Round 11 of the 2014 League is this Thursday, taking place at the 400m running track on Prestwick Oval (or St Ninian’s Park as Google refers to it).
The format is pretty simple – assemble with bikes at 1900. Names in a hat and first riders start at opposing sides of the course for a three lap pursuit. Winner goes through. We will have play offs to decide all the placings for points as the league is getting rather competitive at the top.
This is an unsealed running track with no banking so do be sensible and ride at least 25mm tyres with no more than 80psi. CycloX and Mtbs are ideal.
We are still raising pennies for Marie Curie so all £2 donations welcome.
So rough schedule:
- 1900 group up
- 1910 Rider 1 vs Rider 2
- Rider 3 vs Rider 4
- Rider 5 vs Rider 6
- Rider 7 vs Rider 8
- Rider 1 vs Rider 4
- Rider 5 vs Rider 8
- Rider 1 vs Rider 8
You get the idea….
History lesson – the last know Track Pursuit at the Oval was in Spingtime 1995 when the now defunct Ayr Mountainbike Club hosted an evening complete with shiny medals… A bonus 5 points to the person that can tell me who the finalists were?
The inaugural Club League is proving to be a big hit with over 50 paid up members participating to date. 100 points are at stake in the two strava challenges for greatest distance in a day and greatest elevation in a week. However, only one month remains to clock up the biggest scores!
Elevation in a week
In the distance category Davie Fulton got an early lead on the slopes of Mount Tiede – it looked good until Dave Clifford smashed it with an assault of the Raid Pyrenean. That was looking mighty good until Ed Clifton, the king of the Ayrshire Ardennes, took a wee trip out to the Dolomites. Check out the damage below:
|Height (Week) metres|
Distance in a day
Meanwhile the mile munchers have been hard at it all season – Janet Erskine was the first to clear 200km with a stunning trip round the Lakes, but it wasn’t long before everyone else wanted a bit of the action. JP Baxter thought he’d won a watch with his trip to Blair Atholl, until the daftie got Dave Clifford to accompany him home (Doonfoot is further south than Troon JP!), this promoted Paul Gibson to go on a rampage and clock 241.1km – just shy of Dave’s distance. A few pretenders have followed suit but with the light drawing in it seems increasing unlikely anyone will clear 250km.
However, to even score a lously 3 points you will need to clear 135km (83miles). Not bad – so here is to some final egging on – who is up for the challenge?
|Distance (Day) Km||01/09/2014||Points|
With a clear 60 point lead, Alastair McGibbon has claimed the 2014 Club 10 Series from latecomer Alex McAllister.
Having claimed 7 of the 13 rounds, and set a PB along the way it was unlikely anyone was in a position to beat Big Al. Both Robert Kelly and Jody Gerrard repeatedly tried to test the TT convert, but it was not until Alex McAllister returned from his french exile that Al had to really struggle to prove he’d earned the crown.
23 club members scored points along the way, with Toni McIntosh gaining the most from the participating women. Round 2 on the 22nd May was the busiest night with 19 riders, this also being a Club League scoring event.
Thanks extended to all the timekeepers who helped make it happen. Results below:
Full results can be downloaded here: 2014 ARCC 10 Standings
The points system introduced in 2014 replaced the handicap system used previously to put the focus on racing rather than chasing PBs, therefore ensuring participation didn’t drop on non-float nights.
Update 05/09/2014 – go here: DBank Trofee CX
Hooray, get the diaries out and mark a big red cross on the 19th October. Ayr Roads CC have teamed up with Wellington School to promote a Cross race in Ayr!
All details will be leaked slowly over the next couple weeks but we can confirm:
- It will be supercool
- It will be run under British Cycling regulations
- There will be events for Youth A to E, Women, Vets and Seniors
Expect something so fun you won’t want to do anything else so SAVE THE DATE!
There was bitter disappointment for Kenny Armstrong last night. Despite setting the Turnberry TT alight with a new course record he was denied the chance to go on the podium in front of the adoring crowds as his time on handicap was deemed slower than Christopher JG’s.
After appeals from fast third-placed finisher Alex McAllister there was some rummaging through the forums and JG was rumbled. He had apparently done a quicker 10 time than the one he claimed within the last three years.
As we noted in the pre-race review:
Whilst the league event is run as first home gets the points, the Turnberry Trophy is based on a rather archaic handicap system whereby we favour those with a slow 10mile TT time
Who would have known riders would be driven to such desperate measures to get a shiny trophy as to lie about the full extent of their rubbishness against a watch? A sad affair.
Anyway… round 10 was won by Kenny with a super course record. A clear five minutes ahead of second placed rider Paul Gibson, Kenny’s was a textbook performance. Conditions were good to average on the night with a breezy headwind down to the turn at Turnberry, while the light underneath the tree canopy forced riders to play guess the potholes.
Other notable performances came from Ed Clifton who was first home on a regular road bike, and Janet Erskine who took maximum points to take the lead in the women’s league competition.
Arnie and Dave were rewarded as timekeepers. Thanks to Colin and Alan for marshaling too.
On the night we collected £9.40 in donations from 17 riders. Our appeal to raise £400 for Marie Curie Cancer Care is losing momentum – but those who keep ‘forgetting’ need fear not. We’ll take generous donations at the AGM.
|Round 10 – Turnberry Cup TT (08/08/2014)||Points||Time|
Big shock however is that Bobby McGhee appears to have overtaken Paul Gibson for the Vets title with just three rounds to go!
Full league standings after 10 rounds can be downloaded here: 2014 league results. Interesting bedtime reading. Kenny has won every round he has entered.
Meanwhile, we have been excessively cautious when categorising vets. If you are one and feel you have been ignored let us know!
Get your flags and whistles ready and let’s make a lot of noise for our Ghanaian brothers this Sunday in Glasgow!
According to the good people of Glasgow 2014 the men’s road race kicks off at 12:01.
We will be hosting ‘Ghana Corner’ at the junction between Blythswood Street and West George Street – this is a sweeping left hander before the bunch powers down to Nelson Mandela Place. To help you identify the spot we have prepared a neat etch-a-sketch picture below.
This, admittedly, is not going to be as exciting a spot as Montrose Street – but that is exactly the point. Here we can take over and make it our own without being ambushed by other ‘country corner’ pretenders.
We have a couple big flags, a selection of small flags, and the optimism that you will create some supercool banners to help us out.
So, lets remind ourselves who we are cheering on:
Both Adbul and Anthony are representing their country before their 20th birthdays – amazing!
We’ve had an amazing time with the team and all of Ayr Roads are going to have special memories for a long time so please please please head on out to Ghana Corner for 12:15 so we can give the guys a massive cheer on the first couple laps.
Even if you plan on visiting other parts of the circuit as the race progresses lets make sure we are all there in the opening laps to make the experience worthwhile.