Impressive early season form from Toni

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Sunday saw ten Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn riders head south to Clarebrand in Dumfries and Galloway for the Amstel Support Road Race.

Conditions were far from spring-like, with the cold and driech weather ensuring that the bibshorts remained in storage for another week! Snow on high ground meant that the planned route had to be altered slightly to ensure rider safety.

The route took the riders north from Clarebrand on to the eastern side of Loch Ken and through the village of Crossmichael, taking in Parton before the race turned at New Galloway village and headed south along the western side of the loch, passing through Mossdale and Laurieston.

On this southward section, several Ayr Roads riders, including Greg Templeton, Robert Kelly, Alex McAllister, Davie Fulton and Alastair McGibbon, took turns to drive the race at the front, with Greg and Robert putting in particularly notable shifts. With no breakways escaping, the finish involved a bunch sprint up the rise to the village, with riders having to find space where they could to move through the field. The uphill finish saw Templeton take another fantastic second place, his second in consecutive weeks, meaning that a third Cat licence has been secured in only his second race. Adam Stevens was the next Ayr Roads rider home in 16th, race debutant McGibbon in 17th, Kelly in 23rd, Fulton 25th, McAllister 30th, Kenny MacKay 34th and Paul McGhee 42nd.

The later 2nd/3rd cat race involved a longer route and David and Paul Torrance, from Dailly, both put in good rides. The fast-paced race saw an early sizeable breakaway establish a significant gap at the front and despite David making several attempts to go off the front and close the gap, the breakaway group survived for the duration. David and Paul both had strong finishes, leading the peleton across the finish line and finishing in excellent 12th and 14th places respectively.

Meanwhile, Toni McIntosh continued her impressive early season form with a runner’s up placing at the Corrieri Classic 10TT in Stirling on a bitterly cold Sunday morning. Toni’s time of 25:02 in the cold conditions augurs well for the season ahead. Seven members met at Beresford Terrace on Sunday for the weekly club social ride. The route took the riders through Straiton and Dailly before turning and heading back to Ayr from Turnberry via the coast road. A day enjoyed by all despite the bitter cold.