The organisers of the South Carrick David Bell Memorial Race announced a brand-new mass participation event this week. The ‘Highwayman Challenge’ will give local cyclists the opportunity to sample the route just 24 hours before the best cyclists in Britain line up for the classic road race.
A 100km Audax, the Highwayman Challenge starts and finishes in Girvan on Saturday 9th June. The route will feature all the elements that the South Carrick David Bell is best known for including Tairlaw Summit, Nic O Balloch and the Carrick Forest Drive. To add to the challenge, riders must get round a series of checkpoints at an average speed of between 15 and 30km/h.
Ayr Roads Cycling Club, the promoting organisation, hope that the excitement of the seeing the pros tackle the route next day, and also the bargain entry fee, will attract cyclists from across Ayrshire and beyond to Girvan. Coming just a month before the Graeme Obree Sportive, it will also be a great opportunity for sport cyclists to test their legs!
The Highwayman was David E.T. Bell’s penname when he wrote his extremely popular column in the Ayrshire Post for over forty years. Challenge participants will get the opportunity to pay homage to Bell as they pass the memorial in his name at Rowantree Toll. To enter into the spirit of the event, organisers are also offering a prize for the best turned out ‘retro-bike’ – typically any steel machine more than 15years old.
Participants will be encouraged to use the event for fundraising to support two excellent causes – the MS Society and South Carrick Community Leisure.
Follow the link for more information, and to enter The Highwayman Challenge