Ghana Corner – Glasgow 2014 road race

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.

ghana corner

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:

ARCC League event 10 winner SAMUEL!

ARCC League event 10 winner SAMUEL!

Team captain

Team captain

Rising star

Rising star

His first of many Commonwealth appearances

His first of many Commonwealth appearances

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!

Ayr Roads CC's 12yr old Harry with Team Ghana

Ayr Roads CC’s 12yr old Harry with Team Ghana

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.



Entertaining Ghana!

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.

coach to coach, Scott McLean of ARCC hands across the ceremonial plaque

coach to coach, Scott McLean of ARCC hands across the ceremonial plaque

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.

Team Ghana and Ayr Roads CC's Clydesiders

Team Ghana and Ayr Roads CC’s Clydesiders

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's 12yr old Harry with Team Ghana

Ayr Roads CC’s 12yr old Harry with Team Ghana

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.

There was laughter and tall tales throughout the reception sponsored by Savoy Park Hotel

There was laughter and tall tales throughout the reception sponsored by Savoy Park Hotel

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!

League Strava Tables Update

Dave Clifford has maximum points – for how long?

Ascent in a week

Height (Week) metres  11/07/2014  Points
1 David Clifford 11971 50
2 David Fulton 9753 45
3 Lynne Wardop 9363 40
4 Adam Stevens 7710 38
5 Alex McAllister 6492 36
6 Jp Baxter 6389 34
7 Gordon Campbell 5929 32
8 Joanne Clark 5783 30
9 Bobby McGhee 5607 28
10 Janet Erskine 5524 26
11 Greg Templeton 4832 24
12 Alastair McGibbon 4663 22
13 Gary Maher 4598 20
14 Christopher J-G 4530 18
15 Andy Mcclung 4519 16
16 Kenny Mackay 4436 14
17 Duncan McArthur 4119 12
18 Scott Knox 3773 10
19 Kev Brown 3666 9
20 Jason Kean 3570 8
21 Christopher Scott 3210 7
22 Paul Mcghee 3172 6
23 Brian Armour 2830 5
24 Scott Maclean 2802 4
25 Michael Curran 2711 3

Distance in a day

Distance (Day) Km 11/07/2014 Points
1 David Clifford 246.1 50
2 Paul Gibson 241.1 45
3 Jp Baxter 232.7 40
4 David Fulton 224.6 38
5 Joanne Clark 223.1 36
6 Janet Erskine 203.4 34
7 Gordon Campbell 193 32
8 Gary Maher 192.6 30
9 Gordon Keeney 192.2 28
10 Kev Brown 183.1 26
11 Christopher Scott 173.9 24
12 Alastair McGibbon 173.2 22
13 Jason Kean 170.8 20
14 Scott Knox 170.6 18
15 Alex McAllister 169.5 16
16 Bobby McGhee 166 14
17 Kenny Mackay 159.4 12
18 Paul Mcghee 158.6 10
19 Duncan McArthur 144.4 9
20 Andy Mcclung 144.2 8
21 Scott Maclean 136 7
22 Greg Templeton 135 6
23 Ed Clifton 132.6 5
24 Frances Stevens 122.5 4
25 Brian Armour 122.3 3

MISSING! 10 times from 12th June

Click to see the 2014 ARCC 10 Standings after 7 rounds of the  Club 10 Series.

However, we are missing times for week 4 – the 12th June.  If you have them don’t be shy in sharing.



Ghana 1 ARCC 0

What a glorious morning!  15 Ayr Roads members turned out for a hard training session with the Team Ghana cyclists, staying in Ayr ahead of the Glasgow2014 games.

Ayr Roads and Team Ghana in Straiton

Ayr Roads and Team Ghana in Straiton

Three laps of the Straiton-Kirkmichael-Crosshill circuit was on the menu after a tempo ride out to the start where everyone re grouped.

After a quick photo opportunity group 1 set off, led by junior league leader Harry McGarvie.  Five minutes later Toni McIntosh and troops took up the chase, and finally after 10 mins the ARCC big guns rode out with the four Ghana riders.

Group 2 caught group 1 on the run into Crosshill on the second lap, and come Cloyntie the scratch made the catch and the speed went zoooooom!

On the ascent to Broadwood the leading group of Samuel, Antony and Razak of Ghana got away with Kenny Armstrong, JP Baxter, Paul Gibson and Peter Ferrier.

In the sprint for the line Samuel took the win with Kenny Armstrong spoiling a Ghana podium in second.  JP was next Ayr Roads rider home in 4th. Aminu lead the next group across the line just ahead of Toni McIntosh (first woman).

Ayr Roads CC's 12yr old Harry with Team Ghana

Ayr Roads CC’s 12yr old Harry with Team Ghana

The event formed round 9 of the Ayr Roads CC league – with 20points awarded to club coach Scott McLean for setting up the amazing session!

Thanks to Lorna Dempsey for coming out to cheer us on, and for this great video she uploaded to facebook

Team Ghana are in the area right up to the Games and more training sessions are planned so keep an eye on the forums for details.

We’ve got a stock of Ghana flags on order to cheer the boys on come the Road Race in Glasgow


Round 9 – Team Ghana APR Points
1 Kenny Armstrong 50
2 John Paul Baxter 45
3 Peter Ferrier 40
4 Paul Gibson 38
5 Toni McIntosh 36
6 Kevin McBride 34
7 Christopher JG 32
8 Jo Clark 30
9 Grant Young 28
10 Bobby McGhee 26
11 Duncan McArthur 24
12 Greg Henderson 22
13 Lindsay McGarvie 20
14 Harry McGarvie 18
Organiser Scott McLean 20

League Top 20 after 9 Rounds:

Position Member Overall
1 JP Baxter 382
2 Christopher JG 259
3 Paul Gibson VET 241
4 Bobby McGhee VET 238
5 Scott Knox 208
6 Kenny Armstrong 200
7 Lindsay mcGarvie VET 187
8 Harry McGarvie BURNER 166
9 Ed Clifton 158
10 Kevin McBride 153
11 Peter Ferrier VET 151
12 Toni McIntosh FEMALE 102
13 Paul McGhee 92
14 Duncan McArthur VET 84
15 Greg Templeton 83
16 Jo Clarke FEMALE 76
17 Janet Erskine FEMALE 60
18 Scott Maclean VET 54
19 Gary Maher 50

league participation

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 –

ghana apr

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)



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