Cycling club bids farewell to stalwart member

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Now summer is at last with us, Ayr Roads club men and women have been piling up the miles. Some are using the build up for the 50 and 100 Mile National Championships and others getting themselves fit for the epic coast-to-coast in August or just for the pure enjoyment and camaraderie that cycling offers.

Last week end saw new club member Andrew Kent clock up a distance of well over two hundred miles over two consecutive days. Andrew was accompanied by five other club members on his second day, taking in the Nick o’ Balloch and Barr roads, before returning by way of the Turnberry Hills.

Delighted to be a member of Ayr Roads, Andrew also participated in his first ever time trial on Thursday night, recording a time of 28 minutes 5 seconds over 10 Miles.

The mid week brigade clocked up over ninety miles when they tackled the Sorn, Muirkirk and Glespin routes, before crossing the hill road to Crawfordjohn into Sanquhar and home.

A fond farewell to John Mason

One of Ayr Roads most dedicated members is soon to depart for pastures new.

John Mason, honorary life member of the club has for many years acted as Race Secretary and organiser of the Davie Bell Memorial Road Race and other major events.

John, a former East Midland Centre Motor Cycle Motocross rider was forced to end his motor cycling career, following an accident and took up triathlon as a sport. He won the Scottish Master’s Triathlon Championship in 2003, before embarking on his new sport of cycling; changing his discipline to Time Trialling and Track Racing. The latter under the guidance of fellow club man and multi British, European and World medallist Vic Possee.

From 2007 until this year, when he took bronze in the British National Track Championships, John has collected no less than twenty one medals in most track disciplines. These include three golds, six silver and twelve bronze medals in Time Trialling, Sprint, Pursuit and Points in the European and British Master’s championships. All under the Ayr Roads colours. A truly magnificent performance. Possee’s and Mason’s successes are unlikely to be equalled.

John will remain an Ayr Roads Club member, but because he wished to continue to ride evening time trials, he is required by the Scottish Cycling governing body to join a ‘home club’. That is to be West Lothian Clarion.

John will be missed by all for his unstinting efforts, loyalty and dedication to the sport in Ayr, and in coaching some of the club’s younger members on the Track. All club members wish him well for the future.

The Thursday confined evening 10 Mile Time Trial was not as favourable as the previous week, with times a good bit slower. These were:

1st Alex McAllister 23.06
2nd Jody Gerrard 23.25
3rd Grant Young 24.51
4th Tom G. Hill 25.02
5th Scott Knox 25.26
6th Bobby McGhee 26.15
7th John Mason 26.20
8th Peter Ferrier 27.09
9th Andrew Kent 28.05

On Sunday two Ayr Roads riders made the trip to Stirling to compete in the Scottish Veterans Time Trial ‘25’ Mile Championship.

Alex McAllister returned a fine time of 58 minutes 30 seconds.

Lynne Wardrop recorded 1.03.01. In age related classification Alex was well positioned.

The winner was Iain Grant of irvine, Fullarton Wheelers with a time of 52.16.