News from Ayr Roads Cycling Club

CTT British 10 Mile TT Championship 2018 - September 1st and 2nd

The club are delighted to announce that a joint proposal by Ayr Roads and Fullarton Wheelers to host the National CTT 10 mile Championship in 2018 has been successful.  Two other Scottish clubs submitted proposals.  The Eglinton course will be used to stage the event.

This is the first time this championship will be run in Scotland and will attract some of the top names in the sport including pro riders.  

This will be a wonderful opportunity for the club with over 400 competitors expected in an event likely to run over 2 days it puts both ourselves and Fullarton firmly in the spotlight.

Huge thanks go to Race Secretary Michael Curran for his part in the successful tender. 

Loch Ken 25mile TT

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. 

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7 Up for the Wanlockhead 100

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.


Velopreda 25 Mile National District TT

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.

2018 Sportive Season

Club Members Andrew Conway and Kenny Scott started their Sportive season at the Road event in Callander on Sunday 8th April.  Kenny tackled the 140km route with Andy opting for the 90km medium route.  The next event up for the club will be the keenly anticipated Pedal the Park sportive around the  Clyde Muirshiel park starting in Lochwinnoch.  This event is organised by Ayr Roads member Dave Hill and takes place on Sunday 22nd April with spaces still available.

Club 10 Championship 2018

This years Club 10 TT Championship will be scored, to give all members a fair chance at winning the much coveted trophy.

There will be 3 criteria as follows -

  • Time
  • Improvement to Personal Best (PB)
  • Participation
The rider with the fastest time over the season will be awarded 40 points. The second fastest rider 38 points, third fastest 36 points etc.
The rider with the biggest improvement to their PB will be awarded 40 points.  The second biggest improvement on PB will receive 38 points, third biggest improvement 36 points, and so on. Your PB will be calculated from an average of your 3 best times on the Club Confined Course during 2017.  If you do not have a PB from 2017, it will be calculated from your first 3 rides of 2018 and  we trust your integrity to get the best time you can over these rides. (see results page for current calculations and results)
You will also earn a participation point each time you take part.
Your scores from each category will be combined at the end of the season so we won't know the champion until these are all calculated.
This means that, in theory, if you are the fastest rider, have made the biggest improvement to your PB, and take part in all 20 scheduled rides, you would gain 100 points.
If you have never done a Club 10 Time Trial before, fear not. Help and advice is available. Just ask - we are keen for as many members to take part as possible. Meeting times are always 1830 to 1840 at the bottom of Corraith Hill, just outside Loans. There is usually a "meetup" at Prestwick Cross at 1815 to ride out together.
Here are the dates for 2018. The 20 dates highlighted in green are the Club 10 TT Championship dates.

April - 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th (practice dates and setting of PBs)
May - 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st.
June - 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.
July - 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
August - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.
If any of these dates needs to be cancelled for any reason (weather, roadworks, timekeepers on holiday, etc.) we will arrange other dates as necessary.

Please note that it is not necessary to have a TT Bike to take part, but it is compulsory to wear a helmet. We also advise the use of a red rear lamp when taking part in Club 10s - regardless of weather conditions.


Winter Turbo Sessions

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.

Arran Ride

Club members enjoyed a terrific days cycling with great weather on Arran on Saturday 8th July 2017.  The Figure of 8 loop was used with a couple of cafe stops thrown in for good measure

16 Ayrshire Alps In a Day

Looking for a challenge?  Some club members are planning an attempt to climb all 16 Ayrshire Alps in a single day, a feat we believe may not have been completed before.  This will involve a 129 mile ride with over 10,000 feet of climbing.  The proposal is to meet in the village of Barr at 7.45am on Saturday 1st July with the Grand Depart scheduled for 8.  Stops have been scheduled for Lunch in Dailly around Noon (after 55 miles) and in Straiton at 4pm (100 miles).  Anyone wishing to join us for part of the ride whether for 1, 5 or 10 of the climbs should use the estimated arrival times below as a guide.  To complete this ride by a reasonable time (7pm) a 15mph average is required and will also mean there will be few chances to regroup outside of food stops.  As a result it is recommended riders save the route to their Garmin device.

1st July also signifies the first stage of this years Tour de France.  What better way to celebrate than to enter the valley of pain and a days riding that would give the pros a serious challenge.

Strava Route available. 

Straiton Struggle Road Race 2017

Club Forum Closure

Due to falling interst in the club forum, we plan to close this communication method down at the end of April.  Replacing the forum will be 2 Ayr Roads WhatsApp groups to provide more up to date information to our members as well as allowing better interaction between members.  The first group already exists as ARCC Training 2016/17 and already boasts 41 members.  This group will continue and provide information regarding training, racing, results and club rides.  A second group will be setup for items for sale, items wanted, social events (rides and otherwise and any other general chat.  To request access to either group simply email with your name, mobile number and which group(s) you wish added to.

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