MTB stars and starry starry nights

Walkers Cycling Club was ably represented at a nearby mountain bike event at the weekend.

Four club riders took part in the first round of the SXC mountain bike series at the Commonwealth MTB track at Cathkin Braes, Carmunnock.

The day’s trailblazing covered a wide spread in categories from juvenile male and junior female through to grand veterans.

Father and son Walkers duo Gary and Daniel Merrilees both did a great job to complete their first XC race with strong finishes. Robert Earp also raced directly against Gary in the grand veterans race.

Zoe Nix also had a good race, tiring at the end of a punishing extended four lap schedule, but able to secure third place in the junior female category.

Zoe in mid-course
Zoe in mid-course
zoe nix 2
Podium place

At Drumlanrig near Thornhill, a dozen off-roaders made good use of Sunday’s mild weather to ride the technical red route among the trees in the castle grounds.

If that wasn’t difficult enough for the game riders, they chose to do it in the dark! The group included some Drum newbies and one of the rider’s trail honed hound.

To keep the gnarly theme going, five members plus a guest wild-camped in the woods behind the castle with the intention of making their way to the forest of Ae in the morning. Dehydrated expedition food kept the hunger pangs away for some while others tucked into a roast chicken late evening meal.

In the morning the hardy stop-outs broke camp and made their way to Ae trail centre, which provided another MTB-ing session on its steep, rocky and lengthy trails.

shameless selfies before setting off
shameless selfies before setting off
The unexpected bounty of MTB night riding