Sigh of relief – Club Captain Mark Skilling is your new webmaster. He takes over the controls pretty much now… or as soon as I log off. Ciao!
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.
Woah! What has been going on? Where have the mighty ARCC been? Who knows and who cares you might ask, shrugging your shoulder nonchalantly.
Well more fool you!
Some of the team were involved in a wee bike event last week named after a bandit or something or other.
Its over now so back to business. Kenny, Mark and Mick set a new team record over 10 miles on the Eglinton course. It was a good event masterminded by our fiendish nemesis the Fullarton Wheelers. Neil Walker threatened to spoil our parade by riding a 21:03, but thank goodness Kenny Armstrong drew even with him to ensure all was not lost in the Ayrshire top dog contest. (or should we fess up and admit that thank goodness it was an Ayr Roads man holding the watches… shock, horror, of course not.)
This post will benefit from a picture. So lets see what we can find.
This blog now has a new editor, young Gavin Kerr of Trabboch. We implore you to blame him for all rogue postings.
What else might be happening in the land of Ayr Roads CC? Some wannabee’s attended the 4th Cat Lothian Flyer today. Big Bernie was in a break, but it didn’t work out and some minor placings in the top 20 were all we had to show for a day of hard work in the pissing rain. John-Paul Baxter once again shirked any sense of responsibility and failed to attack on his own and win. Even though he could of done. Take note other Scottish club teams: we might have very few points on our collective licences, but we could if we wanted.
There is a 50 on soon, promoted by Gentleman Jim Cusick. And the pressure is on for a new 50 record according to vice-president Arnie Thomson. But who is going to break it to the old man that we currently don’t have any documented record? Not us, thats for sure.
And how about these damned Garmin devices. If one more clown wants to tell us that they actually rode a 19:21 on our regular mid week blast around the Loans circuit, despite our watches shouting a high 24 we’ll be damned.
Another picture needed.
Lynne and Toni have been riding very well. New PBs and grand performances in road racing. And while Jo continues to flirt with the idea of moving to the mainland, rumours that ARCC have engaged in attempts to poach Jennifer Nicol from the evil throes of the Fullarton might or might not be true.
You heard nothing here first.
We’ll be running a 4th cat event named the Straiton Struggle in just over a month. Officially its sold out, but if you speak to our ticket touts we might have some availability. Amex not accepted. Sorry.
Big thanks to the Chairman for another fun night of suffering on the Pennyglen Circuit last Thursday. 30 foolish souls signed up to spoil their evening with a 15mile (or is it 17? – c’mon Google, we like consistency) charge along the coast and back.
First man off was our own veteran TT stalwart Grant Young. But first man home was Stephen Couper of some foreign glasgow club. 39:46 said the clock. Thats fast we thought.
Riders kept appearing from the comforts of our strip at Wellington’s playing fields. Thanks to them for the use. Robert Kelly is our next man off in 14th, with Neil Campbell chasing at a minute. A battle royale? Its hardly worth speaking of, for by now rider now 10 was already on the home straight. Jamie Kennedy of the Kooriers clocks 35:36. My goodness. We must have recorded it wrong. Nope. All four watches say the same.
Neil comes home before Rab.
Craig Gilmour is the first Ayr Roads man to make a mess of things. At least he looks contrite. A last minute puncture and followed by a sprint to the start arn’t enough. He’s missed his slot. Nevermind, he still produces a respectable 40:17
Brian Nicol sets off without drama. His experience at the Fullarton shows. He’s well prepared, no fiasco, and sets off with no drama. His reward is a 41:24, up on last year’s time.
Kenny Armstrong… Where to start. More to the point, where is he? KENNY ARMSTRONG GET ON THE START LINE THIS INSTANT. Ah there he is, slowly strolling down the slip road in his warm up. He appears on the line still in his warm up gear with half a second to spare. He’ll lose another 12 at least faffing to take his coat off before he gets down to business.
Then there is Toni. The pusher-offerers ears were bleeding. Should you not be concentrating on the task at hand Toni? No no, she’s not taking it seriously. Then neither are the watches. Out of the gate in completely the wrong gear. Tsk… hopefully a lesson learned.
Fortunately Lynne Wardrop is ready for action. I don’t know what partner Mark Skilling has done to deserve this, but she is clearly out to catch him. A fine ride tonight will earn her a 45:56, a good warm up for a wonderful ride at the Scottish Road Championships, and to rip the legs off group 1 on the Tuesday chain gang. Watch out everyone, Lynne’s gone and got fast.
Mark Skilling on the line. Good, all correct and present. He’s away without a fuss. Can he beat Mick Robb on his shiny Trek machine?
Then its Gentleman Jim. ”Thanks for coming out boys” he says. Thank you for your presence we reply. Clocks ticking, is this our winner?
Last off from the ARCC machine are Paul McGhee and Gavin Kerr. Another battle royale? Apparently not. Vodka and Borsht are no substitute for a training regime Gav. However, all is forgiven as your Dad’s pictures are ace. See here now:
1st. Jamie Kennedy Glasgow Cooriers 35:36
2nd Jim Cusick Glasgow Couriers 35:40
3rd Gordon Murdoch Glasgow Couriers 36:37
4th Kenny Armstrong Ayr Roads 37:04 (could have been a 36 kenny!)
5th Neil Walker Walkers Cycling 37:28
1st. Catherine Logan Walkers Cyclking 45:10
2nd. Lynne Wardrop Ayr Roads 45:56
3rd Toni McIntosh 46:01
Other Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW
Grant Young 42:44
Neil Campbell 39:03
Robert Kelly 40:51
Craig Gilmour 40:17
Michael Robb 38:15
Kenny Armstrong 37:04
Brian Nicol 41:24
Mark Skilling 38:01
Gav Kerr 34:05
Paul McGhee 43:55
Thats all folks. Thanks again to Blair Wyllie and Mark Parlour. To Andy McKinlay for commissaire duties. And to Andrew Wilson of St Christopher’s for hogging the Lanterne Rouge for a successive year! Cheers.
Gary Maher today followed in our own wee Paul Torrance’s shoes to win the Lake APR today. His first win, in his first ever competitive outing for the mighty Ayr Roads CC. Well done Gary.
Our field reporter, Lexi McAllister tells us:
On Sunday 18 March at Balfron Ayr Roads CC/Harry Fairbairn BMW won the famous Lake of Menteith Race for the second year in a row when Gary Maher sprinted home at the head of a six-strong escape group. Earlier in the day 80 riders had set off from Balfron in groups but by the time the race reached Aberfoyle after 25 miles it had all come together except for the first group of ‘elder statesmen’ who were gamely hanging on to what was left of their 2-minute start. Back at Balfron after 40 miles, Gary and 5 others attacked on the steep climb out of the town and established a lead of one minute over the bunch. With 9 miles left to race, they caught then dropped the best of the first group on the long uphill drag into Killearn. That just left a mad 40 mph downhill dash for the finishing line where Gary timed his sprint to perfection.
So there you have it. We’ll catch up with our man of the moment very soon for a full blow by blow account of what happened where when why how etc.
Meanwhile, here is what second place rider Craig Adams had to say via Twitter:
2nd Place for me today
#LakeAPR rode well from the scratch got away on the steep section after Balfron. Worked well with couple of guys to stay away caught first group. Tried a Gilbert style attack on the Killearn climb but got rode back! Half a wheel in it for the sprint :/ Not too shabby with a hard race in the legs from yesterday [Craig was in a looooooong seven lap break in the Dick Longdraggon Nat B race in Aberdeenshire on Sat]
And who won Craig?
Gary maher? From Ayr roads think he was in the 2nd group maybe.
He’s a good bean – you should follow him @Karboncraig
Those results then:
1 Gary Maher Ayr Roads Cycling Club 4th 01:48:04
2 Craig Adams GJS Racing Team 2nd st
3 Dominic Hines Velo Club Edinburgh 3rd st
4 Finlay Young Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers 2nd st
5 Craig Dale TheBicycleWorks.com 3rd 3
6 Gavin Shuttleworth Velocity 44 Stirling 3rd st
7 Lewis Hodgart Glasgow Couriers 3rd 23
8 AIDAN QUINN Glasgow Ivy CC 4th 41
9 Georges Avraam Edinburgh RC 4th st
10 Alan Dent Nevis Cycles Racing Team 4th st
11 Graham Moore Velocity 44 Stirling 3rd 43
12 Greg Brownwww.Dooleys-Cycles.co. uk 2nd st
13 Peter Murdoch Team Cycle Lane 1st 45
14 Andrew Wilson Falkirk Bicycle Club 3rd st
15 Malcolm Patterson Glasgow Nightingale CC 3rd st
16 STEVEN DUNN Falkirk Bicycle Club 3rd st
17 Gary Cross Falkirk Bicycle Club 3rd 47
18 Calum Foster Team Leslie Bike Shop – Right M 3rd st
19 Andrew Whitehall Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers 2nd st
20 Paul Renniewww.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk 2nd st
24 Alexander McAllister Ayr Roads Cycling Club 4th st
Aye, what did happen to Paul Torrance and your captain Skilling? We’ll save that for the forums shall we
Good work all!
You mean you didn’t know that a top ten was a podium? c’mon, where have you been?
Yes its true! Ayrshire’s best and bestest road clubs were in action this weekend, and so were we! Not content with sending a strong team to demolish the opposition at a single event, we sent three groups into the hidden wastelands of central Scotland to return us some riches.
Lets start in Drumclog. Our pals at the Loudoun have put on a super duper weekend of activity based around Drumclog, Dungavel and Strathaven. Neil Campbell, Robert Kelly and Paul McGhee donned the blue and white skinsuits to tackle the opening day’s 12.5 mile hilly TT. This being team Frank Spencer, what could go wrong?
Well not much. Neil did rather well and finished 9th. Here are some select results:
1 Neil Walker walkers cc S 31.33
2 John Paterson classic racing S 32.09
3 Andrew Ralston perth united cc V 32.30
4 Chris Stewart classic racing S 32.42
5 Stuart Macgregor dooleys rt V 32.43
6 Derek Mcmillan st christophers cc V 32.48
7 Wilson Kane east kilbride rc V 32.52
8 Paul Friel glasgow couriers V 32.53
9 Neil Campbell Ayr Roads CC / Harry Fairbairn BMW S 34.09
10 Robert Wilson glasgow couriers V 34.14
30 Paul Mcghee Ayr Roads CC / Harry Fairbairn BMW S 37.55
32 Robert Kelly Ayr Roads CC / Harry Fairbairn BMW V 38.02
What does it mean? Well Neil did very well, taking hard-ass roadman Gordon Murdoch’s scalp. But Paul and Robert? Good effort, but next time hows about a strategic puncture or two boys, please! So it was a 1-2 to A&DCA based clubs – good show Neil and John!
Ok, enough. Over in the east we had a team taking on the Musselburgh 3up TT. Kenny Armstrong, Mark Skilling and Alex McAllister. What happened next?
So right now, no results have been posted. But the top 5 was announced via twitter. Again, we can’t find it now, but needless to say we were not on it. Hows about some reactions:
why is Kenny on the front in both pictures, Skilling on his wheel and McAllister snivelling at the back ?? The answer is blindingly obvious when you think about it….because that’s how we rode the whole feckn 24.3 miles. Never again
Gordon Stead (of our arch rivals, the dastardly yellow FWCC):
First lap I punctured , Jim and Stephen rode on , got a spare wheel and took a lap out , saw Jim and Stephen coming towards me , but only Jim got to the top of the hill Stephens chain had snapped . Jim and I finished the last lap .
If nothing else we do have a nice pic of the ARCC machine making Kelso wonder why they turned up. Good work chaps.
So to Sunday…
There was a cafe run, and there was cake. But there is always cake, so lets skip to somewhere else where there might or might not have been cake; the Drumclog APR. We have three ARCC riders in the race. Alex McAllister; Keith Hood, and Robert Kelly (all in group 3 of 5). I know what you are thinking: “Really Bernard, is this sensible?”
What happened next:
Not too unhappy with 5th. Even Kenny could have read this race….keep the group working together until the third and final time up the brae to Dungavel then give it stick. VC Glasgow South came with a plan and 3 of them gave it very big stick….all I had to do was follow them like nasty brown stuff on a shovel….job done.
Clearly Lexy was able to raise his game thanks to Gary ‘Higgi’ Higgins’ encouragement:
Lexi lexi lexi, keep that wee grey chin up its no disgrace wheel sookin the southern softies after aw there jeest back from a holiday age doesnt come itself OLD PAL
1 Ronnie Burns (VC Glasgow South)
2 Andrew Louis (Pro Am RC)
3 Robert Young (Glasgow Green CC)
4 Steve MacLuskie (VC Glasgow South)
5 Alex McAllister (Ayr Roads)
6 James Melville (Glasgow United CC)
7 Graeme Small (East Kilbride RC)
8 Martin Wilson (VC Glasgow South)
9 Steven Turbitt (Glasgow United CC)
10 Stephen Begg (VC Glasgow South)
Robert was 13th, and Keith Hood 40th
And some choice words from Neil Walker:
Good APR today, our group just not enough committed guys on the last lap to close the gap, got away in last lap in a group of 4 and nearly made it though!
And who are these guys frightened of commitment? Well, we don’t know for sure. But perhaps Barry fae the kooriers can help us to draw our own conclusions:
It’s not right though when the Edinburgh guy is telling a 60 kilo guy that he is going through too strong into a head wind!!!! Not matter what we did we were never catching group 3
Read the full story at the British Cycling site
And we don’t want to leave Higgi without a photo of the man of the moment, Lexi McAllister.
We’ve been Ayr Roads CC, and you’ve been facebook stalked! Until next time…
Ayr Roads Cycling Club / Harry Fairbairn BMW is run by a crack team of bureaucrats who YOU helped elect at the last AGM! Who are they, and what do they do? Perhaps we could do with a wee refresher…
The Chairman: Blair Wyllie
As well as dominating the board room and demanding a huge bonus on top of his outlandish salary, our Chairman volunteers for some sort of full time position with the Council. Blair is a life long member of the club and has held a number of other committee posts including treasurer. He oversees the development of the club, everything from engaging with sponsors to completing risk assessments for our open events. We don’t often see Blair at our training sessions cos he is stuck behind a computer screen managing our affairs. As he should be, perhaps, as he should be….
The Vice -Chairman: Christopher Johnson
Having served a rather ineffectual term as club secretary, there was little option but to ‘promote’ Christopher out of harms way. Like Chairman Wyllie, our Vice-Chairman has a spare time hobby somewhere up in Glasgow which has been known to distract him from his club servitude. As useless as LBJ was to Kennedy, Christopher currently organises the David Bell Memorial Race and edits the club website…
The Secretary: David Clifford
Before introducing David, a quick teaser: What do Fidel Castro, Josep Tito and Leonid Brezhnev all have in common? Thats right, all held the post of Secretary during their leadership. Voila. The Secretary is the most important member of our club. Everything goes through Dave, from race licences to SC registration forms, to cheques requiring his signature (that awful Trek he rides should reassure you on this one). Rumour has it, David works somewhere out behind Prestwick Airport for an organisation that might, or might not, have at some point made some interesting trade deals with interesting peoples. If you have a question relating to BC membership, club membership, or other stuff, he is the man to ask.
The Treasurer: Robert Bernard Kelly
The whole premise of this post has been a front – of course we just wanted to confirm Robert’s middle name. Poor Robert has to continue to find creative ways to cook our books in time for each AGM. And its no easy task – just ask his predecessor Mr McAllister who had to flea to France to avoid the scrutiny. When Robert is not at work slaving over our hard-earned pennies, he can be found in a 19th Century-themed park just off Wellington Square, doing some sort of legal stuff. Like Blair, we do not often get to see Robert on club runs. His fiscal training policy has kept him at level 1 over the winter as some sort of package of austerity measures. If you have cash, want cash, or something to do with cash, Robert is your man.
The Championship Secretary: John Mason
Unique among your committee, John has nothing better to do with his time than serve the mighty Ayr Roads CC. After forty years he quit his job to dedicate more time to us, and complete his life long dream of cracking the points system set by our club forbears. Notifying the polis that we are using the roads, keeping tabs on our silverware, and ensuring that the club ten calculations remain a closely guarded secret, are all part of John’s job.
When not goading everyone into the scratch group, Mark can be found doing some sort of IT based thing with schools. But don’t ask him anything about computers, cos that is apparently a mystery. Mark came to us from a brief but spellbinding career as a Kilmarnock midfielder. Don’t be surprised when members of other clubs approach him to autograph their 1996 Panini sticker books. Want to know which bunch to go in, where its going, when its going, why its going that way, why no one is listening to your request to go via Carlisle and back over that broken bridge up some road way out yonder, direct your question to Mark. Also, if you want to know about what races to target, how to survive in the bunch etc, try asking Skilling. Should you find the answer’s to your liking, you can reward him with a Guinness. Mark has also been responsible for ensuring that we’ll all be taking delivery of our snot green and blue fake Movistar kits very soon.
Other notable talents:
The Social Secretary: Michael Robb.
Mick’s having a party, and if you’re nice, you might be invited!
The Club Hut Convenor: John-Paul Baxter
JP says remember to turn the Jacuzzi off when you leave. If you want a key to this fine hostelry, this is the man to ask.
The Club Press Officers: Gavin Kerr & Paul Gibson
Why didn’t your 22nd place in the TLI 10 on the westferry get a mention in last week’s Carrick Gazette? Possibly cos these two have not yet perfected the art of mindreading. Pray tell, and they will work up some spin to sell to their media contacts.
Hopefully that has cleared up who does what. You will of course have more questions, and perhaps some ideas and suggestions on how our post-holders could conduct their jobs even more efficiently. You can send these to ayrroads AT gmail DOT com. Your feedback is important to the committee, who will do their utmost to see you co opted onto the committee at next year’s agm.
Ayr Roads Cycling Club / Harry Fairbairn BMW will shortly be taking delivery of their new club kit from Carvalho Custom. After 20 years in the navy, mid and light blue chevrons there’s a wee departure to tradition on the way…
But panic not, you will still have another twelve months to enjoy the sight of the mighty blue and white ARCC machine at the front of a bunch near you… Similar in design to the professional Mobistar team, the colours are being phased in gradually and will not be registered with Scottish Cycling until 2013.
Ayr Roads has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years and a soaring membership. With new faces comes new ideas, and the change in colours reflects the club’s growing confidence. A top 10 finish in the Scottish TTT champs, two victories in the lower divisions, medals at the British Track Championships and the growing status of the South Carrick David Bell Memorial all demonstrate the fantastic breadth and depth of our membership.
The club is also delighted to have confirmed the continued support of Harry Fairbairn BMW – an association now into its 23rd year!