Qualified ride leaders continue to grow at Ayr Burners

The Ayr Burners welcome their new Cycle Ride Leaders.
The Ayr Burners welcome their new Cycle Ride Leaders.

The Savoy Park Hotel provided the venue for the Ayr Burners Certified Cycle-Ride Leader course on Sunday. Seven members signed up for a full day of training which involved many different aspects of leadership, including ride and route planning, group organization, risk management, and much more. The new recruits bring the total of qualified ride-leaders within Ayr Burners to a fantastic total of 11.

Round 1 of the Scottish Cycling South West Winter Series visited Carlingwark Park in Castle Douglas on Sunday, where two young Burners took to the start line with both claiming excellent results. The recent rainfall provided the racers with an ample supply of mud on the picturesque loch-side course, but despite the heavy conditions Cameron McGarvie took second place in the Under 14’s race, whilst older brother Harry McGarvie claimed second spot in the Under 16’s category.

Last Tuesday evening ACS Cycles in Prestwick hosted a cycle repair masterclass for 12 ‘Burners’. The class was designed to give members the confidence to take on the most commonly required forms of roadside repair, including punctures, faulty gears, and the dreaded broken chain scenario. With generous helpings of tea and biscuits, and more importantly the friendly expertise of Gerry and the ACS staff, all the attendees gained vital skills that will solve almost all mechanical issues.

On Thursday evening ‘The Burners’ start their weekly Winter sessions at the Oval in Prestwick. The 400 metre blaze running track provides a safe environment to keep the legs turning through the dark nights, with some basic lights and a slightly wider tyre being the ideal choice for the evening ride. For full details visit ayrburners.org