Approximately 21 WCC members and friends took the ferry to Arran for a day’s outing cycling round the island last Saturday, writes Catherine Logan. As the abilities of all the cyclists varied it was agree that at least 2 groups should be formed and all head for lunch at Shiskine Golf Club. Alan Woodison had agreed to lead the slower group round the island. It was decided that the groups would be decided by natural selection i.e. if you couldn’t keep up by Lamlash you weren’t in the first group.
The weather was brilliant – dry, sunny, cool, with a bit of a head wind (which also became a tail wind at other times!).
The pace over the hill to Lamlash was sprightly to say the least with everyone trying to keep up so they didn’t get dropped right at the beginning. This pace continued until somewhere between Whiting Bay and Kildonan when the really fast guys (all guys I have to say) eventually split for the big group and pedalled off to Blackwaterfoot. Bryce Gillian and Scott Kerr managed to blow this group apart with only Mark ? managing to hang in until the lunch stop. The remainder of the first group arrived approximately 5 minutes behind them for a welcome lunch stop at the golf club.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the route a few folk stuck in the middle of the 2 groups overshot the lunch stop or did not find it.
Duly feed and watered the first group now consisting of 17 cyclists set off for the second half of the island. This time the wind was in their face for most of the journey between Blackwaterfoot and Lochranza but this helped speed them up the Boguillie and down the other side.
The customary quick blast along from Sannox to Brodick resulted in the first group arriving 1 hour before the ferry was due to leave. Once on the ferry it transpired that everyone had made it all the way round the island and more importantly everyone had made it onto the same ferry home.
Super day out – weather was amazing considering what it had been like leading up to the outing and it was great to mix with all the new and familiar faces on the boat for a chin wag.