With the weather eventually favouring the cyclist we certainly weren’t going to miss the opportunity to hit the road and feel the fresh air rustle through our hair! Sadly for Ian, Davie and myself the days where the wind would flow through our lushious locks are long gone!
We met at mine at 9am with the peloton numbering 5, me, Gilly, Davie, Ian and Stevie Potter. First port of call was the photo shoot to show off the new kit supplied by Half Baked Brand.
Anyway back to the report from yesterday’s (Saturday) pedal.
There was a lot of bling on show with the new kit, Davie sporting the brightest white shoes I have ever seen, carbon ones too I may add, not to mention his brand new clean Topeak saddle bag and SPD-SL pedals! I had my new Garmin 810 out in the fresh air for the first time since getting it and Gilly was trialing out my old Garmin 705 he bought off me. With so much bling on show it was inevitable that sunglasses became a necessity for the ride!
Route planning duties for the day were entrusted to Ian Hockey, who opted for a 47 mile route…… Mmmm
After breathing in and holding the pose for the photo shoot it was good to let the belly flop back out again! I was coming down with a bug that my mum, dad, and the two boys have had so decided just to get about it and see what happens, I could always turn back if need be.
We set off from mine and headed up onto the Queensway where we we averaging around the 18mph mark. We head off onto Eaglesham road past Hairmyres hospital, into Jackton. As we came to the big roundabout leading into Jackton Gilly shot off and claimed the full 10 intermediate sprint points! The pelton soon reeled the breakaway in and then we soon approached the crossroads at Eaglesham and I started to mentally prepare myself for the steep climb out off Eaglesham followed by the 3 climbs over the Moors, then the peloton swung a right at the traffic lights meaning we weren’t going over the Moors. Part of me was chuffed while the other part was slightly disappointed! Lol
We turned onto Humbie road and Gilly yet again shot off and picked up the full 10 intermediate sprint points for the second consecutive time!
Next we hit a climb and I shot off and claimed the King of the Mountain points until Gilly informed me that it wasn’t a classified climb and that I should have read the map properly!
As we neared the end of Humbie road Davie and I approached the roundabout at Mearns Road and with Davie in the inside and myself beside him on the outside, a silver BMW decided to shoot straight onto the roundabout in front of us nearly wiping us out! Cue the full use of our P’s and Q’s being hurled at him, not that it appeared to bother him! Still raging from this near miss I missed the left turn and had to double back onto the Eaglesham road then onto the A77 Ayr road.
Gilly then told us to pull over as Ian wanted to talk us through doing a though and off, not that Ian got the chance to explain it to us as Gilly stole the lime light. After a thorough discussion of what we were doing and Davie highlighting the need to keep the pace manageable we set off on our through and off which once we got the hang of, went very well. I missed a couple of shouts of “Clear” to let the rider in front of me know it was clear to pull in so Gilly took over that role and I couldn’t get a word in edge ways, even when I did remember! Lol
We carried on down the A77 into Kilmaurs where we had a cafe stop for cakes and drinks. We ended up in a great wee cycle friendly cafe where they had a a corridor inside where cyclists could leave their bikes. It was great not having to keep looking outside worrying about the thousand’s of pounds worth of bikes sitting outside! Juice and cake consumed it was time to carry on with our quest.
Ian had warned us that we had a big hill to climb just outside Kilmaurs, which I had prepared myself for only to turn and ask Ian how long until we hit this climb, to which his reply was that we were already on it! By big climb he meant a long steady climb not one of those climbs that looks like a mountain! Gilly, Ian and myself had dropped Stevie and Davie at this point and continued up the hill when Ian announced that we were nearly at the top. It was at this point that I ask if Stevie and Davie were in sight for Gilly and Ian to both look behind and I shot off to take the full king of the hill points! Lol
Stevie was starting to feel the pace by this point, a mixture of not being out for 3-4 weeks and just off antibiotics for a stomach problem. We continued along Fenwick road, onto Irvine Road then onto the B769, before rejoining the A77.
From here we swung a left onto the Eaglesham Moors passing by the bith place of the Whitelee Warriors. As we started on the tough climbs over the Moors, Ian, Gilly and Ian once again dropped Stevie and Davie. As we crested the first climb Gilly and I had time to stop turn round and wait several minutes before Iron Man Hocky arrived! Yes you heard that right, Gilly and I beat Ian up the first climb over the Moors! The fact that Ian had already made it to the top, turned around, headed back down to the bottom, then climbed it again doesn’t make the slightest bit off difference!
As we climbed the final hills of the Moors and started the decent into Eaglesham, Stevie was really feeling it which really isn’t like him! We got stopped at the traffic lights at the cross roads and as they turned green Stevie was still nowhere to be seen, so I pulled in and waited a couple of minutes for him to catch up. We then carried on into Jackton where the rest of the boys were waiting for us and guided Stevie home safely.
As we passed by Hairmyres Hospital Ian did the unthinkable and mentioned the “P word!!!! We weren’t even home yet and he broke the cycling etiquette by mentioning the Puncture word! This will be dealt with in the appropiate manner at the next club meeting! As we all slated him for mentioning the word, his response was, “I don’t care if I get a puncture now as I could walk home from here“!
As we left Ian the “P” word was still ringing in our ears but thankfully we managed to reel in the last 3 or 4 miles without incident!
Big Davie looked disappointed that the ride was coming to an end as he appeared to be getting stronger as the miles racked up! Stevie on the other hand, looked delight that his pain and suffering was all over!
So Ian’s 47 mile route turned into a 55.75 mile route! All in all it was a great ride with great company and the weather was ideal.
Despite my nose pouring all the way round the 56 miles, I felt good and strong. Those 6am turbo sessions have made a difference, along with the wight loss! Really happy with the progress so early into the season.
My Garmin 810 seemed to work well and I enjoyed the ease of use. Chris who was unable to make the ride followed our progress via Garmin Live tracking and one of my other mates also noticed our cafe stop! Lol
Ally and Ricky also managed to get 26 miles in on the mountain bikes. Well done guys!