ROZELLE Park was the venue on Sunday for Round One of the Scottish Cyclo Cross Super Quaich Series, where hundreds of competitors from all over Scotland descended to take part in this popular event, hosted by Ayr Burners.

The event forms part of the Scottish Super Quaich Cyclocross Series and consists of five rounds. The open event was split into two fields based on ability. The race also incorporated the Scottish Cycling South West CX Championships for Senior male and female riders and covers all clubs from Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire.

Young Harry McGarvie of the promoting club continued in fine form to take the Men's Gold Medal for the South West Championship. Not only did Harry take a Gold, he finished in eighth position overall in the Senior's Race, competing against the elite riders of the Scottish Cyclo Cross fraternity.

Marc Anderson of Loudoun Road Club took Silver and Chris Nicholson from Annan CC took Bronze. Ayr Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club's Fraser Tait was just out of the medals taking fourth place in the Championship race.

In the ladies race Jaime Nicholson of the Annan Club took first place and also the Gold medal in the SW Championships. Aileen Fisher of Ayr Roads took silver in the SW Championships and fourth overall in the main ladies race. Lorna Sloan of Fullarton Wheelers took the bronze medal.

Janet Tait of Dooleys was second in the main ladies event. Young Ollie Kelly took second place in his age group.

The weather was fine, with a slightly altered course from last year, and with recent heavy rain parts of the course were very slippy and required good technical ability.

One of the best tussles of the day came from Ayr Roads pair Alex McAllister and Bobby McGhee.

Bobby was leading Alex right until the last leg sapping hill, when Alex caught and passed him. Only seconds separated the pair at the finish.

The overall winner of the Seniors Race was David Lines who finished second last year.

With fine weather on Sunday the club run was in two parts, with the shorter run enabling club members to get back to Rozelle for the cyclo cross events. The run was by way of Tarbolton, Craigie, Gatehead and Springside where some departed for Dalry and then over the hill road to Ardrossan before heading homewards. A mileage of sixty was recorded.

A similar mileage was recorded for the mid week group who headed by southern byways to Pinmore returning by Girvan and the coast road.

Insert photo:

Podium Places for Ayrshire Ladies in the South West District Cyclo Cross Championships

Left: Aileen Fisher of Ayr Roads (Silver)

Centre: Jaime Nicholson of Annan CC (Gold)

Right: Lorna Sloan Fullarton Wheelers CC (Bronze)