Mixed terrain weekend for Ayr Roads cyclists

Will Jackson at the Pedal for Scotland Sportive.
Will Jackson at the Pedal for Scotland Sportive.

A weekend of mixed terrains for The Ayr Burners as their members took on two big cycling challenges. Five Burners traversed the Central Belt in the Pedal for Scotland Sportive - A 110 mile route that started in Glasgow and finished in Edinburgh with nearly 7000 feet of climbing thrown in to ensure a tough outing for the riders.

Ayr Burner Will Jackson completed the task in an impressive time of 5 hours and 45 minutes, maintaining a great pace over the peaks despite some very windy conditions. Andy Clapperton and Kenny Girvan of the Ayrodynamic Tri Club also enjoyed their day out courtesy of their raffle ticket prizes from the recent Ayrshire Alps Friendly ride.

On the off-road front, another trip to the Kingdom of Fife beckoned for the second early season CycloCross race. The Beveridge Park Grand Prix in Kirkcaldy enticed over 100 entrants to its slopes and bankings, with beautiful conditions ensuring a good turnout of noisy spectators to enhance the atmosphere. The fast and technical course kept the racers on their toes, with off-camber sections and four sets of hurdles to negotiate. Davie Lines of Starley-Primal took the mens win, whilst Eileen Roe of Wiggle-Honda Racing claimed the ladies race. A broken spoke hampered the Burners representative JP Baxter, who eventually finished in 35th place after the mechanical mishap. This weekend The Burners host their 4th “Summer Chiller” ride - A relaxed 40 kilometer ride through the quiet back lanes of South Ayrshire. The ride departs the Burns Centre at 0930 hours, with any prospective members welcome. Go to ayrburners.org for full details.

Ayr Burner Will Jackson completed the task in an impressive time of 5 hours and 45 minutes, maintaining a great pace over the peaks despite some very windy conditions. Andy Clapperton and Kenny Girvan of the Ayrodynamic Tri Club also enjoyed their day out courtesy of their raffle ticket prizes from the recent Ayrshire Alps Friendly ride.

On the off-road front, another trip to the Kingdom of Fife beckoned for the second early season CycloCross race. The Beveridge Park Grand Prix in Kirkcaldy enticed over 100 entrants to its slopes and bankings, with beautiful conditions ensuring a good turnout of noisy spectators to enhance the atmosphere. The fast and technical course kept the racers on their toes, with off-camber sections and four sets of hurdles to negotiate. Davie Lines of Starley-Primal took the mens win, whilst Eileen Roe of Wiggle-Honda Racing claimed the ladies race. A broken spoke hampered the Burners representative JP Baxter, who eventually finished in 35th place after the mechanical mishap. This weekend The Burners host their 4th “Summer Chiller” ride - A relaxed 40 kilometer ride through the quiet back lanes of South Ayrshire. The ride departs the Burns Centre at 0930 hours, with any prospective members welcome. Go to ayrburners.org for full details.