Max was a stalwart – the stalwart – of the Northamptonshire cycling scene. He was secretary of CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes (formerly the Northants & North Bucks CTC District Association); he officiated at its final AGM just two months ago. He organised Kettering CTC; he played a major rôle in the Northampton & District Cycling Association; he publicised the Thursday Club. And he did all those things over decades!
Max took to “new media” with aplomb, setting up and maintaining Kettering CTC’s website with photos, videos and downloadable calendars. It was always a pleasure to receive one of his regular e-mails with details of rides and events. The tourist trials! The hilly 100ks!
And he was a grand cycle tourist. He’d been bitten by that bug when he was a young teenager. His first adventure was to cycle with his sister from the family home near Ipswich in Suffolk to visit relatives in Kingston-upon-Thames. On the journey there and back the young Scotts stayed in youth hostels. Cycling and youth-hosteling became the loves of his life.
During his final illness friends rallied round offering to take on part of what they saw as the burden of the many organisational roles Max worked at. He didn’t see them as a burden. “Don’t take them away from me,” he said. “Cycling is my life!”