon-Velo Cycling Team. And it is in the Neon-Velo colours that he is listed to start in tomorrow’s 116 mile event in Lancashire.

The race is the first in the British Cycling Elite Road Race Series and has attracted a field featuring the leading domestic teams.

Also making the trip south will be Capital riders Evan Oliphant, who is listed in the Team Raleigh-GAC squad and Finlay Young who will be competing for The Racers.

Meanwhile, Young’s team-mate Phil Trodden is in action this weekend at the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan stage race in Ireland.

He is joined in the six-strong Scotland squad for the four-day event covering a tough route totalling more than 500 kilometres by Pete Anderson, Jack Barrett, Ryan Fenwick, Ruari Yeoman and Grant Ferguson.