Ayrshire Cycling suffered a major blow last week, when news came through that Iain o’May of Fullarton Wheelers had died after taking part in an Ironman Triathlon in Frankfurt. Our thoughts are with Iain’s family and his many friends at Fullarton Wheelers and the Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club.
Ayr Roads Cycling Club members had another busy week. Some riders taking to the hills, others enjoying a sedate mid week evening mystery tour and the racing fraternity taking part in various events.
On the touring scene club members took in the Carrick Fells, by way of Hadyard Hill, the Stinchar Valley and Barr before heading homewards via Bargany and the Kilkerran middle road. The mid week brigade saw a group heading south again to Ballantrae returning by the coast road. Members of the older brigade enjoyed a more sedate pace on a mid week evening mystery tour which took in little used farm roads of Carrick. On the racing front, the confined evening ‘10’ Mile Time Trial did not offer the fast times predicted by the time-keeper, much to his haranguing by his club mates later. Despite the slower times of the more experienced club members, newcomers to the ‘Race of Truth’, were delighted to see personal best times coming their way. Andrew Kent in only his second time trial, took over a minute from his personal best recording 26 minutes 49 Seconds. Andrew along with club colleague Mark Parlour will take part in the Etape de Tour Sportive later this month, which follows the route of Stage 19 of the Tour de France. Michael McClelland, a keen touring cyclist also in his first time trial recorded 26.52 1st Alistair McGibbon 23.17 2. Toni McIntosh 23.18 3. Calum McDonald 23.50 Pb 4. Alex McAllister 23.55 5. Grant Young 24.23 6. Lynne Wardrop 24.28 7. Tom G. Hill 24.30 8. C. Kerr 24.47 9. Stephen Maclean 26.05 pb 10. John Mason 26.39 11. Andrew Kent 26.49 pb 12. Michael McClelland 26.52 pb On the Road Racing scene, Simon Woodcliff enjoyed another fine placing in the West of Scotland Cyclists Association Road Race on Saturday. Simon took 7th place in the Arthur Campbell Memorial Road Race hosted by Glasgow Wheelers over the 50 mile course. On the track Gwynneth Rixon from Kirkmichael and a second claim member of Ayr Roads took a Gold, Silver and Bronze in the recent National Track Championship. Gwynneth is looking good to defend her Master’s World Track Gold medal she won last year. Under the guidance of Ayr Roads track stalwart Vic Possee, himself a multi medallist things couldn’t be better.
On Sunday five Ayr Roads club members made the long journey to Aberdeen to compete in the Scottish National ‘50’ Mile Championship hosted by the Granite City Racing Team.
The Ayr Ladies Team consisted of Toni McIntosh, Lynne Wardrop and Janet Erskine.
Toni and Lynne took the Team Gold with times of; 2.09.57 for Toni and a 2.12.17 for Lynne. Toni took Bronze and Lynne fourth. Not to be outdone Janet recorded a fine time of 2.15.54 to take sixth place.
Up against the crème de la crème of Scottish National Team Riders, the Ayr Roads Ladies have had a truly magnificent season in all three major events, with podium and team places in the 10, 25 and 50 Mile Championships. Only the 100 Mile Championship remains.
This has been the most successful Ladies Team ever in the history of Ayrshire Cycling.
In the mens event, Kenny Armstrong returned a magnificent 1hr 55 mins with Alex McAllister recording 2.hrs 02mins and Calum Hume 2 hrs 10 mins.