Berwick cycle for Ayr Roads members

Ayr Roads members at Kelso with the Berwick Wheelers.
Ayr Roads members at Kelso with the Berwick Wheelers.

Twenty members of Ayr Roads CC left Ayr seafront last week end and cycled the 140 miles to Berwick-Upon-Tweed. The route took them through Drongan, Skares and New Cumnock before the ascent of the Mennock Pass to Wanlockhead, Elvanfoot, Moffat, and Selkirk where they were met by members of Gala CC. On to Kelso where they were accompanied by members of Berwick Wheelers who lead the group through Coldstream and onto Berwick.

The large group arrived in Berwick to a champagne welcome and much celebration.

After an evening social the club headed for Selkirk on the Sunday. A breakfast stop and it was on through Walkerburn, Innerleithen and Peebles, Stobo, Biggar, Symmington, and Rigside. A final food stop at Douglas and it was on to home roads.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the week end, which totalled almost 300 miles. All agreed it was a great team building exercise which was echoed by the two Border Cycling Clubs. Ayr Roads has offered to resciprocate the event.

The Photographs show the club members at Kelso with members of the Berwick Wheelers.

Thursday night’s evening 10 Mile Time Trial was run in very good conditions and supporters of the event were looking forward to the tustle between the club’s two fastest short distance members, namely, Kenny Armstrong and Ed Clifton. They were not disappointed with the result going to Ed Clifton in a time of 21 mins 41 secs. A personal best for Ed. Alex McAllister the club’s ageless veteran was second in a time of 22.06 and Armstrong came third in a time of 22.09. No less than five personal bests were recorded. Other times were::

4th Calum Hume 22.46

5th Alastair McGibbon 23.15

6th Scott Maclean 23.17 PB

7th Brian Yates 23.36

8th Robert Kelly 23.51

9th Craig Robertson 23.55 PB

10th Duncan McArthur 24.35 PB

11th Stephen Maclean 25.45

12th Bobby McGhee 25.46 PB

On the touring front, club members paid a long overdue visit to the Wigtonshire roads, starting from Barrhill, the route took them by New Luce down to West Fruich following byways to Stranraer, before taking in the Cotsewall Peninsula and returning by Castle Kennedy to Barrhill. A daily mileage of over eighty was recorded.

This week end will see two club members hoping to imrove on their ‘50’ Mile Time Trial times.