Team gold medals for Ayrshire cyclists in national awards

Toni McIntosh
Toni McIntosh

Scottish Cycling hosted a Roll of Honour on Saturday 26th November at the Hilton Hotel, in Glasgow, when all Scottish National Champions were presented to the public.

Ayrshire was again to the fore, with the Ladies Team of Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club, featuring in no less than in six championships. Since 2014, the Ayr Roads Ladies Team has been at the fore in Scottish Time Trialling.

Toni McIntosh and Janet Erskine were awarded Team Gold Medals in the ‘10’ and ‘25’ mile National Time Trial Championships. Toni was also awarded a Gold Medal for winning the National ‘100’ mile National Championship, as well as a Silver in the ‘50’ mile Championship. Not only was she rewarded for her efforts in the Nationals, but in doing so she broke the club and Ayrshire & Dumfriesshire individual records over the ‘25’ and ‘100’ distances with times of 1 hr 00. 19 seconds, not quite beating the magic 25 mph barrier for the ‘25’. In the ‘100’ Toni recorded a fantastic time of 4.24.53.

The icing on the cake was still to come, when she finished in second place in the Scottish Ladies Best All Rounder Championship, over the ‘10’, ‘25’ and ‘50’ distances, recording 24.562 mph.

Only .3 of a mile slower than the winner Catriona Gunn.

In the overall BAR which features the ‘100’ distance and racing against the elite of Scotland’s best men, Toni finished in 18th position. Toni was the fastest lady competitor in the Championship, and the only Ayrshire rider to have finished in the top twenty. A truly magnificent result for the Ayr rider.

Before her cycling career began, Toni was an accomplished athlete and represented Scotland on a number of occasions, on the road and cross country, winning several Scottish Championships. The highlight of her running career was in 2009, when she won the Scottish titles at 10k, half marathon and marathon, in the same year. She was the first and still is the only person to have done so. Her goal to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games was cut short through injuries to her Achilles. Surgery was unsuccessful, so she took up cycling instead.

Not to be outdone though, Janet, who is also a keen cyclo cross rider won Scottish Cycling’s South West Championship at Irvine a week ago, and also holds a clutch of Gold medals from time trialling and cyclo cross. All in all, 2016 was another great year for the Roads ladies team. 2017 should be interesting!

The Roads club held their AGM last Friday. At the time of going to press the final championship winners had not yet been released.

Sunday, had Roads riders Fraser Tait and Iain Fisher making the trip to Stirling to compete in the Raleigh Scottish Cyclo Cross Series.

Fraser in his age related race finished in 8th position. His best placing this year. Young Iain, a first year senior, is now getting to grips with the cyclo cross techniques, taking tips from Fraser and Janet. Iain finished in 22nd position in the Senior’s event.

Two separate club runs last week clocked up over fifty miles each, with the runs taking in east Ayrshire and South Ayrshire routes. On Wednesday it was over by Muirkirk, Cumnock and Skares, and on Sunday with ten riders, the run was by the Turnberry Hills with a cafe stop at Straiton.