Stag Trekking across the universe …

The regular Saturday road riders were kicking themselves at having opted out of a planned excursion last weekend after severe weather warnings failed to come to anything.

The group had planned a longer ride over the iconic and hilly Nick o’ the Balloch route but decided to postpone to a later date after weather pundits repeatedly forecast heavy rain and thunderstorms for most of the day.

Instead, the group opted for a shorter morning alternative along the Old Glasgow Road and then over Eaglesham Moor  – all, as it turned out, conducted in glorious sunshine and 22C heat.

A coffee stop at Caulders garden centre completed the day which was enjoyed by all, including one rider who suffered not just one but two punctures over the course of the ride.


Meanwhile, across the city, the trekking group were having a ride with a difference.

Two decades ago, Alan Woodison and Matthew McGowan met for the first time at the Maryhill Locks stretch of the Forth & Clyde Canal.

On discovering that they both lived in Irvine,  a cycling partnership was formed that has seen the duo undertake rides across the UK – on road bikes, on mountain bikes and on hybrids – in the intervening twenty years.

The pair recreated their route last Saturday not just to commemorate that first event but to mark a far more important one as this  was a “stag ride” in advance of Matthew’s wedding.

Accompanied by another three regulars, the  “Stag Trekkers” retraced the original ride  from Glasgow Central station to Kirkintilloch in sweltering heat before heading back into town to enjoy a pizza at Viva Italian restaurant.

Earlier in the week, the mountain biking section had a pleasant evening’s ride out from Kilmarnock along the area’s trails and paths.

Stag Trek 1
The original two trekkers
Stag Trek 2
Matthew chooses one of his last meals as a single man.