Mark Skilling claims Turnberry TT title

Mark Skillling in action.
Mark Skillling in action.

The annual Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW club confined Turnberry Trophy TT took place on Thursday evening. Conditions were not ideal for the riders with the wind relatively strong for the hilly 28 mile event.

The course started just outside Doonfoot and headed down the coast to Turnberry before turning and heading back up north via the left turn before Kirkoswald, Pennyglen and the Covenanters Road to the finish at Wellington Playing Fields just before Alloway. Mark Skilling put in an inspired ride to claim the trophy in a time of 01:11:00.

Runner up was Alex McAllister in 01:15:14. Other times: Gary Maher 01:15:15, Ed Clifton 01:16:02, Alastair McGibbon 01:19:40, Paul McGhee 01:21:03, Grant Young 01:23:52 and Toni McIntosh (F) 01:35:24.

Gary Maher continued his fine season on Wednesday evening in the high class field which took to the start line in the Roundabout Cup Road Race which was undertaken on the A77 circuit. The peleton contained some of the top riders in Scotland with a successful breakaway meaning that the first 12 positions were occupied by these riders. Gary won the mass bunch sprint to claim an impressive 13th place. The race was won by Steven Lawley of The Bicycle Works with James McCallum of Rapha Condor JLT runner up.

Five Ayr Roads members competed in the Eglinton 10 mile TT organised by the Fullarton Wheelers on Sunday with the riders having to contend with the strong wind. Mark Skilling continued his form finishing 11th overall in a time of 22:11. Next ARCC rider was Robert Kelly in 23:46, Brian Nicol 24:10, Calum Hume 24:15 and Toni McIntosh 25:01 (runner up female). Quickest time of the day was Iain Grant of Dooleys Cycles in 20:12.

Brian and Toni were also in TT action the previous Saturday (27th July) at the West Ferry 10 at Bishopton organised by Inverclyde Velo. Brian clocked 22:43 and Toni claimed 2nd female and a new female club record in an excellent 23:42. Top man was Commonwealth Games hopeful Silas Goldsworthy of sandy Wallace Cycles in an impressive 19:37.

Brian Armour, Scott MacLean, Paul McGhee and Colin Reilly from ARCC took part in the Graeme Obree Charity Sportive on Sunday in aid of Hansel Village. Conditions were bright but windy.

The 68 mile event started at Auchincruive band headed south to the ‘Ayrshire Alps’via Crosshill, before tackling the climb of the Nick O’ the Balloch, followed by a long descent via Tairlaw into Straiton.

The route then took the riders over the climb to Dalmellington, before turning north west and back towards Ayr. The Ayr riders completed the course in 3 hours 45 minutes.