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.
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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.
When? Sunday 3rd August – Noon
Where? Ghana Corner – Blythswood St / West George Street
Why? cos without Mohammed and team we would never have got this picture!
The 10th round of the 2014 league is the Turnberry TT – a fearsome 28mile solo adventure. Although the Turnberry TT is new to the league, as the Turnberry Trophy it has been around for yonks as a stand-alone event.
Both Alex McAllister and Craig Gilmour have etched their name onto the cup four times – but we expect a new winner next Thursday (7th August).
A map of the circuit can be found on our RideWithGPS profile
First rider off at 1900 sharp and rear lights should be used.
While 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. I won’t bore you with the details, just focus on going quick and the rest will look after itself.
Despite his commanding lead in the series, JP Baxter is unlikely to score well here. Paul Gibson and Kenny Armstrong will be vying for top points while Toni and Lynne will look to increase their points in the women’s comp.
More to follow.
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?
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