Ladies in the limelight

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It was Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club ladies who were in the limelight last week, with Janet Erskine, Beth Macrae and Toni McIntosh flying the club colours on the racing front.

Janet and up and coming club junior Beth, competed in the Scottish East & Central Road Race Championships at Falkirk. This was Janet’s third ever Road Race and Beth’s first venture into the road racing discipline and one of the youngest competitors. The event was run over two stages, with a morning 5 mile Time Trial prologue, followed by the 30-mile road race.

Out of a field of 50, Janet and Beth were part of the Glasgow & Ayrshire team and finished in third place out of eight teams. Individually both Janet and Beth performed well, with Janet finishing in 14th position, in not her strongest discipline. Young Beth was in the second half of the field.

On the same day Toni McIntosh made the trip to Fife to compete in the 50 mile TT promoted by the Fife Cycling Association on the Freuchie course, which is not an easy one. It was part of the same course where the Ayr Roads ladies team won the Gold Team Medal in the National Time Trial Championships last year, and Toni was hoping to do well, as part of her preparation for the re-scheduled 100 Mile TT.

She delivered, by taking first ladies prize in a time of 2 hour 12 minutes 09 seconds.

Dreadful conditions affected the numbers competing in the club 10 mile Time Trial on Thursday night, with only four competitors. Riders faced a strong south westerly on the return leg. Coupled with rain, performances were affected, with the exception of young Martin Lindsay, who achieved another personal best. Martin’s training regime and long miles is paying dividends.

Fastest on the night was Robert Kelly in a time of 24 minutes 25 secs.

2nd Bobby McGee 26:01

3rd Martin Lindsay 26:06

4th Ian Fisher 29:23

The Isle of Aran was one of two mid week runs last week, when five club members and a fellow cyclist from Glasgow Couriers made the ferry trip from Ardrossan. The well known ‘figure of eight’ route was the order of the day; a favourite of the Roads club. The route takes in a circular tour from Brodick to Lochranza and down the east coast of the island. A stop was called at Lamlash for lunch before the group took the Ross Road, with the return journey via ‘The String’. A most enjoyable day with only one heavy shower!

The second. mid week run had a group heading via Straiton and the Minnoch Valley to Glentrool. A halt at the Forestry Commission popular cafe and then it was over the hill road, via Loch Ochiltree and the hamlet of Knowe to Barrhill. A visit to ‘The Wells o’ the Rees’ was left for another day. Home roads were followed by way of Tormitchell and Penkill.

Sunday run headed northwards to Largs, before a long overdue trip to the Isle of Cumbrae.

This Thursday the Roads club promotes an open time trial event over the popular Pennyglen circuit. The event has attracted a field of 40 with the Roads club well represented.

On Friday a group of ten club members will head to the south of France where they will base themselves in two centres enabling them to radiate to various routes featured in the Tour de France.

Club group activities at home and abroad have been hugely successful with a great camaraderie among club members.

Anyone wishing more information on Ayr Roads CC or cycling sport in general should contact the club’s web site on www.ayrroadscc.co.uk