James McCallum bows out of cycling without turning a wheel

The Commonwealth Games proved to be the swansong for James McCallum. Pic: Neil Hanna

The Commonwealth Games proved to be the swansong for James McCallum. Pic: Neil Hanna

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James McCallum had a disappointing end to his career when he was forced to miss the Scottish Criterium Championships in Stirling because of illness.

McCallum had his final international outing in the Commonwealth Games road race but was aiming to add one final title to his list of achievements before bidding farewell to the sport. However, his exertions in Glasgow had taken their toll and caused him to withdraw from the Stirling race.

In his absence, Steven Lawley, a former member of Edinburgh-based Bicycleworks and now riding for KTM Cycling, won when he shrugged off the difficult conditions to power up the cobbled ramp to the finish on Stirling Castle Esplanade ahead of Lothians firefighter David Lines (Starley Primal) and Capital rider Fin Young (Rigmar Racers).

Kayleigh Brogan, formerly of City of Edinburgh but now riding for the Thomsons Cycles team, took the women’s race honours ahead of Edinburgh teenager Louise Borthwick and Rebecca Nixon (Dundee Thistle).

Musselburgh’s Ben Forsyth (Spokes Racing Team) was second in the junior event, while Sean Flynn (Edinburgh RC) was runner-up in the Under-14 event and his club mate Mathias Barnett took third in the Under-16s.