Ayr Roads Cycling Club expect to present the MS Society Scotland with close to £1,000 by the time all proceeds from their weekend of cycling in Girvan are totalled up! The club pledged their support when they launched the first Highwayman Challenge, a 100km endurance test giving amateur cyclists the chance to ride the circuit of the classis South Carrick David Bell road race.
More than 100 riders rose to the challenge on Saturday. Despite the wet and misty conditions there was a fantastic atmosphere at the event with participants completing the testing course over Tairlaw Summit and the Screws climb comfortably inside the time limit. A huge selection of cycles were used, from fast racing cycles to vintage mountain bikes. There was even a tandem team and a unicyclist!
Crowds gathered by the finish line at Girvan Academy were wowed when Guiness Record Holder Sam Wakeling of Ayr rode into view on his single wheeled machine. “I’ve ridden further before by unicycle, but not in a long time. Today was fantastic, so much more fun to be out in a group than on your own”.
A good number of staff from the William Grants and Sons plant also took to the challenge. Sponsors of the main South Carrick David Bell race on Sunday, they turned out to try the route for themselves. Every single member of their team got a rowdy reception at the end of the event.
With participants aged between 13 and 69 it was a fantastic day by all, and the catering especially was highly commended. One participant, Martin Young even suggested that the ladies of ARCC release a recipe book! Over two days the club catered for over three hundred people including riders, officials and spectators. All proceeds too will be donated.
Davie Fulton of Girvan was the first local rider to complete the course and called the event a resounding success. “It was superb, great roads, great fun, great to see so many people out to enjoy themselves. I’m looking forward to next year already!”
Special thanks go to ACS Prestwick Limited for donating a wonderful selection of cycle accessories for participants to raise more funds for MS Society Scotland.
The event was named in honour of David Bell’s popular Ayrshire Post column in which he encouraged people onto their bikes to explore the beautiful Ayrshire scenery. With over 30% of the field hailing from South Carrick, the promoters Ayr Roads Cycling Club like to think its a fitting legacy. Plans to run a 200km route in addition to the 100km are already being discussed!