News from Ayr Roads Cycling Club
Congratulations to all the Ayr Roads riders who took part in the Loch Ken Individual Time Trial on 18th August. Calum MacDonald was the highest placed 'Roads' rider in 13th with a time of 1 hour 2 minutes and 27 seconds. Alex McAllister finished in 14th only 4 seconds slower whole also securing 1st place in the V60 category. John Mckie also achived a podium position finishing 3rd in the same category. Well done to all who took part.
7 Riders took part in a social ride on Friday 17th August, leaving Ayr at 9am to ride out to a lunch stop at the highest pub in Scotland in Wanlockhead. Favourable conditions gave the group a boost up the 6 mile climb (included in Simon Warren's book of 100 Greatest UK climbs) from Sanquar. Following lunch the return journey took the group home via Crawfordjohn and some challenging headwind including 40mph gusts. By this time the weather had well and truly turned resulting in a rather sodden last 30 miles home. A terrific effort all round.
On Sunday 27th May Mark Warters, Harry Brawley, John Gemmell and Archie Arthur rode in the CTT Scottish National District 25 mile Time Trial. Mark secured the best time among the 'Roads' riders with a brisk 56 minutes 34 seconds which was good enough for 21st overall in a very strong field. Congratulations to all those representing the club. The event was won by John Archibald with a magnificent 48:13.
Sausage rolls and cake were enjoyed by all who attended the final turbo training session at Prestwick Sailing Club on Monday 26th March. Attendance has been very good this year aided by the purchase of turbo trainers for members. Sessions will resume in January 2019.
Cyclocross Season Review
With the final mainstream cyclocross event of the season now complete it seems like a good time to review what has been a very successful campaign for Ayr Roads riders. There are 2 main series in the cyclocross calendar. the Scottish CX championships which take place before Christmas and the Super Quaich series of events which run early in the new year. Highlights include a 3rd place for age group in the Scottish Champs. at Banchory for Alex McAllister and podium finishes for Aileen Fisher in her category at Strathclyde Park and Rouken Glen. Rory Webster saved himself for the final Super Quiach event came in 3rd overall in the B race at Rouken Glen. Fraser Tait has shown tremendous consistency throughout the season with a number of strong results in the fiercely contested A races of the SQCX and V50 age group in the SCX, regularly in the top 20. Fraser also features in the action photo below.
Annual Prize Giving Night
The Annual Prize Giving took place on Friday 5th January. This was a fun night with food, drink and a chance to distribute club polo shirts to members. For the second year running the event took place at the Arrandale Hotel in Ayr where we were suitably looked after. Congratulations to all the award winners.
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