Sep 7 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
AYRSHIRE was well-represented at Saturday’s Georgetown Cup TT, staged by Glasgow Couriers on the B790 between Renfrew and Houston.
Fullarton Wheelers and Walkers Cycling Club were among the competitors in the annual 7.2-mile race alongside the Gryffe Water.
The event is ridden individually but the results are determined from the aggregate times achieved by the top eight riders in each team.
A large field of around 140 riders had entered, some even competing on Flying Scot bikes which gave the race an interesting new dimension.
Fullarton times were Brian Loye 15 mins 54 secs (7th individual overall), Chris Staples 15.58 (8th individual overall), Jim Ryland 16.25, Gordon Stead 16.26, Stephen Cassidy 17.22, Alan McCall 18.07, Richard Sykes 18.44, David Kean 20.10.
Fastest individual time on the day was Ben Peacock of Paisley Velo in 14 mins 29 secs, all other riders coming in over the 15-minute mark
Fullarton were third in the team classification and received the bronze medal. Their total time was 2.19.06. First were Glasgow Couriers (2.17.08 ) and second were Johnstone Wheelers (2.18.51).
An additional award, the Georgetown Pie, is given to the team that comes last overall, and as 2011’s worthy winners, Walkers CC of Kilmaurs were keen to defend such an achievement.
In fact so hell-bent were they on doing a repeat that the team fielded two TT rookies in Paula Wilson and Fiona Wallace among the eight. Rather selfishly however, both ladies turned in fairly decent times for a first attempt, and when combined with the good times notched up by the other team members, Walkers leapt a full place up the leader board to second last with their place usurped by the Johnstone Sheilas, an appropriately-named feminine adjunct to the more famous Wheelers.
Walkers times were Tommy Gribbon 17 mins and 53 secs, Catherine Logan 17.56, Scott Russell 19.26, Fiona Walker 19.51, Sandy Muir 19.21, Russell Mowatt 20.50 (on Flying Scot), Paula Wilson 22.28, Fiona Wallace 23.19.
WALKERS CC had 30 riders out on three separate disciplines on Thursday night.
A dozen were out on the club’s leisure/newcomer ride which went to Dunlop and another dozen were on the weekly Marine Drive, Irvine, ‘cat-and-mouse’ challenge.
Also on Thursday, some of the club’s cyclocross riders were getting practice in for the season coming up. These outings will be held every Thursday with riders leaving from Walkers Cycling at 7.30pm.
The Irvine crit riders were split into three groups. Group one were caught and overtaken near the end of the second lap and group three caught group one near the end of the third lap, bringing most riders together again, with the exception of the TT group who were still out in front.
The majority of riders completed four laps, with Catherine Logan and Peter Forsythe maintaining their lead and coming in first, with everyone else not far behind.
IT WAS a busy weekend for members of the RGCC (Retired Gentlemen’s Cycling Club) of Stewarton. On Saturday the regulars were joined by younger friends to take part in a 50-mile charity run. Eleven cyclists set off at 8am to head up the A77 and over a misty Eaglesham moor to reach the David Livingstone centre for a photo/tea stop. Onwards in brighter weather they continued through Uddingston and joined cycle tracks in Coatbridge where the broken glass caused five punctures, disrupting the timetable. At the far end of Caldercruix the group met up with five other enthusiasts. Four of the more able bikers took the big climb detour up past the Blackhill transmitter while the remaining dozen enjoyed quieter flatlands and the long descent to Polmont, where they met up with 14 fundraising cyclists from Fife and tucked into soup and a roll before the transport home.
On more puncture-proof tyres, five members turned out on Monday for a 20-miler through Kilmaurs and, mainly via cycle tracks, the south of Irvine, returning through Girdle Toll, Torranyard and the Old Kilwinning Road. Tea was served up in the Cottage which provided the perfect atmosphere for the retelling of journeys old and new.
FOUR riders turned up at Loans on Thursday evening for the final time trial training of the season. On a bright but rather cold night the riders set out in one-minute intervals, facing a stiff north westerly wind en route to the Gailes roundabout. The riders were then pleased to feel the benefit of a strong tailwind as they cycled back to the Loans turn-off.
While not attracting the same large turnout as the open criterium training in Irvine on a Wednesday, the Loans sessions are considered a success by those who have taken part – particularly those who have seen considerable improvements in time trial speeds over the season.
Times recorded last Thursday: Jennifer Nicol 31.23, Frazer Grant 25.24, Kevin Brown 23.45, Brian Nicol 23.16.
LAST weekend saw two CTC Ayrshire outings muster up a magnificent total of 29 riders between them.
‘A student’s view’ was the theme of CTC Ayrshire ladies’ outing on Saturday when 16 cyclists set out on a riverbank ride that took in the grounds of three academic campuses (including Auchincruive, home of SAC). Most of the miles were off-road as the girls cycled upstream beside the River Ayr, passing Ayr College and the new UWS buildings. The riders returned along the opposite bank, then pedalled along the promenade towards lunch in the sun at Doonfoot’s Secret Garden.
The following day was a late entry to the club’s programme as members had been waiting for details of the annual Open Doors event to be announced.
A decision to visit three Irvine Valley sites resulted in 12 riders making the first call at Barr Castle in Galston where they enjoyed the informative presentation and the early tea and coffee. The riders were joined by a friend from Carluke who was made welcome as was, earlier in the day, another far-travelled guest from Girvan.
What most of the group didn’t know was that the next visit to the Middlefield Owl Cote took them over the 1000ft high spot on the Darvel mast road. However, the rigours of the climb were soon forgotten as a result of another warm reception, the offer of some local honey and the chance to take in an unusual initiative to encourage local bird life. And if a little stress of the climb still remained the attention needed on the fine descent to Priestland soon pushed it out of the mind.
The next and final Open Doors venue was the Darvel Telephone Museum where the group again were given tea or coffee to accompany the lunch grub. The return was along the south side of the River Irvine on road, track and path.
It was a different kind of day where the weather unusually co-operated but two other ‘plus factors’ were the outstanding welcome at all the sites visited and the interesting mix of cycling terrain – road, track and path – with the big climb en route adding to the challenge.
FULLARTON Wheelers league event nine - mixed ability two up, held on Monday: 1 Michael Curran/Hugh Murray 17.38 (20 points each); 2 Gordon Stead/Brian Johnstone 18.10 (19 points); 3 Kevin Brown/Fiona Davidson 18.14 (18 points); 4 Alan McMillan/Steve Hillbourne 18.38 (17 points); 5 Nigel Cottrell/Michael Dorrans 19.08 (16 points); 6 Alan McCall/Peter Beukelmann 19.12 (15 points); 7 Richard Sykes/Ian Hackney 19.50 (14 points); 8 Brian Loye/John Hannah 20.19 (13 points); 9 Jim Ryland/Natalie Hunter 20.21 (12 points); 10 Steven Cassidy/Ian Collins 20.24 (11 points); 11 Brian Nicol/Jennifer Nicol 21.30 (10 points).
Another encouraging turnout of 15 riders assembled at Irvine Cross on Sunday for the Fullarton club run. After the rain-lashed puddlefest of last weekend, Sunday morning saw a welcome return to dry and mild conditions. As several members had either raced or ridden a 50-mile run the previous day, the initial few miles were pedalled at a pace which wouldn’t have troubled a cycling nun on a butcher’s bike.
The first real effort of the day came on the steep climb leaving Kilwinning on the way to Largs. One rider pulled his wheel and slowly came to a halt halfway up the hill. Once the wheel was aligned, the rider quickly caught up with the waiting group which was pointed in the Dalry direction.
A firework fast tempo soon shredded the melon yellow bunch into a small select group as they climbed the hill at Swinlees Quarry with several riders popping right off the back. A regroup at the hill peak gave everyone a respite and also time to repair a front wheel puncture. Dark menacing clouds overcrowded the sky on the back road to Largs. However, no rain showers appeared and the bunch swept down into the coastal town as dry as cream crackers. In Largs one rider suffered a snapped spoke, but despite a wobble to rival a spinning plate slowing on a thin vertical stick, the rear wheel stubbornly held together on the rest of the run. The coast road saw a few group splits as the bunch pushed on through Fairlie, Hunterston, West Kilbride and Ardrossan.
Total mileage on the day was between 35 and 40 miles.