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Club Special Ride: See you in Strachur

This Saturday marks the beginning of series of Saturday special club outings in which riders of all ability levels are invited to come along and participate.  The plan is to run one such event every month between now and October.

The first event is on Saturday May 27 on a route which offers at least two route options  of varying degrees of challenge from a simple up one side and down the other to a far more taxing hike over Bealach Maim. All routes will meet for lunch at Strachur.

Ride details:
Meet at Western Ferries terminal in time to catch the 10.45am ferry to Hunter’s Quay.   Either make your way directly there or join the group cycling up from Kilmaurs as follows:

0800  meet at Walkers Cycling shop
0835   Cunninghamhead
0850   Kilwinning
0850   Ardrossan
0920   West Kilbride
0945   Largs
1010    Wemyss Bay
1020   Inverkip
1035   Gourock

Once on the ferry the group will decide what routes will to be taken.  It is likely that one group will do the double climb (Loch Striven and Bealach Maim) while a second will take a simpler, less hilly route.    The whole group will ride together at least as far as the Clachan/Loch Tarsain turnoff.

The route decision will be made on who is there and what people feel like on the day.

Could members who are not on the facebook group please let one of Fiona Wallace, Stuart McLean or Laura McFarlane know of your intention to attend as we are going to be buying advance (and significantly cheaper) tickets for the ferry this week.

Summer club ride times update

Walkers Cycling Club has re-started its Wednesday night mountain bike rides.

These midweek outings were once the club’s main activity before an interest in road cycling was developed.

The latest set of Wednesday MTB rides will tour the collection of well-known off-road destinations in Ayrshire, including Irvine Beach Park, Eglinton Park, Craufurdland, Lanfine Estate, Shewalton Woods.  Riders must wear helmets and bring lights.

The re-launch of the mountain bike rides ensures the club is busier than ever for the summer 2017 season. Road rides are held on Saturday (10am), Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (all 7.30pm), each offering a different pace and distance.

The club’s internal TT competition is held on the first Monday of each month at various locations.

Tuesday and Wednesday road rides, for the more experienced cyclist, leave from the shop in Kilmaurs with the route being confirmed at the outset. Riders are expected to be able to ride in group formation at a fast pace.

On Thursday, a leisure ride at a slower pace, aimed at less experienced riders and/or those who just want a relaxing evening on their bike , leaves from the shop (7.30pm).

Members also gather at Marine Drive, Irvine, on Thursday nights to challenge one another on the fast seaside circuit.  Riders ride in small chain gang groups according to speed and ability.  Meet at the shop at 7pm or at Marine Drive at 7.30pm.

More information about these rides and other occasional cycle events from Walkers Cycling on 01563 544488.

Please note helmets are mandatory on all club rides.