A MEMORIAL race in honour of a late West Fife cycling stalwart will be held tomorrow.

Sandy Wallace, who for more than 30 years ran a successful bike shop business in Inverkeithing, passed away last August after a short illness.

In his memory, an event that will bring together around 100 riders - including Kyle Gordon, who will ride for Scotland at this summer's Commonwealth Games - will be held from 8am tomorrow morning over a 12-mile route around Loch Leven.

Members of the Ryan's Bike Surgery-Thomson Homes cycling team, which Sandy helped create, decided to put together a race that will bring together a packed field of male and female riders.

Born in Dunfermline, he was behind Sandy Wallace Cycles, which was located on Hope Street, providing equipment and support for recreational and competitive riders alike.

A keen rider in his own right, Sandy also took part in many disciplines to an extremely high level, and in 2012 completed the ‘Tour de Force’, an event in which competitors cycle the route of the Tour de France one week ahead of the professionals.

He also supported riders through his own successful cycling team, which took the same name as his business, and came up with the idea to form the Ryan’s Bike Surgery-Thomson Homes team, which came together before the outbreak of coronavirus.

It is backed by Inverkeithing-based Ryan’s Bike Surgery, main sponsors of tomorrow's event, and Cowdenbeath-based Thomson Homes.

The Sandy Wallace Memorial Trophy TT (Time Trial) takes place the day before what would have been Sandy’s birthday, and will start and finish in Kinross.

Silas Goldsworthy, a former Scottish time trial and track champion who has raced for his country, is part of the Ryan’s Bike Surgery-Thomson Homes team, and told Press Sport: "We're hoping the weather comes out for us!

"It should be a good day. It will be an emotional day for everyone."