A Day of Climbing!

The team sheet for today (Sat 9th Jun) looked like this: Me, Alan & Stevie.

I had arranged with Alan to meet at 9am for today’s pedal. At this point I thought it was just myself and Alan as Chris was working, Ian was away to the UCI World Cup at Fort William, Ricky, Ally & Davie were heading to Carron Valley and Gilly was resting an achilles injury………… or that’s what he told us! Turns out he was carrying the Olympic Torch! (Thank’s to Ian for the photographic evidence)

Gilly Carrying the Olympic Torch
Gilly Carrying the Olympic Torch

Thinking it was just myself and Alan I packed my kit carrying just the essentials………. 15 inner tubes and 30 CO2 cartridges! Heading out on a one to one basis with Alan has proved to be a costly affair on a few occasions! Lol

I set off and met up with Alan and Stevie just down from my house. We then headed up Stroud Road, through Gardenhall, through Jackton and into Eaglesham. We then started the big climb through the traffic lights at the crossroads and up out of Eaglesham. I felt the complete opposite from Wed and powered up the steep climb and up over the tough couple of climbs over Eaglesham Moors.

We then got a half mile through and off going which lasted for a good 15-20 miles with speeds of 18-20 mph being achieved. We worked well as a unit and I believe Sky are poised to make us an offer to become Cav’s lead out men!

We headed down to Fenwick, through Kilmarnock and into Galston then Newmilns where we had a quick cafe stop curtoisy of Stevie. I must say that’s the best ham salad roll I’ve ever had!

After refuelling we headed through Darvel and started the steep climb up Loudon Hill, which again I powered up. From there we headed up over Ardochrig, then into Auldhouse before arriving back in EK. We stopped at the bus stop just down from mine to reflect on the mornings ride and to say our farewells.

All in all it was a great wee pedal covering 46.6 miles with an average speed of 16.6mph!

Felt very strong especially on the hills which is good considering the Whisky Trail Sportive (80 miles) is only two weeks away!

I have been asked to point out that it was Alan who planned the route for today! Yes you heard that right I said Alan! For those of you who don’t know, Alan is ledgenary for planning flat routes and is not known for his love of hills! There you go Alan, it’s now on the World Wide Web!