Club assist at Tour of Britain

Ayr Roads Club Lend a hand at The Tour of Britain on Sunday
Ayr Roads Club Lend a hand at The Tour of Britain on Sunday

On Sunday, the Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club run had a late start, due to club members assisting with the intermediate sprint of the Tour of Britain Race at Dalmellington.

Jasper Bovenhuis of the Irish AN Post Team took the win at the third and final sprint of the day.

The midweek brigade however, enjoyed a long overdue run taking in the northern slopes of the Lowther Hills by way of New Cumnock and Sanqhar before heading by Crawick water and its hill pass to Crawfordjohn and Glespin.

Their return journey was by Muirkirk, Sorn and Mauchline onto home roads, with over 70 miles logged.

This Saturday the rescheduled Scottish National 25 mile time trial championships takes place on home roads, with the Irvine course favoured.

The Roads club will be represented, as well as providing race marshals at the event.

Thursday night’s evening 10 mile time trial had only five members taking part. The weather was poor with a strong south westerly wind and rain, which badly affected times. First fastest was Robert Kelly, just returned from his Alpine adventures with a time of 24 minutes 26 seconds. Other times were Scott Knox, 25:22; Duncan McArthur 25:44; Bobby McGhee 27:16 and young Iain Fisher 30:53.

On Sunday, Robert Kelly featured again representing Ayr Roads in the the Sam Dooley Memorial 25 Mile Time Trial on the West Ferry course. He recorded a good time of 58 minutes 46 seconds, finishing in the top half of the field. The winner of the event was John Archibald of Pro Vision Cycling Team in 50:04. Catherine Logan of Fullarton Wheelers was the first Ayrshire lady, returning an excellent time of 1:02:20.

This week sees the return of the League Championship, with event 7 arranged for Tuesday night. This will be an individual hilly time trial loop round Dundonald – Corraith – Symington and Coodham. After six events Ed Clifton, the club’s hill climb champion is the current league leader, closely followed by Scott Knox. With three events to go, that include the club’s hill climb in early October and a cyclo cross event at the end of October, the final outcome remains unpredictable.

Club captain Bobby McGhee and Harry Brawley remained active last week with a three day tour of the Kingdom of Fife.

The pair joined another seven cyclists by cycling from Glasgow via Fintry and Stirling with their destination St. Andrews. Day two saw them taking a circular tour from the ancient Burgh to Dundee via Glamis Castle and return. Their last day was by the Fife coast to Edinburgh, with over 250 miles completed.