Last week saw two new records established within Ayr Roads Cycling Club, with the ladies confined 10 Mile Time Trial falling to Toni McIntosh in an amazing time of 22 minutes 55 seconds over the Loans course. The double Scottish National Medallist took the record below the 23 minutes for the first time in the club’s history of ladies time trialling. Not only was it a club record, but it was the fastest ten mile time trial ever recorded by an Ayr rider within the Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire Cycling Association ladies time trialling history.
In the same event the Veteran’s age related 10 mile TT record was broken when Alex McAllister recorded a time of 21 mins 49 secs. Again an amazing result for Ayr Roads.
Other times were:
Jody Gerrard 22.47
Alistair McGibbon 22.55
Robert Kelly 23.24
The club’s latest recruit to the ladies ranks saw Kathryn Thomson taking 10th place out of a field of 210 in the Giro Fondo Sportive in Northern Ireland. Kathryn was placed 7th in her age category.
A newcomer to the sport, who has only been cycling for a year was over the moon, and insisted that had her husband Alan, also a member of Ayr Roads, not stopped at a “feeding station” she reckoned she would have been in the top five. Alan finished in the top fifth of a field of 430 riders.
Both Ayr Roads members were guests at the pre-event dinner, when they met Stephen Roche, former Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner and Richie Porte the Australian former World Champion and support rider to Chris Froome of Sky Cycling Team in this year’s Tour de France.
On Sunday eight club members gathered at the Brig o’ Doon for one of the longest rides of the year so far, in preparation for the Scottish National Championship 50 and 100 Mile Time trials, which take place over the next two months. The ride took the riders by way of Tairlaw Summit, past the Davie Bell Memorial to Bargrennan and Newton Sturat, where they took the homeward leg to New Galloway, Moniaive, Carsphairn into Dalmellington and home roads. A distance of over 120 miles in 6 hours! All looks well for the Nationals!