Close
Back to News & blog

Track cyclist thanks support team as countdown to commonwealth games begins

20/07/22

CR Smith Supporting Kyle Gordon

As the final countdown to this month’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham begins, Scotland’s leading pursuit cyclist Kyle Gordon has sponsors CR Smith backing him all the way.

The home improvements company is part of the ‘rigs to rider’ athlete’s official support team, providing a range of equipment and personal training facilities at its Dunfermline head office.

After more than a year of disruption with regular events postponed because of COVID, Kyle had to fight for one of the places in this year’s Scottish Commonwealth Games team. Training hard in the CR Smith gym, he struck up the new partnership with CR Smith boss, Gerard Eadie CBE who, once a keen cyclist himself, believes Kyle can become one of the best track cyclists in the UK.

Gerard Eadie said:

“It’s hard not to be impressed by Kyle and agreeing to become a sponsor was an easy decision. His determination and resolve, first to make a career of cycling by giving up a good job on the rigs, and then to put in the work needed to succeed is something we can all be inspired by. He has the mindset of a winner and I’m delighted with how the staff at CR Smith have rallied round to support him.”

A plumber and pipe-fitter by trade, who worked on the rigs in the North Sea, Kyle sacrificed everything five years ago to follow his dream of becoming a champion track cyclist. In his first Commonwealth Games in 2018, he competed in four events, finishing 9th in the Individual Pursuit, and 11th in the Scratch Race. In the run up to the Birmingham games, Kyle has been racing internationally to gain the qualification standard required to be selected.

Last month, in Germany, he was one of seven pacer cyclists supporting Olympic Triathlon Champion Kristian Blummenfelt, in his bid to become the first triathlete in history to break 7 hours for a full distance Ironman. Blummenfelt completed the 3.8km swim, 180km bike time trial and full marathon in a record-breaking time of 6 hours 44 mins & 25 seconds.

Kyle Gordon added:

“I have been very focussed on my goals for this year and training hard. I have left no stone unturned so I know when I get to the start line, I have done everything I can to be in the best possible shape. Being able to access the CR Smith gym facilities for strength and conditioning work has been a massive help towards my development over the past 2 years. I am extremely grateful for the help and support, and I’m delighted to have them backing me as part of my official support team.”

Latest news