The British National TT Championships took place on Thursday in Stewarton with Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW proudly having two members on the start sheets, namely Lynne Wardrop and Mark Skilling.
The women’s course involved two laps of a 17.6km loop from Stewarton down Lochlibo Road before turning along Irvine Road and heading back up the B769 to Stewarton.
The weather was bright and warm, with an estimated 3,500 spectators spread around the course – seemingly at the end of every farm road, roundabout and junction. Lynne gave it her all around the course, finishing in an excellent time of 00:58:33.63 which placed her quicker than numerous others in the 31 woman field emphasising her fantastic ride in a strong field.
Olympian Joanna Rowsell claimed the British National Title in an unbelievable time of 00:49:25.67. Runner up was Olympic road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead in a time of 00:49:57.82, with Katie Colclough third in 00:51:02.73. Emma Trott and her younger sister Laura, completed the top five.
The men’s event involved undertaking two laps of a 24.6km loop which took the riders further south than the women’s down Cairnmount Road, Long Drive and Middleton Road before heading back north via the B769. Mark Skilling of the Roads put in a stellar ride, clocking a time of 1:11:16.37. Alex Dowsett of Movistar successfully defended his National Title despite a crash early on reportedly caused by a detached tubular tyre.
The winner of the recent TT stage at the Giro d’Italia clocked a quite incredible time of 1:02:30.85. Runner up was Matthew Bottrill in 1:02:30.85 with Ben Swift of Sky Procycling in third with a time of 1:02:51.55. Douglas Dewey and Luke Rowe completed the top five. Lynne and Mark did themselves and Ayr Roads CC proud in the prestigious event.
Ayr Roads CC had two members in TT action on Wednesday evening at the Inverclyde Velo 10, namely Robert Kelly and Brian Nicol.Both had solid rides with Robert clocking 23.10 to finish in 21st place in the 65 man field and Brian marginally behind in a time of 23.13 to claim 23rd. The winner of the event was Chris Smart of Paisley Velo Club in a time of 20.28.
Also on Wednesday evening, Gary Maher and Greg Templeton competed in the second East Kilbride evening road race of the season. Both had good rides finishing in the front half of the peleton.
Finally, Ed Clifton, Paul McGhee and Alastair McGibbon took part in the Robert Millar sportive at Fintry, north of Glasgow on Saturday. The weather was pretty bleak at the start of the day but it didn’t spoil the amazing scenery on show around the 95 mile hilly route, particularly that of Loch Katrine. A fine day was enjoyed by all who took part in the social event.