Toni McIntosh of Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW did herself and her club proud on Sunday by claiming a silver medal in the Scottish National 100 mile Time Trial Championship which was held in Alness, north of Inverness.
Toni had an inspired ride in blustery conditions, completing the distance in a fantastic 4 hours 33 minutes and 37 seconds to also record a new female club record for the distance. Congratulations go to Toni.
Gary Maher and Mark Skilling from ARCC were also in action on Sunday at the Billy Warnock Memorial Road Race in Grangemouth.
The high quality field undertook 8 laps of 10 mile course making the high paced race a gruelling one. The race split on the opening lap of a flat and fast circuit, leaving four groups on the road with the situation ebbing and flowing behind a leading break of five who stayed clear. Gary was unfortunate to crash out of the race, thankfully sustaining no broken bones as a result. Newcastle based rider Collin Humphrey of Achieve-Skinnergate Racing won the race in a time of 3 hours and 5 minutes, with Craig Adams of GJS Cruise Racing claiming runner up at 1:46 and Peter Murdoch of Paisley Velo RT third at 2:09. Mark had a good ride and finished in the main peleton. Results courtesy of britishcycling.org.uk
Paul McGhee completed the 102 mile Galloway Recycle Sportive on Saturday at Kirkcudbright in a time of 5 hours and 43 minutes to claim a place in the top ten. The event involved over 5,500ft of climbing taking in Castle Douglas and the Galloway Hills.
The Ayr Roads club confined 10 TT continued on a relatively windy Thursday evening on the Loans – Irvine – Loans circuit with Kenny Armstrong once again setting the quickest time in 22:14. Runner up was Mark Skilling in 22:40. Other times: Robert Kelly 23:20, Paul McGhee 24:34, Alastair McGibbon 24:50, Toni McIntosh (F) 25:02, Jody Gerrard 25:09, Colin Armstrong 27:17 (PB), John Mason (V) 27:20 and Janet Erskine (F) 29:19
This weekend sees the Ayrshire Alps Cycling Festival take place. There is the option of a 100km and 200km audax on Saturday, with the inaugural Youth Criterium also taking place as part of the Scottish Power National Youth Series around the closed roads of Victory Park in Girvan. Sunday sees the 48th Davie Bell Memorial Road Race take place, with a strong field scheduled to start. For further information on what is sure to be an exciting weekend of cycling please visit http://southcarrickdaviebell.wordpress.com/