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We are Cycle Ayrshire, part of Cycling UK, and are Ayrshire's largest cycling club with a well established, all-year programme of rides varying from 15 to 75 miles.

With the emphasis on sociable leisure cycling we are always glad to welcome new faces on our rides - and you don't have to sign-up immediately.

You can participate in up to 3 rides after which, due to insurance requirements, we would expect you to join Cycling UK if you wished to continue riding with us.

Saddlebag is the club newsletter for Cycle Ayrshire.
It is published 2-4 times per year.
To receive it electronically, subscribe here by choosing the Newsletter option.

Click the links in the Saddlebag panel below to view some of our back issues.

The Ride Reports panel contains reports from some rides within the last two months, sometimes written very much tongue-in-cheek.
Some names may have been changed to protect the guilty!

All Saddlebags and Ride Reports are in Adobe pdf format.
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Ride Reports

Adobe pdf icon 11th_Mar_2018     Various
The recent snow had more or less cleared, but an earlier check of the route suggested that riders would have to keep their eyes open for some fairly nasty potholes. ...

Adobe pdf icon 4th_Mar_2018     Various
Ten members met in Hayes’ at Bogend Toll at around noon with half having cycled a variety of distances to get there and back home ...

Adobe pdf icon 25th_Feb_2018     Various
It was a rather dreary Monday with mist and damp but everyone agreed that it was good to be cycling without having to battle against the cold winds. ...

Adobe pdf icon 18th_Feb_2018     Twenty is Plenty
A short jaunt westwards on the A719 and a left turn took the group past Lochlea Farm, one of Robert Burns’ work places and source of inspiration.
Returning via Tarbolton, they climbed to Torcross and Scoutts to rejoin the A719 ...

Adobe pdf icon 11th_Feb_2018     Main Run
The forecast on the run-up to last Sunday's Cycle Ayrshire ride from Mauchline predicted heavy snow. So the leader was heartened to receive an on-the-spot report that the town was bathed in bright sun. ...

After 30 years of cycling in Ayrshire, it is a surprise to our run coordinators that fresh ideas continue to emerge with what is essentially a fixed amount of road.

Certainly, we have annual standard rides which have proved their worth and the inclusion of out-of-county starts widens the potential for "fresh roads and lunch-stops new" to paraphrase with our needs.

But we are an Ayrshire group and that´s where most of our cycling is done.
So the question is, how have we kept a freshness in our rides programme?

We believe that the freshness comes from just two main sources - and these are local knowledge and a connection with the countryside which only cycling and walking can bring.

That´s where you come in.
We´re always looking for members to bring their own favourite routes and even lead them on our ride programme.

If you are interested in being a ride leader or offering up what you consider to be an interesting route, use any of the contact addresses in the Contact form to express your interest.

Even if you don´t have a route of your own, check out our Route Catalogue.
It contains routes we have done in the past therefore, any of them are suitable as a club ride.

Please note: You must be a current Cycling UK member to be a ride leader.

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