Ayr Roads Cycling Club / Harry Fairbairn BMW’s new ‘Road School’ initiative got off to a great start last Saturday when 15 junior and novice cyclists turned out despite the miserable weather. ‘Road School’ is a six week programme aimed at equipping novice and junior riders with the skills and experience to develop as road cyclists.
Week 1 was split between a session of introductory games and exercises that tested riders bike handling skills and a led ride out to Dalrymple and back. The new recruits were quick to show off their balance and cornering, and proved themselves more than capable of dragging a partner round a tight slalom course with only one arm!
Ayr Roads are keen to welcome over 12s and novice riders along to the sessions which take place each Saturday starting from the Burn’s Centre Car Park at 0930.
Club Chairman Blair Wyllie was delighted by the new initiative:
“The club is going from strength to strength; we were fifth best club at the Scottish championships, we hosted the biggest day race in Scotland at the Davie Bell Memorial, and our riders have been breaking club records all year. With Road School we can welcome and encourage the next generation and ensure Ayrshire cycling continues to grow.”
Week 2 will see participants practice riding in a bunch, using a short 1 mile circuit to master chain gangs and echelons before putting the theory to practice on a group ride out to Dunure and back.
Participants should have a road worthy bicycle and clothes appropriate for the weather. Ride leaders stress that the focus is on fun and participation rather than speed and performance. For more information on the programme go here.
Ayr Roads Cycling Club / Harry Fairbairn BMW continue to enjoy the best season in the club’s history with a fine 5thplace in the Scottish Team Time Trial Championships on Sunday 29th. Captain Mark Skilling of Dalrymple led his teammates Kenny Armstrong and Paul Gibson of Ayr, and Mick Robb of Straiton around the 40mile course at an average speed of over 26mph. The event was run over ‘sticky’ roads around central Fife, and finished with a 12 mile grind against a block head wind. Robb and Gibson put in huge turns on the ascents on the way back in, while Armstrong and Skilling ensured the pace was high throughout. The result betters Ayr Road’s previous 7th position in the event.
Ayr Roads showed strength in depth as the veterans team of Alex McAllister, Robert Kelly, Craig Gilmour and Brian Nicol (all over 40) finished 15th in the top class field.