On Saturday night (19th September) the Savoy Park Hotel in Ayr hosted an evening reception for Ayr Roads Cycling Club and the Ghana’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Cycling Team.
The four team Ghana riders (Samuel, Antony, Razak and Aminu) had been staying in Ayr along as part of an acclimatization camp with the rest of the Commonwealth Team. This was arranged through South Ayrshire Council with John MacMillan providing active support throughout their stay.
Ayr Roads CC’s coach Scott McLean volunteered his services during their stay and worked with team Ghana officials to develop a training plan for the riders. In the last few weeks they have been regular attendees at Ayr Roads CC training events, giving lots of local cyclists the chance to ride with a Commonwealth Games athletes.
Team Ghana’s leading rider Samuel Anim was awarded the prestigious SWAG (Sports Writers Association of Ghana) Cyclist of the Year Award in 2013 for being “most sensational and best fighter”. During the reception Ayr Roads members got the chance to learn more about riding and racing in Ghana, including an 11 stage national road race.
Ayr Roads CC Chairman Blair Wyllie presented Team Ghana with a special plaque commissioned for the occassion, and provided all the riders with Ayr Roads CC club kit to wear and remember their stay.
Coach Scott McLean in turn thanked the riders for their contribution to the club over the past weeks and stated what an inspiration it was to other club members to turn out and ride with them.
In return the Ghana team spoke warmly of the hospitality they had received in Ayrshire and of their hope for a continued and cooperative relationship with Ayr Roads Cycling Club. They thanked both John MacMillan and Scott McLean for their big contribution to the stay, and noted that Samuel had complained that local rider Kenny Armstrong had “made my legs hurt!” during training rides across the Ayrshire Alps.
Also in attendance from Ayr Roads were three members volunteering as Clydesiders during the games; Alex McAllister, Christopher Johnson and Ed Clifton.
Ayr Roads CC will out in force to cheer on Team Ghana during the Commonwealth Games road race on Sunday 3rd August. Flags and banners will be hung out on the corner of Blythswood Street and West George Street from the start of the race so come along and make some noise!
Dave Clifford has maximum points – for how long?
Ascent in a week
|Height (Week) metres||11/07/2014||Points|
Distance in a day
|Distance (Day) Km||11/07/2014||Points|
What a glorious morning! 15 Ayr Roads members turned out for a hard training session with the Team Ghana cyclists, staying in Ayr ahead of the Glasgow2014 games.
Three laps of the Straiton-Kirkmichael-Crosshill circuit was on the menu after a tempo ride out to the start where everyone re grouped.
After a quick photo opportunity group 1 set off, led by junior league leader Harry McGarvie. Five minutes later Toni McIntosh and troops took up the chase, and finally after 10 mins the ARCC big guns rode out with the four Ghana riders.
Group 2 caught group 1 on the run into Crosshill on the second lap, and come Cloyntie the scratch made the catch and the speed went zoooooom!
On the ascent to Broadwood the leading group of Samuel, Antony and Razak of Ghana got away with Kenny Armstrong, JP Baxter, Paul Gibson and Peter Ferrier.
In the sprint for the line Samuel took the win with Kenny Armstrong spoiling a Ghana podium in second. JP was next Ayr Roads rider home in 4th. Aminu lead the next group across the line just ahead of Toni McIntosh (first woman).
The event formed round 9 of the Ayr Roads CC league – with 20points awarded to club coach Scott McLean for setting up the amazing session!
Thanks to Lorna Dempsey for coming out to cheer us on, and for this great video she uploaded to facebook
Team Ghana are in the area right up to the Games and more training sessions are planned so keep an eye on the forums for details.
We’ve got a stock of Ghana flags on order to cheer the boys on come the Road Race in Glasgow
|Round 9 – Team Ghana APR||Points|
|2||John Paul Baxter||45|
League Top 20 after 9 Rounds:
|3||Paul Gibson VET||241|
|4||Bobby McGhee VET||238|
|7||Lindsay mcGarvie VET||187|
|8||Harry McGarvie BURNER||166|
|11||Peter Ferrier VET||151|
|12||Toni McIntosh FEMALE||102|
|14||Duncan McArthur VET||84|
|16||Jo Clarke FEMALE||76|
|17||Janet Erskine FEMALE||60|
|18||Scott Maclean VET||54|
For the chance to ride with Team Ghana get to Straiton for 0945 and we’ll do three laps of the Straiton Kirkmichael Crosshill Circuit. This is an open invite to all Ayrshire road cyclists who have bunch riding experience.
Meet at the Car Park in Straiton for 0945 – we’ll divide into groups and the Scratch can expect to be away by 10:00
Members of ARCC will be departing from Beresford Terrace, Ayr at 0845 for a warm up spin down to Straiton for 09:45.
This is the circuit - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5230931
The finish will be the top of the climb at BroadWood – IThe end of the Wall, and AFTER the Blairquhan entrance where Straiton Struggle finished)
JP Baxter took an easy win tonight ahead of Christopher JG and Scott Knox in the Smugglers OffRoad League 8.
A late change to the format so a mass-start event with a sprint up the hill to the reservoir led by Christopher JG. By the top of the climb through the woods JP Baxter got ahead and Scott Knox jumped onto his wheel for the Castle Muur climb. A few mistakes on the ascent back up through the woods cost Scott his second place.
Results as follows:
|Round 8 – Smugglers off-road TT||Points|
The next league event is the Straiton-Crosshill-Kirkmichael APR on Sunday 7th July.
JP’s lead in the league is now looking very hard to beat, especially if he can hold his position in the two Strava challenges – click the link to download the 2014 League Standings
|Overall after 8 rounds|
|3||Bobby McGhee VET||212||18||28||258|
|5||Paul Gibson VET||203||45||3||251|
|6||Lindsay mcGarvie VET||167||167|
|9||Harry McGarvie BURNER||148||148|
|11||Peter Ferrier VET||111||111|
|14||Toni McIntosh FEMALE||66||66|
|15||Janet Erskine FEMALE||60||34||26||120|
|16||Duncan McArthur VET||60||14||12||86|
|18||Dave Fulton VET||46||38||50||134|
|19||Jo Clarke FEMALE||46||36||30||112|
|21||Vic Possee VET||40||40|
|24||Lynn Wardrop FEMALE||40||45||85|
|25||Robert Kelly VET||38||38|
|31||Christopher Scott BURNER||28||16||44|
|32||Blair Wyllie VET||20||20|
|33||Dave Clifford VET||20||50||38||108|
|34||Arnie Thomson VET||20||20|
|35||Alan McGibbon VET||20||20|
|36||John McKie VET||16||16|
|37||John Mason VET||16||16|
|38||Rod Henderson VET||10||10|
|43||Frances Stevens FEMALE||0||6||6|
Round 8 of the league is an timed off-road session from Loans to Dundonald and back via the Smugglers Trail.
It takes place this Thursday, 26th June 2014, starting 7pm.
Riders should congregate at the reservoir at the base of the trail for 6:45. A map of the Smugglers can be found here.
We will be riding across to Dundonald, going up the zigzag path for a circuit of the castle and retracing to the Reservoir Dam.
There is also an existing Strava segment for the trail – see here: http://www.strava.com/segments/7153030
Ts and Cs:
- This is an open access path so ‘Do the Ride Thing’ and follow responsible access codes. Be prepared to meet and give way to walkers.
- Riders participate at their own risk
- The course will not be waymarked – so pay attention or make sure you can follow someone.
- We’ll go at 30second intervals
- Donations of £2 will be collected at the start for our drive for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
- This is an off road path suitable for MTBs, CX bikes and stout hybrids.
Signing out, see you Thursday.
PS – there is no official 10 on Thursday.