Ayr Roads rack up the miles

Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club’s evening 10 Mile Time Trial normally starts on the first Thursday in May.

By popular demand, the first ‘10’ of the season was held two week’s earlier. Last Thursday saw eleven competitors taking part, including two members who had never competed in a time trial before.

Although overcast and cool, the wind from the north east was in the right direction for the Loans course allowing a tail wind finish.

Times were good for this early season event, with Alastair McGibbon taking first place, just short of his own personal best, recording a time of 22 mins 15 secs.

This was Alastair’s second ‘10’ of the season on his new time trial machine.

Ever green veteran Alex McAllister, just returned from his Majorcan trip put up a fine time of 22:35 to finish second.

Two personal bests were recorded. That of Harry Brawley was an improvement of nearly two minutes. A truly remarkable improvement for Harry, who only started time trialling last season.

The main club run on Sunday was a classic and one favoured by club members. Over twenty riders in two groups took in the Assel and Stinchar Valleys before cutting over the hill road from Pinwherry to Lendalfoot with a stop at Balkenna on the coast road home.

Again a distance of over 60 miles.

Individual members are also racking up big miles with the Nick 0’ Balloch a popular run. The club’s Northern Ireland contingent were also out, amongst the hills of North Down.

The Roads lady member Lynne Wardrop also showed that she had not lost her speed over the winter months.

Six Roads club members also took part in the Moniaive Hills road race on Saturday. The Moniaive event is an extremely popular one and allows competition in age related events and covers a thirty six mile hilly circuit.