Podium finishes for riders

It was an exceptionally busy weekend for Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW with members competing in events as far afield as Moniaive to Dundee.

Three members were in action at two different time trial events on Sunday. Toni McIntosh rode superbly in extremely gusty conditions in the Scottish National Olympic TT Championship event at the Tour of the Meldons achieving an impressive bronze medal. Lynne Wardrop also managed a podium finish in the Royal Albert ten-mile in Stirling with a fantastic time of 25.28 in challenging conditions. Neil Campbell also put in a great showing in the same event, clocking 23.58.

Meanwhile, in the 21st edition of the Nick Hardy Memorial road race in Dundee on Sunday, three members donned the classy new Roads kit in gale force winds to undertake three laps of the Monikie circuit totalling approximately 50 miles. Lewis Oliphant (Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers) took the honours, breaking away from the pack on the last lap, with the Roads’ Davie Torrance right in the mix in the sprint up the brutal hill finish to claim a superb ninth. Robert Kelly and Alex McAllister finished at the back of the bunch having given their all to support Davie. The winner’s trophy and prizes were presented by the late Nick Hardy’s parents.

On Saturday, eight members headed down to Moniaive for the annual Wild Hills APR. The race saw Lynne Wardrop’s challenge for the woman’s prize come to an abrupt halt with an unfortunate puncture ten miles into the 36-mile race whilst looking odds on for the accolade. With several first and second category riders in the field, the pace was pretty fast. Mark Skilling was the first Ayr Roads rider over the line followed later by Alex McAllister, Davie Fulton, Kenny MacKay, Alastair McGibbon, Michael Robb and Craig Kerr (in his debut race). There was some confusion at the prizegiving when Alastair McGibbon’s name was read out as having finished second. A bit of honest chat later and the prize had gone to its rightful owner but it did result in a previously unclaimed box of chocolates being thrown to Al which were later enjoyed by the riders!

Completing a busy weekend of competition for the club, members Colin Reilly and Alan Mooney finished in an impressive 14th and 25th place respectively in the Ayr Duathlon on Sunday.

The first club-confined ten-mile TT took place on Thursday, with nine riders keen to start their TT season on the Loans – Irvine – Loans course in relatively windy conditions which were not particularly conducive to fast times. Mark Skilling put in a strong ride with the fastest time of the night in 22.32. Michael Robb was not far behind in 22.42. The other times were: Robert Kelly 24.35, Toni McIntosh (L) 25.02, Paul McGhee 25.17, Alastair McGibbon 25.26 (debut TT), Lynne Wardrop (L) 25.31, Grant Young 25.40 and Davie Fulton 27.12.