Turnberry trophy win is icing on the cake for Scott

Turnberry trophy winner Scott McLean
Turnberry trophy winner Scott McLean

Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club staged the annual competition for the Turnberry Circuit Trophy and League Event No.6 run over the same course.

On a fine evening, with a freshening westerly breeze, fourteen club members took part. The Junior contingent was represented by young Beth Macrae, Ian Fisher and Martin Lindsay.

The 28 mile route follows the coast road by Dunure to Pennyglen, before heading to Turnberry.

From there the riders return to Ayr via Kirkoswald and the “Minister’s Brae” to Culzean road before taking the high Maybole road to the finish at Newark.

The Turnberry Circuit is one of the club’s most historical events, the other being the Carwinshoch Hill Climb. Now run on a handicap basis that allows riders of varying abilities and ages to compete. The rider with the fastest actual time is also rewarded.

Much to the delight of club members, this years event was won by Scott Maclean with a handicap time 1 hour 5 minutes 41 seconds.

As club coach Scott has excelled in taking forward the training plan for club juniors, as well as assisting with improving the performances of senior members.

A well known figure in Scottish cycling and triathlon coaching circles, Scott’s personal results over the past few weeks have been impressive.

His commitment to mid week and Saturday morning training rides has paid off, with personal bests at the 10 mile time trial distance.

The Turnberry Trophy is the icing on the cake!

Joining him on the podium and in second place was Alex McAllister in a time of 1:05:50 and third place was awarded to Ed Clifton in a time of 1:06:05

Other times were: Alastair McGibbon 1:09:43 Martin Lindsay 1:10:12 Scott Knox 1:10:41 Calum MacDonald 1:11:02 Duncan McArthur 1:11:42 Andrew Kent 1:12:22 Robert Kelly 1:12:29 Jim Smith 1:12:38 Beth Macrae 1:13:23 Ian Fisher 1:14:21

The fastest actual time of the night was recorded by Ed Clifton in a time of 1:11:22. Ed’s time also saw him take additional points for the club’s league championship trophy.

Ed now leads the series from Scott Knox who is lying second and leading the veterans classification. With three events remaining, the series is hotting up, and likely to go to the wire!

Toni McIntosh with two supporters, made the long trip to Easter Ross at the week end to compete in the Scottish National 100 mile Time Trial Championship at Invergordon.

Due to exceptionally high winds on Sunday morning, however, the event had to be cancelled. This is a bitter disappointment for Toni, who was well prepared for the event.

A re-scheduled event is likely.

Club runs last week were well supported with one group of riders taking in the delights of Argyll. Leaving from Gourock via ferry to Dunoon, the group took in the quiet roads of Cowal and headed for Tighnabruich by way of Glenlean, Loch Tarsan and Loch Striven. From Tighnabruich the group rode the shores of Loch Fyne to Strachur, before returning via Lock Eck to Dunoon. A grand day amongst some of the finest scenery in the West of Scotland and with 70 miles in their legs.

Saturday morning had Scott Maclean again leading a group of Roads members by Girvan and Barrhill to Glentrool, before taking the Minnoch Valley road homewards by Suie and Rowantree Tolls to Tairlaw and Straiton. A distance just short of 100 miles. Club senior members were very impressed with the junior riders Beth Macrae and Martin Lindsay who completed the run with them.