On Sunday, five hundred competitors assembled at Irvine Beach Park to take part in the Scottish National Cyclo Cross Championships. Competitors faced a bitter and strong south westerly wind, but conditions were much better than predicted earlier in the week.
Ayrshire clubs were well represented and hopes were pinned on Neil Walker of the promoting club, Walkers CC, and Janet Erskine of Ayr Roads CC to secure podium places.
Eight races were staged that covered all categories.
Whilst Neil finished a credible fifth in the senior race, Ayr Roads Cycling Club excelled again, by taking an incredible three Gold medals. A truly astonishing year for the Ayr club.
Janet Erskine was expected to do well in her category but came away with two Golds. The first Gold as winner in the Ladies Veteran category and her second Gold for outright winner of the Scottish South West Region Championship. A true credit to Ayrshire Cycling Sport. Janet is now the proud owner of three Gold Medals on the road and in the cyclo cross national championship.
Not to be out done Ayr Roads club man Alex McAllister also won Gold in his category.
A truly magnificent result for the Ayr Club and one that will be cherished by the two popular club members.
The winner of the senior event was Grant Ferguson. In addition to Janet Erskine and Alex McAllister, other Ayr Roads riders were: Christopher Scott (Junior) 8th place, Fraser Tait (13th in his category). Paul Gibson, Andrew Kent, Peter Ferrier and Robert Kelly
Storm “Desmond” which hit the west of Scotland also affected the club’s mid week brigade. Undeterred however six brave souls ventured out on Thursday taking in the Assel Valley road as far as Pinmore, where weather conditions forced the group to return by the Byne Hill to Girvan and home by the middle road and Kilkerran. They still managed to clock up over seventy miles.