City cyclists get the nod for Commies

James McCallum
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Capital cyclist James McCallum will contest his fourth Commonwealth Games this summer after being named in a 30-strong squad announced.

The 35-year-old – a track bronze medallist in Melbourne eight years ago – also competed in Manchester in 2002 and Delhi in 2010.

He will add Glasgow to his list and will compete at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome as well as featuring in the squad for the road race. McCallum is joined by another Edinburgh-based rider, Evan Oliphant, who will also race on both the track and road.

City of Edinburgh sprinter Bruce Croall will contest the kilometre time trial and will reform the multi Scottish Championship winning trio with Callum Skinner and John Paul in the team sprint.

The Capital club is also strongly represented in the women’s selection, with Jenny Davis, a silver medallist in the team sprint Delhi, set to contest the 500 metres time trial and individual sprint.

A clutch of her former colleagues who have moved on to other teams – Katie Archibald, Eileen Roe and Charline Joiner – are also listed to compete in the endurance events on the track, as well as forming part of the road race team.

Claire Thomas, an ex-Edinburgh Road Club rider now based in Belgium, has earned a place in the road squad alongside her former team mate Anne Ewing, while the club is also represented on the track where Ellie Richardson will race in the sprints.

Meanwhile, Louise Haston has been chosen to act as tandem pilot for Scotland’s greatest paralympian Aileen McGlynn, and Craig MacLean will perform the pilot’s role for Aberdonian Neil Fachie in the men’s events.

Commenting on the selection, Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Jon Doig, pointed to the size of the squad – the largest ever for cycling – as evidence of the sport’s recent growth in popularity and the benefit of improving facilities in anticipation of the games taking place in Glasgow this summer.

“This 30-strong team is proof of the progress made over the last four years and we look forward to some exciting action on the track, on the road and over the cross-country course at Cathkin Braes,” he said.