The finale to the 2014 road racing season took place on Sunday with the Scottish National Hill Climb Championship, which this year was held on the Auchenlodment Road in Johnstone. Ayr Roads - Harry Fairbairn BMW - Sprockets.com fielded four riders, two in the ladies race and two in the mens event.
Toni McIntosh secured yet another national award by taking the Silver medal, whist Janet Erskine rode to an impressive 5th place in her first national cycling event. Lindsay Curran of Dooleys.com won the gold medal with a time of 7 minutes and 55 seconds. The combined high placings of the Ayr Roads CC girls resulted in a Gold medal in the ladies team category. In the mens event Steve Lawley of KTM Road and Trail took the top honour with a fantastic time of 6 minutes and 9 seconds, with Ed Clifton and Adam Stevens of Ayr Roads finishing in 17th and 25th respectively.
Round two of the Scottish CycloCross series visited Strathclyde Park, with over 350 entrants signing on the start sheet for this weeks exciting installment. Ayr Roads CC brought six riders along, spread between youths, ladies and mens events. First race of the day saw Aaron Gibson riding in the under 8’s category, with the outcome being an excellent 8th place for the young racer. Joanne Baxter opened her 2014 Cyclocross account in the ladies race with a notable 10th position, with Maddy Robinson of Velo Club Moulin taking the ladies win.
In the over 40’s male category Paul Gibson was the highest placed club finisher in 26th position, with Glasgow United Cycling Club filling all the podium places, headed by Stephen Jackson. The last race of the day saw Rab Wardell of Orange-Monkey Pro Team claim two wins from two in the series with yet another dominant display, with Chris Johnson of Ayr Roads placing impressively in 33rd position in a strong field.
This Sunday sees Ayr Roads CC -Harry Fairbairn BMW -Sprockets.com hosting their own CycloCross event. The DoonBank Trophy, held at the Wellington School Playing fields, features youths, ladies and mens races, with free entry for spectators. Racing starts at 10am, with rider entry via the British Cycling website.