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Ayr Roads host Cyclo Cross Race 19th October

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!

Bart and Tom have it in their diaries, get it in yours!

Bart and Tom have it in their diaries, get it in yours!

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!

League Event 10: Turnberry TT

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.



Ride with Team Ghana – Sunday 7th July

Hi all,

For the chance to ride with Team Ghana get to Straiton for 0945 and we’ll do three laps of the Straiton Kirkmichael Crosshill Circuit.  This is an open invite to all Ayrshire road cyclists who have bunch riding experience.

ARCC Club Coach Scott MacLean with members of Team Ghana

ARCC Club Coach Scott MacLean with members of Team Ghana

Meet at the Car Park in Straiton for 0945 – we’ll divide into groups and the Scratch can expect to be away by 10:00

Members of ARCC will be departing from Beresford Terrace, Ayr at 0845 for a warm up spin down to Straiton for 09:45.

This is the circuit –

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The finish will be the top of the climb at BroadWood – IThe end of the Wall, and AFTER the Blairquhan entrance where Straiton Struggle finished)


Kenny wins Round 2. So does Harry, Paul and Toni…

The 2nd round of the 2014 club league was a busy affair with lots and lots of riders congregating at the base of the Nic O Balloch for a timed ascent of the black rated Ayrshire Alp!

Chairman Wyllie and GenSec Clifford did the noble thing and climbed the hill first with the watches.  Vic and Gywnneth made sure they continued to add to their overall league positions by timekeeping at basecamp.  20 points all round.

Calm after the storm - on route home by the Bell Memorial

Calm after the storm – on route home by the Bell Memorial

Chris JG was first up the hill, with just a minute head start on 12 yr old Harry who was in hot pursuit.  50 points to the young Burner.

Toni skimmed up the climb to place high overall and take the lead in the women’s league.

Paul Gibson got the better of Davie Fulton to extend his lead in the vets league.

Greg Templeton set a fine tempo to score the highest time right up until the scratch rider Kenny Armstrong made it to the top without mechanical incident.  Hooray!

Paul M and Davie F cried foul with the timekeeper.  We believe they were right. Times below:

1 Kenny Armstrong 9:40
2 Greg Templeton 9:45
3 Paul Gibson 9:59
4 JP Baxter 10:03
5 Ed Clifton 10:44
6 Scott Knox 11:24
7 Andy McClung 11:55
8 Toni McIntosh 11:56
9 Gordon Hamilton 12:05
10 Paul McGhee 12:10
11 Bobby McGhee 12:24
12 Kevin McBride 12:29
13 Chris Johnson 12:30
14 Lynn Wardrop 12:42
15 Dave Fulton 13:02
16 John McKie 13:29
17 Harry McGarvie 14:52
18 Janet Erskine 14:06
19 Duncan McArthur 16:57
20 Lindsay mcGarvie 17:03

Today we raised £36 from rider’s £2 donations.  If you didn’t have pennies on you today please bring double to the next league event!The next event is scheduled for 5th April – the 3rd Ronde Van Ayrlaanderen – a social ride from Monkon with 8 strava segments.  Keep an eye out on for full info.

After 2 rounds current league standings are as follows:

Overall after 2 rounds
Position Member 1 2 Overall
1 Paul Gibson VET 45 40 85
2 Greg Templeton 38 45 83
3 JP Baxter 36 38 74
4 Ed Clifton 34 36 70
5 Bobby McGhee VET 30 26 56
6 Chris Johnson 32 22 54
7 Kenny Armstrong 50 50
8 Gary Maher 50 50
9 Dave Fulton VET 28 18 46
10 Vic Possee VET 20 20 40
11 Peter Ferrier 40 40
12 Scott Knox 34 34
13 Andy McClung 32 32
14 Toni McIntosh FEMALE 30 30
15 Paul McGhee 28 28
16 Kevin McBride 24 24
17 Blair Wyllie 20 20
18 Dave Clifford 20 20
19 Lynn Wardrop FEMALE 20 20
20 John McKie 16 16
21 Harry McGarvie BURNER 14 14
22 Janet Erskine FEMALE 12 12
23 Duncan McArthur VET 10 10
24 Lindsay mcGarvie 9 9



Its been a challenging start to 2014 for the guys and gals at Ayr Roads CC. The weather has been atrocious, which in turn has led to some frantic turbo training sessions within the ranks. In fact, most of our January fun has been conducted indoors, with our legendary Tuesday night Hammer Horror Circuit Training sessions proving very popular. Are the benefits being felt ?? – Absolutely –  Chairman Wylie claims he’s ready to take on this years Liege-Bastogne-Liege, although his claim was made during our Prize Giving night out…Towards the end of the night may we add. If you fancy giving La Doyenne a shot this year with Chairman Wylie, then get yourself down to Belmont Academy on Tuesday night at 7pm for some great training, led by our very own Mr Motivator Drill Sergeant Scotty MacLean.


Note the impressive front wheel riser selection, notably Jo Clarks kitchen chopping board.

Continuing with the indoor theme, our prize giving night proved an almighty success, with barrow loads of banter, fine food and beverages, and the customary Ayr Roads patented end of night Cycling Conga, which differs from a standard Conga in that the participants angle their upper bodies downwards to obtain a more aero Conga position. Here’s the all important list from 2013….Chapeau to all !!

Track Shield – John Mason

British Masters Track Championship @ Newport
Silver medal (Vic Possee) in Scratch race
Bronze medals (John Mason) in Sprint, TT, Pursuit

European Masters Track Championship @ Newport
Bronze medals (John Mason) in TT and Pursuit

Turnberry Trophy – Mark Skilling

Individual Time Trial of 28.2 miles on Circuit of Turnberry

1st on scratch = Mark Skilling in 1:11:00 @ 24.08mph
2nd on scratch = Alex McAllister @ 3:14
3rd on scratch = Gary Maher @ 3:15

Winning Handicap time = 1:03:21

Hill Climb – Gary Maher
Individual TimeTrial on Carwinshoch Hill climb ~ 900 metres long @ 11.4% average with maximum gradient of 23%
1  Gary Maher            3:17
2  Kenny Armstrong   3:23
3  Adam Stevens        3:32

Pennyglen Circuit – Kenny Armstrong
Awarded to best ARCC finisher in the Pennyglen Hilly Time Trial

1    Peter Murdoch (Paisley Velo) 35:03 = new course record
4    Kenny Armstrong 36:14
8    Mark Skilling 36:36
13  Mick Robb 38:13

Veteran’s Trophy – Mark Skilling
12th in Scottish Veterans Championship road race @ Clarebrand

Club 10 MileTimeTrial Series – Robert Kelly

Road Race Trophy – Gary Maher
Awarded for most BC licence points gained in road races over the season
Gary Maher         63
Greg Templeton  16
Toni McIntosh     12
Davie Torrance     6

BAR (Best All Rounder) – Mark Skilling
Decided over fastest aggregate at 10, 25, 50 miles in open TT races
Qualifying riders were Mark Skilling, Alex McAllister, Robert Kelly, Lynne Wardrop, Toni McIntosh

Respective winning times ~

22:01 @ Bill Moore Memorial 10 ~ Eglinton course
56:20 @ Sam Dooley Memorial 25 ~ West Ferry course
2:00:35 @ National 50 Championship ~ A78/A71 course

Sportive Trophy – Paul McGhee

Tourist Trophy – Grant Young
4000 km cycled from North Sea to Black Sea following rivers Rhine and Danube passing through Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania

Women’s Trophy – Toni McIntosh
Toni McIntosh
    •    Bronze medal in National Womens Olympic TT Championship
    •      9th in Narional Womens 10 TT Championship
    •    12th in National Womens RR Championship
    •      6thin Natonal Womens 25 TT Championship
    •    Bronze medal in National Womens 50 TT Championship
    •    Silver medal in National Womens 100 TT Championship
    •      4th in Scottish Womens BAR at 10, 25, 50 miles
    •    24th in Scottish Senior BAR at 25, 50, 100 miles
    •      1st in Ayrshire & Dumfries Senior BAR at 25, 50, 100 miles
    •      1st in Ayrshire & Dumfries Womens BAR at 10, 25 miles

Lynne Wardrop
    •    10th in National Womens 10 TT Championship
    •    20th in National Womens RR Championship
    •      6th in National Womens 50 TT Championship
    •      7th in Scottish Womens BAR at 10, 25, 50 miles

Toni McIntosh and Lynne Wardrop were jointly
    •      2nd team in National Womens 10 TT Championship
    •      1st team in National Womens TTT Championship (with Catherine Logan – Walkers CC)
    •    Team gold medal in National Womens 50 TT Championship
    •    Team gold medal in Scottish Womens BAR over 10, 25, 50 miles

Mason Trophy – Gary Maher
Awarded to the rider who has shown the most improvement in either road races or time trials during the season

    •      1st EKRC RR
    •      5th VC Glasgow South RR
    •      5th Neilston Nocturne race
    •      6th Johnstone Wheelers Admiralty RR
    •      7th LABRAT RR
    •      8th Dalbeattie Classic RR
    •      2nd Glasgow Green CC RR
    •    13th Wanlockhead RR
    •    15th Sam Robinson Memorial RR
    •    Ayrshire & Dumfries Road Race Champion
Category 2 licence awarded

Club Member of the Year – Chris Johnson




Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas – Its baltic, the roads are grotty and we have all felt the pain of the Tour de Buchanan Street. But, these are minor blemishes in what has been an exciting month for Ayrshires Premier, undisputed, most awesome Cycling Club.

Mark, Owen and Mick braving the elements in Girvan

Mark, Owen and Mick braving the elements in Girvan

Last time around, we were anticipating the Irvine Beach round of the Scottish Cyclo Cross Series, where nothing less than top-notch performances would be expected – It’s as near to a home game as the ‘Roads can get in the SCX series. How did we do ?? Not bad at all –  Solid rides from all 8 ‘Roads riders, with the standouts being Ollie Kelly placing 7th in the Under 8’s, Alex McAllister claiming a top 10 in the Vets category in his first CX outing, and little Jo Clark cruising to 7th in the ladies race. We also saw the hotly awaited competitive comeback of our own Chris Johnson. This man was a dab hand at the ‘Cross game back when he was a young one, but one thing or another (Scotch-Pie’s) curtailed his promising career – Good to see him back in the colours riding a bike in anger.

All smiles now - but these 2 had a good ding-dong in the sand trap.

All smiles now – but these 2 had a very good ding-dong in the sand trap.

Next up for the CXers was the big one – The National Championships held way out East at Foxlake, somewhere near Dunbar. Hats off to the organizers with their choice of venue – The Krispy Kreme emporium was only a matter of minutes from race HQ, which had our resident donut expert/TTer Rab Kelly in raptures. We managed to muster four riders for the battle – Ollie in the Under 8’s, Alex and Paul in the Veterans, and JP in the senior mens race. First rider off was young Ollie, and as per the norm this season, he delivered the goods – 7th position. Job done Master Kelly.

Ollie with a big shiny Championship medal.

Ollie with a big shiny Championship medal.

The big race of the day saw our JP line up with the big guns of the series – But fear not, because our man had prepared meticulously with a perfectly tapered training schedule which included a Guinness™and Fish Supper nutrition regime. Did it pay dividends?? Absolutely. 12th place for JP in a star studded line-up. Chuffed?? You bet. Donuts all round!! 
JP keeps it together, on his way to being chuffed.

JP keeps it together on his way to being chuffed.

That’s the CycloCross season pretty much done and dusted for the guys and gals, apart from the traditional Cyclists v Harriers race over at Irvine on the 22nd of December. The starting gun goes off at 1300, so get yourself and your nearest and dearest down to the Irvine Sports Club on Maress Road for some lighthearted festive race fun.

Finally, news of a cracking new Ayr Roads sponsor for the up-coming season. Sprockets Cycles is an independent bike shop based in Kilmarnock. The guys first opened their doors in 2010, and have went from strength to strength, catering for racers and seasoned cyclists, to kids and novices alike. Be warned – Craig stocks some pretty mouth-watering cycling niceness from the likes of Cervelo, Santa Cruz and Genesis, so get yourself down to Ayr Road in Kilmarnock for a look around and a blether with the Sprockets lads.


Wishing all our members, followers, sponsors and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year…..

See you in 2014.




Mud, Indoor Sweat and a lack of gears.

Its been a productive November so far for all the chaps and chapettes at Ayrshires best loved and best attired Premier cycling club. So, whats been happening ??…Well, our Tuesday night indoor Turbo or Circuit training torture sessions have been given a joyous thumbs up from the sweaty Ayr Roads faithful. Our very own in-house PE teacher Scott Maclean dishes out the weekly hurt hurt hurt on the circuits of doom. This man is mild mannered, pleasant and fairly approachable by day – but, on a Tuesday evening between 7pm and 9pm he turns into Sergeant Bilko in a shell-suit. But, he assures us its doing us all a power of good and the results will be pouring in come the start of the Scottish racing season in, erm, February.

On the Cyclo Cross front, our dirty weekenders JP and Paul Gibson took the daunting journey to deepest Lanarkshire where the fearsome Strathclyde Park Scottish CycloCross awaited. First stop was a burl round on the dodgems of course,  then followed by the pre-race energy top-up of a couple of bags of Candy Floss. The course was fast, quite furious, and had enough quagmire on it to keep the pressure washers in the pits working like veritable Trojans.


JP,  just before his quick-link quickly un-linked

Paul had a sterling ride, coming in 23rd, looking muddy yet composed as he crossed the finish line, soaking up the adulation of the weans Eve and Aaron, his ever enthusiastic fan-club. JP suffered a broken chain and went for an early hose down with Karcher and then promptly signed into his friendly local internet giants webpage to replace said part. 20131110_153359

Paul, still buzzin’ from the candy floss.

Next Sunday  its the Irvine Beach Cyclo cross, organized by Walkers Cycles, who are without doubt the best cycling club in Kilmaurs, and possibly the 2nd best in Ayrshire. We have, at time of going to press, Ollie Kelly in the wee ones, 3 chaps in the seniors race, 1 in the Vets and 1 in the ladies race. This is a fantastic event, not only for the riders, but for spectators too, with epic vantage points such as “the big dipper”, “the sand pit from hell” and “the fast bit round past the dragon”.  Get yourself and the family down there, preferably armed with a cowbell or percussion instrument of choice – racing starts at 11am for the wee ones, culminating in the Mens Senior race at 1400 hours.

Mon the ‘Roads!!!


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