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Eleven riders turned up for the regular Sunday club run, meeting as ever outside Irvine's Portal at 09:30. The weather conditions were less than optimum, with a bitterly cold wind and an early soaking courtesy of a freezing rain shower. Despite the mudguard police being in attendance, the wet salt covered roads turned all the clean bikes, and riders, into something reminiscent of the legendary Paris Roubaix cycle race. It was grim. Heading South to Loans, then onwards past HMS Gannet towards Tarbolton, the wind was biting and the roads filthy. The pace was steady though, and the group stayed together as it wound its way through the country lanes, eventually popping out near Kilmarnock. Youth rider and Grange Academy Head Boy Cameron Raeside joined the group for his first Sunday run. He is using cycling as part of his Physical Education exams, and looking across the peleton at his grimacing mud encrusted face the learning experience was clearly evident! Coffee and bacon rolls were this week taken in DeWaldens Garden Centre next to the excellent Sprockets bike shop. Efforts were made to entice rider Joseph Boyle to buy some thermal legwear instead of shorts, but to no avail. Distances covered ranged from 36 to 50 miles; approximately 2000 feet of climbing; eight bacon rolls, and one Malteser cheesecake.
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