Irvine Beach Park once again played host to a great family day-out as cyclists of all ages and abilities gathered for the second round of the Scottish cyclocross series on Sunday.
Dads cheering on sons in the morning and sons cheering on dads in the afternoon was how one spectator summed up the fun atmosphere at the annual seaside sand-fest.
Mums and daughters played a part too with Irvine welcoming the highest number of female entrants in 10 years of staging the event.
The wind was, surprisingly, non-existent on a bumpy course over grass banks and sand dunes right beside the sea. The rain stayed away too and such exemplary weather might convince the CX committee to keep the Ayrshire leg of the series as an early season venue.
As a result the going was fast on most of the circuit with the deep, dry sand sections proving more of an obstacle than in past years.
Organisers, Walkers Cycling Club, had spent a lot of time in the preceding weeks in getting the ground ready for Sunday’s meeting. The hard work paid off as the plaudits flooded in on social media as soon as racing was over. Many parents also make a point of travelling to Irvine because the youngsters appreciate its beachside location.
The day started with races for the kids – under 8s, under 12s, under 14s and under 16s before the junior and adult events from lunchtime. The juniors were in with the vet 50+ men and all women categories in the opener. This was followed by the vet 40+ and senior open contests.
Local riders’ times: Vets 50, juniors and women: 25. Harry McGarvie (J – 5th) 7, 48.25; 32. Brian McCutcheon (vet50 – 22nd) 7, 49.39; 60. Russell Mowat (vet50 – 34th) 6, 45.22; 77. John Lumley (vet50 – 46th) 6, 47.09; 84. Joanne Baxter (vetF – 9th) 6, 47.45; 85. Laura McFarlane (snrF – 16th) 6, 47.51; 87. Lorna Sloan (vetF – 10th) 6, 48.03; 90. Catherine Logan (vetF – 11th) 6, 49.02; 125. Fiona Walker (vetF – 18th) 5, 52.58.
Vets 40: 54. Jim Goldie 6, 43.53; 61. Ian Anderson 6, 44.44; 97. Lindsay McGarvie 6, 49.29; 113. Scott-Alexander McKendrick 5, 45.07.
Senior open: 29. John-Paul Baxter 9, 59.51; 31. Scott Kerr 9, 1.00.01; 34. Tim Dyer 1.00.45; 56. John McCracken 8, 58.47; 60. Dave Walker 8, 59.49.
The Lapierre series has a break this weekend before resuming on Sunday, October 22, at Fife College, Dunfermline.
Other dates in the CX calendar are: Sunday, November 19, Lapierre SCX5, Lochore Meadows; Sunday, December 3: Scottish CX Champs (non-series), Knockburn Loch, Aberdeen; Saturday, Dec 9: Lapierre SCX6, Cross at the Castle, Glengorm, Mull; Sunday, Feb 4: Lapierre SCX4 (rescheduled), Strathclyde Park.