Now that summer is nearly upon us, Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club’s calendar of activities is filling up fast.
On the racing scene various weekly events throughout the West of Scotland has attracted keen participation from club members.
Last week the city centre televised cycle race series arrived in Scotland, when the town of Motherwell hosted the second round of the Pearl Izumi Race Tour Series, with professional teams from around the UK descending on the Lanarkshire town.
The series is preceded by support races promoted by local Scottish Cycling Clubs.
Two members of Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn CC took part in last week’s event, which was run over a closed road circuit. Janet Erskine continued with her fine form by taking third place in the women’s race and Greg Templeton finished well in the mens event.
On Thursday night, in very wet conditions, seven club members competed in the evening 10 Mile Time Trial, which was won by Alastair McGibbon in a fine time of 23 minutes 03 seconds, followed by Alex McAllister in 23:35. Other times were: Brian Yates 24:11; Calum McDonald 24:41; Duncan McArthur 25:28; Tom G-Hill 26:13; Raymond Bruce 27:43. On Sunday, Fullarton Wheelers promoted the Bill Moore Memorial 10 Mile Time Trial on the Irvine course.
Bill was a well respected cyclist, whose personal contribution to Fullarton Wheelers and cycling in general is fondly remembered by all Ayrshire Clubs.
Ayr Roads fielded 9 riders in the event, with Kenny Armstrong seeded 3rd and a hot favourite to take a podium place.
The club’s two lady members, Toni McIntosh and Lynne Wardrop were also hoping to do well.
Sunday morning broke fine, but there was a wind coming off the sea, which forced riders to work hard on the outward and return legs.
Results did not disappoint with Kenny taking 3rd place in a time of 20 minutes 56 seconds, and only two seconds from second place.
Kenny was the fastest Ayrshire rider, with Darren Kean of Fullarton Wheelers closely behind with a 21:05. The winner of the event was Chris Smart of GTR Racing Team in a stunning time of 20:02.
Toni McIntosh of the Ayr Club secured 2nd place in the women’s event and only 9 seconds behind the first place rider, Catriona Gunn of Sandy Wallace Cycles, Edinburgh.
Toni and Lynne Wardrop were the first ladies team, with Lynne registering 25:14.
Other Ayr Roads times were:
Alex McAllister 22:34
Alastair McGibbon 22:53
Jody Gerrard 22:58
Robert Kelly 24:00
Duncan McArthur 24:33 Personal Best
Harry Brawley 26:28 Delayed start due to mechanical problems
Janet Erskine who did not compete in the Fullarton event, chose to ride in the Scottish Women’s Road Race Championship held at West Calder, where she was up against the finest in Scotland.
Janet finished in 21st position.
On Sunday, 29th May, Ayr Roads host the latest round of the South West Road Race Championships. The Straiton Struggle Road Race rolls out of Straiton at 12pm and will cover 5 laps of a 9 mile loop towards Kirkmichael and Crosshill. Organiser Scott Maclean has assembled a fantastic field of 60 riders from near and far. Ayr’s own road race champion, Simon Woodliff, will be looking to put in a strong performance and is certainly capable of taking the win. Ayr also boast 2014 runner up, Greg Templeton in the field. The ex Kyle Academy pupil has had a year away to pursue his studies. The physiotherapy student will be looking to inflict some pain on the other competitors with his local knowledge of the route.
On the same day a number of Ayr Roads club members will be taking part in the 3rd edition of UK’s highest Cycle Sportive – The Three Pistes.
This event covers 102 miles and nearly 10,00 feet of climbing from Pitlochry – Glenshee – The Lecht and Cairngorm.
The week end of 4th and 5th June, will be the biggest week end on the Ayr club’s calendar of 2016.
Ayr Roads will promote the Scottish National 25 Mile Time Trial Championships, on the Saturday when elite competitors from all over Scotland will be hoping to gain national honours on Ayrshire roads. The Ayr club will be well represented.
The following day, Roads clubman Brian Yates from Dalmellington will have made the long road and sea journey to northern Spain where he will represent GB in the World Duathlon Championship to be held in Aviles in the Asturias district of north eastern Spain.
Brian is currently sporting an injury but will be doing his best to repeat his success last year, when he finished 11th in his category of the World Duathlon Championship in Australia.
Club members are also heavily involved in the touring section of their sport and on that same week end two members will make an historic trip to Cape Wrath, where only a few have ventured. Another two are heading for the Mont Ventoux Cycle Sportive in Provence, France.