Ayr Burners take advantage of the first spring sunshine

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Duncan MaCarthur led 14 members of Ayr Burners Cycling QTS on the weekly club ride where they took advantage of the fine spring-like weather on Saturday.

Among the riders lucky enough to be out in the glorious weather conditions were the trio of 14-year-olds Ali, Robbie and Adam of Belmont Academy, and Craig Maitland, building his cycling back up after a year off.

Despite the sub-zero degree temperatures overnight, the roads were mostly ice free, allowing the riders to head east from the Burns Centre in Alloway, along the back roads via Springs before proceeding on to Ochiltree.

From there the group wended its way back to the start point via Sinclairston, Drongan Dalrymple and Pennyglen.

On Sunday, three Burners - Chris Johnston, Kev Pugh and Peter Ferrier - competed in the Butterfly events ‘Hillbilly’ 10km run, in the beautiful Craigengillan Estate in Dalmellington.

The route was designed by fellow Ayrshire cyclocrosser and triathlete Brian Yates.

The tough route involved two difficult climbs, but the perfect weather and wonderful scenery more than made up for the effort.

Chris finished just ahead of Kev in around 48 minutes, whilst Pete battled with a tough head cold to finish in the next group back.

Meanwhile, Burners’ JP and Joanne Baxter have been having a warm weather cycling ‘adventura’ on the sunny island of Fuertaventura, alongside members of the Carrick Cycling Club.

They just missed out on members Paul and Frances Stevens, who have just returned from three weeks in Lanzarote.

Next Sunday, Ayr Burners Cycling with support from the Active Travel Hub Ayr, are hosting the Sea Ayr cycle ‘Burns and Bridges’ family bike ride, a 12km ride for riders of all abilities, taking in many promenades, paths and parks in Ayr along mostly closed roads.

The event starts at the Ayr Citadel at 10am, is led by trained ride leaders, and is suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.

It is ideal for young pedallers, trailers, tag-alongs, bike seats and pedals. For more information on the ride visit ayrburners.org.