Walkers Cycling Club prides itself on its “something for everyone” approach, and this approach is very evident in the popularity of our leisure riding section.
The section rides regularly on Thursday evenings from April to October with rides usually about 1½- 2hours in duration. They are conducted a reasonable pace (approximately 10-12mph) and follow relatively gentle routes of around 16 miles, mostly starting from and returning to Walkers shop in Kimaurs. Please note that in Ayrshire it is not really possible to have a totally flat route so there are usually some gentler “rolling” hills involved in Thursday rides.
The rides are suitable for the cyclist who has a good basic ability and now wants to try club riding; for anyone who is returning to cycling after a while; or indeed for anyone who simply wants to have a more leisurely and social ride at the end of a day. Most bikes are suitable as long as they have the requisite number of wheels and a set of working brakes, and it is not uncommon to find a couple of tandems featuring on a Thursday night. As the rides are on roads, an MTB on fully knobbly tyres may not be the best choice if it can be avoided.
Apart from the usual rules of wearing helmets and having lights on the darker spring and autumn nights, the only criterion for riding is an ability to withstand the constant stream of appalling jokes and banter emanating from the ride leader.
The leisure section also occasionally embarks on Saturday “trekking” rides and these can be anything from a road ride to an entirely off-road jaunt to the hills. Although the rides can be a bit more technical than the Thursday ones, the emphasis is still on going at an easy pace and enjoying the sights of the route. Typical examples would be a mountain bike ride in the hills above the Toward Peninsula in Argyll, a road ride round Loch Katrine or a hybrid route through the Whitelea windfarm. Sandwiches for lunch and a coffee stop are usually the norm.