Roads cycling club annual award winners confirmed

From L-R Paul Gibson (Vet Record Holder) Ed Clifton (Hillclimb Winner), Kenny Armstrong (Best All Rounder) and Simon Woodliff (Road Race Winner)
From L-R Paul Gibson (Vet Record Holder) Ed Clifton (Hillclimb Winner), Kenny Armstrong (Best All Rounder) and Simon Woodliff (Road Race Winner)

Ayr Roads Cycling Club announced their 2015 Championship and trophy winners for 2015 at their AGM on Friday 6 November.

The 2015 winners:

Senior BAR (Best all Rounder) and Club Champion: Kenny Armstrong

Ladies BAR: Toni McIntosh

Men’s League Champion: Bobby McGhee

Ladies League Champion: Janet Erskine

Veteran’s League Champion: Bobby McGhee

Senior Road Race Champion: Simon Woodliff

David Bell Memorial Road Race Champion: Lynne Wardrop

Ladies Balminnoch Trophy: Lynne Wardrop

Track Trophy: Janet Mason

Turnberry Circuit Trophy: Calum Hume

Hill Clim Trophy: Ed Clifton

Mason Trophy: Simon Woodliff

Sportive Trophy: Andrew Kent

Tourist Trophy: Calum Hume

Club Member of the Year (The Provost’s Trophy): Scott Maclean

The club evening ‘10’ league championship and Off-Road trophies will be announced shortly as will the date for the presentation of awards.

Outgoing chairman Dave Clifford paid tribute to the success of the Ayr Roads ladies in the Scottish Team BAR championships for the third year running. Add to the National successes, between them at District Level they have won the Senior, Ladies and Middle-Markers BAR titles. When the Scottish Circuit Race championship gold medal won by Simon Woodliff is added, the 2015 racing season has undoubtedly been the most successful ever in the 85 year history of Ayr Roads CC. Dave also paid tribute to the non-racing members of the club, who participate in a whole range of cycling activities from touring and riding cyclo sportives to the club volunteers who behind the scenes have made a successful club.

One club member, Scott Maclean was singled out after he was unanimously voted club member of the year for the second year running. Not only has he taken on board the organisation of national events, which attracts many visitors to Ayrshire, he is club coach and his circuit training sessions at Belmont Academy on a Tuesday evening have been a major success for members and non-members.

Scott was also instrumental in assisting the Ghanain cycling team when they were in the area last year for the Commonwealth Games and he has continued to support less affluent cyclists and through Scott the club has donated items of cycling clothing and will continue to do so.

With newly elected officials led by club chairman Alex McAllister and club captain Bobby McGhee, the year ahead looks promising. The club has taken on the organisation of a national event, carrying on a long tradition with the club set to host the Scottish National 25 mile Championship TT on the Irvine course. In addition, they will also stage a Straiton Road Race for 3rd and 4th category riders. Both events will attract the best in the Scottish racing scene as well as up and coming talent. Ayr Roads ladies will defend gold medals on home ground.

On the leisure front the club have committed to a number of Cyclosportives throughout Scotland and Calum Hume has taken on the organisation of a South to North weekend which will see members riding from Ayr to Lake Windermere and back. Contact Callum through to book your place.

On the events front, three club members rode the Cyclocross event at Strathclyde Park last week, where Janet Erskine took second place in her category. She would have have won if she hadn’t punctured on the penultimate lap. Fraser Tait and Alex McAllister also rode the event.

Weekly club runs are well underway as are gym and turbo sessions. The midweek brigade headed north by way of Drybridge, Torranyard and Barrmill before taking in the Beith moors to Neilston. Home was by way of Dunlop.

In shocking Sunday weather a few of the hardiest members took to northern roads by way of Loans, Irvine and Kilwinning en route to Dalry.

Bobby McGhee has secured arrangements with Prestwick Sailing Club for turbo training sessions. They are on Monday’s at 7pm and cost £2. All welcome, but bring your bike and turbo trainer!