World champion joins Ayrshire cyclists

Marianne Vos with Ollie Kelly.
Marianne Vos with Ollie Kelly.

Several Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW members took part in the Braveheart Ride in Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The Endura sponsored event is a fantastic opportunity to contribute directly to the development of Scotland’s future cycling champions.

All proceeds raised from the event go to up and coming Scottish cycling talent. The Braveheart Fund provides financial assistance to 10-15 riders each year enabling them to train and compete at their highest level within the sport. This year’s guest rider was three times World Road Race champion Marianne Vos from the Netherlands, who was very approachable and friendly and was happy to be pictured with the riders - including 7 year old Ollie Kelly from Ayr.

The ride took in some of the attractive scenery on offer in both East Ayrshire & East Renfrewshire on quite a windy day. Leaving Kilmarnock, the route travelled up through Waterside village, before tackling the climb over Ballageich Hill. A fast descent then took the riders down to the edge of Eaglesham, before turning onto another climb up Bonnyton Moor to the golf course at the top.

Descending again took the peleton towards Newton Mearns, travelling through the dams above Neilston, before an undulating section towards Dunlop. The riders then turned briefly onto the B769, before the drag up Clunch Road to the A77, when the route took the riders back to Kilmarnock. The event was enjoyed by all who took part.