Hand wins Davie Bell memorial race

Girvan played host to the Davie Bell memorial road race on Sunday with Gary Hand emerging triumphant at the finishing line.

It was Gary’s second win in the road race which is a staple of the Scottish cycling calendar as he won six years ago in 2008.

Sunday’s race was the 49th edition of the memorial road race and is coordinated and promoted by Ayr Roads CC - Harry Fairbairn BMW - Sprockets.com.

Over 50 top cyclists gathered to do battle over the challenging roads of South West Scotland, with a grueling route of eighty miles with a total ascent of over 5000 feet.

The race started at 1pm at Girvan’s South Park Avenue and saw the riders tackle a 120km course including sprints at Barrhill and Straiton and hill primes at Tairlaw Shalloch, Glenalla, The Screws and the Byne.

A group of ten riders showed their intent after only ten miles, with this cluster managing to hold off the main bunch for the remainder of the race.

With two miles to go the pace proved too much for half of the leading group, and so the finale was contested by five riders.

Gary Hand of KTM road-and-trail.com timed his sprint to perfection at Victory Park to claim his second David Bell Memorial Race and a first prize of £300, with the total prize fund topping £1,000.

The top five finishers were as follows:

1st Gary Hand (KTM Road-and-trail.com)

2nd Andrew Whitehall (Glasgow Wheelers)

3rd James McCallum (NFTO)

4th Peter Murdoch (Paisley Velo RT)

5th Ben Greenwood (Leslie Bike Shop)

Next year’s race will be the 50th edition of the Davie Bell and it is hoped once again that there will be a huge turnout of cyclists around the roads and hills of Carrick to ensure its continued success.