Paul takes last event of season for Ayr Roads cycling club

Paul McSkimming in action
Paul McSkimming in action

Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club held their last league event of the season, over a technical cyclo cross course at Craigie on Saturday. Six riders took part, with Paul McSkimming taking the spoils of victory on the day, closely followed by club young Iain Fisher, with 10 seconds separating the other club members of Alex McAllister, Scott Knox, Robert Kelly and Bobby McGhee.

The third round of the Scottish National Cyclo-Cross Series took place on Sunday in Strathclyde Park, Motherwell.

Ayr Roads club was well represented with six members competing in various race categories.

Promoted by East Kilbride Road Club the event has been run for several years and attracted a sell-out entry.

All Ayr Roads riders put up fine performances. In the Ladies age category race, Janet Erskine finished 4th lady and in the Youth race, Alloway schoolboy Ollie Kelly finished in 10th position in a field of over 100 youngsters.

On the vets scene Fraser Tait put up a great performance finishing in 18th position, with John Gemmell in the upper half of the field.

In the seniors event, young Ian Fisher riding his first competitive cyclo cross race put up a strong performance, followed by Ollie’s father Robert.

With fine weather on Sunday, the club run headed northwards into a stiff breeze, taking in northern roads by way of Dundonald, Kilmaurs and then over by Fenwick, Waterside and Galston, before riding homewards with a good tailwind by Crosshands, Craigie and Underwood. A nice distance of 55 miles.

The midweek run, also benefited from a tailwind homewards from their northerly sojourn which took them by Dalry, the Haley Brae, Brisbane Glen and Loch Thom, before a stop on the return leg at Largs. A nice autumn distance of 75 miles.

The Roads club has always prided itself in helping with local charity work and last Wednesday, Club Chairman, Alex McAllister and Club Captain, Bobby McGhee supported a Scottish Association for Mental Health fundraising ride round Arran. The purpose was also to raise awareness about the high suicide rate amongst Scottish young people. Two young lads were cycling round the island, then climbing Goatfell, and the next day sailed a dingy from Lamlash across to Prestwick Sailing Club. Alex and Bobby acted as “domestiques” to the riders, dealing with any mechanicals, keeping the pace up, drafting when required and generally offering advice and above all moral support. The youngsters have so far raised more than £1000. Well done!