A fabulous Autumn day, with cold but dry conditions and no change forecast for the day, encouraged a group of 17 from Cycle Ayrshire to meet at the Kilmarnock starting point for a run predicted to be in the 35-40 mile bracket. ...
Self-congratulations for this good luck came prematurely as the return route via Adamton and Monkton took them into a hailstone assault with no hope of shelter from leafless trees. ...
Pre-ride speech over, the group headed out past the old North Ayrshire Council headquarters at Perceton House and across the Irvine-Stewarton road to enter the network of minor roads. ...
Ten riders assembled in Newmilns despite roadworks masking the start point.
Setting out for lunch in Strathaven, they crossed the River Irvine at the Townhead footbridge and ...
Symington, Gatehead and Dreghorn were likely calls enroute.
The early outward climb up and over Corraith Hill got breathing going, followed by some unexpected off road action at ...
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.