Epic three-piste sportive

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In the epic 3 Pistes Sportive, Ayr Roads fielded four riders who tackled one of the hardest Sportives in the UK calendar.

The event takes in three Ski Centres over two of the highest roads in the UK and through some of the remotest countryside, ascending eight categorised climbs (four of which have gradients of 20%). The team covered a distance of 102 miles with ascents of over 8,000 feet at an average speed of 17 mph. Pictured after the 3 Pistes Sportive the four Ayr Roads Club Members L to R are: Harry Brawley, Paul McSkimming, David Dunn and Paul Rodwell

Last week saw Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club Juniors in the news. Under the expert guidance of club coach Scott Maclean and with the support of Janet Erskine, young Miren Basabe Kerr took second place in the youth category of the Scottish Cycling West Regional Criterium Junior Womens series held at Bellahouston Park on Friday night. In the same series Alloway schoolboy Ollie Kelly crowned his season by winning the Youth Championship hosted by Johnstone Wheelers.

Nearer to home the mid week club run took in the Bargrennan Circuit with a mileage of over 90.

The fourth event of the club league Championship took place on Sunday and results are being finalised.

In the club evening 10 mile Time Trial on Thursday night, junior members, Beth MacRae and Ian Fisher were given the heartiest of congratulations by their club colleagues, when they both returned personal bests.

What should have been a show piece featuring the finest racing cyclists in Scotland, deteriorated into a farce last week. The Scottish National 25 Mile Championship due to take place on Saturday was cancelled at short notice by Scottish Cycling

Ayr Roads CC who took on board the promotion of the event were left bitterly disappointed. More so their top cyclists who were on form to take podium places in both the mens and womens event.

It is understood there was an issue of road maintenance and for safety reasons, the event was cancelled.

Many of the competitors will be bitterly disappointed, with their season so badly affected. Undoubtedly their form too will have peaked and all will require to prepare for a renewed date, as yet unknown.

However, Ayr Roads, continued with a full range of activities, ranging from the club evening 10 Mile TT to rides in major sportives, at home, Northern Ireland and in France, as well as the customary weekly club runs.

On the racing front, Greg Templeton secured the Davie Bell Memorial Road Race trophy by finishing the first Ayr Roads member in the South West Road Race at Straiton last week. Greg and Calum MacDonald are currently sitting 3rd and 4th respectively in Round 2 of the South of Scotland Road Race Series. Chris Stuart of the Dumfries club is the current leader.

At Ingleston young Ollie Kelly finished 2nd in the Criterium series and is sitting second overall, dad Robert Kelly took sixth in his event and also won the intermediate sprint.

Thursday’s evening 10 Mile Time Trial was run in excellent condition, with a light north easterly breeze, making a fast return leg.

Nine competitors took part and no less than five personal bests were recorded.

The winner of the event was Alastair McGibbon in a time of 22 minutes 38 seconds. Other times were:

Calum MacDonald 22:58 pb

Jody Gerrard 23:15

Duncan McArthur 23:47 pb

Harry Brawley 23:57 pb

Scott Knox 24:04 pb

Andy Kent 26:27

Ian Fisher 29:39 Junior and first ever Time Trial

Beth MacRae 29:50 pb