Turn out – turn it all around

Walkers Cycling Club had a full-on weekend inspired, perhaps, by changes to the committee at a well-attended EGM at the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock, on Friday night.

New chairman Davie Robb welcomed long-term club members Stuart McLean, Russell Mowat and Laura McFarlane on to the expanded committee, while Brian Mccutcheon stepped up to the Vice-Chair plate. The rest of the meeting was taken up with a discussion on activities being planned for the spring and summer timetable.

On Saturday, 14 headed out on the weekly social ride, leaving Kilmaurs and progressing through Chapeltoun to Stewarton.

The group split into three on the Old Glasgow Road en route for the A77, with the front-runners adding a short additional loop to Newton Mearns. The riders re-grouped at Caulders Garden Centre on Mearns Road before returning via the Eaglesham Moor to rejoin the A77. Forty miles were covered with the ladies doing the hard work on the final stretches.

Also on Saturday, the club’s trekking session had a short “recce ride” round Kilbirnie Loch in Beith and an easy pedal on the network of paths in Parkhill Wood, Lochwinnoch.

On Sunday, the club’s mountain bikers had canine company on their adventure at Glentress Forest.

Davie Robb, accompanied by his dog Maggie, and Julie Nimmo with Skye, teamed up with Stuart McLean, Ainslie Thomson and James Sapwell for a blast round the trail centre at Peebles.

Davie, James and Ainslie followed a new trail called Mast of Zorro then dropped all the way down to the town before turning back along the road to meet the others at the café.

Stuart and Julie took the Carl’s Lane red route trail but jumped onto the old black route and ended up lost – but only temporarily. Eventually the pair made it back to the café for the planned meet-up.

Monday night saw the launch of Walkers club-confined TT series, the first of seven events from now till September.

Twenty-five riders showed up at Marine Drive, Irvine, for a four-mile contest on a familiar route that was changed slightly because of roadworks.

Ian Anderson won the battle of the fast men on their superbikes, edging out Frazer Bell by 19 seconds to take the honours. But the handicapping formula pushed Rebecca Murdoch to number one position, taking maximum points from Alan Gaskin and Ian McAlindon.

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Glentress - Mar 17