Great result for Ayr Roads Brian in annual Irvine race event

Brian Yates of Ayr Roads Cycling Club achieved a great result on Sunday by taking third place in the Cyclists v Harriers race promoted by Irvine Running Club.

This annual event was first organised by the late Will Fulton of Fullarton Wheelers and is considered an epic event for Ayrshire runners and cyclists alike.

The event was held on Irvine Moor with first place going to Del Young of Garscube Harriers.

Brian has had an exceptional season with places in various open and club confined events. An all rounder, Brian has excelled at time trialling, road racing and hill climbing. Recently he turned his hand to cyclo cross which has seen his performances and placings improve considerably.

Poor weather did not deter members of Ayr Roads Cycling Club from getting out and about last week.

For the midweek club run East Ayrshire Roads was the agreed itinerary. Club members left Monkton and took a meandering route along auiet roads leading from Coylton to Mauchline before skirting the former Ballochmyle estate to Catrine.

They then followed the moor road to Cronberry and then by the Lugar Valley to Cumnock where a halt was called. Their homeward route was by the former mining village of Skares.

On Sunday a group of twenty took to the hills of South Carrick by the way of Old Dailly.

The Penklin climb, known to the Ayrshire Cycling fraternity as “Blackie’s Brae” so named after an Ayr Roads club member of the past and famed for the prime sprint to the top saw two groups diverging.

One group held on by the way of Assel Valley to Pinmore and by the Stinchar Valley to Barr, where they met up with the second group.

A tea stop was taken at Barr, one of the most picturesque villages in Ayrshire before members headed by North Balloch, before tackling the Glanalla Fall climb. A fast descent by the shoulder of Cairn Hill and Culloch Knowes to Crosshill and then it was onto home roads. A really enjoyable run was had by all.

The last club confined racing results of the 2015 season were announced when John Mason of Ayr Roads received a surprise Christmas present. John was the winner of the club’s evening ten mile time trial series.

The series of twelve events is based on performance, attendance and a handicap system that allows noviced and seasoned cyclists an equal opportunity of success. This year’s series was the most successful for years with many newcomers participating and enjoying the weekly events over the summer months.

In second and third places were Alastair McGibbon and Jody Gerratd respectively.

This was to be John’s second title of 2015 as he had already won the club’s track championship trophy. John will be awarded his trophies at the club’s annual award presentation in the New Year.

The next two Sunday’s will favour a Christmas run and the annual Ne’erday visit to the club’s country headquarters at Pinwherry where club members will savour the delights of mince pies.

It’s set to be a cracker.