Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW were in dominant form in a race on home turf: The Straiton Struggle.
The aptly named Straiton Struggle took place on Sunday, July 22 and would be competed over a tough course of 46 miles. Adding to the challenge was a strong wind that would mean any break that attempted to form off the front was futile.
Rolling out of Straiton at 10am, the riders soon hit the first challenge of the day in a nasty little climb from the Dailly road up to the Distillery road which would sap the strength out of the rider’s legs as they had 3 laps to compete round this circuit before heading back to the finish outside Blairquhan Castle with a long uphill drag to ensure that the riders had nothing left in the tank by the chequered flag.
Racing was fast paced throughout the race, despite the strong headwind and crosswind on the route, with Michael Robb, Paul Gibson and Paul McGhee doing strong turns at the front to deter any riders from breaking.
However there was one mishap on the course as on lap 2, two riders fell in the bunch, both sustaining injuries and all at Ayr Roads wish them a speedy and full recovery.
The bunch was still complete as the race turned off the circuit for the long drag to Blairquhan Castle. Ayr Roads riders were at the front en masse and this showed in the results. Michael Robb attempted a long range effort, but was caught just short of crossing the line first. Owen Ross of ARCC took first place, followed by Paul Gibson in 2nd with David Torrance taking 4th and Michael Robb crossing the white line in 5th place. The other competitors from Ayr Roads CC finished shortly after, showing a strong performance and cementing their place as Ayrshire’s premier cycling club. Other riders were Kenny Mackay, Robert Kelly, Gavin Kerr, Paul McGhee and John-Paul Baxter. More complete and accurate finishing places, including photos, will be published in next week’s cycle column. On Thursday, July 19, yet another Ayr Roads record was broken in the 10TT at Loans, Michael Robb breaking the 21 minute barrier with an awesome 20:43. Other times were: Kenny Armstrong 21:16, Robert Kelly 23:00, Alex McAllister 23:12, Calum Hume 23:16 (PB), Gary Maher 23:42, Gavin Kerr 24:16, Toni McIntosh 24:47, Owen Ross 24:47, Ed Clifton 25:17 (PB), Victor Possee 28:28.
Club runs still leave Beresford Terrace bus stop at 9:30 every Sunday morning, rain or shine, for a leisurely tour of the Ayrshire countryside. Riders of all abilities welcome.