Iain Scott, 72, who died on August 24 and whose funeral is tomorrow (Tuesday, September 8) was one of the sport’s “Good Eggs”.He was a founding member of the Letchworth Velo in 1959, and became team manager, principal race organiser and commissaire.

For nigh on 50 years his enthusiasm and appetite for organisation and promotion never flagged. Scotty, as he became known, together with a bunch of enthusiastic roadmen, formed the Letchworth Velo in 1959, the same year the British Cycling Federation was formed. They put on over a dozen open races every season, road races and time trials, which became very popular across London, Northants, East Anglia and the Home Counties.

Crisis? What crisis? That become a Scott maxim, as no problem was too difficult to overcome. In 1990, at a few days notice before the club’s annual two-day, Scott was asked if he  could accommodate the entire British Pro contingent who had been left without an event following a sudden cancellation.

“Brilliant as always in a crisis situation, Scotty accepted the challenge, and an outstanding weekend of racing took place won by the mercurial Joey McLoughlin from a field that included the late David Rayner and the entire who’s who of British Pro Racing at that time,” recalled Letchworth Velo clubmate, Ross Newton.

When Scott and the Letchworth organised the 1999 National Women’s road race championship near Royston, Herts, they witnessed an historic result when a junior snatched the senior title. No ordinary junior, but none other than 16-year-old Nicole Cooke who beat breakaway companion, the reigning world pursuit champion, Yvonne McGregor.

It would be the first of many successive national road titles for Cooke, culminating with last year’s incredible record double, the Olympic and World road titles within one month of each other. One of Scott’s proudest claims after Cook’s 1999 title win, was that he had the honour and privilege to subsequently manage Cooke when he took a  team of women from various clubs, including Letchworth Velo, to Malta to compete in a stage race.

Scott also directed the club to promote women’s racing, inspiring the Letchworth Velo’s women’s team to rule the roost led by national road champion and talented tt rider Maxine Johnson. The Letchworth won taking team titles in RTTC championships 10, 25 and 100 miles.

His enthusiasm extended to all, be they riders or officials, whatever their position or role in the organisation. He leaves his wife, Brenda, daughter Sarah, son-in-law Ross and grandchildren Millie, Lewis,and Daisy.

The funeral service will be held at St Marys Church , Baldock at 12 noon on Tuesday the 8th of September. All are welcome. Floral tributes should be sent to the undertakers E H Crouch, 23A Hitchin Street, Baldock, Herts SG7 6AQ  Tel 01462 893191, to arrive by 10.30am Tuesday. 

The family has asked for any donations in memory of Iain to be sent to the British Lung Foundation,73-75 Goswell Road,London EC1V 7ER

  • Brenda Scott

    Brenda and Sarah would like to thank everyone who sent donations for The British Lung Foundation in memory of Iain – £572.93 was raised.

  • Mick Wellington

    I have also just heard the sad news of Iain’s passing and would like to extend my sincere condolences to Brenda and Sarah.

    Scotty was the first person to really help me when I first started cycling, driving me to races, giving me advice and inspiring me with his stories about racing in France, something I later went on to do. Unfortunately, the relationship with Iain and Letchworth Velo did not last as long as would have hoped (through no fault of Iain’s) but I still look back very fondly after 20 years on that year and will always be grateful for what he did for me.

    It’s a cliché but thay really did break the mould after Iain – cycling could do with a few more ‘doers’ like him.

  • William Fotheringham

    thanks keith for great profile of one of the sport’s good guys, one of those whose heart was very much in the right place. without the passion of Scotty and his ilk cycling would be very much the poorer. Scotty got me into the Letchworth in 1996 and like Graeme and Ruth I have fond memories of him following us out training, giving us no-nonsense support at races and letting us eat him and Brenda out of house and home after training. not to mention his fine thai cooking. it was also my privilege to report for cycling weekly on the race mentioned in Keith’s article, and like all Scotty’s events it was a good job well done. he will be sorely missed.

  • Graeme & Ruth Freestone King

    I know that our friend & colleague Grant Phillips did manage to get the Scotty’s funeral & will have passed on Ruth’s and my deepest sympathy to Brenda and Sarah on the passing of a man who was a friend, mentor and confidant whilst we were with Letchworth Velo in the 1990s, but Ruth and I wanted to take opportunity to say a public “thank you” to Iain for everything that he did for us & for others like us both whilst we were with the team, and in the years before and after.
    The memories of Sunday morning training rides, and repairing to Iain and Brenda’s place in Letchworth for food, warmth and compulsory post-ride bike washing (whatever the outside temperature!) will be some of Ruth’s and my fondest memories of bike racing under the watchful eye of “Scotty”.
    Thinking of you all, Graeme & Ruth x

  • Malcolm Stuart

    I only knew Iain for about four years just after my then wife died. He and Brenda were a great source of support for me at that time. I was honoured to be part of the service on Tuesday where I read Ross’s comments.
    I too will miss an outspoken gentleman with whom my wife and I holidayed on several occasions.

  • Brenda & Sarah

    We were and still are overwhelmed at the amount of people who turned up at Iain’s funeral to give him the great send off which he so deserved. Thank you to you all.
    We are so sorry Phil (& any others) who were unaware of Iain’s passing, we know it’s not just us who will miss him (& the colourful language!)

  • Phil Silver

    I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Iains passing. I am also sad that I have not been able to attend the funeral as I have only just learned this sad sad news.

    When I was a Junior Iain used to drive me to races, loan me equipment etc etc. I remember well loading up his shiney new Ford Sierra Saphire and heading off not only at weekends but also on weekdays to events such as Milton Keynes Bowl and various time trials. In fact Iain was an integral part to myself winning the Junior BBAR title back in 1991 when I was riding for Letchworth Velo.

    Last time I saw Iain it was in Baldock and with great enthusiasm he was telling me about how Sarah was doing and the new joys in his life – his grandchildren.

    After many years of not riding the bike I myself have started back again – next time I go out I’ll be thinking about Scotty, his enthusiasm, colourful language, and generally a larger than life character that leave me with so many great memories.

    Rest In Peace.

  • Peter Street

    I was one of the original band mentioned by Ross.
    I shall always remember the great times albeit too few I had racing & training with Scotty.

  • Mrs.Marthese Muscat

    To a very special friend
    It was nice knowing you and having you as a special friend in our home does special days are not going to be forgotten.
    Thank you dear friend Iain you all ways be remembered.
    Family Muscat
    From Malta

  • Tina Codling

    He helped so many riders in so many ways. Thanks from one of them, Scotty.

  • Brenda Scott & Sarah Haywood

    Mum & I would like to thank everyone who has sent kind messages of support following the sudden loss of my dad. These messages have given us great comfort in the knowledge that it isn’t just us who love him.
    He’d be very proud to know how well he was respected, I didn’t appreciate what a legend my dad was to so many people!
    Thank you xxx