Competitive edges

With the good weather continuing on Sunday, many of Walkers Cycling Club members were in competitive action. Nine riders from the club took part in the Fullarton Wheelers Eglinton TT on a day where the sun shone but the A78 was its customary blowy self. All riders acquitted themselves with aplomb over the ten miles but doing especially well were Neil Walker, who came in 5th overall with a time of 21minutes 27seconds, and Catherine Logan who romped home as 1st lady for the second time in as many weeks. Catherine’s time was 24minute 45seconds, 16 seconds ahead of the 2nd Lady. Both Neil and Catherine are to be congratulated in pulling off such superb results in a large field of competitors and against a very trying headwind at times.

Across the county, another 14 Walkers cyclists were participating in the Graeme Obree Sportive event. This event is now in its third year and is as popular as ever. With only the slightest of changes to the route this year, the club’s representatives enjoyed a good ride in the relative wind-free warm sunshine. In the 68 mile route Martin Wheeler came home first for the club and in 25th place overall in a time of 3hours 49minutes. He was followed twelve minutes later by David Belding and Laura McFarlane, with Laura being the second of the club’s women riders to record a 1st Lady place in the one day. In the 48mile event, an untimely puncture thwarted Steve Cowan’s chances of a top ten finish, but he was first home for the Walkers riders in 12th place and in a time of 2hours 45minutes. Colin Irvine completed the distance in 24th place a mere 13minutes later.

Congratulations to all Walkers riders who took part. Supporting local events is very important if Ayrshire is to maintain its role as an excellent provider of club cycling and events. Elsewhere in the week, the club’s midweek rides were well-attended with four new members experiencing the Tuesday ride for the first time. Despite the heavy rain of earlier in the day and a couple of early mechanical problems, a dozen members enjoyed a swift-paced ride from the start. A rapid climb up Grassyard Road and round the APR circuit to Moscow was followed by a run over to Galston and up the road to Sorn, where a few members took a “slight detour” but thankfully found their way back successfully. With the weather turning into a pleasant evening, the group enjoyed a good night’s cycling with an average speed of approximately 17 mph.

Fiona trying not to simper
Fiona trying not to simper