News from Ayr Roads Cycling Club
Ayr Roads hosted the Harry Fairbairn BMW sponsored Straiton Struggle Road Race on Sunday 26th May. Results from this race also counted as the South West District Championship. Cameron Richardson of Bioracer-Moriarty bikes took the chequered flag with George Ball and Alex McCrae filling the podium places. The race consisted of 6 brutal laps over a distance of 55 miles. Conditions were tricky initially with damp roads, which, combined with challenging road surfaces accounted for a few mechanical issues. Mark Skilling of Carrick Cycling Club took the gold medal in the Soth West Championship with Ayr Roads Riders Calum MacDonald and Graham McLeod in Sil ver andf Bronze positions. Calum also takes home the Davie Bell Memorial trophy as the highest placed Ayr Roads rider in the field. Well done to all the riders and a massive thanks from the club to Michael Curran and Alex McAllister for their organisation of the event and to all volunteers from various clubs who took part in making the event such a huge success. Special thanks for the fantastic baking on show at the hall.
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.
Attendance has been very good this year aided by the purchase of turbo trainers for members. Sessions will resume in January 2020.
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