Cycling disciplines of all types were in the mix last weekend for the members of Ayr Burners Cycling QTS.
The annual Rothesay Cycling Weekend kicked off on Saturday with hordes of eager cyclists flocking to the Island of Bute for two days of bike racing. A Cyclocross event on day one saw five Burners take to the start line on a glorious late summer evening for an hour of off-road riding in and around King Georges Field. Gary Macdonald of Hope Factory Racing took the win with Kev Pugh the highest placed Burner who finished strongly in 20th position.
On Sunday The Galloway Gallop off-road sportive saw four members of Ayr Burners Cycling head deep into the wilderness for a big day in the saddle. The 67 mile trek started and finished in Kirroughtree with Loch Trool, Talnotry and the Queens Way among the features on this gruelling challenge where 5000 feet of ascent would eventually be clocked up over the course of the day. After five hours of riding Gav McKellar, Davie Fulton, Rod Henderson, and Trevor Philips crossed the finish line, all remarking on a fantastic event featuring some stunning scenery along the way.
The Culzean Cycling Festival saw the young ‘Sparks’ enjoying their balance bikes as The Burners set up camp to provide the fun and games for the dozens of families in attendance. A ‘Dr Bike’ clinic was set up by Burner Duncan McArthur as part of the ‘Big Bike Revival’ which is aimed at encouraging members of the public to revive unused bikes enabling a return to cycling.
For full details of all Ayr Burners events visit www.ayrburners.org