Another busy weekend for cyclists

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It was another busy weekend of racing for Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW.

On Saturday, seven riders headed to Barrmill near Beith for the Jim Daly Memorial APR organised by the Johnstone Wheelers. The race involved undertaking six laps of a nine mile circuit.

Scheduled starter Davie Fulton unfortunately didn’t manage to start due to a crack in his frame occurring in the pre-race warm up – although bad luck, it is certainly better that it happened then rather than at high speed during the race.

Conditions were bright but relatively breezy, with the wind getting steadily stronger throughout the 2.5 hours of riding. Alex McAllister was the first Ayr Roads rider across the line having had a good ride in 22nd, with Scott MacLean, Alastair McGibbon and Kenny MacKay also riding well finishing together a short time later in mid 20th places.

Of the 65 riders who started, only 36 finished which illustrates the strength of the wind. Robert Kelly, John Paul Baxter and Paul Torrance all put in hard work earlier in the race and withdrew prior to the final lap.

Also on Saturday, Toni McIntosh finished a superb 16th in the Glasgow Wheelers Women’s Road Race in the beautiful surroundings of Garelochhead.

The riders took in two laps of an 18 mile course after a neutralised climb to the top of the infamous Whistlefield. The rolling road down to the HMS Coulport base picked off a few riders on the first lap with a small group forming at the front.

The inclines throughout the course meant that the peleton split into numerous smaller groups and single riders, which made the ride more challenging due to the lack of shelter from the breezy wind. It is hoped that the event provides enough evidence that there is a real appetite for further women’s events, being as the event attracted a very healthy 45 riders - 42 of which finished the race.

Meanwhile, Sunday saw five riders compete in the VC Glasgow South 10 TT at West Ferry, Greenock. All of the riders put in some cracking times considering the gusty conditions, with the fastest rider being Robert Kelly in a time of 23.28. Neil Campbell was not far behind in 23.48 with Brian Nicol clocking 24.25.

Toni McIntosh achieved the fastest female time of 25.15, with Lynne Wardrop also riding strongly with a time of 25.46.

In one of the hardest races of the season due to the stellar make up of the field – which this year included several riders from professional teams such as Node 4 Giordana, Raleigh and Herballife-Leisure Lakes Bikes amongst others – Mark Skilling and Gary Maher put in excellent rides in challenging conditions in the Drummond Trophy, which is undertaken on laps of the rolling Strathaven – Drumclog circuit. The experience of riding with the professionals was enjoyed and the class of the pros was impressive to see first hand.

Finally, the Club Confined 10 TT continued on Thursday evening on the Loans – Irvine – Loans circuit. Mark Skilling put in an excellent ride getting under the 22 minute mark in a time of 21.57. Veteran Alex McAllister also impressed in a time of 22.58. The other times were Neil Campbell 23.35, Davie Fulton 25.30, Paul McGhee 25.35 and Toni McIntosh (L) 27.22