Rain? What rain?

Walkers CC riders were not put off by the arrival of our default summer weather last Saturday.

The Saturday morning road group had an interesting trip  to Caulders Garden Centre when they left route planning to Gavin Turnbull.

The seven riders set off in torrential rain which mercifully eased up by the end of the trip.  Gavin’s route took them along the less-used roads rather than over the A77.  Highlights of the ride were one puncture, one cool lorry and an incident involving a  stray golf ball, Anne’s bike and some “specialist” language to the unapologetic golfers.

Earlier in the week the Thursday leisure ride took in a trip from Kilmaurs to Irvine as a return trip down the cycle path from Knockentiber.  The evening was complete with plenty of banter despite the absence on holiday of  the banter-master-in-chief, Alan Woodison.  It was also a first club ride-out for young Callum Riddell who took the opportunity to learn some group riding skills .

In addition, the club’s mountain bikers had a good session on the Wednesday evening.

Five riders turned out in glorious evening sunshine for the  ride at Eglinton park. The party left the visitor centre and headed over to Corsehillmuir Woods to do the full loop.  The ground was the driest the group had ever seen it  which allowed them enjoy a mud-free evening.

The ride then took them back into the park  where a bit of scrambling over a ditch into a nice flowery trail that was a bit overgrown.  Most of the party went home that evening with the scratches prove it.

In a time-honoured tradition, the group then headed to the standing stones where the obligatory “one pedal – see how far you can go” challenge took place. Ride leader, Barry Garner declared himself to be the winner.

The evening was rounded off with a run over to the ice house and along the trail close to the river, then over to the ford and up through the woods back to the car park .