Busy week for Ayr Roads cyclists

Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW had several riders involved in racing over the past week.

Wednesday evening saw four riders compete in a 10 TT organised by Fullarton Wheelers with the starting point at Eglinton Country Park, Irvine.

The route followed the A78 south, heading under two interchanges before turning at Dundonald Camp Roundabout to the finish on the slip road at Eglinton interchange. Toni McIntosh and Lynne Wardrop both put in good rides with Toni only just pipping team mate Lynne by the smallest margin possible of 1 second to take the prize for first female in a time of 24:17. Robert Kelly was the quickest male for the club, having another good ride and clocking 22:44. Brian Nicol also rode well to record a season best time of 23:23. The honours were taken by Peter Murdoch of Paisley Velo RT in a time of 20:14.

The club confined 10 TT at Loans continued on a breezy Thursday evening with Mark Skilling once again recording the fastest time with a 21:46. Michael Robb also had a good ride and was only marginally behind after clocking 21:49. Other times: Robert Kelly 23:15, Paul McGhee 24:25, Ed Clifton 24:27 (PB), Lynne Wardrop (F) 24:46, John Mason (V) 27:30 and Janet Erskine (F) 28:30 (PB)

Sunday saw Gary Maher and Toni McIntosh representing the club at the Rosneath Road Race and the Fife CA 50 mile TT at Freuchie respectively. The start sheet for the 80 mile Rosneath event was a who’s who of Scottish cycling with Elite riders Evan Oliphant, Ben Greenwood and Gary Hand amongst the very strong field. Gary held his own for over 60 miles before the professional riders stepped it up for the finish. At the time of writing the winner of the event was unknown; however merely finishing the challenging event is another marker in the very successful season which Gary is having. Meanwhile, in Fife Toni competed in her first 50 mile TT and clocked a very respectable time of 02:16:25 in what I am sure will be the first of many 50’s for Ms McIntosh.

12 riders turned out on Sunday morning for the social club run which headed out along the coast road to Turnberry before heading up Blackie’s Brae and down to Barr The Glenalla ascent was then tackled before returning to Ayr via Crosshill and Culroy. Well done to Ayr Burners youth rider Greg Henderson who joined the group.

Finally, the British National Time Trial and Road Race Championships are taking place this week on our doorstep, with the time trial being held on a circuit near Stewarton on Thursday, with the road race around Glasgow City Centre on Sunday. Competing in the time trial on Thursday are Ayr Roads’ Lynne Wardrop and Mark Skilling. The fields are full of well known names such as Dani King, Laura Trott, Lizzie Armistead, Joanna Rowsell, Ben Swift, Ian Stannard, Steve Cummings and Alex Dowsett amongst many others so get yourself along if you can to cheer on Lynne and Mark and to see some top level TTing up close. Lynne is off at 16:02 and Mark at 18:31.