Ayr Roads Cycling Club
Founded in 1930 the club was originally named "The Ayr Road Club" by its founder members; Tom McKean, David Bell, Andrew Shearer, John Stewart, and Andrew and James Robertson. By the end of its first year the club had 22 members. One name in particular which has stood out in the story of the club is that of David Bell. He, probably more than anyone else, sowed the seeds of cycling interest in people's minds from 1931 until his death in 1965. He wrote under the name of The Highwayman. He described countless scenes and wrote of thousands of incidents which make up the cyclist's day in his weekly column in the local newspaper. Since 1966, the club has held an annual road race in David Bell's memory.
The course takes in Rowantree Toll where a monument stands to his memory. Ayr Roads Cycling Club has remained dedicated to its early reputation as a club of mile-eaters. Members have toured the length and breadth of the UK, competed in the continent, California and as far afield as New Zealand. Success has been achieved at local, district, national and international level with UCI medals won in the velodrome, not bad for a "road" club.