Super Quaich success for Ayrshire riders

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Three Ayr Roads Cycling Club members made the trip to Kirkcaldy on Sunday to take part in the Scottish Cyclo Cross Super Quaich Winter Series.

With Brian Yates in good form and lying 14th overall in the series, just behind Scott Kerr of Kilmaurs, it was going to be a head-to-head of the two leading Ayrshire clubs in the seniors event.

The event was held at Beveridge Park. Brian was supported by Paul Gibson and Fraser Tait from the Ayr club. The event was the third in the series and a sell out with over two hundred competitors signed up. It attracted the finest Scottish cyclo cross riders both in the men’s and women’s events, including Scottish Champions in both races.

Brian didn’t disappoint. He was the first Ayrshire rider in the main event and held off Scott Kerr of Kilmaurs, on the occasion. Brian finished in 10th position in his age group and continues to look good in the overall table. Just fifteen seconds behind Brian was club mate Paul Gibson, who put up a magnificent effort, finishing in fourth position in his age group.

Not to be outdone by his club mates, super vet Fraser Tait also put up a fine performance and missed a podium place coming in 4th in his age group.

The winner of the “A” Race was David Lines of Expresso Cycling Coaching.

The best of the weather last week was on Wednesday, when two mid week runs took place. One headed eastwards on a circuit taking in the Ayr to Cronberry and Cumnock roads.

The other; a short afternoon local mystery tour was by the three lochs, Martnaham, Snipe and Fergus and the Craigs o’ Kyle.

Individual club members continue to clock up some excellent solo rides. These can be followed via Strava, an online website used to track athletic activity. Last week Kev Brown clocked up nearly 250 miles in the week!

Meanwhile, by Sunday, the weather had again deteriorated, although this did not deter a group of club members from getting out and about. The atrocious weather curtailed the run, but the small group still managed to take a hilly circuit that took in the Black Cock Inn climb from the Kilkerran road, then onto the Turnberry Hills before returning to Ayr by the coast road.

The club’s annual dinner and prize giving will again this year be held at the Savoy Park, kindly organised by Rod Henderson. The presentation starts at 7pm.

No tickets are necessary, but club members are asked to provide names and numbers through the social media forum, so that Rod may be notified.