Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club Champion and record holder, Kenny Armstrong made the long trip to Freuchie in Fife on Sunday to compete in the Mackie Tankard ‘25’ Mile Time Trial.
Kenny was accompanied by Robert Kelly. The event was promoted by the Fife Cycling Association and was run over a hard course with temperatures of 3C.
Last year Freuchie was the scene of major success of the Ayr Roads Ladies Team, when they took Gold in the National Team Time Trial Championships.
Freuchie was to be another success for the Ayr Club, with Armstrong taking first place with a staggering 54 minutes dead time. In doing so, He took some major scalps – beating multi Scottish Champion Arthur Doyle into second place and beating him by 50 seconds at that. It was also a personal best for Kenny.
To put in in perspective the legal maximum speed of an electric bike in the UK is 15.5 mph. Kenny romped round the 25 mile course at almost 28mph! Kenny’s training programme has paid dividends with this his first Time Trial of the season. With Ayr Roads promoting the Scottish National ‘25’ Mile Championship on the Irvine course in early June, he will once more be up against the elite of Scottish Time Triallists. Robert Kelly suffered some mechanical problems but returned a fine time of 1:01:57.
On the previous day four Roads riders competed in the Falkirk Bike Club’s first open ‘10’ Mile TT of the season. The course was not best suited for fast times, with road works and a nasty hill at the finish. Nonetheless the Roads quartet recorded good times for this early in the season, with Ed Clifton recording a time of 23 mins 05 secs, followed by Alastair McGibbon and Kev Brown with times of 24:13 and 24:19 respectively.
Ayr Roads ladies were represented by double Scottish Gold Medallist, Lynne Wardrop, in her first race of the season. Lynne recorded a time of 26.00.
Various club runs were organised last week. With glorious weather on Sunday, the main club run with over twenty clubmen headed for a destination, long overdue – Glen Afton.
East Ayrshire byways were followed by the Cortons, Sinclairston, Skares and New Cumnock, before entering the delightful Glen Afton and its ‘sweet Afton’.
Return was via Stair with a stop for refuelling at Dumfries House!
Earlier in the week another group clocked up over sixty miles with a visit to Cronberry via Mauchline and Catrine, returning via Cumnock and Skares.
Not to be out done another two led by Billy Bradley clocked up 85 miles taking in the Ayr-Bargrennan circuit, returning by the Minnoch Valley, Shalloch and Straiton.