Bob Cherry has been elected as the new president of Ayr Rotary Club, succeeding Hazel McCully, who served as president for 18 months.

Bob recently retired from Galbraiths Property Consultants in Ayr and now has more time to spend leading the club out of Covid restrictions and into a new exciting year.

Among other projects, he is organizing the Ayrshire Alps Challenge, an exciting new ‘sportive’ cycling challenge offering riders the chance to tackle one of two tough and hilly Ayrshire road courses later this year.

Taking place on Saturday, October 8, the event’s full-length 80-mile route includes climbs totalling 2,170 metres, though there’s also the option to take on a shorter 48-mile course climbing through 1,300 metres.

Both courses take place on relatively quiet roads while combining stiff climbs with sweeping descents and some spectacular views.

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Ayr, working in partnership with Malawi Fruits, a community enterprise in the north of the country.

Similar events will take place in Highland Perthshire on August 27 and Tayside on September 24.

Find out more about the event, and submit your entry, at ridingforgood.uk/the-ayrshire-alps-challenge.