Scottish gold for Ayr Roads

Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club members enjoyed participation in a mixture of activities last week and were rewarded with a Gold medal in the Scottish National 100 Mile Time Trial Championships.

Toni McIntosh, the club’s women’s record holder and already a multi Scottish medallist took individual Gold on Sunday by competing in the re-scheduled National Championship event hosted by Deeside Thistle on the Kincardineshire course. Toni was the sole Roads representative in this prestigious race. Her time was 4 hours 24 minutes 53 seconds, just over a minute slower than her personal best set in 2013. The men’s Gold medal was won by Jon Entwistle, Team JMC.

At the time of going to press the full results table had not been released.

Toni admits that it was a hard fought race and was down on her ‘minute woman’ at 40 miles. She recorded 2 hrs 10 mins at 50 miles and by 60 miles, had caught and dropped her.

Toni is indebted to Vic Possee and Gwyneth Rixon of the club who provided support to her during the event

This takes her medals in the National Championships this year to three, with a team Gold in the National 10 Mile TT along with Janet Erskine, individual Silver in the 50 Mile TT and individual Gold in the 100. She also won a Bronze medal in the Scottish District 10 Mile TT.

Only the National 25 Mile TT awaits her, and that takes place in two weeks on her local course.

Toni’s commitment to a gruelling training regime has made her the most successful cyclist ever in the history of Ayr Roads Cycling Club and all being well she may feature in the Scottish Best All-Rounder Championships.

Nearer to home on Sunday, 4 members of the Roads entered the historical Marymass Festival 10 Mile Time Trial at Irvine, promoted by Fullarton Wheelers. With windy weather conditions, twenty competitors failed to start.

The winner of the event was Chris Smart with an unbelievable time of 19 minutes 50 seconds. Few riders have gone under the magic 20 minute mark in Scotland.

Ayr Roads did not disappoint with Michael Curran placed 12th in a time of 22:13, and Scott Maclean delivering a personal best in a time of 22:34 and finishing 15th.

Other Ayr Roads times were:

Harry Brawley 24:28

Iain Fisher 28:27 (Junior)

On Thursday night, the club promoted an open 15 mile time trial on the Pennyglen circuit, with a field of 40.

On a perfect evening with calm and warm conditions, fast times were anticipated and competitors did not disappoint. Former Ayr Roads rider, Kenny Armstrong returned a winning time of 34 minutes 45 seconds. Kenny, now with Carrick Cycling Club also broke the course record.

Undoubtedly the best time of the night was by young junior Aidan Quinn of Dooley’s CC, who took 3rd prize overall and 1st Junior in a time of 35:21.

Ayr Roads fielded 11 riders, with Calum MacDonald the fastest of the Ayr Club in a time of 38:26 and riding an ordinary road bike, without the benefit of aero bars that most competitors were using.

Other Ayr Roads times were:

Michael Curran 38:45

Ed Clifton 39:09

Alex McAllister 39:15

Graham MacLeod 40:04

Robert Kelly 40:57

Janet Erskine 42:11

Martin Lindsay 42:20 (Junior)

Rory Webster 42:28

Harry Brawley 42:38

Iain Fisher 49:36 (Junior)

There was some nostalgia at the signing on, when Arnie Thomson was re-acquainted with Steven Armour, who has returned to cycling with Loudoun RC. Both were Ayr Roads winners of the Ayrshire & Dumfriesshire Cycling Association Team Shield in 1993.

Ed Clifton of the Ayr Club unexpectedly revealed his hidden talents when Ayrodynamic Tri Club posted the results of their Ayr Sprint Triathlon. Not only did Ed post the fastest bike time, but finished 13th out of 112 competitors!

On Sunday 4th September Scotland will host the 1st Stage of The Tour of Britain Cycle Race.

Ayr Roads are delighted to have been invited to provide volunteers in support of the Ayr Road Sprint at Dalmellington.

The Sprint is scheduled to take place at 2 pm.

This will be the last Sprint point of the day and undoubtedly is one to watch. The Tour is packed with quality riders and members of the public interested in attending should get their early. The Roads club run will head in that direction on the day.