With less than two months until the 49th edition of the David Bell Memorial Road Race, preparations are well underway.
This monument of Scottish Cycling, run around the hill roads of the Ayrshire Alps Cycling Park, will take place on Sunday June 29th from Girvan. The event is supported by South Ayrshire Council and promoted by Ayr Roads Cycling Club.
This will be a ‘National B‘ event run as part of the Scottish National Road Race Series with a prize fund of more than £1000, a full race convoy and the same high organisation standard the race has come to be known for. The event is open to Elite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd category riders.
This is the race that every Scottish cyclist wants to win, with an incredibly rich history and formidable reputation. With a mix of grueling terrain a top competition, this is not a race for the weak!
The 49th edition of the David Bell Memorial Race will be run over a 130km course featuring the ascents of Tairlaw (Shalloch), Hadyard, the Screws and the Byne. Based in and around Girvan, the race concludes with the now traditional lap of a circuit featuring the Byne and Assel Valley.
Known for being a hardman’s race, the 49th edition of the Davie Bell will not buck the trend with over 1400m of ascent. However, with the 2013 edition finishing in a big group sprint the circuit suits the powerful rather than the pure climbers.
With the riders passing by Victory Park in Girvan three times this should make for a great spectator friendly race. Add to that the beautiful views by the Bell Memorial at Rowntree Toll and the fabled Ayr Roads post-race spread and we are guaranteed a grand day out.
See you there!