A night-time mountain bike ride in Galston and Newmilns last Wednesday highlighted the quality of home-based trails available to fans of off-road cycling in Ayrshire.
The 10-mile loop took Walkers Cycling Club members along the River Irvine path and up through Lanfine Estate before dropping them back to the start point on a route that combined parts of the Irvine Valley walking trail.
A group of 10, led by John Walker, slogged up the concrete road from the riverside path almost to the Darvel mast at the side of Changue Hill. The riders then enjoyed a swooping descent on twisting, well-defined singletrack through the woods and meadows of Burn Anne territory on the way down.
Recent sunny weather and blustery winds had dried out the tracks, making for an enjoyable night’s mountain biking.
This week’s planned route is the Smugglers Trail at Dundonald.
Have a go
Another Walkers Cycling Club member tried her hand at triathlon for the first time at the weekend.
Fiona Wallace headed across the water for the inaugural “have a go” triathlon event in Dunoon on Saturday.
Fiona had to swim 400 metres at the Hunter’s Quay village pool, cycle for 22 km and run for six km along the scenic shore road from Dunoon to Innellan.
A regular cyclist, Fiona was confident of achieving a good time on the bike and indeed did manage a creditable 13.5 miles in just under 40 minutes despite heavy rain. She was delighted to be third fastest female in the cycling leg.
Said Fiona: “This was all about seeing how far I could push myself and I think I met that challenge well.”
The event, the first of its kind in Dunoon, attracted 60 participants, most of them novices or tri enthusiasts looking for an event that was more fun than competitive.
Fiona, from Elderslie, has vowed to return next year to try and beat her times, no doubt with her mascot, Wee Jinky, in her back pocket again.