Everest challenge for Burners

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Ayr Burners Cycling had high expectations last weekend as they faced up to the task of ‘Everesting’ one of the famous roads within the heart of the Galloway hills.

The Nic of the Balloch was chosen as the venue for this audacious attempt to equal the height of Mount Everest by repeatedly scaling ‘The Nic’, with 36 ascents of its 248 metre summit required to gain 9000 metres.- The height of the summit of Mount Everest.

Two ‘Burners’ teams would take on the task with participants ranging from 7 year old Max McGarvie to 69 year old Rob Gemmel.

The riders completed the task within four hours with an amazing total of 98 ascents recorded for the two teams, equating to a total height gain of an eye watering 24000 metres.

This weekend schedule for ‘The Burners’ starts with a two hour informal group ride which departs the Burns Centre on Murdochs Loan at 0930.

These rides are always of a gentle pace with an average speed of no more than 15 miles per hour with a cafe stop to finish at the ever accommodating Burns Centre upon return. On Sunday The Ayr Burners head for the quiet roads and beautiful scenery of the Isle of Arran. Departing from Ardrossan on the 0945 ferry the group will take in the circular route of the Island.

With its stunning coastline and challenging hills this is always a guaranteed fantastic day out. For full details of all Ayr Burners events visit www.ayrburners.org