Summer suns are still glowing

Walkers Cycling Club road section have been utilising the great weather to further their preparation for the Graeme Obree Sportive next weekend, with yet another hot sunny July evening seeing a dozen cyclists heading out from Kilmaurs for the scheduled Tuesday evening run. As this is the only flat ride the Tuesday group has, the riders set a blistering pace from the start and slowed down for no man, woman, beast or pot-hole. The route took the group through Benslie and on into Kilwinning before heading over to Irvine. Even with the already fast pace, several members of the group decided to strike out from time to time, leaving others to try their best to hang on their wheels. By the time the group reached Troon, the pace had stepped up yet another notch and a fast pursuit ensued, led by Scott and Grant. The average speed over the 36 miles was 19mph.
The Wednesday group had a similarly excellent ride in the sunshine with fifteen riders heading over to Irvine. There the group split with half a dozen riders opting to do some chaingang practice while the rest returned to base via Dundonald hill, enjoying some good sprints from time to time.
The regular Saturday ride saw its best turnout of the summer with twenty riders starting off from Kilmaurs in the direction of Doonfoot on their way to notching up some 50 miles overall. Several sprints along the way back to Kilmaurs kept everyone on their toes, and the 1968 ft of climbing may just prove vital preparation for those who are tackling the Obree Sportive’s major climbs over the Nic o’ Balloch and the Tairlaw at the weekend. The average speed for the route was 15 mph. Well done to Andy M on his first Saturday club ride and a hearty welcome back to Pete F on Tuesday.

In competitive events, two members of walkers Cycling Club took part in the Inverclyde Velo 10-mile Time Trial on the Westferry course at Bishopton on Saturday. Despite the torrential rain and thunderstorms of the previous two days in the area, the Saturday itself was dry and not too hot or sunny. Catherine Logan was first off out of the event’s maximum field of 85 entrants, and with no one to chase she had to set her own pace throughout. Being first off allows riders to concentrate solely on what their own performance, free from the distraction of other riders on their return leg. Catherine’s fast start and general strong pace ensured that no-one was going to pass her and she crossed the finish line with a PB of 23.35, a time which also saw her claim the 1st lady spot 7 seconds ahead of Toni MacIntosh of Ayr Roads.
Tommy Gribbon was the other WCC member to ride in the event, starting over an hour after Catherine. Tommy also had a good run overtaking four other competitors on the way to his own PB of 23.29 – and that despite having to stop for traffic at one of the roundabout.

This was a great and well organised event as always, and it was made all the better for being run in superb conditions.