CX thrills and skills, MTB merriment and Emerald isle exhilaration

Walkers Cycling Club started their weekly training sessions last Wednesday ahead of the 2017-18 cyclocross season.

Ten riders enjoyed a CX skills lesson from club members Scott Kerr and Brian McCutcheon at Morton Park, Kilmaurs. The two coaches had received tuition from world class rider Helen Wyman. The session is to be repeated at the same venue this week.

Elsewhere,  the mountain bike section were also out on Wednesday, taking in a 15-mile training ride around the southern end of Whitelee Windfarm.

And to make a good week’s “holiday”  complete,  cycling “old hand” John Walker added more miles and another experience to his collection of two-wheeled adventures with a weekend sportive in Northern Ireland.

John, a founder member of Walkers Cycling Club, teamed up with two former Cottage Cycling Club members to tackle the 97.5-mile Lap the Lough ride round Loch Neagh, west of Belfast.

His riding partners were Moira and Andy Brown who moved back to Northern Ireland last year but were members of the Stewarton club during their time here.

The route round Britain’s largest lake – surface area is 151 square miles – is mainly flat but involves more than 4000ft of climbing.

John and Moira completed the distance in six hours with Andy a further hour behind. More than 2500 participants took part in the event which was held on open roads, although traffic was light except in Antrim, where there was a lunch stop in the grounds of Antrim Castle.

Of course, John did what he usually does and went the extra mile or two. He added 2.5 miles at the start to bring the total to 100, making the journey, in cycling parlance, a century ride.

JW - NIreland - Aug 17