Owen sprints to third in Jim Daly memorial

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It was another busy weekend of racing for riders of Ayr Roads CC / Harry Fairbairn BMW.

On Saturday 21st Mick Robb continued his fine time trialling form with a superb 2nd with a time of 43.52 in the Loudoun Road Club Classic hilly TT at Sorn while Craig Gilmour made a good start to his season with a time of 47.04 to come fifth. Meanwhile in Barrmill, Owen Ross sprinted to a fantastic 3rd place in the Jim Daly Memorial APR race with Robert Kelly in 17th, Brian Boyd 35th, Keith Hood 37th, and Kenny McKay 45th out of 80 riders starting the race.

On Sunday 22nd Ayr Roads CC / Harry Fairbairn BMW had two riders racing in the 56th Drummond Trophy road race which was held on a tough 80 mile course starting at Strathaven and going round by Sorn and Muirkirk. The race attracted a strong field of elite riders including professional teams Node4-Giordana, Raleigh, Herbalife, and Vanilla Bikes, but this did not deter Mark Skilling who put in super performance sprinting to 28th place and the first 3rd category rider. Kenny Armstrong was also looking in fine form but was very unfortunate to puncture early on.

A couple of late results from the previous weekend and Kenny Armstrong came a fine 5th place in the Tour of the Meldons, a classic time trial event in the Scottish cycling calendar dating back to the 1930’s. Mick Robb also rode very strong coming 22nd and would have placed even higher if it wasn’t for taking a wrong turn near the end.

Three Ayr Roads CC / Harry Fairbairn BMW took part in the inaugural Scottish Bike Show Sportive ‘A Tour of the Lochs and Trossachs’ taking in 100 miles of the most stunning countryside of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Paul McGhee rode the 6th fastest time of 5:33:06, while Ed Clifton finished not far behind in 5:49:18 coming 18th, and Jamie Keenan finishing 81st in 6:23:21.

The Ayr Roads Cycling Club / Harry Fairbairn BMW Sunday club run departs Beresford Terrace every Sunday at 0930. All riders with all abilities are more than welcome.

Picture shows Owen Ross (Ayr Roads) 3rd in Barrmill APR.