Archive | August 2012

Road School Week 1: A great success!

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.

Think it looks easy? Come along this Saturday to find out…

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.

New ‘Road School’ for Juniors and Novices

A six week Saturday club to try road cycling. 

25th August to 6th October – 09:30 to 12:00 from Burns Museum Car Park, Alloway

  • Learn how to ride in a bunch, form a chain gang, through and off.
  • Try a time trial
  • Increase your speed and mileage
  • Learn basic cycle maintenance and roadside repairs
  • Graduate to the Ayr Roads Cycling Club Sunday Run

“I wish i’d been to Road School”, thought Kenny Armstrong – pipped to the line again by his shadow, Trevor Wilson

These sessions are run by Ayr Roads Cycling Club and led by a trained ride leader and cycle instructor.

Participants must:

  • be 12 and over;
  • have a road worthy bicycle;
  • and wear clothing appropriate for the weather.

It is recommended that riders carry a spare inner tube, pump and tyre levers.  A flap jack always provides a tasty treat too.

Under 18s should complete and bring a Parental Disclaimer  and emergency contact details

Session details including routes will be posted in advance at  These may be subject to change depending on weather conditions and road conditions.

All rides will start at 0930 and aim to return to the start point by 1200 (give or take 15mins).

Club representatives prioritise safety and safe riding skills.  However, road cycling is not without its risks and all participants take part understanding this.


Week 1: 25th August 2012

Level 1 cycling skills

1hr  Led Ride

Week 2: 1st September 2012

90min group ride practicing through and off, chain gang, and echelons

Road side repair

Week 3: 8th September 2012

Group ride with hill climb (Carrick Hill)

Route planning

Week 4: 15th September 2012

Mini Time Trial and Australian Pursuit Race

Break – Bank Holiday Weekend

 Week 5: 29th September 2012

Group ride with interval sessions:

Sprints and hill reps

 Week 6: 6th October 2012

2.5 hr group ride – prepare to join main club run

If you would like to take part in Road School, please email

Scottish Team Time Trial Results

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.


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