Ayr Burners Cycling set the first of their 2016 challenges last week, tasking riders to set a ‘half-hour record’.
Inspired by the World Hour Record exploits of Bradley Wiggins and Graeme Obree, this is a slightly more accessible challenge, with riders taking to the 400m track at Prestwick Oval and awarded 5 points for every lap they complete, provided they cycle for the full 30minutes.
Heavy rain saw many riders opt to skip the first attempt on Thursday night, but those that did turn out enjoyed a break in the rain for the full duration. Scott Knox set off at a fast pace and managed to complete an impressive 36 laps to become the first ‘Half-Hour Record’ holder. Winner of the 2015 challenges, Duncan Macarthur came second, lapping once every minute, just ahead of Lindsay McGarvie.
The Half-Hour Record is the first of 8 challenges the Burners will set in 2015, others include a team ‘Everesting’ attempt on the Nic O Balloch and a call to ride all of the Ayrshire Alps in a month. The challenges are aimed at encouraging members to sample different rides and motivate them to get out and enjoy cycling more often.
The second and final ‘Half-Hour Record’ attempt takes place on Thursday 11th February.
The 3rd round of the SuperQuaich Cyclocross series visited Fife last weekend with Beveridge Park playing host to nearly 200 riders. Conditions were blustery, with recent rainfall ensuring that a slippy course would greet the far travelled competitors. ‘The Burners’ fielded 3 racers within the exciting A and B races, with all enjoying the days exploits with the usual good natured Cyclocross atmosphere in attendance. Davie Lines of Espresso Cycle Coaching further cemented his leading series position with another win, with Anne Ewing of WC Breda claiming the ladies prize on the day.