Ayr Burners Cycling

Sportive, Cyclocross, Youth, Adventure

Carrick Ayrshire welcomes hundreds to the Ayrshire Alps Sportive

The village of Kirkmichael turned into an alpine tour resort over the weekend as Ayr Burners Cycling QTS hosted the Ayrshire Alps Sportive. The third edition of the sold-out event had attracted over 320 participants, ready to take on the challenge of a 100km route over six of the toughest climbs in the ‘Ayrshire Alps’….

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‘Dunc Bunch’ TT results now in!

Ayr Burners held their inaugural Pennyglen time trial on Saturday 5th August. Excellent weather conditions contributed to some superb performances from the 14 Burners who took part. More importantly however, a great time was had by all with the craic mighty, excuses aplenty, and the tea and cakes back at the Burns Centre enjoyed by all….

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Donald’s Hebridean Way

With thanks to Donald Laurie for the following tour report: Following on from the exploits of Matt Wing and Jon Mahoney, and then Janice McGeechan, I was the latest Burner to tackle the Hebridean Way, which runs from Vatersay in the south to the Butt of Lewis in the north.  Given this appears to be…

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Forgotten Railways Adventure Cross

Burners Gary and Chris took to the disused mining railways and forgotten hamlets of Dalmellington Iron Company in damp and breezy conditions. Following old railway beds, the pair found the the remains of a number of settlements in amongst the post-industrial landscape. Bike handling” skills” were brushed up over rough terrain and feet were soaked…

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Henry beats the Tide – StravaRide Series 1

Congratulations to Henry Cruickshank, winner of our inaugural ‘Tide Race’ – challenging riders to make the fastest trip from Troon promenade to Prestwick Promenade via the sandy beaches.   Six riders set off from Prestwick at 1pm to take advantage of low tide – getting a chance to sample the sand and best crossing of the Pow…

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Holmston Road Infrastructure Safari findings

Ayr Burners Cycling hosted a pop-up Dr Bike and Insfrastructure Safari at Kyle Academy on the 1st October 2016.  In addition to supporting people to get their bikes back out the shed, this was an opportunity to ‘road-test’ the new segregated cycle lane on Holmston Road. Our findings can be found summarised here: 2016-10-01-holmston-road-response It should…

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Burnin’ up the Track!

A few Burners with a hankering for something different, something new, or just had too much time on their hands decided it would be a good idea to go for their accreditation on Sir Chris Hoy’s Velodrome. (JP had coaxed Lindsay and Kev into it.) There are four stages to the accreditation process which by the…

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The Ayrshire Himalayas – Challenge 2: Team Everesting

Special thanks to Kevin Pugh for his account of our second challenge of 2016: ‘Everesting’ on Nic O Balloch Firstly, I’d just like to say I’ll be glad if I don’t have to see any more hills in the next few weeks!… Oh wait, there’s the Arran Daytrip this Sunday March 20th – There goes…

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Doonbank Trofee: View from the field

Ayr Burners Cycling were represented across the fields at the Doonbank Trofee – the first of our rider accounts comes from Gavin McKellar of Coylton, returning to racing after a 20 year break with a stunning third place finish in the Super Quaich ‘B’ Race.  Thanks Gavin: Being woken up at 0630hrs by my youngest…

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Ride Report – Chris Scott on the far side of the Ayrshire Alps

Chris Scott has been a regular on our recent Adventure Cross rides.  As a ‘Youth Champion’ with the Burners, we gave him some added homework to report on our ‘Iron.Co Ride’.  Pictures tell 1000 words he said…  As a bonus he has given us addition report from the Ayrshire Alps! Ride Report – Sunday 1st…

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