Cracking times set by Ayr Roads riders

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Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW had three riders representing the club at the Margaret Dooley Trophy ten-mile TT held on the West Ferry course in Bishopton last Wednesday evening.

The conditions were far from prefect for the competitors, with the wind a factor for the riders to contend with. Nevertheless, some cracking times were set, with Lynne Wardrop continuing here excellent recent TT form claiming first prize for fastest female in a personal best time of 24.34.

Neil Campbell clocked the quickest time for the club in 23.29, with Robert Kelly only marginally behind in 23.32. The race was won by Benjamin Peacock, of Paisley Velo Race Team, with a superb time of 20:15.

The weather was no better the following evening for the club ten at Loans, which possibly impacted on the turn out.

The strong head wind made the return leg a real test of the riders’ strength and mental toughness and credit goes to the five members who all put in fantastic times. Mark Skilling timed a highly impressive 22.17 to claim the fastest time of the night. Other times: Toni McIntosh (L) 24.49, Lynne Wardrop (L) 25.20, Paul McGhee 25.20 and John Mason (V) 28.28.

Meanwhile, four riders donned the club colours on Saturday for the British Eagle Road Race which took place over four laps of a circuit near Musselburgh, East Lothian, totalling 56 miles. Conditions were challenging to say the least with pouring rain and strong winds. Gary Maher put in a strong ride provisionally finishing in 17th place having missed the decisive break. Robert Kelly, Davie Torrance and Paul Torrance also braved the elements.