Busy week for Ayr Roads club

It has been a busy week for Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW with several riders in racing action.

The Scottish National 50 TT Championship was held at Irvine on Sunday and competing in the large field were Toni McIntosh, Lynne Wardrop, Kenny Armstrong, Michael Robb, Mark Skilling, Alex McAllister, Brian Nicol and Robert Kelly.

Conditions were tough for the riders with the strong prevailing south wind meaning that extra power would have to be found to clock a fast time. Despite the wind, good times were indeed set with Toni McIntosh putting in fine ride to cover the course in a time of 2:12.33 to claim the ladies Bronze medal.

Lynne Wardrop clocked a time of 2:18.28. The Gold medal was won by Anda-Jay Burgess of Sandy Wallace Cycles in 2:04.51. Toni and Lynne won the ladies team medal. In the men’s event, Kenny Armstrong put in a very strong ride to finish in a great time of 1:56.02. Michael Robb also rode well in the wind clocking a time under 2 hours with 1:59.32. Other times: Mark Skilling 2:00.35, Alex McAllister 2:04.29, Brian Nicol 2:07.43 and Robert Kelly 2:10.37. The title was taken by Iain Grant of Dooleys Cycles with an excellent time of 1:46.53.

On Wednesday evening Gary Maher continued his fine season by finishing a superb 6th in a Regional A road race at Longniddry, East Lothian. The points gained were enough for Gary to obtain his 2nd Cat licence, which is a fantastic achievement.

Thursday evening saw the club confined 10 TT continue with the conditions far from ideal.

Mark Skilling posted the quickest time in 21:52, with Michael Robb also getting under the 22 minute mark in a time of 21:58. Other times: Robert Kelly 23:08, Alex McAllister 23:18, Grant Young 23:57, Toni McIntosh (F) 24:26, Paul McGhee 24:38, Jodie Gerrard 24:40, Lynne Wardrop (F) 24:47 and Alison Muir (F) 30:51.

4 riders from the Roads headed to Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway on Saturday for the latest round of the South West Scotland Cycling Project road races. Hot of the heels of obtaining his 2nd Cat licence, Gary Maher once again had a good ride in the 2nd/3rd Cat race to finish strongly in 8th. In the preceding 4th cat support race, luck was clearly not on the side of the ARCC riders with Alastair McGibbon’s race ending with a rear puncture within the first 2 miles and Robert Kelly and Adam Stevens both coming down heavily in the final 200 metres in a crash which took down approximately 20 riders.

The finish was unfortunate given how well both riders had ridden.

Finally, a week past on Sunday (23rd June), several riders from the youth section of the Roads headed over to Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae to compete in a TT. Greg Henderson brilliantly claimed 3rd and with it a place on the podium in a time of 25:27. Stuart Campbell claimed 5th in 26:04. Other times: Jonathan Holland 26:12, Cameron Black 26:31, Jack Meading 26:44, Callum Stienlet 27:57, Paul McGuiness 29:21, Oliver Bishop 30:12 and Douglas Glendinning 30:18.