Tom’s love of cycling lives on

Falkirk Bicycle Club present a cheque to Carrongrange in memory of their former captain Tom Anderson
Falkirk Bicycle Club present a cheque to Carrongrange in memory of their former captain Tom Anderson

A new generation of cyclists will be able to take to the roads thanks to a fund in memory of the former captain of Falkirk Bicycle Club.

Tom Anderson died while on a cycling trip with the club three years ago.

The dad of two from Torphichen was near Dunkeld in Perthshire when he fell from his bike and died.

The former amateur racer was an advocate for grass roots racing and so it seems appropriate to remember him with a programme to encourage young cyclists.

The Tom Anderson Memorial Fund is managed by Tom’s wife Katie Wylie in conjunction with Falkirk Bike Club. They have held various fundraisers over the pst 18 months, includinga memorial race and sponsored cycles, to raise £5000 over the past and plan to spend it on cycling initiatives.

Carrongrange School was the first benefactors of the fund, receiving £750 to put towards its new mini bus fund and ongoing biking programmes, including their cycle maintenance scheme and weekend trips to mountain biking routes.

Head teacher Gillian Robertson said cycling was already part of the curriculum at the school but that donations like this helped to encourage more pupils to get in the saddle.

Mrs Robertson said: “The donation will go towards a second mini bus, which will allow us to go on more trips with the bikes and to help with our programmes, such as the bike maintenance scheme to teach skills in bike repair and buy additional bikes for the pupils to use.

“Katie spoke to the pupils about Tom and his love of cycling, particularly in encouraging young cyclists, and said he would be proud that a fund in his name was helping pass on his love of bikes.”

Falkirk Bike Club committee member David Ure said: “This is the first donation from the fund but we are going to continually add to it and hope to help lots of grassroots cycling schemes.”

Falkirk Bicycle Club meet for weekly training nights and go on lengthy road routes most weekends.