AYR Roads/Harry Fairbairn Cycling Club pair, Alex McAllister and Fraser Tait were in action on Sunday when they competed in the Scottish Cyclo Cross series at Plean Country Park, Stirling.

Conditions were typical for cyclo cross at this time of year, with the course conditions slippy under wheel, following a covering of snow. The pair did well in the conditions with Alex taking 11th place and Fraser on his wheel for 12th. Robert Kelly suffered a mechanical and did not finish.

Deeside Thistle Cycling Club will host the Scottish National Cyclo Cross Championships at Royal Deeside next Sunday where Ayrshire Clubs will be represented.

Nearer to home, the wintry conditions last week did not deter Ayr Roads members from getting out on their bikes.

The mid week group were however caught up in a hailstorm on their way to Muirkirk, when they were forced to shorten their route at Mauchline, returning homewards by Craigie Village. They recorded their lowest day run mileage for years, when only twenty five miles were recorded.

Sunday's main club run was affected too by a bitter cold morning, which restricted the run to 50 miles over a circuit that took in Kirkmichael, Patna and then by the climb from Polnessan to Cairntable, before turning at Sinclairston, the Moat Toll and home roads via Tarbolton.

Club captain Bobby McGhee faired better on southern byways. Bobby clocked up over three hundred miles, around Oxfordshire before heading over by the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Severn on his last day, finishing his mini tour in the town of Hereford.