Ayr rider in top five finish

Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW were represented by Gary Maher at the Neilston Nocturne road race on Wednesday evening in East Renfrewshire.

The 40 mile race was keenly contested with Gary riding well to claim another superb top five finish in what is turning out to be a very productive season.

Lynne Wardrop and Brian Nicol were also in action on a damp Wednesday evening, competing in the Willie Rafferty Memorial 10 mile TT just south of Glasgow. Lynne clocked an excellent 26:01 to take the 1st female prize 
with Brian finishing in a steady 25:20. The winner of the event was Ben Peacock of Paisley Velo RT in an impressive 20:59.

The club confined 10 TT continued on a glorious Thursday evening with Mark Skilling taking the honours in a time of 21:51. Michael Robb followed shortly behind in 22:12. Other times: Robert Kelly 23:24, Grant Young 24:10, Paul McGhee 24:15 (PB), Ed Clifton 24:30 (PB), Lynne Wardrop (F) 24:58, Toni McIntosh (F) 25:00, John Mason (V) 27:18 and Janet Erskine (F) 28:50 (Debut).

Robert Kelly and Toni McIntosh embarked on the long trip north to compete in the National 25 mile TT championship held in Aberdeenshire on Sunday morning. Whilst we basked in lovely sunshine and high temperatures here in Ayrshire, unfortunately the conditions were not quite so tropical in the NE of Scotland with the temperature considerably more Scottish like! Nevertheless, both riders put in excellent rides with Robert clocking under the hour with a time of 00:59:09 and Toni 01:02:33 making the long trip more than worthwhile. Winner of the race was Iain Grant of Dooley’s Cycles in an incredible 00:50:46.

Several riders departed Beresford Terrace on a brilliantly sunny and warm Sunday morning for the social club run. The group headed east out the Corton Road meandering along quiet roads towards New Cumnock before getting some good climbing in the legs over the lumpy ascents to Dalmellington and beyond to Straiton. The 65 mile ride continued through Crosshill and Maybole before heading back to Ayr along the coast road which allowed the riders to take in the fantastic views which were emphasised majestically in the glorious sunshine.

Finally, a few club members embarked on a mammoth ride down to the Mull of Galloway on Saturday with two riders getting 151 and 146 miles respectively under their belts and several others well over 100. Chapeau lads.