9 of us met for 8am at the Abbey - Ian, Dave R, Andy T, Adian, James, Michael, Dimitar, Mark H and myself. With the planned run being a fairly long one our thoughts were on the weather as the forecast didn't look too great from early afternoon onwards so it was fingers crossed and off we went.
We set off at a decent pace and we almost made it to Helensburgh incident free. James' rear tubular had decided it'd had enough and sprayed sealant everywhere and including onto me as I was behind him at that bit. Lovely! 🙄 A quick pump up the tyre and we were off again and we soon reached the gel stop at the monument in Helensburgh. Gel stop over and it was wagons roll but almost immediately it was trouble again for James as the tyre had gone again. This time it really was game over for him and it was about turn for him and the dreaded call for the broom wagon. The rest of us cracked on Kilcreggan bound. En-route the group split with Mark, Andy, Dimitar and Aidan turning off to tackle the Peaton Road climb leaving the rest of us to head straight to the cafe albeit having to overcome a cheeky wee climb ourselves. During the cafe stop itself ex Velo member Colin Sales arrived on his club run with JWCC. It was good too see him and with the hello's and pleasantries over it was back on the bikes as we headed to Glen Fruin for the toughest climb of the day. Always a nasty one and we all eventually made it up. Onwards to Balloch and it was homeward bound with the weather, thankfully holding out for us.
A decent day, a great run with some strong cycling on show.
Nice wee run today for those of us just looking for local ride and not overly taxing. We welcomed Derek Wallace from Bishopton today and he slotted into the group seamlessly. Dave Barr rode out rather gingerly with us to the top of the Bowfield but he then head back to Paisley to take some rest for his ongoing back problem.
Andy McLeod, Geoff, Derek and myself carried on out past the Cannie Man and out to Stewarton via Dunlop. Cafe stop at Clerkland Farm then over the lumpy wee back road into Neilston and Barrhead. This worked well with the south westerly wind.
34 miles or so and at nice pace with good company as usual. Perfect for a first run post holidays
See ya soon
Hey troops. Who is up for a 35mile or so run this Sunday?
I am thinking of a few routes but will decide either nearer the time or on the day depending on weather and who is out. Possibly Stewarton Clerkland Farm and back over and farm road to Neilston, Clune Kilmacolm BOW then Boarding House or perhaps Strathaven which would be a bit longer.
Meeting at 9am Abbey you will be well prepared as usual. Let’s hope for nice weather and a great wee run