Skilling fares well in classic encounter

With the racing season starting under way, Mark Skilling, of Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW, headed to East Kilbride for the Anderside Classic race on Saturday, June 2.

With a high-quality standard of riders in the pack, Skilling competed extremely well to finish in 36th place in a race described winner Robert Hassan as “very tough”. Skilling took on the pack, including Hassan and Ben Greenwood, both of whom raced in Ayr Roads CC’s David Bell Memorial Race on Sunday.

On Sunday, June 3, riders from Ayr Roads competed on the island of Cumbrae in the morning Time Trial and the Veteran’s Road Race in the afternoon. Lynne Wardrop continued her run of excellent form, narrowly missing out on victory in the Women’s section TT with a time of 25:16.

With only three seconds separating her from first place, Wardrop had to settle for second overall. Michael Robb took fifth overall in the TT with a 22:10. Robb has also shown great form recently in the Time Trial discipline and continues to improve. Alex McAllister also took part in the Vet’s Race.

The Thursday 10 Time Trial proved to be a windy affair on May 31, but 13 riders still took to the roads in search of a PB. Fastest was Michael Robb with a 21:40, only three seconds ahead of Kenny Armstrong who clocked 21:43. Neil Campbell, with 22:49, was third, continuing his good form. Other times were: Mark Skilling 22:54, Robert Kelly 23:50, Alan Mooney 23:52, Gavin Kerr 24:33, Grant Young 24:56, Toni McIntosh 25:32, Lynne Wardrop 25:57, Victor Possee 27:30 and Nick Dryburgh DNF.