Rookie Runaround

Last Saturday saw the inaugural Walkers Cycling Club “Rookie Ride”- a new initiative aimed at those who want to do more with their cycling but are perhaps a little daunted at joining a mainstream club.

The brainchild of club founder member Alan Woodison, the ride took the form of a 13.5 mile route around the Crosshouse/Kilmaurs/Kilmarnock area.

The three fairly recent converts to cycling enjoyed a route that was mostly cycle path and quiet roads but had the added challenge of some off-road gravel sections.

The ladies, the youngest of whom is 15 and is taking part to fulfil part of her DUke of Edinburgh award, all enjoyed the ride and have already committed themselves to future ones. Two other ladies had intended to come along but had to opt out at the last minute.

The intention is to run these rides on a Sunday, leaving from Walkers Cycling shop at 12noon. Excursions a bit further afield are also on the cards with outings starting at Lochwinnoch and Ardrossan already being suggested.

Wherever the start point, the idea of the Rookie Rides is to let people develop their cycling abilities in a non-threatening environment and at a pace that suits all.

The rides will be in the region of 15 miles, at a speed of around 8mph and will last for about 2.5 hours. Most will be on cycle paths and/or quiet country roads, and, by popular request, all will feature a coffee stop.

And the rides are not intended just for ladies too; anyone who feels they would like to progress their riding ability without worrying about “holding others up” is more than welcome to come along.

As a club that prides itself in having something fr all abilities, we hope the Rookie Rides will redress the current trend for faster rides.   If you are interested in coming along, drop us an email at     Rides are open to anyone over 14 who is interested in developing their cycling skills and confidence.