New ladies record for Toni

Toni and Janet
Toni and Janet

On Saturday 10th September Ayrshire played host to the Scottish National 25 mile Time Trial Championship.

Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club stars Toni McIntosh and Janet Erskine powered their way to Ladies Team Gold for the third year in a row, with both riders recording Personal Best times over the distance – Toni (1 hour 19 seconds – a new Ladies Club Record and fastest ever for the Ayrshire and Dumfries Region) and Janet (1 hour, 3 minutes and 30 seconds).

In the Mens event, Ayr Roads CC was well represented by Michael Curran (56 minutes and 20 seconds), Alistair McGibbon (58 minutes and 30 seconds), and Robert Kelly (1 hour and 26 seconds).

The Mens Team Gold was won by Pro Vision Cycle Clothing with the individual winner being John Archibald (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing) in 50 minutes 30 seconds.

Tuesday 6th September saw Ayr Roads Riders compete in Round 7 of the 2016 Club League, a hilly Time Trial round the Symington and Dundonald Circuit.

Ed Clifton consolidated his position at the top of the table, winning in a time of 14:01. Other times – Scott Knox and Alistair McGibbon equal 2nd place in 14:44, Bobby McGhee 3rd place 15:08, Harry Brawley 15:24, Andrew Kent 15:42, Fraser Campbell 16:36, and new junior member Ian Fisher continues to impress with 17:09.

On Wednesday, the midweek group headed north, passing through Eaglesham and East Kilbride before returning back via Strathaven, Darvel and Galston.

Thursday saw the last evening “Club 10 TT” of the season. Times were – Michael Curran (1st) 23;14, Robert Kelly (24:23), Harry Brawley (24:38), Rory Webster (24:45 PB), Duncan McArthur 25:33. This weekly event runs from May through to September and could not run without the timekeepers and officials who turn out come rain, hail or shine (and we’ve had them all!). So a huge thanks is due in particular to Gordon Campbell, Arnie Thomson, Alan McGibbon.

The weekly Sunday run is ideal if you are interested in getting involved with the Club and find out more. It leaves from Beresford Terrace each Sunday at 9:30am. The pace is relaxed, there are shortcut options for those not wishing to do the full route, and there is usually a café stop. This week, 15 riders headed south through Dalrymple, where some of the group took a shorter route back to Ayr via Maybole and the coast road, others completing a longer ride down to Barr, Pinmore and Colmonell.

Club Secretary Janet Erskine has started another new initiative for the Club started this week – ladies social cycling. The first outing attracted 6 riders and enjoyed a ride in the Ayrshire Alps.

On the evening of Friday 23rd September, Scottish Adventure Cyclist Mark Beaumont is speaking at the Magnum Leisure Centre about his latest book “Africa Solo”, as part of the Tidelines Book Festival. With Ayr Roads’ longstanding association with Irvine through Club sponsors Harry Fairbairn/BMW (Harry was a long time member of the Club), Ayr Roads are delighted to be Community Partner for this event. Tickets are only £8 from the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine on 01294 274059 or www.ticketweb.co.uk