Flat out

Fast-thinking racing cyclist Ian Anderson ran with his bike over his shoulder when a tyre punctured half a mile from the finishing line.

The Dunlop rider even beat five others after his aero machine had a flat in the last stretch of a 10-mile time trial circuit near Stewarton.

TT-enthusiast Ian was taking part in the second round of the Walkers Cycling Club summer league event between Chapeltoun and Irvine. This is a series of six once-a-month time trials open only to members of the East Ayrshire club.

Ten riders took part in the race last Tuesday night (April 10), producing slower than usual times because of strong winds on the return leg.

Finish-line marshalls didn’t even see Ian running with his bike on his shoulder because it was dark when the race was coming to an end. Only when they heard the sound of metal shoe cleats hitting the tar did they realise a cyclist was approaching.

Ian was runner-up in last year’s competition and has taken some leg-pulling from colleagues about his determination to maintain fast times on all counts.

He said: “Lucky I had a go at cycloscross racing over the winter and one thing you learn from this is how to heave your bike up and carry it without stopping.”

Ian, a hospital consultant, had four riders in front of him and five behind him when he sprinted past the timekeeper.

The finishing order was Chris Shields 27.42, Harry McGarvie 29.00, Davie Robb 29.03, Ian MacAlindon 29.15, Ian Anderson 29.54, Darren Ridout 30.07, Brian McCutcheon 30.32,  David Kaminski 30.58, John Lumley 32.17 and Sharon Lindsay 33.25.

The competition is run on a handicap basis to give all club members a chance of a podium place, regardless of age, race experience or ability. Time trial locations and distances also vary to ensure a mixed bag of results when the series ends in September.

Round three is on Tuesday, May 15, on the six-mile Corraith circular route from Dundonald.­­