A CYCLIST from Helensburgh has been named the Rider of the Year at his local club.

Douglas Shields, who was born and raised in the town, has been honoured by club members in his adopted home after going on a coast-to-coast world record attempt from Helensburgh to Edinburgh.

He also helped Dennistoun Cycle Club (DCC), located in the east end of Glasgow, where he now lives, to double their membership - and competed in various Enduro mountain bike races.

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It's the second year in a row that Douglas has won the award - making him the first member of Dennistoun Cycle Club to achieve the feat.

And the Helensburgh link with DCC doesn't begin and end with Douglas.

His prize was presented by DCC treasurer Allan Ross, who was one of the founders of the club, along with fellow Helensburgh residents Greig Logan and Stuart Fraser, who was youngest Scot to complete an Ironman Triathlon.

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Stuart told the Advertiser: "The club has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years, expanding our membership across multiple cycling disciplines including road, gravel and Enduro races across the UK.

"We would like to thank our sponsors of the event, local company The Ply Guys, based just outside of Helensburgh and run by Hamish Forbes, who is also a club member."