Summer suns are glowing

All of Walkers Cycling Club road sections took advantage of the summer warmth and were out in force on the roads of Ayrshire last week. The Tuesday night group had a shortish but fast ride over the Old Glasgow Road to the A77 with a long stretch of chain ganging and the customary roundabout to roundabout sprint before returning to Kilmaurs. Wednesday’s group headed for Gatehead and Symington before making it to Loans via Dundonald Hill. After a short stop to fix some punctures, which seemed to involve some Crocodile Dundee moments when the club chairman removed a metal splinter from a tyre with his teeth, the group returned to the start with no further incident. The continuing fine weather saw a great turnout for the Thursday club ride with 15 riders setting off on the promise of undertaking “one of Ayrshire’s finest descents”. After a decently-paced run from Kilmaurs to Gatehead and on to Dundonald, it became apparent that ride leader Walker had omitted to point out that to get this amazing descent, the party had first to climb Dundonald Hill. Undaunted, the group made its way up the climb, and while the pace was never going to threaten this year’s TdF polka dot jersey holder, all riders made it up without putting a foot down. The drop down to Loans was everything it was claimed to be and after a brief regroup, the party headed on into Troon before completing the loop back to Kilmaurs via Dreghorn and Cunninghamhead. A good-paced 22.5miles on a very pleasant summer’s evening. Elsewhere on the Thursday evening, the Marine Drive group used the time profitably to hone up their chain ganging skills. With several of the regulars away on holiday, the remaining six riders carried out four laps of the 3.2mile circuit, notching up creditable times right up to and including the final turn. Saturday’s club road ride saw 7 riders set off in the general direction of Neilston with a view to heading over to Caulder’s Garden Centre in Newton Mearns for lunch. Despite the sunshine, the route was windy at times but all managed to stay the 37miles and all handled the 2000 plus feet of climbing with little difficulty. Another good week for Walkers’ cyclists and long may the good weather continue.