News from Ayr Roads Cycling Club

Straiton Struggle Road Race

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.

ARCC pay homage to the spring classics

We all love this time of year, days are lengthening weather is warming and most importantly it’s the spring classics, Strade Bianche, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders Liege-Bastogne-Liege... the list goes on, and we all love watching them.
So, we thought here’s an idea rather than just watch why don’t we have our own spring classic right here In Ayrshire?
So we did, 100km 8 Gravel (yes that’s eight gravel) sectaurs and a whole lot of fun.
ARCC riders were joined by friends from Coylton CC, Ayr Burners and Loudoun RC for a cracker of a ride in glorious sunshine.
The route took us out of Ayr via craigie park, through Mainholm to Auchincruive, over potter hill into Coylton, then we headed for Scares where we took on the days longest gravel section, a testing climb up through the old opencast workings before dropping down towards Dalmellington (on a rather sketchy surface), bypassed Dalmellington by cutting through Craigengillan estate coming out on the Loch Doon road. A quick re-fuel at the roundhouse cafe before heading for the forest drive, which if you have never cycled it before needs to go on your list, it’s the kind of road you just can’t help smiling as you traverse, in the glorious sunshine on Easter Sunday it felt more like being in the Dolomites, we even had time to stop and help a stricken motorist (note don’t try and impress you girlfriend by taking your lowered Vauxhall’s Corsa down the forest drive ). When we emerged from the forest road onto the Tairlaw we had a discussion about onwards to Barr on the gravel, but the general consensus was next time... next time.
And there will be a next time, soon.
If this sounds like your kind of thing, keep an eye on the calendar for the next one, you don’t need to be a member to tag along gravel rides are friendly rides, if you don’t finish with a huge smile on your face you’re doing it wrong.

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.

Winter Turbo Sessions

 Attendance has been very good this year aided by the purchase of turbo trainers for members.  Sessions will resume in January 2020. 

Straiton Struggle Road Race 2017

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