Ayr riders in championship action

Toni McIntosh racing earlier this year
Toni McIntosh racing earlier this year

Two riders from Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW headed to Stirling on Saturday morning to compete in the Scottish National Hill Climb Championship.

Gary Maher and Toni McIntosh were the members who took to the start line in the lung bursting event.

As the storm clouds grew over the Wallace Monument the anticipation cranked up ahead of Up the Kirk race. As the seniors started to warm up and with the tension growing, the heavens opened and what can only be described as a torrent of rain lashed the already greasy course making conditions anything but easy.

Thankfully the rain soaked riders enthusiasm for the race didn’t seem to be dampened by the conditions. Gary claimed a fine 13th in the men’s event with a time of 5 minutes 15 seconds.

Arthur Doyle of Dooley’s Cycles was crowned Scottish Hill Climb champion by racing up the hill in an impressive 4 minutes 45 seconds.

Euan Pope of Glasgow Road Club took silver in 4 minutes 57 seconds and Ross Cunningham of Glasgow Green Cycle Club taking bronze in a time of 5 minutes exactly. In the female race, Toni McIntosh finished a commendable 5th in a time of 6 minutes 7 seconds.

Female Champion was Kerry MacPhee of Rock and Roads Cycles in 5 minutes 41 seconds. Julie Erskine of Granite City RT took silver in 5 minutes 43 seconds and Lynsey Curran of Glasgow Couriers bronze in 6 minutes and a second.

Photograph - Toni McIntosh in TT action earlier this year.