Busy day of racing for Ayr Roads cyclists

Paul Gibson and Gary Maher battle through the testing conditions.
Paul Gibson and Gary Maher battle through the testing conditions.

Sunday saw a busy day of racing for the members of Ayr Roads Harry Fairbairn BMW-Sprockets.com Cycling Club.

The first gathering of the day was at Irvine Beach Park where the first round of the club confined 2014 League Series was contested.

The weather was testing to say the least, with a fierce wind making awkward riding conditions for the nine assembled riders.

A breakaway on lap two saw Gary Maher and Paul Gibson forming a gap with Pete Ferrier, Greg Templeton and JP Baxter battling hard to close down the two leaders. After 45 minutes, an ecstatic Maher crossed the line first, with Gibson and Ferrier taking the well earned remaining podium spots.

Meanwhile, the Blair Hardriders Hilly Time Trial was underway just up the road at Eglington Park. The riders faced a course that involved a mixture of rolling roads and steep climbs, held over a distance of fifteen miles. With no abatement in the turbulent weather, a hard shift was on the cards for the four Ayr Roads riders who took to the start line. Silas Goldsworthy of Sandy Wallace Cycles took his second Ayrshire Time Trial win in as many weeks with an impressive time of 34 minutes and five seconds.

Kev Brown of Ayr Roads CC secured 10th place with a powerful performance in his second time trial of the 2014 season, with Alex McAllister and Brian Nicol coming home in 14th and 15th places respectively.

Adam Stevens completed a successful day for the club, attaining 19th position in what was a very capable starting line up.