Windy conditions in the inaugural Tour of Ayrshire

Kilmarnock hosted the 9th qualifier of the season in a beautiful Scottish landscape with a 11mile/18km time trial on Saturday and a 70mile/112km Granfondo on Sunday. Besides some minor raindrops for some participants on Saturday, it stayed dry for the weekend.

Fastest time overall in the time trial was for Ian Ryves who finished in a time of 26:53 in an average speed of 41.7km/h. Brazilian Leonardo Aranha finished in second while Irish Sean Featherstone completed the overall male podium.

Bronwen Ewing (age group 50-54) beated a lot of her younger opponents to take the overall female win in a time of 30:29 (average speed 36.79km/h). Lynsey Curran and Mireille Captieux finished half a minute later to take silver and bronze.

The Granfondo on Sunday started in four race waves for the licensed riders and a sport wave for non-licensed riders. The wind was playing an important role with pelotons in echelons.

The overall victory was for Irish Alan Bingham who beated Jamie Wilkins in the sprint. Gavin Shirley finished in third. The average speed of the winner was 35.33km/h

The females all started together in the fourth wave. Overall winner was Julie Mann beating her compatriots Victoria Collins and Mireille Captieux. The average speed of the first lady was 31.64km/h.

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