CycloCross season gets underway for the Ayr Burners

John Paul Baxter
John Paul Baxter

A relaxed Saturday morning bicycle ride is always a good way for anyone to kick start their weekend, which is what 25 cyclists chose to do with the Ayr Burners last weekend.

With all ages and abilities on show, a gentle spin of 40 kilometers through the quiet back lanes of South and East Ayshire was perfect in terms of pace and distance for everyone who gathered at Monkton cross.

Sunny conditions added to the enjoyment with the group finishing off a fine morning in the saddle with refreshments being taken at Pollys cafe in Monkton.

The first open CycloCross event of the year took place in the picturesque Fife town of Aberdour with 100 eager riders lining up for the ever popular festival of Haugh-Cross. A fantastic atmosphere greeted the competitors as locals enjoyed the racing spectacle as well as the various marquees and live music that was also on offer. Organizer James McCallum designed a fast and flowing course with hurdles and steps thrown in just to keep the racers on their toes.

The two ‘Burners’ who made the journey to the ‘Fife Riviera’ both showed good early season form with Joanne Baxter taking 5th place in the ladies category, and JP Baxter finishing also in 5th position in the male 40 category.

With less than four weeks to go until the Ayrshire Alps Friendly Ride, Ayr Burners received a boost last week in the form of a new sponsorship deal.

FPP Scotland Ltd are a specialist supplier of pipeline products and construction materials, with company director Martin Carmichael being a keen local cyclist and also an active Ayr Burners member. The Ayrshire Alps Friendly on the 30th of August has two distance options of 100 or 60 kilometers, both starting and finishing in Kirkmichael, with the entry fee being a nominal £3. Any profit will be donated to the Burners 2015 chosen charity which is the MS Society. Full entry details for the Ayrshire Alps ride and other events can be found at