Mid season events for Ayr Roads

Ayr Roads Juniors, Ian Fisher and Beth Macrae
Ayr Roads Juniors, Ian Fisher and Beth Macrae

Last week the Gazette reported on the success of Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn CC junior rider, Miren Basabe Kerr. This week it is Beth Macrae and Ian Fisher’s turn.

Beth competed in the Leeds Triathlon and finished second in her age group, while Ian recorded another personal best at the club’s evening 10 mile time trial.

Since his first 10 mile event Ian has improved week on week. Ayr Roads CC has had a close affinity with the Ayrodynamics Triathlon club and is delighted to see the development of Beth as a promising junior of both clubs.

A number of club members are actively preparing themselves for various events due to take place over the next few weeks.

On 10th July, the Ayr club will be represented in the Scottish National 50 mile Time Trial Championship, which takes place in Aberdeen.

Toni McIntosh is likely to be the club’s sole women’s representative this year and will be hoping she is on form for the event. Toni recorded a time of 2 hrs 12 minutes 48 seconds to take 2nd place in the Fife ‘50’ two weeks ago, and with a personal best at the distance of 2:03:48 she will be hoping to add to her clutch of National medals. Toni is the fastest ever South West of Scotland woman at this distance, however she is well aware that she faces stiff opposition this year at National level.

Michael Curran has been recording good performances in the short distance events and will be competing in his first ever race at the 50 mile distance. Whilst Alex McAllister will be returning from his alpine sojourns, in the hope of doing well in the master’s category.

Kenny Armstrong, the club’s record holder at the distance has left the club and takes best wishes from all.

Meanwhile, Calum MacDonald whose time trialling performances have improved immensely over the past few weeks will tackle one of Europe’s iconic cyclo sportives on 2nd July, when he takes part in La Marmotte. This is a one day event and covers 175 km with 17,000 feet of climbing, taking in major alpine climbs and ending on Alpe d’Huez.

On the touring scene, Alan McGibbon and Billy Bradley have just returned from a tour of the north western highlands. The pair covered a distance of 550 miles. Their tour started from Inverness and took them by North Coast and Cape Wrath before heading southwards by way of Ullapool to Armadale and Skye. Their homewrad leg was by Mallaig, Onich and Lochgilphead before crossing by the Cloanaig ferry to Arran and Ardrossan.

The mid week group of clubmen enjoyed a run by way way of the Girvan and Stinchar Valleys to Ballantrae, returning by the coast road. A distance of seventy miles.

Saturday, saw another group of club members taking to the hills of South Carrick with a circuit of Glenalla Fell, Hadyard Hill and back via the Nick o’Balloch. A distance of 85 miles and ascent of over 7,000 feet.

Last Thursday night another three personal bests were recorded in the club’s 10 mile time trial.

Winner on the occasion was Michael Curran in a personal best for the course of 22 mins 05 secs. Other times were:

Jody Gerrard 22:36

Toni McIntosh 23:26

Janet Erskine 24:07 pb

Robert Kelly 23:25

Harry Brawley 24:10

Jim Smith 25:21

Andrew Kent 25:46 pb

Rory Webster 26:03

Ian Fisher 28:16 pb

On Tuesday 5th July the club stages its fifth league championship event, which should attract a good turn out of club members vying for points in this popular competition.