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One of Scottish cycling’s most iconic races, The Davie Bell Road Race, is set to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary this Sunday.

The Davie Bell Road race this year is set to incorporate the Scottish National Road Championships, in what is the last Davie Bell race to be organised by Ayr Roads cycling club.

The flag will go down for the women at 9am and for the men at 1.30pm in a thrilling route which will see the riders leave Ayr via Doonfoot along the rugged coastline, giving them spectacular views of Arran and the Ailsa Craig.

The riders will then tackle the world famous Electric Brae before coming to the Hill Prime at the top of Croy Brae. The newly laid Pennyglen Dip will provide a rollercoaster spectacle and a possible launch pad for attack.

After negotiating Ladycross junction and the climb of Blacrock the riders will have to be at their best handling the descent back into Alloway as they fly past the Brig O’Doon, before the finishing line 200 yards further down the road.

With three laps for the women and five for the men, it will be a long day for the riders. Last year’s winners Jane Barr and Evan Oliphant will both be in attendance to defend their titles with Julie Erskine and last year’s junior champion Ashleigh Fraser set to challenge Jane.

Evan is going for a fourth Davie Bell crown and a fifth National Road Race title however he will face stiff competiton from two time Davie Bell winner Gary Hand.

Local interest in the women’s race will come from Janet Erskine and Lynne Wardrop whilst Kenny Armstrong and Michael Curran will look to challenge in the men’s race.

With the popular Rollapaluza based at Cambusdoon Sports centre along with a wheelie challenge at the podium and other stalls, the race is entertainment for all the family. You can also meet Richard Moore, winner of the 1997 Davie Bell and author of a book about the legendary Robert Millar on the day as well as many other VIP guests.

Follow the race at www.ayrroadcc.co.uk and on Twitter @daviebell.