Ayr Roads ladies on top form

With Ayr Roads Cycling Club’s confined time trial events over for the season, club members favoured the few remaining open events over the next two weeks.

In the Gourock Duathlon, Toni McIntosh, the club’s Scottish Team Gold medallist featured prominently winning the first ladies award in a time of 1.15.23 beating the previous ladies’ record by 13 minutes, over the 10k run and 20k cycle.

On the West Ferry Course for the second time in two weeks, Ayr Roads fielded 9 members in the Robby Robertson Memorial 10 Mile Time Trial, including their full ladies team of McIntosh, Wardrop and Erskine.

Leading the way for the club was Janet Erskine who took the 1st Ladies Prize in a time of 24 minutes 52 seconds on a wet and windy morning that saw a number of non starters. Not only did Janet secure first lady, but in doing so she beat her two club mates and Scottish Team Gold medallists, Lynne Wardrop and Toni McIntosh for the first time this season. Both were delighted with Janet’s performance and undoubtedly next year augurs well for the threesome. Ayr Roads ladies also secured the first ladies team.

The men’s team also faired well with Ed Clfton returning a 22.34, narrowly beating his club mate Kenny Armstrong who clocked 22.42. Despite no training for some weeks, due to working abroad, Armstrong put up a good show.

The full times were:

Ed Clifton 22.34

Kenny Armstrong 22.42

Jody Gerrard - actual time to be confirmed by organiser)

Michael Curran 23.20

Robert Kelly 23.55

Alastair McGibbon 23.59

Calum Hume 24.01

Janet Erskine 24.52

Lynne Wardrop 25.12

Toni McIntosh 25.14

Harry Bulstrode of Edinburgh Velo Club won the event in an amazing 20.18.

In the Sportive scene, Northern Ireland’s Ayr Roads contingent of Kathryn and Alan Thomson took part in the gruelling Giant’s Causeway route, a distance of 126 kms. The route took them by four of the Antrim Glens before heading back up the Antrim coast road into a 40 mph head wind. The pair covered over 5,000 feet of climbing and were in the saddles for nearly six hours. Both finished in the top quarter of the field.

It looks as though the pair could be leading the club’s sportive section this year. A truly amazing year for Kathryn who is new to cycling.

On the touring front, the Sunday run took the club north by way of Symington, Torranyard and Dalry and then over the hill road to Largs returning by the coast road.

The mid week brigade headed southwards by Crosshill, Old Dailly and the Assel Valley, returning by way of Pinmore, Lendalfoot and Girvan onto home roads.

Next week end sees the Rothesay Week-end, a mecca for cyclists that features a number of events. Members of the Ayr Club hope to be represented.

All in all 2015 has been one of the finest ever in the 85 year history of Ayr Roads CC. both on the racing and touring front.