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James McCallum (cyclist)

James McCallum (born 27 April 1979 in Uddingston/Bellshill, Glasgow)[2] is a Scottish former racing cyclist who last rode for the NFTO Pro Cycling squad.[3] He represented Scotland in the Team Pursuit, Points & Scratch Races at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and again in 2006 in Melbourne in the Scratch, Points & Road Races, winning a bronze medal in the Scratch race.[4]

James McCallum
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McCallum in 2015
Personal information
Full nameJames McCallum
NicknameJimmy Mac, The King of Scotland[1]
Born (1979-04-27) 27 April 1979 (age 39)
Glasgow, Scotland
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
Team information
Current teamONE Pro Cycling
DisciplineTrack and road
RoleRider (retired)
Directeur sportif
Amateur team(s)
?City of Edinburgh RC
Professional team(s)
2007–2008Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles
2009–2010Endura Racing
2011–2013Rapha Condor–Sharp
2014NFTO Pro Cycling
Managerial team(s)
Jan 2015-Aug 2015Neon Velo
Aug 2015-ONE Pro Cycling
Major wins
Bronze medal blank.svg Commonwealth Games
United Kingdom British Champion
Scotland Scottish Champion

Until 2007, between racing and training, McCallum worked night shifts as a nurse.[5] He is currently the Scottish Cycling Coordinator, combining the job with his racing and training, working to promote cycling in Scotland.[6] McCallum's Grandfather was a cyclist before him, but McCallum dabbled in many sports before settling on cycling, at one point he was a gymnast.[7]

He recently joined the Champions in Schools projects that helps to inspire Scotland's youth to follow a pathway to good health and sport. James now runs his own coaching consultancy - Mach 10 training systems. Among the riders he has coached is British National Circuit Race Champion Eileen Roe.[8]

McCallum left Rapha Condor–JLT at the end of the 2013 season, and joined the NFTO Pro Cycling squad for 2014.[3]

McCallum announced that he would be retiring from the sport after competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.[9] After retiring from racing he became directeur sportif and general manager of the Neon Velo cycling team in 2015.[10] In August 2015 he announced that he was joining ONE Pro Cycling as a coach and directeur sportif with immediate effect.[11]

In 2016, McCallum broke Mark Beaumont's record for riding the north coast 500, a 516-mile tourist route circumnavigating the top of Scotland, completing the distance in under 31 hours,[12] with 28 hours 57 minutes spent in the saddle.[13] The ride raised funds for Thrombosis UK in memory of his Sister in Law Charlene Doolan.


1st   Scottish National Track Championships, Kilo[14]
3rd British National Track Championships, Team Pursuit (with Richard Chapman, David Lowe & Ross Muir)
3rd   Scratch Race (20km), Commonwealth Games
1st   British National Circuit Race Championships
1st Smithfield Nocturne[15]
2nd British National Derny Championships
3rd Scottish National Circuit Race Championships
2nd Smithfield Nocturne[16]
1st Scottish National Road Race Championships[17]
2nd Wales Open Criterium[18]
3rd Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic[19]
3rd Scottish National Road Race Championships[20]
2nd Scottish National Road Race Championship[21]
3rd London Nocturne[22]
4th Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic


  1. ^ Swarbrick, Susan (10 April 2013). "McCallum focused on ending his career in style in Glasgow". Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  2. ^ Statistics on
  3. ^ a b Renton, Colin (18 September 2013). "Cyclist James McCallum signs for NFTO team". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Press. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  4. ^ Commonwealth Games Official website
  5. ^ James McCallum Training Update, Larry Hickmott Archived 5 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine. British Cycling 15 March 2006
  6. ^ McCallum on track after nearly quitting Martin Greig, The Herald[permanent dead link] 10 September 2007
  7. ^ McCallum triumphs in British Championship Gerry McManus 20 June 2007
  8. ^ Hart, Ross (16 December 2014). "High Valleyfield cyclist Eileen Roe 'living the dream' Down Under with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling". Dunfermline Press. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  9. ^ Henrys, Colin (6 June 2014). "Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2014: Tobyn Horton sprints to Canary Wharf success". Roadcycling UK. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  10. ^ "James Mccallum". LinkedIn. Retrieved 28 July 2015.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Renton, Colin (27 August 2015). "Capital cyclist McCallum new manager of ONE Pro Team". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Cyclist James McCallum beats Mark Beaumont's North Coast 500 Record".
  13. ^ "NC500 Non-stop to support and donate. - Jimmy Mac M.'s 831.4 km bike ride". Strava. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  14. ^ Scotland National Track Championships 22 July 2001
  15. ^ "Smithfield Nocturne 2007". Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Smithfield Nocturne". British Cycling. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Road: McCallum wins Scottish Championships". British Cycling. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Wales Open Criterium". British Cycling. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Blain wins wet and wild Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  20. ^ Hazlett, Janette (29 May 2013). "Scottish Road Race Championships". British Cycling. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  21. ^ "Scottish National Road Race Championships 2014". British Cycling. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  22. ^ Renton, Colin (9 June 2014). "James McCallum continues fine form ahead of Games". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 18 June 2014.

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