Club league event 1 – Sunday 23rd Feb

JP keeps it together, on his way to being chuffed.


Next Sunday (23rd February) the much anticipated club league kicks off.  The opening round, a short cyclocross session around the fabled Irvine Beach Park circuit, carries maximum points so will be an important marker for those wishing to take home a shiny trophy at the end of the year.

So, the details:

  • OPEN to all members of Ayr Roads and Ayr Burners Cycling Club.  HOWEVER, points only count for those who are fully paid up and race under the ARCC banner.
  • This is not an official or insured event and therefore all participants do so at their own risk
  • This session is in an open park and participants must make way for dog walkers and be respectful to other users
  • Participants will need to be familiar with the course – it won’t be marked out.

We will meet up from 0930 from a route recce at 0945 and session start at 10:00.  It will be 45minutes in duration, so for most people 4 laps.  For specialists like JohnPaul and Paul Gibson we expect 5 laps.  No less.It will be sandy, and likely quite muddy.  Cyclo cross bikes are ideal, but equally so mountainbikes or hybrids are also well suited to the course (just remove the mudguards first).

Big Alan Thomson of Sandy Wallace will not be town, fear not.

Big Alan Thomson of Sandy Wallace will not be in town, fear not.

As part of the 2014 league, a £2 donation is requested for the ride.  ARCC is raising funds this year for Marie Curie Cancer Care.


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!!!

PHEW….Big week briefing…..

Well – Its been a busy few days at Ayr Roads Towers, with lots and lots of juicy club workings to report on. The road season may have well and truly finished, but its been all go go go within the inner sanctum of the ‘Roads… A positive and forward moving AGM last week included a cabinet re-shuffle, a fresh club captain and a new Davie Bell Road Race director general amongst other things…Also, a new and exciting club confined league event (see below) has been given the thumbs up by the guys and gals, and we have managed to secure some funding through the A&DCA for two shiny new track bikes….

Next up – Round 4 of the Scottish Cyclo Cross series at Strathclyde park on Sunday 10th Nov 2013…..Updates to follow….

2014 Club League

A 2014 club league has been proposed – more info can be seen here.

The league will feature a total of 15 ‘events’ spread around the calendar, including two Strava Challenges.

Comments are welcome from club members – please join the discussion on the forum.

And we are back!

With the 2013 ARCC AGM comes a changing of the guard.

Captain Skilling has stepped down from his stint as webmaster and Media Manager JP Baxter adds the club website to his portfolio of communications channels.

In other ARCC gossip Kenny Armstrong is the new Mr Davie Bell RR!

More to follow….


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