Bright orange Burners across South Ayrshire

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The bright orange kit of Ayr Burners Cycling QTS was prominent around South Ayrshire recently.

Last Saturday saw half-a-dozen meet at Monkton Cross for a two-hour ride led by Lindsay McGarvie that headed east through Craigie before tackling the short sharp hills around Carnell Estate.

High winds were the main feature of the ride, although there were a few close encounters of the feathered kind with some of Carnell’s famous pheasants.

All emerged unscathed to end the ride with a visit to Sprockets and DeWaldens Garden Centre in Kilmarnock, where Jonny Burns ate his body weight in a Malteser Meringue!

Saturday morning also saw a group of Burners cyclocrossers complete a quick reconnaissance of Rozelle Park in Ayr, where the club will host the Doonbank Trofee round two of the Super Quaich series will take place on 24 January, 2016.

Chris Johnson and JP Baxter report that the course is set to be a proper Belgian affair, complete with muddy sections, stairs and hopefully an enthusiastic crowd complete with cowbells and other musical instruments to cheer the riders on.

Chris and JP were back in cyclocross action on Sunday along with fellow off-roaders Scott Knox, Joanne Baxter and Lindsay McGarvie at the annual pre-Christmas Cyclists v Harriers race at Irvine Sports Club.

JP put in a superb defence of his title to come second on a day that belonged to the Harriers for the first time in years thanks to incredibly boggy underfoot (and tyre) conditions. Runner Del Young of Garscube Harriers won the race.

A note to the parents of budding Burners that the final Balance Bike games session of the year takes place on 29 December at the Citadel in Ayr. Aimed at two to five-year-olds, there will be two of these ever-popular sessions at 10am and 11am with limited places available.

The sessions are due to be under cover, but the fun will move outside if the weather allows, with registration essential through www.ayrburners.org