A WEST FIFE cycling team "pulled out all the stops" en route to winning its first Scottish Championship title in memory of the late Sandy Wallace.

The Dunfermline-born cycling stalwart died following a short illness last month, with the cycling community left shocked and saddened by his death.

It was his idea to form the Ryan's Bike Surgery-Thomson Homes team, made up of ex-Scottish title-winners Silas Goldsworthy and Hamish Creber; multiple national-medallist Ray Wilson; reigning Scottish 100-mile TT champion Andy Underwood; and youngster Chris Horden.

Press Sport reported recently that the team had won its first silverware with Goldsworthy awarded the Fife Cycling Association’s 50-mile TT Trophy in July, and the team has now won its first collective Scottish Championship title.

A string of strong performances in August culminated in a win at the recent Scottish Team Time Trial Championships.

The event, held on August 29, comprised two laps of an undulating circuit around Forfar.

Following a handful of practice sessions, the team were hoping for a good result, however expectations were somewhat unknown given the lack of recent team time trial experience.

The team (Goldsworthy, Usherwood, Wilson and Creber) finished in a time of 1:04:30, ahead of strong competition from Kelpie Racing and Vanelli Project GO, respectively.

The result was "extra special" as the team was determined to have a strong performance in honour and memory of Wallace.

Goldsworthy, who competed wearing a race number in tribute to Sandy, told Press Sport following the race: “Today (Sunday) was an event which will have meant a lot to Sandy, which is why the riders, including myself, pulled out all the stops to give our best performance.

"I am immensely proud of all of us.

"We are also grateful for team sponsor and manager Ken Thomson for driving the following car and giving support.

"As a recently-formed team, there haven’t been many opportunities to get our first win so to do so in the Scottish Championships on a day in memory to Sandy Wallace, it is very fitting."

Ahead of the event, Goldsworthy earned a bronze medal in the Scottish 25-mile TT Championship and Ray Wilson also managed to secure the team’s first road race podium with a third place at the Deeside Thistle CC Midmar Road Race.