This week's 'thundersnow' was not enough to deter Fullarton Wheelers'. Spotting a Saturday morning weather window, fourteen riders jumped at the opportunity for an outdoors club run. The Saturday morning run to Largs and back is a regular year-round fixture. In the summer it is a fast training ride on a moderately flat course with coffee and cake at the end. The winter brings with it the welcome addition of the 'broom wagon'. This means Club Captain Gordon Graham has to reign in his extreme levels of fitness to follow up the rear at a steady pace, ready to sweep up the stragglers as the attrition rate increases firstly on the hill up into Seamill and again on the final hill into Largs. There is another reason for this regular coastal route. Not only is it quiet on a Saturday mornings, but being near the sea there is rarely any ice. Not so two miles inland at the Barn where, at 10:00, everyone met up. Stephen Gillon, not known for winter forays outdoors, was sporting a tattered hole in his shorts after a minor spill. The rest of the club, meanwhile, tottered down the snow encrusted road from Benslie as if their stabilisers had just been removed. Into Kilwinning and the brave folk from North Ayrshire Council had been through with the gritters, so it was off towards the Three Towns for Dave Walker's first puncture of the day. With two thirds of the group latched onto Gordon Stead's wheel and speeding off into the distance, this seemed like a good moment for the Broom Wagon to form up. The pace was pleasingly brisk and it was great to have our latest superstar rider, Vicky Pincombe, in the peloton and getting her eye back in with group riding. On the flat terrain before Seamill the views over to a snow white Arran were spectacular; but it was cold. Up and over Kinnin Brae, it was down the gears to accelerate past Portencross and Hunterston, the Firth of Clyde glinting in the rare spectacle of January sunshine. The bunch fell silent for the drag before Fairlie, then it was a final heave up to the junction with the Haylie Brae before freewheeling into Largs and Fullarton's favourite Bagel Basket Cafe. We were served like lightening with delicious bacon roles and coffee before an exact replay of the outbound leg, complete with Dave Walker having another puncture. The distance covered for most riders was approximately 40 miles in surprisingly pleasant weather.