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 Post subject: Davie Bell Support RR 2009
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:51 pm 
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Myself and Scott Newman rode this race yesterday, Scott had already ridden the course and said there were a few hills, didn’t really say how big they were.
There were about 80 riders in the support race a good chunk were Cat 3, after the neutral zone the pack was cruising along at a fair rate with the occasional sound of the tyres puncturing and water bottles scuttling along that ground, everyone seemed to be together till we hit the first climb, then after the 2nd climb and a hair raising decent things started to thin out. I got punted right out that back and nearly puked going up that crazy Nic O Balloch, I was hoping it was a short climb and I would get back on once we reached the top, but it wasn’t short, it went on and on and on. Scott climbed very well and left me screaming for mercy, its probably just aswell I didn’t have my HR monitor on. On the next decent I caught a small pack of riders that helped pace me up the next long climb, after we reached the top i pulled away again on the decent and caught another 2 riders, worked with them for the remaining 5 miles till one of them got shelled with a mile to go, had just enough left to sprint for the line. Thankfully the weather stayed dry and the wind wasn’t too bad. Not seen any of the results yet, but I think Scott finished a few minutes up on me. I was just happy to finish with my heart & lungs still intact. A very tough course and a lot of climbing. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Davie Bell Support RR 2009
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:53 pm 
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Rode the big race on a couple of occasions in the late 80's. It used to take place in April and had the Straiton climb first, then the 'Screws' climb followed by the Nick O Balloch. This was easily the toughest Grand Prix road race in the country, especially with the early season weather which certainly contributed to the toughness of the event. I have known people to suggest it was the toughest course in the UK !

Best finish was 13th and even then I was about 20 minutes down on the winner....some old guy called Davie Millar.

Sounds like you guys had a good race although the thought of 80 3rd cats hurtling along those roads is the stuff of nightmares. :x


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 Post subject: Re: Davie Bell Support RR 2009
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:15 pm 
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At least half of our race had Cat 3 riders but myself and Matt both thought that the Cat 3 riders should be in the A race with the elites so that we good get points. Not meaning to be rude or anything.
After the neutral zone the pack was cruising along at a fair rate on slightly damp roads with the occasional sound of the tyres puncturing, everyone seemed to be together till we hit the first climb and a hair raising decent into Barr things started to thin out. I got punted out that back going down the descent, incase of any accidents, and had to chase down Matt for at least 2-3 miles till the start of the Nic O The Balloch, it resembles a long version of the Rest. I climbed very well and left Matt to try and catch up, going up i pushed hard and passed 10 other riders and could see the main bunch just ahead of me. Two others riders jumped on my wheel and i helped them up Tairlaw Summit while being caught by another group, managed to bridge a gap from chasing group and only got caught with last 4-5 miles till finish. On the way to the finish tried to make a break but went too early, then sat in and sprinted for the line. Finished fourth in my group of seven and could see the main bunch about a minute up the road as i got near the finish line.Thankfully the weather stayed dry and the wind wasn’t too bad. Not seen any of the results yet apart from the winner, but I think Matt finished a few minutes behind me.


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 Post subject: Re: Davie Bell Support RR 2009
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:39 pm 
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Team work eh? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Davie Bell Support RR 2009
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:01 am 
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well done guys. Good to see you out there showing off the strip. I have to say it's typical of Scottish cycling that there is nearly always several riders who should not be in the 'support race' and just want to be a big fish in a small pond. Its a pity because both you guys should have been well up there. I will get off my soap box in a minute but if the powers that be want to encourage more people into road racing then they to need to stamp this out........

cheers Alan


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 Post subject: Re: Davie Bell Support RR 2009
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:24 pm 
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photos from the road race
http://ayrroadscyclingclub.fotopic.net/c1715820_25.html


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