Harry retains his lead in Burners summer series

The Burners on the Greenock Cut.
The Burners on the Greenock Cut.

Round three of the Ayr Burners Summer Series saw the group using the idyllic setting of Rozelle for an evening of off-road fun. A fast flowing and exciting course was devised by the ride-leaders, using the natural features of the park and its surrounding wooded areas. After six laps for the youths and women, the senior men continued on to complete their 10 lap quota. Once the competitors times and placings had been collated, Harry McGarvie had retained his slender lead in the series standings by three points from Scott Knox, with Pete Ferrier sitting behind in third position.

Saturday saw ‘The Burners’ embark on an off-road adventure into the Inverclyde Water Roads. Starting in Largs the group rode through the picturesque Brisbane Glen before turning off and heading for Cornalees Bridge where the first gravel section awaited. The Kelly Cut was an ingenious canal system engineered in the 1840’s to supply water to the mills of Greenock. A mixture of grassy and dusty paths made for perfect cycling, with the group enjoying some stunning sunny views around the Firth of Clyde. After descending into Inverkip, the tough climb through the Leapmoor forest provided the routes highest point at almost 1000 feet. Ardgowan fisheries proved a welcome coffee pit-stop before the last off-road section around the Greenock Cut before the drop down back to Cornalees bridge and Brisbane Glen before returning after 40 miles to Largs. Visit ayrburners.org for further details.

Friday the 19th of June sees Ayr Burners’ member Jo Baxter hold a one hour ‘Fitsteps’ class to raise funds for the Prestwick Cycle Challenge. The ‘PCC’ is now in its 19th year, with nearly £300,000 raised for various local and national charities. This years challenge started in Fort William and headed northwards to Ullapool, before finishing in back in Fort William 4 days later after a total of 337 wet, windy and very challenging miles !!

So – Whats ‘Fitsteps’ I hear you ask ? Well, it’s proven fitness techniques that are mixed with the graceful steps involved in Ballroom and Latin dancing. Sounds fun? Well, get yourself down to St Meddans Church Hall in Troon for 6pm on the 19th of June and support this great local fund raise... Keep Dancing!