Hundreds of cyclists take to the roads of Ayrshire

Members of the Ayr roads club took part in the Bravehearts event
Members of the Ayr roads club took part in the Bravehearts event

Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club joined hundreds of cyclists on Saturday to support the Braveheart Ride.

Clubs from all over the UK took part in this annual event, with Ayrshire well represented.

The event is organised by the Braveheart Fund, which provides financial assistance to 10–15 Scottish riders each year enabling them to train and compete at their highest level within the sport.

This year’s event had a field of over 800 riders in the 55 mile distance, with another 100 for the shorter route of 25 miles.

As is customary, the ride is always supported by a cycling celebrity and this year Ayrshire was delighted to have Scotland’s own Callum Skinner lead out the peloton from St. Joseph’s Academy. Callum was a member of the British team that won Gold in the Team Sprint in this year’s Olympics, as well as Silver in the individual sprint final. With police co-operation both events were run over a rolling road closure system that suited cyclists and motorists alike. The course was over some of the most attractive scenery on offer in East Ayrshire. From Kilmarnock, the route travelled via Galston, Newmilns, before the climb over Windyedge & down to Sorn. Another climb out of Sorn, towards Muirkirk, then through Cronberry to Auchinleck & Catrine. Some further climbing on these quiet country roads, then took the riders northwards back to Galston, where they retraced their outward route back to the finish on Grassyards Road in Kilmarnock.

The Braveheart fund raising dinner was held in Kilmarnock on Saturday evening.

Insert Photo of Braveheart Start with Master & Apprentice – Alex McAllister and Iain Fisher

Last week was the first event of the cyclo cross season. Ayr Roads fielded two experienced riders in the Master’s age related race, with Fraser Tait finishing in a credible 21 st place, just pipping his club mate Alex McAllister who finished two places down.

The next event is next Sunday at Strathclyde Park and will follow the club’s own confined cyclo cross event for the league championship trophy.

A fine Autumn day had fifteen club members, taking to the east Ayrshire byways. By way of Alloway and The Cortons and Loch Fergus to Coylton and Stair, where the group split with some heading over to Galston and Fenwick, while the other headed for Symington and Dundonald and then onto home roads.