Ayr Burners preparing for Ayrshire Alps ride

The picturesque Galloway Hills beckon for the Burners.
The picturesque Galloway Hills beckon for the Burners.

Auchencruive provided the venue for a youth friendly Ayr Burners Cycling skills session on Saturday morning.

Various games and drills were set-up in the safe traffic free environment of the agricultural college with the emphasis being on developing cycling skills with some fun activities. This Burners get-together was led by Regional Development Officer Fiona Walker from Scottish Cycling.

Feeling fresh after his Adventure Cross ride in the Ayrshire Alps last week, 14-year-old Douglas Glendinning was quick to show off his control skills in slow speed handling games. Meanwhile 9-year-old Ben Edwards and Aaron Gibson took on their fathers in speed slalom and musical chairs game. After an hour of games it was pretty clear the adults were not nearly as agile as the youth!

The two hour session culminated in some group riding drills, with the group working as a chain gang by the end.

Next Saturday Ayr Burners Cycling will be embarking on a 40 kilometre ride around the picturesque ‘Ayrshire Alps’. Starting in Straiton at 0930, the route will take in four of the famous ascents of Knockgardner, Glenalla, Nic O Balloch and Tairlaw Shalloch, with a well earned cafe stop scheduled at The Buck in Straiton to finish.

This will be a great opportunity for Burners to try and complete the group’s Ayrshire Alps challenge.

This ride is aimed at riders who are comfortable riding for more than 2hrs and is perfect for those training for a sportive. Under 13s must be accompanied by an adult.

Full details can be found at ayrburners.org.