Riders out with Walkers Cycling Club on Saturday morning chose a route which would take in a road race along the A77, writes Alan Woodison.
This allowed the nine cyclists to support club member Ian Anderson who was competing in the 50-mile Arthur Campbell Road Race organised by Glasgow Wheelers.
The start point was Whitecraigs Rugby Club at Newton Mearns with the riders facing three laps of the A77/Stewarton Road/Clunch circuit.
Walkers CC’s Saturday group watched the action from the top of the quarries climb at the far end of the Old Glasgow Road out of Stewarton.
They then made their way over to Caulders Garden Centre for coffee and cake before heading back down the A77 to catch the final lap of the race.
Ian Anderson, who had a good race and was encouraged by the support, managed to stay with the leaders for much of the distance. With 5 km to go and, as he admits, really way too soon, he launched a short-lived solo attack off the front of the bunch. But the uphill finish did for him and he was left to watch the “mountain goats” shoot off ahead.
Ian finished in 27th place with Simon Woodliff of Ayr Roads putting in the best Ayrshire performance to come in 7th. Ayr team-mate Adam Stevens was 31st.
Sunday morning saw the first Walkers CC cyclocross session of the season with six members meeting at Dundonald to ride the off-road sections through the quarry woods and then follow the Smugglers Trail to Troon.
Next up was Irvine Beach Park where team leader Neil Walker directed the group round the new and improved course that will host the National CX Championships in December.
Walkers Cycling Club has held a round of the Ridley Scottish CX Series – contested by riders from all over Scotland – for several years now. The popularity of the Irvine beach event has played no little part in securing it the accolade of being the official Scottish Championships round this year. Fuller details will be posted on our 2015 Events page as and when they become available..