Burners cycle challenge

Mull and Kintyre were the venues for the ten Ayr Burners Cycling QTS riders who signed up for this years edition of The Prestwick Cycle Challenge.

Now in its 20th year, this annual three day cycling pilgrimage has raised over £300,000 for many local and national charities. This years route would test even the fittest of riders, with an ascent total of nearly 20,000 feet over 270 miles. Leaving Prestwick under blue skies on Thursday morning, the 70 cyclists headed onto Kintyre via Arran, taking in a well earned lunch stop in Campbeltown. A flatter afternoon ride up the west coast of Kintyre was welcomed as the bunch arrived in Tayinloan for the ferry to Gigha and the first nights stop over.

The mainland beckoned for day 2 with the stunning shores of Loch Awe providing both fantastic vistas and leg sapping climbs.

The final destination was Oban after over 100 miles in the saddle. The final day gave the riders the chance to enjoy a full lap of the breathtaking Isle of Mull with its fabulous coastal roads, white sandy beaches, and its crystal clear blue waters.

The Ayr Burners Summer League rolled on last week with Round 3 heading off-road for The Tour of the Smugglers. The network of trails and tracks between Troon and Dundonald was split into timed sections for The Burners to tussle over in the battle for league points. On a warm summers night Lindsay McGarvie showed the skills to take the win, with young Harry McGarvie maintaining his lead overall in the Summer League competition.

This weekend ‘The Burners’ are heading for the lumps and bumps of the Kyle pump track where The Sparks and The Flames will enjoy a morning of fun on their balance bikes and pedal bikes with a fully trained ride leader. For full event details go to www.ayrburners.org