Twenty one riders, including three visitors from South Carolina, turned out in Saturday’s summer sunshine for Walkers Cycling Club’s spring social ride.
The ride, entitled See You in Strachur, involved two groups of riders heading out together on the Gourock to Hunter’s Quay ferry shortly before 11am. On reaching the other side of the river, the groups then set off on two different routes, with the aim of meeting up in Strachur at 2pm.
Group One opted for the Big Broute which took in both the steep climb up the side of Loch Striven and also the energy-sapping Bealach Maim. With several of the riders having already cycled the twenty miles or so from Kilmaurs to the ferry, there were some sore legs by the time they reached Strachur some 35 miles later. A lunch stop at Out of the Blue in Strachur helped them regain their strength for the mostly downhill run back to Dunoon.
Meanwhile, the second group took a more leisurely run round the Holy Loch to Ardentinny, stopping to let our visitors from Aiken Bicycle Club admire the views and take photos. Then came the “surprise element” of the route – the tough climb up the Glenfinart road. The descent on the other side also created some hairy moments as two riders decided that discretion was the better part of valour as far as their faith in their brakes was concerned. Their faith in their riding abilities was soon restored after a quick run up scenic Loch Eck got them to Strachur before the “fast” group.
The day was voted a huge success by all who went and our three visitors were most impressed by the weather, the scenery and the friendliness of everyone they met.