New cycling group formed in south Ayrshire

A new cycling group has been set up to promote leisure cycling in South Ayrshire.

Ayr Burners Cycling aims to provide a platform for recreation riders looking to enjoy their cycling without the pressure of racing.

It is committed to developing youth cycling but will also focus on sportives, cyclocross and adventure, and welcomes riders of all ages.

The members of Ayr Burners Cycling will also influence the development of the Ayrshire Alps Cycle Park and Sea Ayr Cycles family rides.

To launch the project, the group are hosting a new year’s day ride up the Carrick Hills. Supported by trained leaders, the ride will leave from the Savoy Park Hotel in Ayr at 11.15 and participants will be treated to warm spiced drinks on their return to Ayr. The 25km is the ideal way to feel fresh, meet friends and greet 2015 with a smile.

Speaking of the new venture, founder Chris Johnson said “I’m really excited about the launch of the Burners and look forward to welcoming lots of new faces at our launch ride with the Savoy Park. Cycling has really grown across Ayrshire and it is visible every weekend how many more riders are out enjoying the amazing local scenery. By providing meet up opportunities for recreational riders Ayr Burners Cycling can provide a pressure-free environment to meet people, share experiences and simply enjoy riding.”

The Ayr Burners names was first used by the youth cycling group that formed in 2012 out of the six week Road School initiative led by Chris Johnson with help from members of the Ayr Roads Cycling Club. Young riders are actively encouraged to participate with the re-launched Ayr Burners Cycling. Riders under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Ayr Burners is an affiliated group with CTC, the National Cycling Charity. More information can be found at www.ayrburners.org