Ayr Burners hold session for young cyclists

Young 'Sparks' enjoy their fun and games at Belleisle
Young 'Sparks' enjoy their fun and games at Belleisle

Ayr Burners Cycling - QTS hosted their second Balance Bike session at Belleisle on Sunday. Aimed at riders aged 2-5, the sun encouraged 12 young sparks to head out with their parents in tow.

After some brief warm up laps of the ‘commonwealth games track’, the area was transformed into a fire station with the youngsters rushing to grab blue ‘water’ cones to put out the red ‘fire’ cones. Next up was dodging the slithery yellow snake who would nibble on the feet of young cyclists if they put them on the ground. The grown ups were summoned to lead a choir of ‘Helmets, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ before the welcome respite of chocolate cake! With energy levels topped up the park was transformed into the Island of Sodor, with the young ‘sparks’ taking turns at being Really Useful Engines and Troublesome Trucks. Finally it was time to pack up the bikes and go and enjoy the fantastic play park at Belleisle. The morning proved to be a great success and the Burners are looking for dates for their next Balance Bike outing.

Meanwhile the adult members spread themselves far and wide over the last week with five Burners taking on the 350 mile Prestwick Cycle Challenge. This year the fundraising ride went from Fort William to Inverness. Despite the worst of the Scottish weather, members enjoyed stunning views.

On Saturday members also completed a passage of the Lagafater Trail, from Glenwhilly to Ballantrae, following in the footsteps of the Highwayman David E.T. Bell. With some of the best scenery South Ayrshire has to offer, the Burners vowed to return on a better day. The trail is still remarkably clear and easily traversed on cyclocross bikes.

Ayr Burners now has a twin club based in Belgium. A partnership has been forged with the riders of Ped’Hallet - a recreational cycling group based around the small village of Grand Hallet. The members all met through their children’s school and enjoy a good mixture of on and off road cycling. Over the coming months Ped’Hallet and Ayr Burners will exchange some blogs about each other’s activities.

Next Thursday evening sees Round 3 of the Summer Series at Rozelle Park, whilst on Saturday the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park hosts an off-road Adventure Cross ride. Full details can be found at ayrburners.org