Brian tackles Majorcan ironman


Brian Yates of Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club has just returned from Majorca, where he took part in the 70.3 Majorcan Ironman. The 70.3 refers to the distance competitors cover; 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike race and 13.1 mile run.

The Majorcan Ironman is the biggest of its category with nearly, 4,000 competitors. It is held in Alcudia and takes in the scenic area of Puerto Pollensa; a haven for cyclists visiting the island.

The event was run in horrendous conditions. Competitors faced choppy seas in the swim and in the bike race, wind and mist on the mountain tops, made descending extremely hazardous. In the run section competitors encountered flooded streets!

The first top 40 finishers automatically qualify for the World Championship to be held in Australia next year. Brian finished in 490th position. A remarkable result against the top triathletes from around the world. As if the Ironman wasn’t enough, Brian tackled the Sa Colobra climb a few days later.

In contrast, the week before and in glorious weather, Jimmy Nimmo made a solo trip to Puerto Pollensa for a week’s cycling holiday. After a sixty year absence from cycling, Jimmy joined Ayr Roads and the local CTC last year, bought himself a new carbon bike and has never looked back. Jimmy took in the Alcudian Peninsula and the quieter roads of the north east.

Nearer to home and with glorious weather last week, the Roads were out in force on the touring front, with the mid week brigade led by club stalwarts Alan McGibbon and Gordon Campbell taking in the Mull of Galloway, courtesy of Scotrail to Barrhill Station.

The use of this staging post is ideal for those wishing to tackle the wilds of Carrick and further afield. The group covered over 80 miles riding to the Mull and back.

Still in the south, Ayr Roads overseas member Alan Thomson now resident in Northern Ireland made a long overdue visit to Bonnie Galloway where he joined other club members.

With their base at Castle Douglas, four days were spent taking in the Solway Coast, the Glenkens via Glenkiln and Moniaive.

The delightful road from Laurieston to Gatehouse of Fleet, Borgue and Kircudbright was also ridden, with the final day taking in a circuit of Loch Ken.

On the racing front, and with windy conditions prevailing, the club’s evening 10 mile time trial attracted a few die-hards on Thursday night. The strong cross wind made riding difficult.

The event was won by Michael Curran with a fine time of 22 minutes 44 seconds, closely followed by Alastair McGibbon in a time of 22:47.

Other times were: Jody Gerrard 23:22; Alex McAllister 24:21; Duncan McArthur 24:38; Grant Young 25:04; Beth MacRae 31:09

Despite the conditions Duncan McArthur was only 3 seconds short of his personal best. Club junior Beth MacRae did extremely well in the windy conditions and will undoubtedly improve as her season progresses.

Thursday also saw Janet Erskine travel to Ingleston to compete in the Edinburgh Road Club Criterium Series. These events are run over the Ingleston racing circuit on closed roads and are fast and furious. Janet took 6th place. Alloway schoolboy Ollie Kelly took second place in his event.

On Saturday, Lynne Wardrop returned from an enforced break and took the 1st Lady’s prize on standard at the Scottish Veteran’s Time Trial Association 10 mile Time Trial at Cambusbarron. Toni McIntosh of the Ayr club also secured the 1st Lady prize in the same event.

This event also doubles for the Jimmy & Betty Train Memorial Trophy.

Jimmy was a life member of Kilmarnock’s Wallacehill CC and Chairman of the Ayrshire & Dumfrieshire Cyclists Association for many years. He was awarded an MBE for his services to cycling and was one of a very few cyclists to be awarded Cycling’s Gold Badge of Honour both in Scotland and by the British Cycling Federation. A true cycling great.

Next Sunday Ayrshire clubs will be competing in a 10 Mile Time Trial promoted by Fullarton Wheelers.