Commonwealth Games chance for Bolton-le-Sands rider Pullar

Jack Pullar.
Jack Pullar.

A Bolton-le-Sands road racer is set to represent Scotland at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Jack Pullar, 24, qualifies through his father and can’t wait to line up as part of the six-man team that will be cheered on by a home crowd in Glasgow on August 3.

The former Dallam School pupil, who is in his second year as a professional, said: “I raced for Scotland in Ireland a few months ago and got in the Scotland performance programme.

“You get your qualifying criteria and I met them at the British Cycling Spring Cup events.

“It’s the next best thing after the London Olympics.

“It’s going to be a once in a lifetime event.”

Pullar, who trains almost daily with fellow district professionals James Gullen and Matt Cronshaw, will be one of five riders acting as support to four-time Tour de France stage winner David Millar.

The 2012 National Hill Climb champion said: “I’m one of the team riders and my job will be to help David Millar.

“He’s the main guy in a six-man team so five of us will be trying to help him win and I think he’s got a pretty good chance.”

It is an exciting time to be a professional cyclist with the Tour de France’s Grand Depart happening in Yorkshire this Saturday, July 5.

Pullar however has a good reason for not taking in some of the action.

He said: “I’m not going to get to go because I’ve got to go up to Scotland to get my games kit sorted.

“I’m pretty gutted really and I’ll just have to watch it on TV.

“At least I’m doing something good instead.”

The Starley Primal rider is realistic about his prospects of racing in the world’s greatest bike race one day, especially given British teams’ emphasis on the televised Tour Series, which are shorter criteriums rather than gruelling road races.

Pullar said: “At my age, if you haven’t already been picked up by a world team like Sky then the chances of getting onto a Tour team are pretty low.

“Also with the type of racing in the UK it’s hard to get out of crit style of racing to do more road racing.”

It is the Tour Series, with 10 city circuit races over five weeks in May and June, that is trying to capitalise on the increasing popularity of cycling, aided by a television deal with ITV4.

Pullar is targeting future wins in the event as well as British Cycling’s Elite Road Series with one eye also on regaining the National Hill Climb title at the end of October.

He said: “The Tour Series is the main thing because of the amount of publicity it gets on TV.

“That’s the reason that sponsors get involved.

“The road races are probably more enjoyable than the crits especially with the Tour Series being 10 races in five weeks.

“They’re close together and you can get really tired through them.

“But they’re one my main focuses now.

“I also want to win the Hill Climb Championships again and then next year win and a Premier Calender (the previous name for the Elite Series) event.”