Nine Ayr riders compete in latest cyclocross event

Paul Gibson battles through the sand dune.
Paul Gibson battles through the sand dune.

A tempestuous Irvine Beach Park provided the backdrop for the third round of the Scottish CycloCross series on Sunday. An impressive 350 undeterred riders assembled to race despite squally rain and strong gusts blowing in from the Firth of Clyde, which made riding conditions tough and unrelenting for all concerned.

Nine members from Ayr Roads CC - Harry Fairbairn BMW - made the short journey to North Ayrshire to compete across the full range of categories, including two females, two youths and five male entrants.

Harry McGarvie started the days Ayr Roads proceedings by taking a hard earned 12th place in the Under 14 Male race, whilst Joanne Baxter continued her excellent 2014 CycloCross season, finishing in 9th position in the Ladies event where an impressive Isla Short of Team Thomsons Cycles took the top spot.

In the Male 40-49 age category race, Keith Ashbridge of VC Cumbria powered his way to first place despite the worsening conditions, as Paul Gibson proved the highest placed Ayr Roads CC rider, finishing in 27th. The finale to the day was the Mens Open race, where the spectators were treated to an emphatic winning display of skill and strength from Grant Ferguson of Superior Brentjens Mountain Bike RT, with Rab Wardell and Steve Halsall filling out the podium places. John-Paul Baxter was Ayr Roads CC best placed racer in 27th place.