Ayr Roads member Simon showing great form

Simon Woodliff at the top of the climb leading the pack.
Simon Woodliff at the top of the climb leading the pack.

Ayr Roads Cycling Club’s Simon Woodliff secured a third place in Edinburgh Road Club’s Lothian Flyer Road Race last week-end.

This was another great performance by the Ayr rider who is gaining a reputation amongst the Scottish Road Racing Scene.

In a field of fifty, Simon was one of two Ayrshire riders who made the trip to the Borders to ride the 44 mile event over the Stobo – Peebles circuit. The other was John Dunlop from Loudoun Road Club, who finished in sixteenth position.

Woodliff was always at the forefront of the action throughout the race and managed to break loose from the bunch in a solo effort at the foot of the final climb. His break was almost the winning move, but he was caught just before the finishing line by Edinburgh Road Club pair, Calum Kennedy and Scott McGonigle, who worked well together to take the first two positions.

The photograph shows Simon leading the bunch before the final climb.

Thursday night’s Club evening ‘10’ Mile Time Trial produced some inter club rivalry, between two of the club’s best time triallists, Kenny Armstrong and Ed Clifton.

Whilst Armstrong has been performing well throughout the season, Clifton was riding his first club event. Nevertheless, Clifton managed second place behind Armstrong with a fine ride of 21 minutes 53 seconds. A personal best and on a new Time Trial bike that he rode for the first time. Armstrong secured first place with a time of 21.35.

Other times were: Jody Gerrard 22.57; Alastair McGibbon 23.06; Lynne Wardrop 24.14; Duncan McArthur 25.06 personal best; Tom G. Hill 24.43; Robert Kelly 24.22; John Mason 25.51

Duncan McArthur’s recent big mileages are also paying off by him recording another personal best in the event. And Lynne Wardrop who had just returned from a tour of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and Mull looks like her mileages will stand her in good stead for the ‘100’ next month.

The event was to be John Mason’s final event before he moves to Edinburgh and he was given a fine farewell by his club colleagues.

On the touring front club members enjoyed various outings during the week. One group visiting Largs. Another Lendalfoot by way of Pinmore and yet another evening mystery tour, with two ascents of the Ballycoach road included.

Alex McAllister and Calum Hume’s report on their Raid Alpine is awaited but club members were given a preview via the club’s forum which showed both riding stage five, which included 19,000 feet of climbing with one Col at over 9,000 feet!

A full report will appear next week.

Thursday night sees the annual Turnberry Circuit take place over the coastal loop, taking in the coast road to Turnberry with the return leg via Kirkoswald and the Minister’s Brae to Maidens and home.

This is always a grand event. It is handicapped and will also feature towards the club’s league points championship.

Spectators are welcome to see some suffering as the riders tackle the Croy Brae and Ballyhilly climb from Turnberry.