The best cyclists in Scotland will descend on South Ayrshire this Sunday, the 5th of June, as Ayr Roads Cycling Club/Harry Fairbairn BMW play host to round four of the Scottish Power Renewables SuP6R Six series at the 2011 David Bell Memorial Road Race.
The event has attracted a full field for the first time in over two decades, with the riders lining up to complete the gruelling 120km marathon over the hilly roads around Straiton.
Among those competing for the coveted victor’s trophy will be Commonwealth Games runner up George Atkins, Multiple British Champion and series leader James McCallum of Rapha Condor Sharp, and young mountainbike star Grant Ferguson of Boardman Elite.
Teams from as far afield as Moray, Keswick and Newcastle will also be competing in what is set to be an extremely unique event.
Chris Johnston, a member of the race’s organising committee, sent us his diary of the week before the race. As we can see, it’s not just a case of rocking up on the morning and opening the HQ…
– Submitted by Chris Johnston –
Sunday 29th May — one week to go to the Davie Bell Memorial
After a week finally the opportunity to get out on my bike.
Panniers laden, this is a chance to ride the route, flyer-up the cafés, and hang up some race warning signs on the narrow Loch Doon approach road.
I meet an elderly resident walking his dog on the south end of the Loch and his enthusiasm for the race is infectious!
Within minutes he’s regaling me of tales of commuting 70 miles each day on his 80 inch fixed. Kenny Armstrong appears too, for his route recce.
I try to follow him over the forest drive but despite him spinning along chatting easily I can’t hold his wheel -: the Nic climb might have