Change of Direction

Last year we cycled to Largs. The year before we cycled to Largs. And the year before that we cycled to Largs.

And so it really was time for a change when Walkers Cycling Club sat down to plan the 2018 Spring Classic Ride!

The annual sportive ride offers members a great day out on the bike with a mix of pace and distance to suit every ability. Plus there’s lunch and a laugh at the end.

The club’s resident “mile-muncher” Sandy Muir was appointed organiser this year after pleading at the AGM for a chance to get outdoors early in the season and away from his winter turbo sweatshop. Only rain would have forced cancellation.

His choice for the Spring Classic was a 65-mile return trip to Strathaven, tackling the hilly back roads either side of the A71 through Darvel. The option for those who wanted a shorter and gentler club ride was a 30-mile leisurely trip to the coast at Troon.

The long distance riders left at 10am and the short hop seaside cruisers set off at 11am. The timing worked out well because the harder ride participants were able to fit in a fuel stop at Strathaven and be back for 3pm to join the easy ride group for lunch at the Stag and Thistle, Kilmaurs.

A short speech by Sandy and an even shorter presentation of prizes brought the event to a close on a great day to be out on two wheels.

Two bike shop vouchers and three luck dip goody bags were the reward for a handful of club riders. Vouchers went to Fiona Wallace (classic outfit prize) and Martin Riddell (classic bike prize) while goody bags were won by John Gilroy, Innes McAlindon and Angus McAlindon.

The club’s next big day out on the bike is a birthday ride around South Ayrshire on Sunday, April 22.