Cyclists claim first win of season

Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW claimed their 1st win of the season last Wednesday evening through a fantastic ride by Gary Maher in the East Kilbride Road Race.

The race kicked off in sunny Sandford – a village south of Strathaven, South Lanarkshire. Rolling out at just after seven pm down the Old Roman Road the bunch was lively and keen to race. After just ten minutes of racing the riders hit the steep slope of the Dungavel climb for the first time and the bunch just exploded!

Riders were out the back, riders off the front, riders everywhere. The decent of the main B743 followed and allowed some regrouping but the major damage was done and a front group of 28 riders had established a gap on a second chase group of 11 riders that were to going to eventually contest the race. The Last lap of the circuit and final time over the climb the race had three distinct groups - 20 in the front, 6 chasing, followed 2 groups of 5 and 6 chasing and rest riders scattered over the course. Gary Maher timed his sprint to perfection at the finish to take a well-deserved win.

On Sunday 12th, Toni McIntosh and Lynne Wardrop put in excellent rides to claim the team silver medal at the National 10 TT Championships held on a windy course in Freuchie, Fife. Toni clocked 24.44 with Lynne not far behind on 24.55, with the times earning both ladies a place in the top ten individually. Chapeau.

Ayr Roads hosted their second successful event on a glorious Thursday evening with the Hilly Pennyglen TT. Paul Gibson did a sterling job in organising the well run race, with volunteers from the club acting as marshals ensuring the safety of all 55 riders in the event. The evening attracted a high calibre field with Kenny Armstrong being the fastest club member in a superb time of 36.14 to claim 4th place. Mark Skilling was not far behind in 36.36. Other club times: Michael Robb 38.13, Neil Campbell 39.59, Colin Reilly 40.20, Alastair McGibbon 40.58, Calum Hume 40.30, Paul McGhee 41.44, Brian Nicol 41.45, Lynne Wardrop (L) 41.53, Toni McIntosh (L) 42.28, Davie Fulton 42.52, Kenny MacKay 42.57, Edward Thomson 43.48 and Joanne Clark 47.01. Well done to Ayr Burners rider Greg Henderson who was the first youth in a time of 51.36. The event was won by 1st Cat rider Peter Murdoch of Paisley Velo Race Team in an incredible course record time of 35.03.

Sunday saw Toni McIntosh and Lynne Wardrop represent the club in the Scottish National Road Race Championship in Alford, near Aberdeen. The event featured many of the riders who have Glasgow 2014 in their sights with the Breast Cancer Care Team well represented. In the event, the race was won by Jennifer Taylor of Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers who outsprinted Julie Erskine of Granite City racing Team at the finish. Toni claimed an excellent 12th for the Roads in what was a tough race. Lynne unfortunately was involved in a crash with around 3 miles to go which ended her hopes; however she dusted herself down after sustaining cuts and bruises to finish a spirited 20th.

Finally, in a busy week of racing for the club, 5 members competed in the Eglinton 10 TT in North Ayrshire on Sunday morning. Mark Skilling clocked the fastest time for ARCC with a time of 22.01. Other times: Neil Campbell 23.19, Robert Kelly 23.37, Brian Nicol 23.34 (season’s best) and Calum Hume 24.19. Winner of the TT was Iain Grant of Dooley’s Cycles with an amazing time of 19.51.

Pictured is Gary Maher in action recently.