Ayr Roads Cycling Club is upbeat for 2016

New sponsor of the Ayr Roads Cycling Club Alan Thompson
New sponsor of the Ayr Roads Cycling Club Alan Thompson

Following on from a very successful year in 2015, Ayr Roads Cycling Club have already received the fantastic news that they are to be joined by a new sponsor.

The club’s long term sponsor Harry Fairbairn will be joined by none other than one of the clubs longest serving members, Alan Thompson.

Alan became a member of the club after following in his fathers footsteps at the age of 12.

He followed in the tracks of “The Highwayman” and toured extensively throughout Ayrshire and Galloway, taking in some of the most remote parts of the south west.  

In the English Lake District, his pass-storming and off road exploits earned him the Club and District Tourist trophies; the youngest member ever to do so.

Alan has been a member of the Ayr club for over thirty years and during that time has continued to enjoy and encourage others to participate in the sport.

Together with his wife Kathryn he has toured extensively in South Africa, Italy, Sicily, Spain, France, the Balearic Islands and Northern Ireland, where they both live. Alan is also one of a few Ayr Roads members who has climbed Mont Ventoux.

Never a racing man himself, Alan’s knowledge of the sport is widely known. His blog www.giantonthegiant.wordpress.com is followed by many and contains interesting material on the sport and its personalities; sometimes a bit contentious, but truthful!

His sponsorship will come under his @giantonthegiant Twitter banner where he promotes cycling news and Ayr Roads Cycling Club activities.

On making this announcement Alex McAllister, Chairman of Ayr Roads said: “All club members were delighted to have one of their own as a sponsor, and one whose knowledge of the sport will be an asset to the club,”

Alan is currently touring Vietnam with his wife and was delighted to hear the news that the club had accepted his sponsorship.

Meanwhile over the festive period club members were braving the wild weather and taking to the roads.

Prior to the battering the south west took, an intrepid group of mid-week club members took to the roads leading eastwards.

Club members assembled on the banks of the Coyle. Their route took them by the old mining village of Trabboch, before cutting over by Barskimming Mill and onto the Mauchline road.

One clubman returned homeward by way of Failford, while the others headed over by Cumnock, Skares and onto home roads by way of Stair and Tarbolton.

A good distance of sixty miles for the last of the club run of 2015.

Over 30 riders paid a visit to the clubs county headquarters at Pinwherry for the annual ne’erday run. Since the early 1930’s, Roads first footers have headed to the club hut on the banks of the River Stinchar; an idyllic spot for relaxation following the 30 mile run from the auld toon.

The assembly of club riders was so large that for safety sake two groups left Ayr. Their route was by Culroy, Crosshill, the Penkiln climb and by the Assel Valley to Pinwherry, which took in the Girvan, Assel and Stinchar Valleys.

In the wake of Storm Frank the weather had eased and the run down, although damp was enjoyed by all.

Road conditions were relatively free from the flooding that hit South Ayrshire earlier in the week, although evidence of the damage caused was everywhere.

On arrival club members were welcomed by a roaring fire before partaking of a fantastic festive fare laid on by fellow club members.

The toast was to the Ayr Roads Cycling Club, the successes of 2015 and hopefully more to follow 2016.

After a fill of goodies, club members left the warmth of the club hut and returned by the coast road, a distance of sixty miles for the club’s first run of 2016.

Gym and turbo training sessions have recommenced and club members are now re-focussing on gaining fitness for the season ahead with the first cyclo-cross event due to take place in mid January and the road season a few weeks later.