Pick and mix cycling

Walkers Cycling Club had two groups out last Saturday for road rides in the best of cycling weather, bright and sunny with a welcome cool-down breeze.

The main group tackled the hilly back roads of East Ayrshire on a circular 50-mile trip from the start point in Kilmaurs. They went via the farm lanes of Grassyards, Moscow, Galston, Sorn and Catrine, stopping for food at the village’s farm cafe and ice cream parlour at the Old Howford Bridge. The return route went through Mauchline, Tarbolton, Earlston and uphill through Crosshouse and Knockentiber.

The trekking route followed the NCN cycle path through Irvine, Kilwinning and Dalry before taking the high road above Kilbirnie into Lochwinnoch. Lunch was taken at Cucina Minucci, a favourite “watering hole” of cyclists reaching the village from Ayrshire or Renfrewshire.

The club have re-started their Thursday night leisure rides which are popular with newcomers to cycling or people returning to the sport. The starting point is the Walkers Cycling shop in Kilmaurs.

Riders leave at 7.30pm and proceed at an easy pace on a tour of the quieter roads round north and east Ayrshire. Last week ride leader John Walker escorted the group on a 20-mile journey through Torranyard, Benslie, Kilwinning and Irvine, returning on the Stewarton road to Cunninghamhead.

Information on these rides, which aren’t restricted to club members, is available from John or Neil Walker on 01563 544488.

Also on a Thursday, the club run fast-paced training laps at Marine Drive in Irvine. The numbers tend to rise as the weather improves and the nights become lighter. Eleven riders turned up last week for a hard cycle, led by athletics coach Jim Goldie, with speeds ranging from 16mph to 18 mph.

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Walkers Leisure ride go back to their hometown