Roads club youngsters get active in weekend events

Ayr Roads Team of Alex McAllister, Martin Lindsay and Jonathon Hilbourne
Ayr Roads Team of Alex McAllister, Martin Lindsay and Jonathon Hilbourne

Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club youngsters were active at the weekend, with young Beth Macrae taking part in her first ever 3-Up Team Time Trial.

With Janet Erskine and Toni McIntosh the Roads Ladies Team secured third place in the ladies event of the Musselburgh Road Club’s event. What made Beth’s success more rewarding was the fact that she did so, riding a traditional road bike, without the aerodynamic benefits enjoyed by the main field. The event covered a distance of just over 24 miles around a three lap course of 8.1 miles.

Forty teams of 120 riders, from throughout Scotland turned up to sign on at East Saulton village hall for a one o’clock start with Ayrshire clubs well represented. The variety of machinery on display was awesome with some costing several thousand pounds.

A sub one hour time on the three lap course was expected of the top teams. They did not disappoint, with the Dooley’s Cycling Team of Quinn, Clark and Norris taking first prize in a fine time of 55 minutes 33 seconds. They were the fastest team in all three laps, averaging 27 miles per hour. Carrick CC took second place, 20 seconds behind.

The Ayr Roads Team of Ed Clifton, Alastair McGibbon and Michael Curran finished in 8th place in a very good time of 59:12. With the second team of Alex McAllister, Harry Brawley and Jody Gerrard returning a 1:02:09. Ayr ladies team recorded 1:08:43. The winning ladies team of Dooleys Cycles was led by multi Scottish champion Lynsey Curran, recording an excellent time of 1:03:04.

Not to be outdone, and in his first season as a senior, eighteen year old Iain Fisher competed in the first of a four series Cyclo Cross event hosted by South Shields Cycling Club, where Iain is based. He finished in 7th place and attracted interest from the host club, in joining their Cyclo Cross Team.

Nearer to home and on a perfect day, another two of the club’s young guns, junior Jonathon Hilbourne and nineteen year old Martin Lindsay accompanied Alex McAllister on Sunday and took part in the Velo Vitesse club’s 13 mile Time Trial at Kilwinning. Alex secured the first veteran’s prize for the club., with a fine time of 31:39. Martin recorded 34:10 and Jonathon a few seconds behind.

The event was young Jonathon’s first ever Time Trial. More accustomed to the Sir Chris Hoy, Velodrome, where he participates in the National Track League, he is now looking forward to his next road event. Martin too is a novice on the road scene, having only ridden one open time trial before and that was the Icebreaker 2-Up two weeks ago. In his first season with the club the youngster improved his personal best at the ten mile distance to 24:31 over a few short weeks. Both youngsters are down to ride in the Galston Hilly Time Trial next week and are looking forward to it.

Paul Rodwell and Beth Macrae also competed in events on Sunday, with Paul riding the Don Smith Memorial Reliability event on the long route of 67 miles, where he finished in the main group. Beth rode the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth reliability event of just over 50 miles.

On the club run scene, the mid week brigade logged 55 miles on northern roads by Neilston and the Harelaw Dam. Sunday’s outing had fourteen members out on a perfect day when they clocked up over 60 miles by way of Straiton and the Girvan Valley returning by the coast road.