Packed weekend for Burners includes ‘Marathon Ride’

Harry McGarvie negotiates the Sand Pit at Knockburn Loch.
Harry McGarvie negotiates the Sand Pit at Knockburn Loch.

A packed weekend for the Ayr Burners started off with a 26.2 mile ‘Marathon Ride’ on Saturday morning. Ten riders set off on an easy paced loop around the quiet back roads of East Ayrshire, with the route visiting many little known roads that weave their way between Monkton, Stair, and Craigie Village.

On Sunday a more ambitious outing saw ‘The Burners’ head for Rankinston for an off-road adventure which followed some lesser traveled tracks towards Patna and Dunaskin Heritage Centre. The group clocked up a total of 50 Kilometers with some exciting gravel sections and disused railway lines providing some excellent riding conditions. Aberdeenshire was the location for round 2 of the Scottish CycloCross Series on Sunday, with picturesque Knockburn Loch providing the venue for the days racing.

A technical course with varied terrain kept the racers on their toes, and yet again an impressive tally of over 300 entrants signed on to enjoy the challenge. Ayr Burners fielded 5 riders, including two youths, one lady, and two males in both the veteran and the open category. Harry McGarvie impressed with a 17th place finish, whilst Joanne Baxter continued her good form by taking 9th position in the open ladies race.

Next weekend sees Ayr Burners embark on a 50 mile off-road adventure around Barr and the surrounding area, with the start and finish point in Dailly. Full details can be found at