Members of Ayr Roads Cycling were still on a high last week following the success of the Scottish National Road Race Championships and the final Davie Bell Memorial Road Race. The Chairman of the club will be writing to all sponsors and helpers for their support, but would like to record a special thanks to Councillor Bill Grant and South Ayrshire Council for their continued support. And to our loyal club members, families and those who assisted from local cycling clubs. Grateful thanks to the residents of Alloway and Doonfoot, who may have been inconvenienced by traffic restrictions.
Although the Davie Bell Race has ended, a new event is being planned for next year - watch this space! Although the Girvan 3 Day Cycle Race has disappeared from the racing calendar, demand is still there to promote Ayrshire and particularly South Ayrshire as a major cycling tourist attraction. Girvan is crying out for it. Much has been done to promote cycling in the area, but the absence of a premier event remains and that gap needs to be filled.
There are opportunities open to Ayrshire & Arran Tourist Board and Visit Scotland to do something special. The Cycling Tourist Club can assist in advertising local guest houses and hotels. Similarly there are various bike tour operators that can offer attractive cycle tourist deals, providing local accommodation. Ayr Roads Cycling Club is willing to assist in anyway possible to see South Ayrshire and especially Carrick resurrected as a cyclist’s haven. The benefits this would bring to the local community are significant. The club’s association with the Girvan area goes back to 1930, when Ayr Roads established their “county headquarters” at Pinwherry. The club hut is still there! Let’s move forward together and put Girvan back on the map.
lLast week’s diary was a very active one with members of the club competing in various events. On the track, John Mason took a first in the pursuit race and a second and third in the 500 metre sprint at the Scottish Masters’ Track League at the Velodrome in Glasgow.
This augurs well for him when he represents Ayr Roads CC in the British Masters Championship at Newport at the end of this month.
The Corraith Hilly time trial run over the short sporting course that takes in the Dundonald Hill climb was won by Scott Knox with a fine time of 17 minutes 28 seconds.Other times were: Bobby McGhee 18.01; Fraser Tait 19.15 (his week’s climbing in the mountains of Majorca were paying dividends.) Tom G. Hill 19.17; Colin Armstrong 20.57; Duncan McArthur 21.32; Alan McGibbon 22.32; Billy Bradley 25.27
lOn Thursday night, in favourable conditions, the club confined 10 Mile Time Trial produced no less than five personal bests. Newcomer to the time trialling scene was Raymond Bruce, who beat his personal best by 1 minute 15 seconds. The winner was, club elite rider Kenny Armstrong, who had taken part in the National Road race on Sunday. Kenny produced an excellent time of 21.14.
Other times were: Jody Gerrard 23.15; Alistair McGibbon 23.22; Tom G Hill 23.52 PB; Lynne Wardrop 23.54 PB on this course; Paul McGhee 23.58; Grant Young 24.17; Raymond Bruce 24.45 PB; Colin Armstrong 25.34 PB; Harry Brawley 26.21 PB
lThe touring section of the club covered some good routes, with club members taking in a day tour of the Isle of Arran.
The mid week section of the club, on a wild morning visited Loch Doon, and crossed to Ballochbeatties, by which time the weather had greatly improved. Sunday also had our overseas rider Alex McAllister take part in the Mont Ventoux Sportive in Provence.
A major climb that features regularly in the Tour de France. Alex finished well up in his category with a remarkable time of 5 hours 38 minutes for the 134 km course.
Alex was well treated by the locals, as part of “The Auld Alliance”.
Ayr Roads club membership continues to grow and anyone wishing to join the club or seek further information, contact the club’s web site or forum at www.ayrroadscc.co.uk or ayrroadscc.freeforums.net