Pullar getting down to business at Commonwealth Games

Jack Pullar.
Jack Pullar.

Bolton-le-Sands cyclist Jack Pullar can’t wait to get down to business representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

The 24-year-old, who trains almost daily with fellow district professionals James Gullen and Matt Cronshaw, qualifies to represent the host country in this Sunday’s final event of the games, the road race, as his father is from Glasgow.

Jack Pullar with the Commonwealth Games baton.

Jack Pullar with the Commonwealth Games baton.

And having enjoyed being part of Wednesday’s opening ceremony at Celtic Park, the Starley Primal rider will be training hard this week as part of a six-man team that includes four-time Tour de France stage winner David Millar.

Pullar, who competed in the Circuit of the Fens road race in Cambridgeshire on Sunday, said: “I’m not going straight back to Glasgow, I’m off to Dunblane for three days training with the team to get away from the distractions of the village.

“We come back on Thursday for our final preparations.

“We’ve got David Millar and Mark Cavendish’s team mate at Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Andy Fenn, so it’s four of us supporting those two.

“I’ve not got the experience or am at the level to go for a medal so for me it’s all about the race experience and trying to help those guys.”

The 2012 National Hill Climb champion admitted the opening ceremony, which included performances from Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle, had surpassed his expectations.

He said: “It was absolutely amazing.

“I’ve watched opening ceremonies on TV before and they’ve looked a bit average but especially with the home crowd, to be part of it was one of the best experiences of my life.

“We walked out last and they even delayed us a bit and the crowd went crazy.”

It was an event that saw the whole Scottish team wear kilts and Pullar was proud to report that he stuck to tradition. 
He said: “It’s the first time I’ve worn a kilt.

“I think it worked because everyone was in the same outfit but as individuals it maybe wouldn’t be so good!

“And I wore it how it was supposed to be worn even if it was a bit chilly!

“I think there might be an event after the games where we have to wear it again!”

After competing at the Commonwealth Games, Pullar will return home for the Lancaster City Centre Criterium on the evening of Wednesday, August 6.

The city centre surrounding Dalton Square will be taken over for the third running of the professional bike race.

Pullar said: “I’m coming back from Glasgow on the Monday for the town centre crit.

“I’ll be a home games and then a home race. I’m looking forward to it.”

The road race starts at noon on Sunday, August 3 and will be broadcast on BBC TV.