Girvan Cycle Race, Ayrshire
Situated in Carrick, South Ayrshire, Scotland, the seaside resort town of Girvan is the starting point for the annual Girvan Cycle Race taking place from 22 to 24 March 2008. Girvan enjoys a mild climate as a result of the influence of the Gulf Stream – a warm, swift Atlantic Ocean current originating in the Gulf of Mexico – and the terrain around the town is perfect for cycling events such as the Girvan Cycle Race. The town is easily accessible by road, rail, sea and air connections and there are a number of options with regard to accommodation.
The Girvan Cycle Race, which is divided into multiple stages, is one of the key events in British cycling circles. Points earned in the race count towards the Premier Calendar Elite Road Racing series for elite, first and second category race license holders. Promoted by Wallacehill Cycling Club based in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, the race adheres to the technical regulations and rules of British Cycling, Scottish Cycling and the International Cycling Union. This prime event, which was first held in 1968, is run on a non-profit basis and relies on sponsors, patrons and a team of dedicated volunteers to make it the success that it always is.
Stage one of the Girvan Cycle Race starts is set for Saturday 22 March with a ceremonial start at 11:00 from McKechnie Institute and the official race start at 11:05 from Shallochpark Roundabout. The route will be clearly marked, with volunteers all along the way to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The finish line is on South Park Avenue, Girvan, having covered a distance of 65 miles. Stage two is a circuit race consisting of 15 laps around a 1.1 mile circuit through closed off roads of Girvan, starting and finishing in South Park Avenue. This will afford spectators the opportunity of seeing riders up close as they are interviewed by the race commentator.
Stage three on Sunday 23 March starts from outside the cinema in Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, following an exciting and picturesque route for a distance of 89 miles, ending on South Park Avenue, Girvan. Monday 24 March 2008 will see cyclists covering a distance of 72 miles, starting at B734 just outside Girvan and crossing the finish line at South Park Avenue.
Cyclists are no doubt looking forward to participating in Scotland’s Girvan Cycle Race and are training to deal with the tough competition they will find themselves up against. To ensure that the event is enjoyable for everyone, the organizers emphasize that the Girvan Cycle Race organizers fully support the World Anti-Doping Code and urge competitors to compete in a spirit of fair-play and sportsmanship – to the benefit of all concerned.