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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 Sep_18th_2017     Various
Sunday saw ten early risers gather for an 'Away Start' from New Galloway.
The route had three challenging stretches but countless views of this scenic area were the perfect ...

Adobe pdf icon Sep_11th_2017     Various
Bacon rolls and pots of strong tea were the reward for ten Cycle Ayrshire members who rode from Maybole to lunch in the beautiful village of Barr last Wednesday. ...

Adobe pdf icon Sep_4th_2017     Various
Last week saw Cycle Ayrshire offer three rides with a specific reason for the outing other than simply cycling.
The first centred on Dumfries House and Estate where ...

Adobe pdf icon Aug_28th_2017     Various
Last week's rides for Cycle Ayrshire demonstrated how creative our ride leaders can be.
The two outings introduced many of the participants to fresh and stimulating routes with an ...

Adobe pdf icon Aug_21st_2017     Various
Sunday was an 'away' special ride starting at Aberfoyle, with the aim of doing the Loch Katrine circuit.
A commendable eleven riders assembled in the central car park. ...

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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