Ed is hill climb champ

Ayr Roads hill climb champion Ed Clifton
Ayr Roads hill climb champion Ed Clifton

Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club’s Hill Climb Championship was run in glorious autumn weather on Sunday, when fifteen riders competed in one of the oldest club events in Ayrshire.

This was the biggest turn out for this hard event for a few years.

The stage was the Carwinshoch climb on Brown Carrick Hill. This is a half mile climb with an average gradient of 11.5% and with three hair pin bends thrown in, it is a technical climb. Made moreso by the condition of the road surface and its wetness.

Ed Clifton won last year’s event in 3 mins 15 seconds and was favourite to take the title again. In recent week’s however Ed’s performance has dropped, so some competition was anticipated. That came from Craig Alison and young Martin Lindsay. Ed however took the title with a time of 3m 29s, followed by Craig who was only 6 seconds behind. Ed also looks in a strong position to take the League Championship.

Mention must be made of the club’s Under 10 member, Alloway school boy Ollie Kelly, who has been taking podium places riding with the youths of Johnstone Jets. On Saturday, Ollie won the Jets Hill Climb against 24 other riders. Not only did he take the Under 10 but he won the Under 12 age group as well. In two weeks Toni McIntosh will feature in the Scottish Hill Climb Championship at Freuchie.

The full results were: 1st Ed Clifton 3:29.

2nd Craig Alison 3:35

3rd Martin Lindsay 3:48

4th Scott Knox 3:54

5th Paul McGimpsey 4:05

6th Toni McIntosh 4:09

7th Bobby McGhee 4:16

8th Michael Curran 4:25

9th Colin Bain 4:30

10th Ian Fisher 4:33

11th Tom G-Hill 4:42

12th Jim Smith 4:43

13th Martin Carmichael 5:02

14th Ollie Kelly 5:14 (Youth U10)

15th Duncan McArthur 5:23

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The hill climb was followed by the club run, which took in Kirkmichael and by the hill road to Patna, Polnessan, Cairntable to Drongan, then by Stair and Tarbolton and home. A thoroughly enjoyable day with sixty miles covered.

The mid week run clocked up ninety miles by heading for Ballantrae by the Girvan, Assel and Stinchar Valleys before taking the coast road home.

Next Sunday will be the highlight of the year and is likely to see the biggest club run for years, when the club will be accompanied by the Cycling Weekly reporter and photographer.