Tom’s going for gold ... standard that is at the Olympics

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A SUPER cyclist has been given a top role in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games in London.

Tom Forbes will be a referee, also known as a commissaire, at the prestigious events.

The dad-of-two, from Lenzie, will also be a judge at the Tour of Britain in September for the fourth time.

Tom (49) was selected as one of only two Scottish officials for the track events at the games.

His job will involve checking over the bikes and preparing the track for different races.

Tom, who is a lecturer in business and management at Stirling University, has been cycling for 30 years.

He trained as a referee and now officiates at a national level.

Tom has been an official at events where Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy has competed.

Tom said: “As it’s getting closer to the games I’m getting pretty excited. The velodrome is a wonderful track.

“I was there in February for a test event and the noise of the crowd – I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was such a buzz.”

Tom hopes to be an official at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. A new velodrome is scheduled to open in the city in the autumn.

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