The successes of 2015 have been well publicised in the Gazette in recent weeks, however two members of Ayr Roads Cycling Club deserve special mention.
John Mason and Vic Possee are both septuagenarians, whose cycling palmares on the track is amazing and probably unique, certainly in Scotland.
Indeed the famous Johnnie Walker slogan, may aptly apply to them both.
Both are national and world track medallists in the veteran’s age related championships and still competing; John now in his 75th year and Vic in his 77th. As the 2016 British National Track Championships loom, both are preparing themselves for “the boards”.
Vic has suffered a recent set back and will certainly have to work hard if he is to gain a podium place, whilst John continues with a rigorous weekly track training session at the Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow.
John now living in Edinburgh, remains a member of the Ayr Club, but will ride in the colours of his Edinburgh club in the nationals.
John was unable to attend Ayr Roads’ recent annual prize giving, and was taken completely by surprise when Vic turned up at the velodrome last week to present him with the club’s track trophy and evening 10 Mile Time Trial league trophy.
The ageless pair have passed on their knowledge to younger members of the club over the years and are committed to fostering and developing cycle sport in Ayrshire.
Many Ayrshire cyclists and Triathletes have benefited from their coaching and continue to do so.
So for those sixty five year old readers of the Gazette, John and Vic have this to say: ‘on yir bike’.
Next week will see the Ayr Club field teams in the Musselburgh Road Club Three-up Team Time Trial; an event that Ayr Roads has participated in for many years.
Club members will also be riding the Don Smith Memorial Ride over various distances promoted by Johnstone Wheelers.
With no races last week-end and with fine weather over the south west, Ayr Roads and Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club were out in force, both during the week and on Sunday.
Sunday saw more than twenty club members heading north as far as Ardrossan, before taking the Dalry road to West Kilbride where they turned homewards.
The fine weather extended to Northern Ireland too, where the club’s two overseas members took in part of the Ards Peninsula.
Mid week saw two other groups with one taking in southern byways to Pinmore, returning by Girvan and the other a mid week afternoon run by Straiton and the Girvan Valley. All in all Ayrshire roads were full of Ayr Roads riders.