Ayr Burners scale the Ayrshire alps

The Burners complete their Ayrshire Alps Challenge.
The Burners complete their Ayrshire Alps Challenge.

With just one week remaining in their Ayrshire Alps Cycle Challenge four Ayr Burners have ascended all 16 of the Ayrshire Alps while 17 members have ridden up the equivalent height of 2,916 metres.

This impressive figure gives ‘The Burners’ a grand elevation total of 49,572 metres which is the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest (8,848m) 5.6 times, or ascending Ben Nevis (1,344m) 36 times.

All the latest stats and scores can be found in the updated scoresheet at ayrburners.org. The competion is now entering its final week with at least two riders remaining who have the opportunity to fully complete the challenge.

Despite the rotten weather that greeted The Ayr Burners on Saturday morning the scheduled Ayrshire Alps ride carried on regardless of the blustery weather conditions. Other than the wind and the low cloud the rain never appeared and five riders reached the comfort of every Ayrshire cyclist’s favourite cafe The Buck completely dry and with eager appetites.

On Sunday four Ayr Burners members headed to Renfrewshire to take part in the Don Smith Memorial Ride. This annual event is organised by the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club in aid of the Accord Hospice. Over sixty riders partook in the challenging 65 mile route including young Burner Christopher Scott who enjoyed a tough but rewarding day in the saddle.