Ayrshire clubs compete against elite

Alex McAllister leading Robert Kelly in a recent time trial.
Alex McAllister leading Robert Kelly in a recent time trial.

Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club member, Alex McAllister, joined other Ayrshire clubs in competing against the elite of Scottish Time Triallists on Sunday, writes Iona Fisher.

The venue was the Lang Whang 30 mile hilly time trial, promoted by West Lothian Clarion Cycle Club.

A field of over 100, contained the best of Scottish racing cyclists, with 1st category riders, including multi Scottish champion, Ian Archibald expected to be in top form. Archibald was accompanied by other Scottish top riders, with Lynsey Curran the Scottish Women’s champion favourite for the ladies prize.

This year’s Lang Whang event had the added attraction of having Harry Tanfield, an elite rider with professional team BIKE Channel Canyon, expected to take the first prize, with another English based team rider Wilson Renwick of Velo Schils Racing Team looking to finish on the podium.

On Saturday, where Ian Archibald and Harry Tanfield went head to head in the Gifford Road Race promoted by Edinburgh RC, Ian Archibald took the victory by 30 seconds over Tanfield, after the pair had made a break from the rest of the field halfway through the race. However on Sunday, in difficult wet and windy conditions Archibald and Tanfield again contested the podium with Harry winning the Lang Whang Time Trial, setting a new record time of 1 hour 5 minutes 8 seconds. Scottish rider Ian Archibald, came second. Alex recorded a time of 1 hour 17 minutes 46 seconds, struggling with a head wind on the outward leg and propelled back to the finish line with speeds over 70 km/h. Kenny Armstrong of Carrick Cycles was the best of the Ayrshire riders with a top 10 placing.

Despite strong winds last Tuesday, the mid-week group headed for the Girvan Valley, before taking to the Turnberry Hills, via the Craighead Quarry route. A descent into Turnberry, it was then by the Maidens and through Culzean Castle estate, before taking the coast road home. A distance just short of sixty miles. On a damp, dreich and misty morning, three hardy souls set out for the weekly Sunday run. A short spin round the Pennyglen circuit took in detours to Maybole and Dunure.