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No fewer than twenty four riders turned up on Sunday for the regular Fullarton Wheelers tour of the Shire. And no wonder, because the sun was out and the conditions fine, albeit cold. Fullarton Wheelers’ draws from an increasingly large geographic area, with a Southern Crew meeting at the Loans Inn at 09:00. It was an inauspicious start as within four miles the first puncture had occurred. The main meeting place for the Sunday Run is outside Irvine’s new leisure centre, the Portal, at 09:30 sharp. This time it took a scant 300 yards before the next puncture occurred. A group of twenty four riders is a little large, so in order to make it safer and more convenient for other road users, the run was split into two steady groups of twelve. Heading north into the slight headwind, Kilwinning and Dalry were dispatched with ease before bearing left up the Haylie Brae towards Largs. The climb was steady and unrelenting, and the layers of winter clothing made it surprisingly hot work in the sunshine. But it was worth it as, cresting the summit, the views down onto Cumbrae and Bute were spectacular. A fast and all too brief descent to Largs followed, with a left turn along the coast road and a café stop at The Waterside hotel. Some riders opted to head back, others stopped for lunch, and a smaller group, keen to make the most of the weather, carried on. Kilmaurs was the destination, via Adrossan Dams, Dalry, another puncture, and Torranyard. The welcome was as warm as ever at Kilmaurs’ Rendezvous Café, and the delicious banoffee pie meant three riders felt compelled – due to the calories - to carry on further still, via Tarbolton and Prestwick. Distances covered ranged from 36 to 80 miles, climbing between 1300 and 3500 feet, with 24 cups of coffee and three punctures.
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