Brothers take the honours in Lake of Menteith race

dailly brothers Paul and David Torrance finished first and second at the Lake of Menteith road cycle race last weekend.

The siblings were racing as part of the Ayr Roads Cycling Club at the event near Stirling.

Paul, in his second season with Ayr Roads, produced a fine victory, outsprinting David at the finish. Ayr had strong representation in the field of 80 riders, with Paul and David Torrance, Alex McAllister, Keith Hood, Mark Skilling and Robert Kelly starting the event.

The Lake Australian Pursuit Race was a handicapped event with riders being placed according to ability. The race started in Buchlyvie and circuited the Lake of Menteith past Aberfoyle to Balfron. The Torrances were given a dream draw, setting off in the first group of riders and took full advantage, driving the pace from the off. It quickly became clear to the brothers that they had the opportunity of claiming a good result if they could continue to stretch the bunch.

David Torrance led from the front and, just before the end of the first lap, only three riders remained, the Torrance brothers and a rider from Glasgow Nightingale Cycling Club, who organised the race.

Meanwhile, further down the field, each of the handicapped groups were in pursuit of the leading group but were unable to make up the time.

As the race closed to the final 200 yards, the Torrance brothers sprinted and Paul grabbed the win. Ayr’s other riders all rode strongly but were unable to catch the leading group.

Club spokesman Robert Kelly said: “The result bodes well for the remainder of the season and shows Ayr Roads has strength in depth. Ayr now have a core of racers who hope to build on Sunday’s result.”

Ayr Riders now travel to Fenwick to ride the Loudon Road Club Fenwick APR and have eight representatives in the field of 80.