Unlucky Walkers cyclist Simon Porter has been stuck at home during the big freeze while his biking pals are lapping up the heat and the hills of sunny Spain.

Simon was due to join a group from Walkers Cycling Club who flew out to Benidorm in a last minute plan to escape last week’s snowstorms.

But he had to call off late in the day after he was taken to Crosshouse Hospital when his bike was involved in a collision with another bike in the recent Icebreaker event at Irvine.

The time trial enthusiast sustained a broken collar bone after a wheel on his bike came into contact with another rider’s wheel. The riders were nearing the end of the 10-mile route on the A78 near Kilwinning.

Simon had no option after surgery than to recover at home while Ian Anderson, Tim Dyer and Midge Gaskin jetted out for a break at the resort famous with pro-riders.

In fact the Walkers trio were sharing a hotel with the Bradley Wiggins team and rubbing shoulders with several elite riders on the high routes at the north end of Benidorm.

Simon has been a member of the Kilmaurs-based club for four years. Speaking from his home in Glasgow, he said: “I am feeling good and hoping to be back out on the bike after Easter.

“I have been looking out the window on the most miserable weather I have ever seen while checking Facebook to see how the holiday-makers are doing. To say I’m envious is an understatement.”

The Walkers threesome flew home on Sunday, a day late after extending their trip because of the weather.