Schools cycling championships

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Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club coach Scott McLean and club members were delighted to assist Active Schools and Scottish Cycling in running the South Ayrshire Primary Schools Cycling Championships.

The championships took place at Prestwick Oval last week.

With good weather, over 200 schoolchildren were either competing or roaring their class mates on! Eight heats were run for the Primary 6 race and seven for the Primary 7s.

Kingcase Primary came out tops in the Primary 7, taking the three podium places, with Charlie Risk taking first prize.

Kingcase was also to feature in the Primary 6 race. On that ocassion, however, young Ollie Kelly of Alloway Primary School took first prize. Ollie is also a member of Ayr Roads Cycling Club. Kingcase finished second and third.

With one confined event remaining, the club league championship for 2017 has been won by Ed Clifton. Ed cannot be caught by his closest rival Scott Knox, who has challenged him throughout the season. Nearly fifty club members have participated in the league, which has proved very popular for participants and spectators alike.

The final event will be a cyclo-cross race and date and venue are yet to be agreed.

Meanwhile Scott has been heavily involved in coaching club members. His evening criterium sessions and Saturday training rides are well supported. From Tuesday 1 November, Scott will be running circuit training sessions from Heathfield Primary school at 7-8 pm. These sessions are ideal for, newcomers and hardcore athletes alike.

The Roads club autumn and winter club runs have well and truly started, now that the road racing season is over, although some members will now compete in cyclo cross events. More information on the club’s activities can be found on the club web site: ayrroadscc.co.uk.

Up to 46 different participants in the league now and that doesn’t include the vital assistance provided by Arnie, Alan, Gordon et al. Ed cannot now be caught for the overall prize, having won 6 of the 8 events he entered.