Gemmell takes podium place for Ayr Roads

John Gemmell 1st Podium Place
John Gemmell 1st Podium Place

John Gemmell of Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club secured his first win of the new season, by winning his category in the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike event on Sunday.

John, a regular competitor in the Scottish Mountain Bike and Cyclo Cross scene was delighted with his win. A field of over one hundred took part in the various races, with the Cathkin event the first round of the Scottish SX 2017 season. John’s club mates were delighted for him, knowing the commitment to his sport and his club. John will be hoping to continue with good results throughout the series.

Glorious Spring weather had various groups of club members out in force at the week-end, with outings covering the South Ayrshire roads as well as the Island of Arran.

Saturday saw a group of nine taking the early steamer from Ardrossan to Brodick. From there they took in the ‘figure of eight’ route, that circumnavigates the island, as well as taking the ‘string’ road across the island. A good seventy miles recorded with some excellent climbs that delivered fine vistas of the snow covered Arran peaks and the upper reaches of the Clyde.

Sunday also saw the largest outing of seventeen taking in the ever popular South Ayrshire fells from Straiton, via the Tairlaw climb, before heading over from the Bell Memorial, by the Nick o’ Balloch and Stinchar Valley. A cafe stop at Barr before the group headed homewards by Glengennet to the Girvan Valley and home roads via Maybole. Another seventy miles recorded, with one club member having clocked well over two hundred miles last week.

The mid week run had five members out covering east Ayrshire roads that took them to Darvel, then by Priestland to Galston and Waterside before heading homewards via Stewarton. A nice mid week distance of over fifty miles.

Next Sunday club members will be competing in the Fenwick, Australian Pursuit Race, as well as Crit on the Campus at Stirling University.

Readers of the Gazette interested in the history of cycling maybe interested in visiting the BBC iPlayer, where there is an excellent documentary on the history of the Raleigh Bicycle Co, which at its peak produced five million bikes a year and had 7,000 employees. Well worth viewing!