With thoughts of the Tour de France way at the back of most people’s mind, some 20 Ayrshire cyclists took to the roads in pursuit of that other highly coveted prize – the Tablier d’Honneur.
Awarded annually (well it will be now) this prestigious trophy goes to the winner of the Walkers Cycling Club Bike and Bake Off competition.
The inaugural event was held on Saturday January 21st with nine people putting their bakery skills to the test. They and some 11 other riders turned up to “judge” the competition after the morning’s Saturday Social rides, and votes were duly cast.
Organised by Stewarton’s answer to Paul Hollywood, Sandy Muir, the tasting was held in Walkers Cycling shop in Kilmaurs, the Club’s spiritual home.
Runner-up places went to Sandy Muir for his carrot cake and Ruth Houson for her chocolate brownies.
But this year’s worthy winner was Club Vice-President Davie Robb whose vegan banana and cashew loaf was a bake fit for champions.
Said Davie, “This is the first thing I’ve won in years!! Well done Sandy for organising something within my skill set!”
And even better news is the fact that the event raised money for the Send-a-Message charity – an Ayrshire based charity set up to help children with brain cancer and their families.
Plaudits went to all the other bakers, with the proof of the success of the pudding definitely being in the fact that there was little left over but crumbs. Roll on next year’s event as I foresee the competition kitchens hotting up even further.
I’m away to perfect my Marmite and Marzipan scones now.