Sunday Run - January 12th 2020
by Sun Jan 12, 2020 17:43 pm
The nine riders at the Cross this morning could have easily mistaken today's run for 2020's edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, with tight bumpy roads, steep ramps and driving rain. There was also a nice bit of wind to make sure we got the full classics experience.
We headed north out of Irvine, but not before we got a lap of the new cycle circuit, sparking debates of a new Summer League Criterium event. The rain lashed us as we left Irvine, but conveniently stopped as we hit Kilwinning, just in time for puncture one of the day. The tyre wasn't the only casualty of the day, with a CO2 canister taking issue with Heid, leaving him with a nasty looking burn that forced him to abandon shortly after. Out of Kilwinning we hugged quiet country lanes all the way up to Uplawmoor before turning back and climbing up to Dunlop. Some fun and games ensued on the rolling road towards Kilmaurs, Mark Provan narrowly missing out on a silver medal as Colin Broadfoot turned the formers poor choice of gearing into an opportunity to launch an attack. I'll get you next time Colin.
Cafe Rendezvous was the venue for some well earned breakfast on a cold morning. Note the 'V' signs in the photo, a nice show of support and solidarity with the resident club vegans.
Fed and caffeinated, we made it and entire forty feet before puncture two of the day, we huddled round Colin to supportively watch, as the Dreghorn Squad invoked the club motto and headed off. Colin received a six out of ten for his repair job. A few more lanes took us to Perceton, where the group was hammered with hail. Back to Drybridge we split, Guy and Mikey taking on Dundonald Hill, as the softer riders rushed back for domestic duty. Anywhere between 35 and 65 miles for members on a great Sunday Run.
Sunday Run - December 1st 2019
by Sun Dec 01, 2019 14:29 pm
It was six hardy souls that gathered at Irvine Cross this for this weeks Sunday Run. With the cold front gripping the West Coast and a Gravel Splinter Group heading to Whitelee for the morning, big numbers couldn't be expected. Joe Boyle made everyone feel just a little bit colder by turning up in shorts, I can only hope he had his suncream on! George called thr route and off we went, up through Kilwinning to Saltcoats, taking a left and climing up above the Three Towns. Cold as it was it was great riding up and over to Dalry, the fields glistening white with frost, descending into the town with the worst placed traffic lights in the world. Up to Kilbirnie and down the Garnock Valley the temperatures plummeted, until we climbed back up to spectacular views of low lying mist in the valley. Through Barmill to the main road, we rode down to Torranyard and over to Kilmaurs for a well earned cafe stop. Bellies filled, we headed for Gatehead and Dundonald. Dundonald Hill was almost welcome, to get the body heat up. A great run, with members getting anywhere between 30 and 50 miles.
2019 Bill Moore Time Trial
by Mon Jul 01, 2019 15:48 pm
This year's Bill Moore Time Trial was won by Georgia Young (East Kilbride RC) in a time of 26:15, and by Dougie Watson (GTR) in a time of 21:08. Bill Moore was Fullarton Wheeler's erstwhile and popular club chairperson and this event, named in his honour, is a favourite date in the racing calendar. Over seventy riders from as far afield as Guernsey descended on a quiet, early morning A78 looking to test themselves on one of Scotland's fastest ten mile courses. Conditions were typically autumnal unfortunately, with a particularly gusty headwind on the five mile outbound leg from Eglington to the Papermill Roundabout. Fullarton Wheeler's Frazer Bell looked good with a smooth style but the effort was visible. A 44th place time of 24:19 was a measure of the conditions. Likewise for riders Skinner and Shields, times of 24:02 and 25:41 were by no means a disgrace given the headwind. The return leg was a different matter with a strong tailwind and the rain showers more or less kept at bay. Fullarton's Lorna Sloan achieved an excellent sixth place female time, speeding under the bridges at Gailes and Warrix to cross the line back at Eglinton in a time of 27:21. Allan Duncan was Fullarton's third fastest rider of the event with 23:31, William Hanney was second fastest with an exceptional time of 22:37, but Club honours go once again to Gordon Graham who finished 14th in a superb 22:34. Well done to all riders and volunteers.
Personal Best for Steve Donaldson
by Mon Jul 01, 2019 15:46 pm
The Corrieri Classic is a popular ten mile time trial hosted near Stirling. A dry morning was good; a ten mph cross/tail wind was less so. Nonetheless, popular Fullarton rider Steve Donaldson achieved a personal best of 26:04. Both Martin Shields and Allan Duncan posted competitive times of 25:13 and 23:17.
Chasing the Sun
by Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:10 am
The chase started in Tynemouth the moment the sun rose over the North Sea at 04:27 in the morning. Seventeen hours later it would set behind Arran at the finish line on Prestwick Promenade. In between lay 200 miles of cycling. Chase the Sun is a cycling event which attracts hundreds of riders all looking to challenge themselves to cycle the longest distance on the longest day of the year. This year was the first time the newly launched UK-North route was put to use, and Fullarton Wheelers were there in numbers to take part. At this latitude, the east-west cycle route through the Borders via Kielder, Lockerbie and Moniave is travelling at about 600 mph as the earth rotates. The question for riders Loye, Allan, Barron, Todd, Staples, Colquhoun, Murrison and others was whether an average speed of 16mph would be enough to make it before sundown at 22:05. Keeping the pedals turning over this distance is as much a mental as a physical challenge. Rider Joe Boyle was convinced after just 80 miles he couldn’t finish, but making it to the next food stop, then the next, kept him going for the full 200. Likewise for rider Broadfoot. Making it to the next food stop, then the next, while avoiding going on the front of the bunch kept him going for the full distance too. Eric McIntosh looked to be suffering the most with a sun-reddened face drooping despondently over the handlebars. Support vehicle drivers Seenan and Hannah drew no pleasure whatsoever from repeatedly pulling alongside and offering him a lift. On the other hand, rejuvinated rider Gary Arneil didn’t just have a second wind, but a fifth and sixth, complaining of the strange effects endurance efforts like this have with the digestive tract. Fortunately, the wind itself was benign. The great fear at the outset was that the team would face a strong prevailing headwind, but in fact it was so calm the group were unable to outrun a swarm of Kamikaze mosquitoes as they passed through Keilder Forest. And still the pedals kept turning. By Lockerbie ride captain Alastair McFarlane had been sacked, experienced roadman Alan McCall had got lost, and rider Gerrie had detatched from the group and was making progress at his own pace. Well over 150 miles into the ride the ascent of Largs Hill just outside the village of Straiton was a severe challenge, particularly for the clutch of the following support vehicle, but by now there was no question of not finishing. Fullarton were back on their patch on familiar roads and one final effort, including a sprint into Doonfoot won by Sean Barron, saw them eventually swing onto Prestwick Promenade at six o’clock in the evening with hours to spare before sunset. An amazing adventure and an amazing achievement.
Dream, Struggle, Ride, Prevail...in the Straiton RR
by Mon May 27, 2019 10:52 am
A strong field of riders descended on the South Ayrshire village of Straiton for the annual fifty five mile road race. It is called 'The Struggle' for a reason. This year the autumnal conditions added to the challenging terrain, tight turns, hump backed bridges and the uphill sprint finish. The tone was set early by the Race Commissair during the rider briefing, describing one section of the course as a series of potholes patched together with some tarmac. The race was on the moment the peloton left the neutralised section and powered towards the first turn at Kirkmichael. Experienced FWCC road man Sean Barron looked good out on the course, leading the main chasing bunch as they flew through the turn in Crosshill in pursuit of a six-man group that had broken away on the first lap. The pace was furious. FWCC teammate Stevie Gillon was chewing the handlebars, literally: his bar tape had come loose and he had to bite through the tail so it didn't get tangled in his front wheel. The breakaway managed to stay out in front, increasing their domination, but shedding riders until just three remained. Barron was on his sixteenth consecutive day of riding, which included a five hundred mile tour of Majorca, and on the penultimate lap, as the pace increased yet again, this mileage began to tell. Nonetheless, a midfield 19th place finish was no disgrace at all given the conditions. Only 26 of the 40 starters managed to finish, with fifty five miles covered in a barely believable two hours. The race was organised by our friends at Ayr Roads Cycle Club and is part of the British Cycling South West Regional Championships. The winner was Cameron Richardson (Bioracer-Moriarty Bikes), with 17 year old George Bell (Cycling Performance Squad) in second, and Alexander MacRae (Ciclotel f/b YPB) third. In the competition for first race marshalls back to race HQ for coffee and cake were Club Secretary Walker and Chairman Skinner, who both thought the race was five laps instead of six. An oversight which was rewarded with three eggs sandwiches, two flapjacks and a vegan cheesecake.
Super Saturday Masters and Tandems
by Sat Mar 30, 2019 19:37 pm
FWCC's Natalie Jamieson launched her 2019 track campaign with this week's Saturday Masters and tandem event at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow. Paired with new tandem pilot Lucie Hrnickova they achieved 15.19 seconds for the flying 200m. "Not the fastest time we've had", notes Jamieson, "but we learned that we we had gone too fast for the five lap build up, so something to take back to the practise sessions and work on."
For the 1 kilometre time trail the pair did not have a gate start and instead had to be held on the line. "We had never practised this in training so it was a very interesting experience trying to mount a tandem whilst trusting someone to hold it steady!". Once settled the pair had a five second countdown and were off, pounding around the banked turns to complete four laps in 1'29.93, beating the 1 minute 30 seconds target. A terrific start to the 2019 season.
Vital Vets Victorious
by Sat Mar 30, 2019 19:25 pm
Gordon Graham and Gordon Stead have launched their 2019 season with victory in the vets category of the Dooleys Team Time Trial. Held on the 17 mile Westferry course in somewhat windy conditions, the two Gordon's nonetheless achieved a superb time of 37' 22", which was also enough for fifth place overall. Fullarton Wheelers' were also represented by third placed female team Lorna Sloan and Catherine Logan (46'44"), 34th placed Stewart Beck and Alan McCall (44'23"), and 19th placed Derek Skinner and Sean Barron (40'24"). Always With an eye for history, Gordon Graham reflected on his win by noting that "the last time Big G and I won a team prize was back in 1982 when we both had a full head of hair...".
Feel the fear...but do it anyway
by Wed Jan 30, 2019 14:10 pm
FWCC are incredibly proud of their female competitors who continue to make big strides towards the top level. FWCC/Sprockets rider Natalie Hunter took part in her biggest event yet, the British National Track Championships in Manchester. A velodrome full of screaming school children did little to settle her nerves, especially as she was the only one on the track for the flying 200 and the audience's full attention was focussed on her, and her only. "I started to wind my speed up in preparation to give it some when I quickly found that my nerves had turned my legs to jelly. I found it hard to get out of my seat to accelerate so just had to make do with what I had in the tank". Despite the understandable nerves Hunter managed a 0.2sec PB, knowing she could have gone much faster. Next was the first round of the match sprint. Hunter made it through qualifying and was put up against Sophie Capewell, who went on to win gold. "So I took my jelly legs and put up the best fight that I could. I rolled around the early laps with Sophie following my every move then all of a sudden she saw a gap at the bottom of turn two and went for it. I blocked her off with a sudden dive down to the black line. If she wanted to get past me she would have to go the long way round! Unfortunately, she did, and very quickly!" With Natalie settling into the big occasion it was time for the keirin race. "I was in a good position during the first round until just under two laps to go when I dropped back a few inches from the rider in front and opened up a small gap for the rider below me to try and go for. A clash of bars pushed me up over the blue line and out of contention." The repechage was next and the first three riders went through to the next round. "I again sat in a good position to start with but jumped on the wrong wheel at the sprint and frustratingly finished fourth". To be in the British National Championships, let alone mixing it with the UK's best, is a brilliant achievement with the very real prospect of more to come. Well done Nat!
Zoe Watters Exceeds Expectations at first British Senior Track Championships
by Sun Jan 27, 2019 18:12 pm
The venue for this weekend's British Senior Track Championship was the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, and it was a big step up for FWCC/Sprockets Cycles female star Zoe Watters. Some of the best riders in the country also happen to be some of the best riders in the world, and Zoe lined up alongside them for the first heat of the forty lap scratch race. With a field of Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champions on show the heats were really going to be Zoe's finals, with qualification her big target. A fast pace from the start suited Zoe and she was mixing well with the other riders in the bunch, trying to save herself for the sprint. In this race the first twelve riders across the line would qualify, and there were twenty four in each heat. Early breaks were caught but as the pace quickened, with riders being shelled out the back, Zoe maintained her focus and hung in. With six laps to go Zoe knew her track position was critical for the sprint, and had to use her elbows a few times to hold firm on her racing line. When the sprint came she moved forward. Other riders were pinging backwards, unable to keep up, but Zoe crossed the line with the bunch, qualifying in eleventh position behind the likes of Katie Archibald, Megan Barker, Rhona Callander, Manon Loyd and Jess Roberts. In the evening it was back to the track for the finals in front of a sell-out crowd. The atmosphere was electric but for Zoe there was no real expectation. This was all about trying to enjoy the race, and once again she made the most of it. Mixing with the bunch again, helping to bring back early attacks, worked well until Olympic Champion Katie Archibald launched a full-on attempt at gaining a lap as the rest watched her go. After another four laps, when Katie had only fifty metres to close, quadruple Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny (nee Trott) lit up the bunch with an explosive attack, stretching the riders out and forcing the following Katie to work for another three laps before catching her with another half dozen elite riders. Local rider Zoe was there throughout, even though half a dozen riders had retired or been pulled from the race. With just eight of forty laps to go Zoe fought to cling on but was eventually pulled, just as Scottish record holder and European Championship medallist Jenny Holl stretched out half a lap on the field. With only two laps to go Katie Archibald charged and as Laura Kenny jumped on her wheel a furious chase ensued. With a deafening roar from the capacity crowd, Laura took the win by inches from Elinor Barker with Katie a very close third. A fantastic race in which first-timer Zoe was very much a part. Fullarton Wheelers are incredibly proud.
A Flying Start to 2019 as FWCC Star Zoe Watters races for Scotland in International Track Competition
by Sun Jan 13, 2019 21:04 pm
Zoe Watters was invited to join one of the GB woman’s pursuit teams in the KWNU Next Generation International Track competition held at the Omnisport Arena in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. Speaking long distance to her father she described the atmosphere as amazing. Racing for twelve laps of the track Zoe’s team managed to qualify for the finals where they were up against France, who had been a second quicker than them in the heats, in a battle for third place. Zoe said she was almost crying on the start line when the commentator said "...and representing GB, Zoe Watters...". The team blasted to a win, turning things around and beating the French team by a full second. FWCC Club Captain Mikey Allen recalled that "it seems like just the other day we were taking her to the local Marine Drive circuit in Irvine for her first youth outing. She was a natural straight away: go Zoe!"
Sunday Splinter Group
by Sun Jan 13, 2019 20:55 pm
All meteorological indications for Sunday were poor, so the regular Club Run was postponed. Except, that is, for six hardy souls who braved the...er...sunshine and mild temperatures for a 50 mile circuit of the North Ayrshire lanes. The wind was incredibly strong and presented a stiff challenge as it buffeted the riders journeying inland towards Barmill. Road Captain Mikey Allen, normally in charge of mudguard policing operations, was conspicuous by being mudguard-less. Bravely, however, he opted to spare following riders from spray by sheltering at the back of the bunch for the duration, along with antisocial club run star Gary Arneil. Rider Joe Boyle, in regulation shorts, was in possession of a bike sporting the latest in disc brake technology. The merest hint of pressure on the brake levers led not just to strong and assured braking, but a deafening squeak. The front brake squeaked at a higher tone than the rear, meaning a tolerable rendition of the Dukes of Hazard Dixie horn could be brought forth at every junction. By the time the Kilmaurs cafe stop arrived the full La Cucaracha had been perfected. Finishing the hilly and windy route required, of course, a trip to the top of Dundonald Hill. Good steady, social, winter training miles; 2000 feet of climbing and no punctures.
by Mon Dec 24, 2018 16:08 pm
Season's greetings to Fullarton Wheeler's members past, present and future. And what better way to celebrate the festive period than with a delve into the club archives and travel back to 1994 and the ghost of Christmas past. The annual Fullarton Festive 10 was "a fun event [which] attracted 28 competitors. With a cutting wind and blustery snow showers the course proved demanding. Dressed as chickens, ducks, superman, sailors, and of course Santa Claus, motorists were astonished." Tweetie Pie narrowly avoid last place whilst the winner - disguised as a fast cyclist - came within 18 seconds of the course record(!). 1994 was also the year the then Club Chairman was, to quote the newspaper report, "knocked off his bike by a flying deer". It is unclear whether it had a red nose and was called rudolph. Happy Christmas.
Piece of Cake
by Sat Dec 15, 2018 20:47 pm
Every year FWCC run a festive bake off and pop quiz competition expertly organised by member Neil Colquhoun. Cake is a foodstuff with special meaning for cyclists. Due to the extreme physical exertion demanded by cycle racing there is often an urgent requirement for cake, the more calorific the better. Cyclists are, in fact, cake connoisseurs, able to discern a gateau from a soggy bottomed sponge, and willing to make long and elaborate rides to seek out the best offerings from Ayrshire’s cafe's. The judging panel this year comprised FWCC's foremost cake experts in the form of Ian Hackney, Howie Christie, Brian Johnson, George Gass and Richard Sykes. All of the cakes were homemade, although whose home was open to some conjecture, and the winning entrant from Sean Barron came from his workplace (an actual cake factory). The pop quiz represented a sterner test of mainly 1980's musical knowledge. The team headed by FWCC's resident 1980's pop star Chris Staples did not win. That honour went to the team comprised of the cake judges, demonstrating that cake has both physical and mental benefits. Season's Greetings.
FWCC Riders Dominate Both Ends of the Doonbank Trofee Cyclocross Race
by Sat Dec 15, 2018 20:44 pm
Lorna Sloan and Dalry-based cyclocross star Scott Alexander McKendrick represented FWCC at the Doonbank Trofee CX race on Sunday. This popular event is well known for its difficult muddy terrain and exciting racing. Fortunately, McKendrick was constantly on hand to prevent breakaways from the back of the racing bunch. Dispensing with his trademark racing shirt, which was possibly washed on too high a setting by his wife judging by the strain on the buttons, rider McKendrick opted for club colours; although this too appeared a trifle snug with a particularly skin tight aerodynamic look. This was set off by a decathlon rockrider helmet, calf guards, and short length thermal socks. The gloves, unfortunately, did not match but £4.25 spent on eBay rewarded with pair of used MTB shoes with three large velcro straps per shoe. Thus equipped, McKendrick could race in the knowledge that whatever happened in this unpredictable event, his shoes would stay on his feet...and stay on his feet they did, helping the North Ayrshire speedster deliver a creditable mid-to-back-of-the-pack placing. Lorna Sloan, meanwhile, came third.
Image courtesy of Ayr Burners/Kenny Girvan
Third for FWCC Paracyclist Jamieson at Velodrome Festive Flyer
by Sun Dec 02, 2018 20:47 pm
Rider Jamieson teamed up with Mark McGhee (Bioracer Project GO) to hit the boards of the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome on Saturday in the popular Festive Flyer event. The new pairing is one to watch. Following a few modifications to their borrowed tandem, and despite a slower than hoped for launch out of the gate, they still achieved a new personal fastest time for the kilometre event, flying around the banked turns in 1:30:73. Fellow competitors in the paracycling tandem event included an especially rapid team from Switzerland who came first. Jamieson and McGhee secured a very creditable third. According to Jamieson "it was great to get back into completion and to meet the Swiss team. They were an inspiration and I hope to follow in their footsteps one day." The same could be said of Jamieson’s inspirational performances.
by Sun Nov 18, 2018 22:17 pm
Riders in other, more urban parts of the UK read national cycling magazines which feature pictures of roads and scenery we have in abundance in South West Scotland. The Galloway Forest is on our doorstep and the weekly Sunday Club Run de-camped there for an Away Day in glorious sunny weather. The 60 mile circuit climbed up to the summit of Darngatroch where the views across to Gatehouse of Fleet were spectacular. Lunch was in Newton Stewart. Rider Martin Shields ordered first and, as usual, was served last. After lunch it was a climb up the Queens Drive, past Raiders Road, and up to Clatteringshaws Loch. Twenty three riders of all abilities took part, the pace was steady and social, and there were no fewer than seven punctures. Plenty of time to admire the views then.
FWCC Awards Night
by Sun Nov 18, 2018 22:14 pm
Friday night is awards night, an occasion to celebrate the achievements of Fullarton riders in 2018. The Fulton Trophy recognises the Best All Rounder across a range of time trial distances and this year it went to Allan Duncan. A great achievement. Rider Chris Staples has been telling anyone who will listen that he has retired from competitive cycling: he is this year's 10 Mile and Summer League Champion. An all dominant Catherine Logan swept the board with 10 Mile Champion and Winter League Champion. Special mention must go to moustachioed wonder boy and new Club member Cadge Patterson. He impressed this year by becoming Road Race Champion and winner of the Weideger Trophy. Club stalwart Allan McCall likewise impressed by becoming this year’s most improved rider, and in his acceptance speech pondered on whether he was that bad previously. Stocky powerhouse John Todd was the deserving winner of the Winter League, as was Neil Colquhoun who picked up the Summer League Veterans prize. A newly created award, the Special Achievement Award, could this year go to only one rider: organ transplant ambassador Stevie Donaldson. He has thrown himself into literally every cycling event going, including national and international competition, providing a salutary lesson to everyone to enjoy cycling and just go for it. Finally, John Hannah won the Good Guy Award for services to the Club this year. John was keen to accept the prize on behalf of all the volunteers and helpers who make all the Club activities possible.
Senior Best All Rounder (Fulton Trophy) – Allan Duncan
Club 10 Mile Champion – Chris Staples
Women's 10 Mile Champion – Catherine Logan
Club 25 Mile Champion – Gordon Graham
Hill Climb Champion (Iain O'May Trophy) – Sean Barron
Road Race Champion (Brown Trophy) – Cadge Patterson
Mixed Ability 2-Up Trophy – Howie Christie and Sean Barron
Ardrossan Dams Winner (Weideger Trophy) – Cadge Patterson
Veterans BAR Winner – Derek Skinner
Summer League Champion (Shewalton Trophy) – Chris Staples
Summer League Veterans Winner – Neil Colquhoun
Winter League Champion – John Todd
Winter League Handicap Winner – Stevie Watters
Winter League Women's – Catherine Logan
Most Improved Cyclist 2018 – Alan McCall
Good Guy Award – John Hannah
Most Memorable Ride of 2018 – The 'Radar Run'
Special Achievement Award – Steve Donaldson
Winter League is Underway
by Sun Nov 18, 2018 22:11 pm
The Fullarton Wheeler's Winter League is now in full swing. Competitors arrive at Fullarton Wheeler’s indoor facility, attach their bikes in the stationary trainers, turn up the volume on the sound system, and go all-out to beat each other in virtual competition. This week it is Event 3, a five mile time trial in a virtual Dordogne Valley. Riders are fighting for overall supremacy, supremacy in the women’s event, the handicap category, and a watts per kilogram prize.
by Tue Nov 06, 2018 19:17 pm
With temperatures dropping bike riding shifts gear. The FWCC Winter League kicks off in the Club's indoor training facility, the cyclo-cross season starts, and the mudguard police come out in force on Sunday Club Runs. Enforcement action was taken against several mudguard-less riders on Sunday with guilty parties being consigned to the back of the twenty strong bunch. No one wants to be spattered in water and mud if they can help it. The fine weather, however, meant the conditions were actually pretty good for a 50 mile tour of the shire via a cafe stop and the top of Dundonald Hill.
Shrine to Fullarton Wheelers
by Tue Nov 06, 2018 19:15 pm
You know you have made it as a cycling club when someone builds a shrine. Strictly speaking the shrine is for our Honorary President Graeme Obree, but a Fullarton Wheeler's jersey is right in the middle. The shrine is actually an exhibit created by Austin Walsh, the owner and Chief Mechanic of Quay Cycles in Drogheda, Ireland, as part of a small cycling museum. It showcases Obree's brilliant achievements and unusual bikes, and shows just what a contribution the local rider made to cycling.
Image source: Edmond Hood, All Bikes Scotland Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1010876812274663/
Logan in Action at the HSBC Cyclo Cross National Trophy
by Tue Nov 06, 2018 19:13 pm
The second round of the Cyclo Cross National Trophy came to Irvine and expert cyclo-crosser Catherine Logan finished 28th in a field comprised of the country's best. The Irvine Beach Park course is one of the toughest in the calendar with sharp climbs and deep, energy-sapping sand. Local rider Logan put in an excellent performance in supremely tough event. This is the first time the National Trophy event has come to Scotland and more than 600 entrants took part including elite cyclo-cross riders from all over the country. Organised by our friends at the Kilmaurs-based Walker's Cycling Club the event was a huge success and another demonstration of how good the cycling facilities in North Ayrshire are.
Image source: Irvine Beach Park CX National Trophy twitter page.
Logan Kicks Off Cyclo-Cross Season with Ninth in Class
by Mon Oct 22, 2018 07:45 am
The third round of the Scottish Cyclo Cross series at Lochore Meadows took place on Sunday with FWCC represented by experienced cyclo-crosser Catherine Logan. Due to the exceptionally warm summer this year the muddy quagmire that is normally Lochore Meadows, with parts of the course virtually unrideable, was this year dry. The women's event is forty minutes plus one lap and the older you are the nearer the back of the field you start. Being highly 'experienced' Catherine was on the last row. An initially good start was undone by a small tumble half way round the first lap. Back on the bike, Logan worked her way forward again, catching an arch rival who commits the cyclo-crossing sin of also riding a mountain bike. The battle really got going. No matter how hard the rival tried to pass she was blocked at every opportunity but, frustratingly, even though she was dropped on many bits of the course she always caught up. On the final lap Logan resolved not to be passed. The rival also resolved not to hand over a win, so it was a sprint finish. Having sat on Logan's wheel for so long there was no way the rival rider was going to pip FWCC to the finish and she didn’t. Both riders finished on the same second with Logan half a bike length ahead for ninth in category.
Image source: Wikimedia
Fullarton Wheeler’s Mixed Ability Time Trial
by Mon Oct 15, 2018 22:32 pm
The purpose of Fullarton Wheeler's cycle club is to enable people to enjoy cycling to the best of their abilities. What better way than to match different abilities in two person teams and send them off on a short 6.5 mile time trial. This is the not entirely serious FWCC Mixed Ability event which took place on Sunday. Some of the pairings were most peculiar. Legendary lung capacity speedster Gordon Stead was paired with legendary heart and lung transplantee Stevie Donaldson. Completing the circuit in a time of 18:06 rider Stead had breath spare to hurl fulsome 'encouragement' to his teammate. The encouragement was so gentle and supportive it could be heard from a mile distant. The Derek Skinner and Jim Seenan star pairing were sitting pretty on the winner's chair with a time of 17.29, until hard men Gass and McCall pipped them by one second, something they took absolutely no pleasure in doing. Odds on favourites McKendrick and Beck fulfilled expectations by coming fourth from last in 17:40, despite some innovative performance enhancing measures. It was also great to see riders Murray and Allen making a return to competition after injury and illness. The special 'international team' prize went to the Germanic/Scottish pairing of Beukleman and Broadfoot in 17:53, after which a great slew of mediocrity punched through the line in fairly quick succession, lead out by the second placed pairing of FWCC stalwart Jim Ryland and FWCC newbie Philip Murrison in 17.12. Victory, however, was claimed fair and square by the race organiser and the person responsible for the apparently 'mixed ability' pairings. The Sean Barron/Howie Christie little and large team thundered around the course in 16.33, nearly forty seconds clear of everyone else. A great fun event after which competitors and timekeepers repaired to the Rendevouz cafe in Kilmaurs for the stewards' inquiry.
Tour de Trossacks
by Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:34 am
A late season favourite is the Tour de Trossacks organised by Glasgow Ivy Cycling Club. It couldn’t be further removed from the normal ruler flat time trial courses held on local by-passes if it tried. Departing from just outside Aberfoyle it's straight up the 240 meter Dukes Pass, right turn along the shore of Loch Venachar, right again along the forest road to Thornhill, then a final right turn past the Lake of Mentieth to the finish. Twenty eight miles of pain where any possibility of getting into a steady rhythm is remote. And it was raining. Only a lunatic would contemplate taking part. Stevie Donaldson crossed the line in a time of one hour forty six minutes, but then he had unfinished business. The last time rider Donaldson competed in the Tour de Trossacks was 1979 and he came last because his cranks snapped. Vindication came in the form of a 2018 time that was well clear of his previous 1979 record: "I was actually thirty minutes faster this time and wasn't last, but a day of high winds, cold driving rain, and over 1500ft of climbing on the circuit made sure I wasn’t far from last - but at least I finished!"
Fullarton Wheeler's Hill Climb Championship
by Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:32 am
FWCC are clinging in vain to the idea that it is still summer, with the final event in the 2018 summer league occurring on Sunday: the hill climb. Named in memory of great friend and excellent hill climber Iain O'May, this event is a regular end-of-season fixture. The marker post between the hard charging racing season and the steady autumn and winter club runs. Ideal summer conditions were pouring from the sky above the infamous Fairlie Moor road outside Largs, and a less than balmy gale was howling off the Firth of Clyde. The lithe, slightly emaciated form of Sean Barron emerged from the mist at the 223 meter summit to claim victory in a time of 7 minutes and 13 seconds. A superb ride. But even more impressive was rider Colquhoun, whose strange ten mile training circuits around the back streets of Saltcoats have clearly had an effect. Arriving in his trade mark yellow Mini, front wheels locked, and with thirty seconds to spare before the race start, Neil stormed up the 20% gradient in 08:42, annihilating riders Broadfoot (09:08), Boyle (09:45) and Gillies (10:03) in the process.
The Season That Keeps Giving for Veteran FWCC Riders
by Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:30 am
FWCC time trial super star Gordon Graham has been back in action, wringing every last drop of racing form from an already successful season. The event was the Scottish Veteran’s TT Association 15 mile time trial for riders over the age of forty. It is often easy to forget, with his full head of luscious hair and boyish good looks, that rider Graham is in fact over 40, but clearly age and guile trumps youth and inexperience every time. A point amply demonstrated with a ninth place finish in a superb time of 35 minutes 7 seconds. Fellow FWCC veteran Alan Duncan crossed the line in 15th place in a time of 36 minutes 21 seconds. Stevie Donaldson, the only member of the FWCC trio where it is very easy to remember his veteran status, came through in 38th with another excellent time in challenging conditions of 41:54.
A Little Organisation Goes a Long Way
by Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:28 am
Since 1934 there have been enough people in the Irvine area with a shared interest in cycling for them to gather around the idea of a cycling club. It's a living and breathing thing. Many of the founder members are long passed, and while there have been key individuals who featured heavily in FWCC history the club constantly evolves. The small committee of five years ago is different from the committee of today, and will no doubt be different again in future. It’s all about an idea, written down in the club constitution, to promote cycling and enable people to enjoy the health and fitness benefits to the best of their abilities. A little bit of organisation enables the club to be affiliated with various local and national cycling bodies, for new members to be welcomed, and for high profile cycling events to be organised. This time of year is when we thank committee members for their contribution, in particular outgoing Club Secretary Stephen Cassidy, Treasurer Peter Beukelman, and Open Events Coordinator Dave Walker. All have made a brilliant contribution this year, ensuring the idea of a cycle club in Irvine continues into its 84th year.
FWCC Follow the Wheel of Ultra-Endurance Cyclist Mark Beaumont from Campbeltown to Aberdeen in Aid of the STV Children’s
by Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:28 am
There are residents of the Kintyre Peninsula who have never been to Aberdeen. A car journey from Campbeltown to Aberdeen would be a major undertaking. Tackling the 240 mile journey by bike is of another order entirely. This was the route ultra-endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont followed when training for his round the world cycling record, and he returned on Sunday with seventy other riders to re-enact the ride in aid of the STV Children’s Appeal. The first and by far the most significant challenge for the fourteen-strong FWCC contingent was waking up at 3AM after arriving on the ferry just four hours previously. And it was raining. Indeed, the first two hours of the ride took place in pitch darkness with support vehicles, volunteers and STV cameras in tow. Heading north up the West Coast peninsular the riders faced into a headwind which fortunately became a tailwind as the group angled East and the day progressed. The 240 mile marathon ride was broken into four sixty mile segments with strict thirty minute breaks in between. Here FWCC’s support team swung in to action with food, clean clothes and moral support. The large group of cyclists stuck together all day, working well through Inveraray, Crieff, Perth and Forfar. There was plenty of chat on the first few segments, but as the day wore on the group became silent, focussed on the end goal, and having to concentrate harder and harder on turning the pedals and keeping the momentum going. At times everyone struggled. It was extremely hard work as everyone’s energy slowly drained away and pain levels increased. The last leg from Forfar was a psychological milestone. With 180 miles completed and 60 left to go the possibility of success was tantalizingly close. With renewed vigour the group set off once more. The first two hours were strong, fast and on good roads. Spirits were high as everyone finally felt they could do it. The last water stop was outside Stonehaven and by this time it was dark and a cold breeze was blowing off the North Sea. With the end in sight the ultra-endurance route dealt one final near-killer blow with a steep climb into a headwind. The neat peloton of riders shattered. Energy levels were spent, food and water was no longer of interest. Just getting it over with was all that mattered. Eventually, and fifteen minutes ahead of schedule, the group reformed and freewheeled into Aberdeen’s Duthie Park for a hero’s welcome. With seventy thousand pounds raised in total for children living in poverty the welcome was well deserved. Weary and sore the FWCC squad of Derek Skinner, Alan McCall, Jim Ryland, Gordon Stead, Darren Kean, Richard Sykes, Sean Barron, John Todd, Brian Loye, Stevie Watters, ably assisted by drivers and masseurs Ian Hackney and John Hannah, will all look back on the challenge with pride and probably with a unanimous view: never again!
Image notes: The FWCC 240 squad return to base after successfully completing the charity challenge with round the world record holder Mark Beaumont. Left to right are: FWCC Club Chairman Derek Skinner, Alan McCall, Jim Ryland, Gordon Stead, Sean Barron, John Todd, Brian Loye, Stevie Watters, Ian Hackney and John Hannah. In the front row are Darren Kean, Richard Sykes, and unofficial club mascot Bracken the dog (camera shy).
We Live (Ride?) in a Material World
by Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:25 am
Sunday runs these past couple of weeks have been somewhat depleted due to end of season racing in Bute and this week's mega endurance ride to Aberdeen. Nonetheless, four hardy stalwarts arrived at Irvine Cross at 09:30 to ensure the eternal flame of Sunday cycling never gets extinguished. The group wound their way through Kilwinning for a look at the new Dalry bypass, onwards past the DSM factory, then out into some countryside proper with a climb up the Hilly Brae. Cresting the summit a clear blue sky and the sunlight twinkling off the sea provided a fantastic view. Descending into Largs it was a pitstop in Donaldson's Diner (rated 5* on Tripadvisor) for a George Clooney style Nespresso coffee and a tasty homemade ginger and chocolate confection. Just prior to departure it struck the group that every bike frame material was represented on the run. Rider Donaldson's carbon fibre wonder is the same stuff that Boeing 787 Dreamliner's are made of. Mikey Allan's new titanium special is the same material the supersonic SR-71 Blackbird was made of. Colin Gillie's aluminium machine is what the fuselage of Concorde was made of. Meanwhile, rider Walker's Reynolds 531 steel frame is what the engine subframes of WWII Spitfires were made of(!). Different bikes, different materials, different ways to enjoy the same 50 mile scenic cycle at the newly christened 'audax pace' (one down from 'steady').
On Form Gordon Graham Powers Uphill into the Wind
by Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:02 pm
Commonwealth Games cycling star Harry Tanfield put in a masterful performance over the painfully hilly ten mile Rothesay Weekend time trial, putting over 50 seconds into second placed Chris Smart with a time of 21:04. Gordon Graham, however, rounds off an amazing season by leading out the FWCC team by placing 18th in a highly competitive event in a time of 25:30, closely followed by Derek Skinner in 19th (25:39) and Alan Duncan in 20th (25:42). On a difficult uphill course, with strong winds and the best of the region’s riders in attendance, this clutch of results is impressive. Sean Barron followed in 22nd place with a time of 26:18. Having raced nearly every event the efforts were starting to tell but still an excellent performance.
Image source: Iona Fisher photography (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP ... U0djdxM2Rn)
Time Trial Star Skinner Surprises in Bute Road Race
by Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:54 am
Sunday saw the exciting Rothesay Cycling Festival road race take place over the hilly twenty mile Bute Island Circuit. Expert time trialist Derek Skinner somehow found himself in the (very) loosely titled novice road race. With corners being tackled like the professionals, and athleticism one would not normally see this side of the Vuelta d'Espana, the so-called 'novices' roared around the island for a thrilling finish in Rothesay. Nobody was more surprised than rider Skinner to achieve victory in his age category, and a seventh place overall. An outstanding result which left many in the Club wondering if he went the right way?
Image source: Bute Sport Flickr page (https://www.flickr.com/groups/butesport ... 891822210/) photo by ufopilot.
Retro riders McKendrick and Walker Stun in Two-Up Time Trial
by Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:51 am
Not since Eddie Mercx has a victory been so total, so complete, and so crushing as that witnessed by the crowds in Rothesay on Saturday when Fullarton's star retro pairing of McKendrick and Walker dominated their category. They not only achieved outright victory in the highly competitive retro bike classification (there was only one other competitor), but they took the scalp of Commonwealth Games champion Harry Tanfield. It was as if he was walking in the opposite direction with a puncture (actually, he ‘was’ walking in the opposite direction with a puncture). On the subject of punctures, rider McKendrick's front tyre deflated on the start line, meaning team mates and minute-men Watters and Skinner would now be setting off in front. Watters and Skinner were plunged into disarray, departing the start line 10 seconds late, and because of the pressure suffered complete psychological breakdown by six miles in and abandoning. Walker led McKendrick over the demanding uphill sections of the Bute island circuit while McKendrick, riding a mostly illegal 1980’s lo-pro time trial machine, took over for the downhills. Crossing the line together, tears misting the visors of their vintage aero helmets, a winning time of 1:03:28 put them in front of fourteen other riders and several tens of thousands of pounds worth of modern carbon fibre racing machinery. Sadly it didn’t put them in front of fellow FWCC rider Fraser Bell (1:00:48) or indeed an on form eleventh place Gordon Graham and Sean Barron pairing (51:50). At least the retro aero helmets gave the Bute islanders something to laugh at.
Image source: Bute Sport Flickr page (https://www.flickr.com/groups/butesport ... 891822210/) photo by ufopilot.
Sean Barron battles the Serpentine Hill Climb
by Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:48 am
The Bute Cycling Festival, otherwise known as the Rothesay Weekend, has been running since the 1940's and the packed racing itinerary was as exciting as ever. Kicking off with the fearsome hill climb event up the amphitheatre-like Serpentine, this is a 10% gradient featuring no fewer than 13 switch back turns. It makes for exciting racing. Sean Barron flew up the climb only for a rider coming down the hill to collide with him. A second attempt saw him still achieve a 15th place time of two minutes sixteen seconds. Gordon Graham kept well within himself, saving energy for the later two-up time trial, but still managed a mid-field result with a two minute fifty. Wearing British Transplant colours, Stevie Donaldson gave his transplanted heart and lungs a thorough workout by coming 73rd in a time of four minutes twenty eight. The Rothesay weekend was officially underway.
Fullarton Wheelers Bring the Georgetown Cup Back to Ayrshire
by Sun Sep 09, 2018 20:42 pm
The Georgetown Cup is the final event in a summer-long time trial competition held in Inchinnan, Glasgow. It is organised by ACC Velopreda with all proceeds going to the multiple sclerosis charity MS Scotland. It is a terrific event which attracts over 200 riders, eager to round off the season with a flat-out time trial effort over the popular seven mile Georgetown TT course to Houston and back. All the major cycle clubs from the area were there, including three times winners Fullarton Wheelers. After being knocked off the top spot last year FWCC came back with strength in numbers because the top eight times get combined to decide the winning team. FWCC did it with a time of 02:12:04 but they were run close by Johnston Wheelers (2:12:39) and Glasgow Nightingale (2:12:45). The eight fastest Fullarton riders were Stevie Watters, Derek Skinner, Allan Duncan, Jim Ryland, Gordon Stead, Darren Kean, Chris Staples, all of whom were led out by Gordon Graham in a magnificent time of 16:04. With over 200 competitors, and a start time of 09:45, it was an anxious wait for the results. FWCC slipped to second at one point due to an error, but were soon restored to their rightful place. And there it stayed. The Georgetown Cup is notable for a large field of Flying Scots, the famous vintage bike brand. FWCC rider Steve Donaldson was on his original 1976 racing machine and managed to achieve silver in the Flying Scott competition. A fantastic day for Fullarton Wheelers.
Summer League Event 7
by Sun Sep 09, 2018 20:40 pm
You know it is a tough course when marshals outnumber competitors and so it was with the penultimate FWCC summer league event of 2018. A hilly time trial that started at the foot of the hill outside Gatehead near Kilmarnock, climbed again out of the village of Earlston, up to Symington via the Secretary of State climb, followed by an ascent around the back of Corraith, culminating with a summit finish on the top of Dundonald Hill. Eight miles and over 1000 feet of climbing, no wonder just nine competitors signed up. At least everyone got into the top ten. Sean Barron put in an excellent ride, winning in a time of 24:21 and catching Summer League front runner Chris Staples at the top of Dundonald Hill. Rider Del Young also flew up the hills, tailing third place by only 20 seconds. Neil Colquhoun screeched up to the start line in his car, running late, and just about made the cut off. Clearly the adrenalin had a positive effect with a superb fourth place (and veteran winning) time of 28:15. Only one more 2018 Summer League event to go, the Iain O'May Hillclimb Trophy to be contested on October 7th on the Fairlie Moor Road.
Results for Event 7
1. Sean Barron 24.21
2. Chris Staples 25.26
3. Del Young 25.46
4. Neil Colquhoun 28.15
5. Colin Gillies 28.56
6. Joe Boyle 29.30
7. Guy Walker 29.41
8. Catherine Logan 31.05
9. Steve Donaldson 34.08
Scottish Records Tumble in National Time Trial Championship Co-Hosted by Fullarton Wheelers
by Sun Sep 02, 2018 18:42 pm
Commonwealth Games silver medallist and local fast man John Archibald (Ribble RT) broke the Scottish ten mile record in Irvine on Sunday with a blistering time of 18 minutes 18 seconds. Archibald also beat current British record holder, Giro d'Italia finisher, and all round time trial superstar Marcin Bialoblocki (Team Nopinz) into second place. Four other records tumbled in the weekend's CTT National 10 Mile Time Trial Championship which was held on the local Fullarton Wheelers' course. Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds Cycle Club) broke the womens' record with a fantastic 20 minutes, 26 seconds. Joshua Sandman (Team Backstedt Bike Performance) broke the boys' record in 19 minutes 26 seconds, and Elynor Backstedt broke the girls' record in another remarkable time of 21 minutes 11 seconds. The popular Irvine By-Pass time trial course once more lived up to its reputation as one of the fastest in Scotland, and it is the first time the CTT Championships have been held north of the border. This was due in large part to the organising efforts of FWCC committee member Dave Walker and an army of local cycling volunteers. It is not often we see riders in Ayrshire from clubs like the Hillingdon Slipstreamers (London), Primera-Teamjobs (Bournemouth), the Bristol Development Squad, or Cardiff Ajax Cycle Club, but over 230 riders came to Irvine from all over Great Britain. One racer even came all the way from the Channel Islands. Local FWCC competitors did us all proud though, particularly Natalie Hunter, Aileen Clyde and Catherine Logan who all posted good times in the most competitive field the country can muster. Likewise, veteran speedster Gordon Graham - who has ridden this course ever since the Irvine Bypass opened in 1976 - was the fastest Fullarton Wheeler and flew through the finish on his trademark fixed wheel machine in 21:59, enough for 57th place. FWCC is proud to have Graeme Obree as its Honorary President and the two times hour record holder presented the medals to the new champions, several of whom had beaten Obree's own national and course record-winning times set in the 1990's. Graeme remarked that "it was good to see the amateur spirit of time trialling alive and well". Organiser Dave Walker was also keen to acknowledge the full support of North Ayrshire Council, and Transerv, who manage the A78 and who resurfaced part of it in time for the event. An exciting weekend of racing where the speeds of some of the competitors over ten miles had to be seen to be believed.
Image source: Harry Tweed, All Bikes Scotland Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater
Barassie to Berwick
by Sun Sep 02, 2018 18:38 pm
FWCC mile munchers Sykes, McCall, Watters, Kean, Todd, Skinner, Ryland, Gass and Baron hit the 150 mark with a ride from Barassie to Berwick this week. A ride that literally no one has ever attempted previously (because why would you?) it does have a place in the training plan for round the world cyclist Mark Beaumont's upcoming 240 charity challenge. The intrepid team were supported by driver Hannah in a transit mini-bus and trailer combo as they threaded their way from coast to coast via the delights of Kelso and Lanark, the dream of a distant Barassie keeping the squad pushing ever forward. It was mission accomplished for all riders and, no doubt about it, it was a tough day in the saddle and great preparation for the hardships that await in September when they join Beaumont for a ride from the West Coast to Aberdeen(!).
FWCC Helping to Host National Time Trial Event Next Week
by Sun Aug 26, 2018 20:26 pm
Excitement is building in Fullarton Wheelers because next week the Club are helping to host the National 10 Mile Time Trial. This is a major sporting event which has attracted the country's best riders to our local time trial course here in Irvine. We are expecting records to tumble, so come along and watch. The event headquarters are in Eglington Park, and the Tour de France style start ramp is to be located opposite the entrance. There will be a road closure in place on Saturday and Sunday mornings from the Eglington Interchange Roundabout towards the park entrance, and race marshals will line the route which heads down the A78, returning back on itself at Papermill Roundabout. Readers may have noticed the roadworks on the A78 this week. These are being carried out in preparation for the event. The long overdue resurfacing will not only make for faster times, but also much more comfortable car journeys! The racing action kicks off on Saturday 1st September, with the first Junior rider departing at 09:01 and the women racers departing from 10:01. The men’s event starts at 09:01 on Sunday 2nd September. FWCC will be represented by an on-form Catherine Logan, veteran speedster Gordon Graham, and have-a-go hero Allan Duncan. FWCC Committee Member Dave Walker has played a significant role in bringing the event to Irvine and in organising what promises to be an exciting weekend of cycling.
FWCC Females Dominant at Dooleys 10 Mile Time Trial
by Sun Aug 26, 2018 20:21 pm
They say that an essential leadership skill is to lead by example, and that is what Club Chairman Derek Skinner did on Sunday by posting a commendable 23:09 in the Dooleys 10 Mile Time Trial. Last year at this same event John Archibald broke the Scottish Record with an amazing time of 18 minutes 38 seconds. Rider Skinner braved the poor weather on the normally fast Westferry course and like all the other competitors, found it tough going. Veteran speed merchant Gordon Graham hit a pothole which dislodged his bars so unfortunately had to retire. Stevie Watters did well with a 23.25, and likewise Stevie Donaldson with a good for the day in the mid 26 mins. Fellow FWCC competitor Fraser Bell was also there. Despite threatening retirement from the time trialling discipline for at least six months, a time of 23:54 shows that Rider Bell has still got it where it counts. But it was the FWCC women riders who dominated. Catherine Logan won first V50 female, joint FWCC/Sprockets rider Natalie Hunter was third overall female, and Aileen Clyde second. Only the extremely rapid Lynsey Curran beat them (and rider Skinner by a second).
Ayrshire Alps Sportive
by Sun Aug 26, 2018 20:18 pm
The deserted hill roads of South Carrick played host to the fourth annual Ayrshire Alps Sportive on Sunday. Organised brilliantly by our friends at Ayr Burners Cycle Club, this is a 100km cycle challenge which sets off from Kirkmichael and takes in no fewer than six 'alpine' climbs, including the infamous Nic O'Balloch. For the past three years this has been an opportunity for cyclists around the UK to visit South Ayrshire and top up their tan lines: not this year though. Scottish summer returned with a vengeance to leave a much depleted FWCC contingent, made up mostly of supporters in their cars. All-weather riders Sean Barron and Joe Boyle completed the soggy challenge in under four hours, ascending into the low cloud at the top of Glenella and avoiding the sheep on the descent off Tairlaw. Well done to both.
Fullarton Wheelers Club 10 Mile Time Trial
by Mon Aug 13, 2018 09:23 am
The annual Club 10 takes place on the Eglington course, known for being one of the fastest in Scotland and shortly to play host to the CTT National 10 in September. This week Fullarton Wheelers members put down some times for the professionals and top amateurs to beat. First off the line was Gary Arneil, bucking the aerodynamic advantages of a specialist time trial machine by not actually owning one, yet having sufficient power in reserve to wave at a roadside photographer. A time of 28 minutes 18 seconds was comfortably within the all-important 30 minute barrier. Defibrillators were on standby as riders Boyle and Gillies, again on regular road machines, gasped across the finish line in 26:58 and 26:28, and were both comfortably beaten by Steve Donaldson in 26:14 who returned from the glamour of continental road racing especially to take part. Neil Colquhoun, returning from the glamour of Saltcoats, beat them all in a time of 26:03. Three riders had times within the 25 minute bracket. Beth Macrae put in an excellent ride, beating her personal best with 25:45 and also rider Seenan by one second. Rider Walker set out to provide a masterful demonstration of it being about the rider not the bike. He didn't just use a normal road machine, but one from 1986 with big loopy brake cables that whistled in the wind. A time of 25:25 demonstrated that both the rider and the bike were found wanting. Into the 24 minute bracket and Catherine Logan continued her excellent form this season by being fastest female with 24:42. An injured, and soon to be engaged (the two events are not connected) Ally Kinnaird punched through the timing beam in 24:29, leaving a battle royale between Peter McLardy and Dalry's fastest roadman Scott Alexander McKendrick. McKendrick prevailed by five seconds. Into the 23 minute bracket and some of the Club's riders were really flying, especially time trialist McCall who achieved a personal best with 23.17. Rider Patterson, despite the aerodynamic disadvantages of a road bike and a moustache, powered around in a superb 23:38. But both of them couldn’t match veteran Stevie Watters (23:05). Frazer Bell has been threatening to give up time trialling all season, but nonetheless broke the 23 minute barrier with 22:52, missing a podium place by just 7 seconds from Club Chairman Derek Skinner whose time of 22:45 was enough for third. This left Gordon Graham and Chris Staples to fight it out for the top spot. They have been trading victories all the way through Fullarton Wheelers 2018 Summer League with the overall victor still far from assured with two events still left to run. This week it was the turn of rider Staples to deal a body blow to rider Graham's chances, breaking the 22 minute barrier with a blistering time of 21:50, 20 seconds clear of rider Graham's still superb time of 22:10. Can the elite in the upcoming CTT National 10 match this? One of next month's entrants is current national 10 mile time trial champion Marcin Bialoblocki, whose record breaking time of 16 minutes 35 seconds is an astonishing five minutes clear of Chris Staples. Another entrant for September's Nationals is 13 year old Zoe Backstedt. Her personal best time is enough to have beaten Club Chairman Derek Skinner into third place. So the answer is probably yes.
FWCC Star Rider Donaldson at 2018 British Transplant Games
by Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:12 pm
Last month FWCC heart and lung transplantee Steve Donaldson was in glamourous racing action in Northern Italy. This week he was in Birmingham, at the 2018 British Transplant Games. Held annually since 1978, the Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encourage transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst also increasing public awareness of the need to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families. Donaldson more than lived up to those sporting ideals in the time trial by coming ninth overall, and fourth in his age group. Comprised of three laps of a dry 1.4km circuit, this was maximum cardiovascular effort from the start. Donaldson only missed a medal-winning spot in his category by four seconds but had no reason for complaint. The winner was an ex-professional cyclist from the 1980's, which goes to show how high the standards were. In the road race there were 37 riders on the start line and Donaldson's tactic (heard often, especially on FWCC Club Runs) was to stay near the front, but not 'at' the front. It started well. A quick dash to the first hairpin saw Donaldson go round it in second place. The bunch then strung out like a piece of elastic and the attrition started. Every couple of laps the group would get smaller as riders, unable to keep up the pace, dropped off the back. There were a few attacks out of the corners and on the uphill sections, but holding that 'near the front, but not at the front' position really helped. With two laps to go it was time for Donaldson to invoke phase two of his tactical plan by focussing on positioning and covering any gaps and attacks. Donaldson was still in the bunch, and going into the final lap he thought he might have a chance. But out of the final hairpin with 600m to go the last attack went – spearheaded by the eighties ex-professional – and despite his own illustrious 1980's racing career Donaldson just couldn’t get on to his wheel. Phase three of the tactical plan (i.e. push down on the pedals harder than everyone else) went slightly awry at this point as the headwind was just too much and a gap opened, made worse by an agonising uphill sprint for the line. Donaldson finished eleventh overall and fifth in age group, with Mike Oliver (the ex-pro) placing second overall and winning the category. An absolutely superb effort all round.
Coming of Age for Junior Cycling Star Zoe Watters at British Track Championships
by Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:10 am
FWCC are feeling proud this week after junior rider Zoe Watters competed in the British Youth and Junior Track championships at Wales' Newport Velodrome. This was top class riding from the very best in the UK, which includes Zoe, who is a current double Scottish track champion sponsored by Sprockets Cycles in Kilmarnock. The week's racing saw British records tumbling almost daily and the pressure was definitely on. The forty lap scratch race saw explosive action, with Zoe forcing the pace on the front and, with five laps to go, roaring up the banking and back down again at full speed in a blocked attempt to get near the front for the final sprint. Ninth place overall was a superb result. In the eighty lap points race Zoe was feeling in good form and it showed. The pace was furious from the off but Zoe proved she could mix it with the UK's best, working hard and getting involved in all the sprints for the line, securing fifth or sixth place in the first five of them. Two riders attacked off the front and, in the mix as ever, Zoe jumped on their wheel, the break lasting a few laps before the sprinting pack caught them. Zoe then spotted another opportunity, attacking again in a sprint lap and successfully winning three points for second place. Double points were now looming for the final sprint and the racing was chaotic but Zoe found herself on the front with two laps to go. She again moved up the high banking and used the downhill slope to attack off the front, creating a gap. Head down and at maximum effort for the last two laps, she was only caught on the finishing straight by the strong sprinters who just managed to rush the gap. An aggressive ride, Zoe finished 11th overall in a race which saw a large chunk of the field dropping out simply because of the fast pace. The final race was the 2K Individual Pursuit for which Zoe is the current Scottish Champion. The full stands of spectators meant the atmosphere was crackling with tension, which certainly got the better of some riders. Not Zoe though. The cheering crowd energised her and she dug deep, beating her Scottish Championship winning time and scorching to a 2.37.51. It was a tense wait as only the top eight riders went through to the final. Some blistering performances saw Zoe move down the table, and the game was up as one rider smashed the British Record by over two seconds. A final placing of twelfth shows just how high the standards were, but it also shows just how much potential Zoe has: this was her first British Championship and there are many more to come.
Image source: All Bikes Scotland Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1010876812274663/
Historic Win for Cadge Patterson
by Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:19 am
More racing success for rider Cadge Patterson who took the winning spot in this week's summer league event with an impressive 36 minutes 53 seconds over the hilly 14 mile Ardrossan Dams course. Whilst not quite in the same league as the thrilling Alpe d'Huez summit finish in the Tour de France, Cadge's victory is still historic. This is the last time club riders will be able to ride the evergreen Ardrossan Dams course. It will shortly become un-raceable when a new set of traffic lights appear on the A78 at the bottom of Yerton Brae. Indeed, the preparatory roadworks added an extra dimension of excitement on Thursday as a trench dug into the road had to be bunny-hopped at speed. The course itself starts on Busbie Road and climbs away from Ardrossan before angling downwards for a fast descent past the eponymous dams. It's then sharp left on to the lumpy Dalry Road where the skinny emaciated climbers like Sean Barron, Del Young and Chris Staples can begin to gain time over the bigger 'rouleurs' like Derek Skinner, Gordon Graham and Mikey Allan. It's then right onto Kilrusken Road and the gradual descent to Hunterston which sees the bigger, more powerful riders draw ahead again. Climbing away from West Kilbride on the Ardrossan High Road the flat stage riders, tiring now, are once again overhauled by the lightweight climbers. It is a difficult race to call, and one that favours all-rounders like John Deans (39:36), Neil Colquhoun (41:46) and Joe Boyle (45:22). Special mention must go to second place Gordon Graham who is clearly in the form of his (very long) life with a superb 37:22, not including a longer than expected ride to the event itself. Rider Del Young also managed to complete the event without any form of insect stinging him or getting stuck in a nostril or ear hole. Congratulations. The next event is the hotly contested Club 10 Mile Time Trial on the 9th August at which Catherine Logan and Chris Staples will be looking to defend their overall leads in this year's exciting summer league.
Steve Donaldson on Euregiotour
by Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:10 pm
Euregiotour is a three day ride from Innsbruck to Arco on the Riva Del Garda, organised by the SudTyrol transplantation Sports club to advertise the benefits and advantages of organ transplantation. FWCC's very own heart and lung transplant ambassador made the trip and completed 210 miles and an even more remarkable 12000 feet of climbing, the equivalent of three times up Ben Nevis; on a bike. Day 1 took the riders from Innsbruck to Montagna, a distance of 155km. With the band playing and crowds cheering the peloton of sixty riders, thirty five of them transplantees, set off in the not so welcoming drizzle behind the police outriders and lead car, a proper Tour de France moment as all traffic through the city was stopped right up until the foot of the Brenner Pass. It was hard climbing with the gradient averaging 10% or more. By comparison, the average gradient up the local Dundonald Hill is 6.5%. Fortunately, 'Magic Marco' was on hand with his scooter to push struggling riders - literally - to the top of the climb. Rider Donaldson, however, was not one of them. Approaching the town of Brixen in Nothern Italy the police escort re-appeared and it was in to Bolzano for a special reception at the local transplantation hospital. Day 2 involved 86km of even tougher riding from Montagna to Rovereto with Marco and his trusty scooter leading the way again, eventually arriving in Trento and the headqwuarters of the UCI Gran Fondo sportive named after legendary French climber Charly Gaul. The clue is in the name. This enormous cycle event involves 2000 metres of climbing in the space of a scant 56km. Some idiots have signed up to ride it. Day 3. Rider Donaldson is on the start line with the current world champion, super star former pro and the person Irvine-based Graeme Obree beat to take the hour record, Francesco Moser, getting announced to the crowd as members of the Euregiotour. The starting pens are released, the countdown starts, and this is the closest to the front rider Donaldson and his cohort will get today. It's straight up to 40km/h over the cobbles getting dragged along by 4000 other riders through dodgy corners, narrowly avoiding street furniture, whistles blowing, danger flags waving, just like a Tour de France stage. Eight kilometres in and the climbing starts, and it doesn't relent. Donaldson was in his lowest gear with his cycling computer showing 7%, 10%, 12%, 13% gradients: steeper all the time. "I got on with the task of grinding up the hill, another hairpin, another 11%, the climb keeps on coming at me, will this never end!" Three kilometres out from the finish and realisation dawned that Donaldson could do this, in fact, he was catching someone. Five hundred metres to go and he's almost at his wheel; three hundred meters Donaldson is out of the saddle making one final herculean effort, catching the rider and crossing the line. It is like a finish on the Tour de France with cameras, TV crew, podium girls, big screens, helicopters, the complete package: the atmosphere is wow! Finding a quiet spot Donaldson reflected on what he had just done, in particular, that without an organ donor none of this would have happened. More information on NHS organ donation can be found on their website, https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/
Picture source: https://transdiaev.de/events/euregio-tour
Ninth for Mustachioed FWCC Wonder Boy Cadge Paterson
by Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:03 pm
FWCC rider Cadge Patterson crossed the line in ninth place in this week's TLI Synergy Cycles Summer Criterium race held at Fife Cycle Park in Lochgelly. This is a dedicated 2.4 million pound cycle racing circuit made up of smooth tarmac and tight turns, which makes for thrilling racing. Rider Patterson, well-known locally for sporting a moustache that is part Nigel Mansel, part world war two fighter ace, started well and maintained his position in the leading group throughout the race. The tight turns and exposed nature of the track meant that breakaways were never a serious option and any riders who thought they could escape the bunch were swiftly brought back. Patterson begun his cycling career in BMX and the rapid accelerations, fluctuating pace, and high levels of bike handling skill needed meant the race suited him well. On the final lap Patterson was in the leading group and missed a higher placing, even outright victory, by a whisker (pun intended). Ninth place is an excellent result in a large and hotly contested field, and even more remarkable given this is only rider Patterson's second ever race.
Weekly Riding Roundup
by Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:00 pm
Summer weather has been amazingly persistent this summer, and the temptation to get out on the bikes has been irresistible. Riders Todd and Ryland were the FWCC ambassadors for US President Donald Trump's visit to nearby Turnbury, at least, the spectacular police and security operation was worth a look. Rider Broadfoot returns from holiday for some plane spotting at Prestwick, where Air Force One is currently parked. Riders Barron, Deans, Walker and Allan joined veteran hard man George Gass for an epic 160 mile tour of the Southern Uplands. It is not often the phrase 'i'm getting too hot' is heard while ascending the Mennock Pass. En route the group also discovered there had been an android invasion in Moniaive (as part of a comic festival: who knew?), pylon spotting in Elvanfoot, and a welcome end of ride burger and pint at the Loans Inn. Meanwhile, the Saturday Bun Run was well attended, with riders flying down to Largs to drop slices of cheesecake on to the pavement. Sunday runs have been pootling about the countryside as normal, with the riders looking forward to the owners of the Rendezvous cafe in Kilmours coming back from their holidays. Large numbers have been turning up to Monday club runs, with the BP garage in Loans reporting a spike in Haribo sales. The Tuesday recovery ride is in full swing, as is the Wednesday night Crit around Irvine's Beach Park. Finally, special mention goes to rider Del Young who followed up last week's painful wasp sting to the head with a trip to A&E, this time to get a fly surgically removed from his ear. This unusual happenstance certainly created a buzz among fellow Club members, where it is clear rider Young is really fly-ing at the moment (multiple puns once again intended). So much sunny weather, so much cycling to be done...
by Sun Jul 08, 2018 22:29 pm
The Tour de France kicked off on Saturday with a monstrous 125 mile long stage. A huge day out for even seasoned Club riders, but not for an intrepid group of Fullarton Wheelers who clocked up an even more impressive 159 miles. This extra-long distance ride was not in aid of the Tour but world circumnavigation record holder Mark Beaumont. Later this summer FWCC will be taking their place alongside Beaumont to ride from Argyll to Aberdeen, via Loch Lomond, the Cairngorms, and Glenshee, a total distance of 240 miles…in one day. The ride will recreate Beaumont's final 16-hour training session before he headed to Paris to claim the round the world record. Put in that context, this weekend's 159-mile effort is just the start of training. Riders Derek Skinner, Gordon Stead, Brian Loye, John Todd, Alan McCall, Sean Barron, Darren Kean, George Gass, and others, got up in time for a 05:00 start and completed four stints with short thirty minute breaks in between. The training will all be worth it, though, because the aim of the ride is not to win a yellow jersey but to raise money to help children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. The attempt is also being filmed for an STV telethon: stay tuned for further updates over the coming weeks.
Zoe Watters: Double Scottish Champion!
by Sun Jul 01, 2018 22:00 pm
FWCC and Sprockets Cycles youth rider Zoe Watters became a double Scottish champion this weekend at the National Track Championships, held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Zoe dominated the forty lap scratch race launching repeated attacks from the back of the bunch to put fatigue into the sprinters who were trying to conserve their energy. A final bunch sprint saw Zoe come from third wheel with one lap to go, snatching gold by half a wheel from Team 22's Abby Stewart, becoming the new Scottish Champion in the process. Saturday featured the 60 lap points race, with points awarded for the first four riders over the line every ten laps with double points on the final lap. Similar tactics to the previous day saw all of the strongest riders continually breaking from the back in a hectic and full on battle. It was hard to keep track of the points situation. After a tense post-race wait the results put Zoe in first place with 26 points: double Scottish Junior Champion. On the way home a delighted Zoe became a little emotional as she remembered all the support and encouragement she has received over the years, from first the FWCC youth section and later all the adult members who played a huge part in encouraging her in her love of bike racing.
Logan and Graham on fire in Scottish heatwave
by Sun Jul 01, 2018 21:57 pm
FWCC riders Catherine Logan and Gordon Graham continue a run of racing success. Logan was the outright female winner in the nine mile Tour of Cumbrae TT with a time of 24 minutes 10 seconds. Several other FWCC riders also collected a prize envelope, including youth rider Conal Davidson and the decidedly non-youth riders Peter McLardy, Allan Duncan and Derek Skinner. Rider Skinner was the fastest FWCC competitor of the day with a magnificent 21:03, just 23 seconds behind the outright winner David Griffiths (Bioracer Project GO) and enough to break into the top ten. Logan continued her run of success with another outright female victory in the Glasgow United 10 Mile Time Trial, completing the course in 26:42. She was joined on the top step of the podium by Gordon Graham who achieved his first race victory since carbon fibre bikes were invented. Rider Graham is having a fantastic season and is in great form. While lesser mortals are warming up on static trainers, downing energy gels, and using bikes with more gears than a 42 ton truck, Graham is usually lying on the grass with a bonnet over his eyes saying he will warm up on way to the start line and 'ride into the race'…on a single speed machine. His time of 22:32 was 12 seconds faster than second placed rider Michael Robb (Carrick CC) and over a minute clear of the next placed veteran Christopher Watters (VC Glasgow South).
Summer League Event 4
by Sun Jul 01, 2018 21:49 pm
In a break from tradition the Club's annual Summer League is taking place in actual summer weather. With the mercury touching 21 degrees the conditions were perfect for Event 4: a twenty five mile individual time trial. Taking place this year over a compact and rather complex circuit, no one got lost and four riders beat the all-important one hour barrier. The overall winner was once again Gordon Graham in a blistering 57 minutes one second, beating Chris Staples into second place by one minute twenty four seconds, and third placed rider Derek Skinner by over two minutes. The fastest women's rider was again Catherine Logan in a brilliant time of 1:04:11. Further down the field Kilmarnock road man Ally Kinnaird was riding his first '25' and found it tough going. "The first ten miles were fine, but I started seizing up in the second half". Nevertheless, 1:02:44 is a very good time and bodes well for future events. Rider Stevie Gillon also deserves mention with a time of 1:05:05, the fastest time set on a conventional, rather than specialist time trial bike. Indeed, rider Gillon was the only competitor on a normal road machine. The overall Summer League 2018 standings after event four see Chris Staples cling on to his lead, with Gordon Graham, Derek Skinner, Sean Barron and Alistair Kinnaird in the top five snapping at his heels. The next event is the hilly Ardrossan Dams circuit on 19th July.
Night at the Movies
by Sun Jul 01, 2018 21:43 pm
Saturday evening saw a club social to the Glasgow Film Theatre to see 'Time Trial', a newly-released film about Scottish professional cyclist David Millar, including a post film Q&A session with the film's director and David Millar himself. Millar is one of Scotland’s most successful pro cyclists and took part in twelve Tours de France. FWCC and Sprockets rider Natalie Hunter was a little surprised to meet him accidentally in the foyer on the way back from the bar. Playing it cool she heard herself saying "you’re the chap in the film!" and Millar replying, "aye, hen". The film revealed how the pro peloton is not so different from the amateur club ride, at least in terms of 'characters' and humour. When asked by an audience member whether any of us were likely to see him pedalling up the Crow Road, and whether he would try to beat us up the climb, he was a little coy saying "that competitive memory chip has been removed now. I just ride for enjoyment". We almost believed him.
by Sun Jul 01, 2018 21:39 pm
Perfect cycling weather means the mileages have been piling on, with FWCC members out and about in the sunshine. Adventures this week include sunburn climbing the infamous 'Talla Wall' in the Borders, rider Del Young getting stung on the head by a bee that got stuck in his helmet, melting tarmac, and an unprecedented early start to the regular Sunday Club Run to avoid the hottest part of the day. Large numbers of riders have been turning up for the regular Monday evening club ride, the Tuesday recovery ride around Troon, the inter-club Criterium (or 'Crit') around Gailes on Wednesday, time trial training on Thursday, the 'Bun Run' to Largs on Saturday, repeating again on Sundays with either the FWCC Club Run or participation in cycling races around Scotland. Plenty of summer-time enjoyment on the bike to be had and all are welcome. If you are interested in club cycling then the Monday or Tuesday nights are often recommended as a starting point. Please contact the club membership secretary via the website.
Steve Donaldson Crowned European Champion at Transplant Games
by Sat Jun 16, 2018 19:32 pm
FWCC heart and lung transplant super hero Steve Donaldson represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the European Heart and Lung Transplant Games in Italy. In the road race he came an amazing second overall and first in his age category. He is now a European Champion. The race was twenty kilometres over six laps with a fifty strong field. The glamour of continental road racing began from the off when the cyclists had to help the motorcycle escort find his way around the course, which was fortunately closed to traffic. After the first long straight the peloton began being whittled away as the pace rose to 23 mph. Remember, all competitors had had a heart and/or lung transplant. At the end of the straight a tight left turn saw an Italian rider launch an attack, and rider Donaldson tried to follow but narrowly missed catching his wheel. One of the German team managed to get away as well. Another sharp left turn with sand and pine needles all over the place didn’t help the chase. The bunch then sped through a small chicane which had a metal strip sticking up which had to bunny hopped to avoid puncturing. The chase was on. Donaldson could see the Italian and German breakaway in the distance and was leading the bunch, trying to pull them back and asking for assistance from the remains of the peloton. One lap down, five to go. The finishing straight was littered with obstacles: a tree and its roots caused a bit of hassle, and another tyre shredding metal strip handily positioned on a damp corner. Donaldson continued to drag the bunch along. On the long straight he swung off to see who was with him; just two Italians, four Germans, and Ernesto, his Irish friend. With teammates up the road in the breakaway the Italian and German riders were in no mood to help chase them down, so it was Donaldson and Irish Ernesto towing everyone along. The next two laps saw the breakaway held at about fifteen seconds. By lap four the chasing group had managed to drop one of the Italian riders, mainly after Donaldson’s hard charging spell at the front proved too much. Then the course conditions came to his aid as the second chasing Italian rider hit the metal strip on the finishing straight and punctured. Better still, the German rider in the breakaway was now tiring leaving just a lone Italian in the breakaway. Donaldson asked the Germans to help catch him, which they did on the long straight, and then worked together to try and bring the lone Italian rider back. At the start of the penultimate lap the solo breakaway had forty five seconds on Donaldson’s chase group, which had trouble organising itself into a rhythm. Last lap, still working not very well, the chase group motored along lapping other riders. At this point in the race it was all about how the chase group riders positioned themselves on the last corner and through the chicane. Donaldson managed to follow the third placed rider’s wheel with about four hundred meters to the line. Irish Ernesto led out, then Thomas the German. It was a drag race to the line for second place. Donaldson inched ahead and threw his bike over the line by just 0.08s to secure an amazing second place overall and first in his age category. “I couldn’t have done it without all the help from the guys in FWCC dragging me around all those club runs, but most importantly, I couldn’t have done it without my DONOR. So if you have a spare two minutes and you haven’t done so please think about signing the organ donor register and don’t forget to tell you family.” https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk
Catherine Logan Victorious in Glasgow VC South Time Trial
by Sat Jun 16, 2018 19:26 pm
After all the fine weather these past few weeks it was time for the heavens to open and for some brave Fullarton Wheelers to receive a soaking in the Glasgow VC South ten mile time trial. On the plus side, the warm-ups were done in the comfort of the FWCC branded 'EZ-up', a portable tent structure which managed to keep everyone’s kit dry, the wind at bay, and the FWCC outfit looking very professional. There was also a bit of inspiration to be gained from warming up next to the fastest Scotsman and certainly one of the fastest track riders in the world, John Archibald. The conditions were ‘Scottish summer’: very wet, very windy, pot-holed and rough roads, diesel spills and generally far from a day for record breaking. It takes a lot to slow John down though, and the course record, 19' 56", previously held by double British 25m TT Champion Jason MacIntyre, was taken with an extremely impressive 19' 41". Fullarton Wheelers, meanwhile, had their own prize winner in Catherine Logan who was the fastest woman rider in 26’ 16” “I can't believe it”, Catherine exclaimed, “it's fifty pounds!” Due to the poor weather there were a good number of non-starters in the field of 83 riders, so Fullarton Wheelers can be proud that all nine of our entries rode and finished. Finishing times are as follows:
Gordon Raleigh: 28' 29"
Scott Gourlay: 26' 25"
Martin Shields: 27' 22"
Catherine Logan: 26' 16"
Steve Watters: 24' 59"
Frazer Bell: 25' 04"
Derek Skinner: 24' 10"
Alan Duncan: 24' 26"
Gordon Graham: 22' 54" (missed the vets prize by 1")
Image courtesy of: Cycle Photography Scotland
by Mon Jun 11, 2018 00:04 am
FWCC's Radar Run is a 110 mile ride taking in the Mennock Pass up to Scotland's highest village, then higher still to National Air Traffic Control's Lowther Hill Radar Station. A golf ball shaped structure reached by Scotland's highest bit of tarmac, and the third highest road bike climb in the UK. No fewer than 12 riders thought themselves up to the challenge, including FWCC/Sprockets Cycles youth superstar Zoe Watters and father Stevie Watters, club chairman Derek Skinner, riders Colin Gillies, Bill Gerrie, Gordon Raleigh, and Del Young. On Sunday morning the climbing began. It was steady height gain on familiar roads to the village of Straiton, before further height gain up the Largs climb, one of the Ayrshire Alps, and up again from Dalmellington to Cumnock. A cafe stop in Sanquhar saw rider Martin Shields get served first (for a change), and was the prelude to the main event. Two miles out of village it was sharp left onto the Mennock Pass, a stunning climb regularly featured in cycling magazines. The climb is challenging to start with, and relentless in its length, ending seven miles later in Scotland's highest village, Wanlockhead. This was not the end for the FWCC contingent. Turning right off the main road it was an extremely challenging climb up to the Lowther Hill Radar Station, Scotland's answer to Mont Ventoux. Like the famous Tour de France mountain, Lowther Hill is also topped by a prominent antennae. The French climb has a tall spire; the Scottish climb has a big white golf ball. The climb is fierce, with similar height gain as the Mennock Pass, but over a third of the distance. Riders turn the numerous corners thinking they are near the top and become demoralised when they see how much is left, and how steep it is. Fortunately on Sunday the weather was fine and warm, which is something of a contrast given that the Lowther Hills are better known for their ski slopes. All riders made it to the top having covered over sixty miles to reach this point. It was now a change in mode, from hard charging up the famous climbs to a steady sustainable pace home. It was rolling hills through Crawford John, Muirkirk, Sorn, Mauchline and home. An epic ride of 110 miles featuring well over 7500ft of climbing.
Personal Bests Tumble in Scottish Cycling National 25 mile Time Trial
by Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:38 am
The Scottish Cycling National 25 mile Time Trial took place in Aberdeen on Sunday with Fullarton Wheelers' well represented. You know it has been a fast morning when top seed David Griffiths finishes in only 8th place with a blistering time of 49' 59". Ahead of him were three riders who broke 49 minutes with the eventual winner being Commonwealth Games rider Kyle Gordon who finished in 48' 38" (an average speed of 30.84mph). It was such a shame the event was missing John Archibald who was riding elsewhere, and scary to think John caught and passed Kyle at last week's Scottish CTT 25, eventually beating him by 3' 08". As for Fullarton Wheelers, this was a morning when Personal Bests tumbled and some superb placings were achieved in what was obviously a top quality field. In the women's event Catherine Logan finished well up the standings in 12th in 01' 03' 22" (23.67mph) and club secondary member Aileen Clyde was 10th in 01' 02' 39" (23.94mph). The winner, in a new Scottish Women's record of 54' 52" (27.34mph) was Aerotech rider Vicky Smith. In the men's event FWCC Chairman Derek Skinner finished in 68th place with a PB of 58' 14" (25.76mph) and Steve Watters was 78th with a PB of 58' 59" (25.43mph), both excellent times. Gordon Graham was faster still, but missed his PB by 31' and finished in 47th place with 55' 45" (26.91mph). Well done to all Fullarton riders who took part, particularly to Gordon who clocked the Club’s fastest time on the day, and to Derek and Steve on achieving PBs. This duo, incidentally, are level pegging in victories, having beaten each other four times this season.
by Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:35 am
With the hottest May on record FWCC riders have been out and about making the most of it. The Sunday club run departed as ever from Irvine's Portal at 09:30, heading inland via Mossblown and Annbank to Stair, Fox Hollow, and back via Tarbolton and Fail. A steady run of between 40 and 60 miles for most riders with rider Martin Shields, as ever, sitting down first yet getting served last in the cafe stop. Saturday saw a hard core climbing contingent head deep into the Ayrshire Alps for a hilly 90 mile run with not one but two cafe stops. A necessity after climbing the Wallacetown Works climb, then Blackies Brae, the notorious Nic O'Balloch, and the ride summit over Tairlaw. Wednesday evening saw the ever popular 'Crit' take place on Irvine's Marine Drive. An inter club circuit training ride conducted at high speed, the good weather brought out no fewer than 16 riders. This quiet circuit has been ridden thousands of times by large numbers of local riders, but this week the unofficial lap record was broken: a fast night then. And finally, Fullarton's future National 25 winners, the Youth Section, have been out and about terrorising the adults with how good they are. Regular rides have been taking place with the youngsters covering 11 or more miles with adult supervision and an ice cream stop, alongside skills sessions in the playground of Symington Primary School.
Fourth for Nat Hunter in Scottish National Criterium
by Mon May 28, 2018 00:08 am
Sprockets Cycles sponsored rider Natalie Hunter continues her excellent road racing progress with a fourth place in this weekend's Scottish National Criterium. Held on a very tight and twisty one mile circuit in Glencraig, Nat rode strongly throughout. Fourth place builds nicely on last month's seventh place at the Crit on the Campus in Stirling. A terrific placing that is sure to keep improving as the season progresses. Well done Nat.
Fastest female veteran at CTT National 25 Mile Time Trial
by Mon May 28, 2018 00:04 am
There were seven Fullarton Wheelers competing in the Cycling Time Trials Scottish National 25m TT on Sunday. Using the ever popular Westferry Course near Port Glasgow, this was a packed event with some of the country's best riders keen to lay down a record or two. Scottish cycling superstar Katie Archibald was in attendance supporting her brother John and dad Ian. Katie is still recovering from a recent crash and was unable to compete but John recorded the second fastest time by a Scot to win the event in 48' 13", which is an incredible average speed over 25 miles of 31.11mph. This was only slightly slower than the all-time Scottish record of 47' 57" which he set last year. Fullarton second member Aileen Clyde posted an excellent 01' 05' 13" (at 23.00 mph) for fourth in the women's event and 84th overall. Catherine Logan crossed the line in 01' 06' 25" (at 22.58mph) for fifth equal in the women's event, 89th overall, and first place in the veteran over fifty category. The fastest woman on the day was Mereille Captieux in 01' 00' 57" (at 24.61mph). The FWCC male competitors also posted some fast times and gained some impressive placings. In 20th place overall was experienced time trialist Gordon Graham who posted a very fast 56' 19" (at 26.63mph). Alan Duncan beat the magical hour mark with a time of 59' 40" (at 25.14mph) enough for 36th place overall, and so did FWCC Club Chairman Derek Skinner with a time of 59' 50" (at 25.07mph) slotting into 39th place. Stevie Watters achieved 48th place overall in a time of 01' 01' 06" (24.55mph), narrowly missing the hour mark. Mikey Allen was a little disappointed with his time but 01' 03' 52" is still a strong ride and 76th place a respectable mid-table finish in a top event. Stevie Donaldson hit the line in 01' 11' 07" and was delighted not to be last; far from it. Stevie’s time works out as an average speed of 21.1mph sustained over 25 miles which is a fair bit faster than riders lower down in the placings. Congratulations to all the FWCC riders who took part and with a bit of luck the sunny weather should hold out for next week’s Scottish Cycling National 25m TT Championship in Fordoun.
FWCC Summer League Event 3
by Sun May 27, 2018 23:56 pm
This year's summer league is the closest fought yet with the first two events finishing in dead heats. Event 1 saw rider Chris Staples come out of retirement to challenge experienced road man Gordon Stead for victory. They crossed the line in identical times. Event 2 was another clash of the FWCC time trialling titans, this time Chris Staples crossed the line first in exactly the same time as Gordon Graham. Who will blink first? Event 3 delivered a partial verdict. Held on a gloriously sunny evening on a 10.4 mile route which looped away from Eglington Park via the Blair Tavern and back into Kilwinning, this was a hilly time trial and a stern test of fitness. Chris Staples won the event convincingly in 24:53, followed by Gordon Stead in 25:38, both of whom beat Gordon Graham into third place with a still excellent time of 25:49. Rider Graham, however, was on a normal road bike while riders Staples and Stead were on specialist time trial machines. Could this have made the difference? Kilmarnock-based speed merchant Allie Kinnaird rode exceptionally well to deliver a fifth placed time of 26:47. Likewise, Alan McCall crossed the line in 27.41 which was enough to get into the top ten. An excellent effort on terrain rider McCall is occasionally heard to complain about. Steve Donaldson continues a run of not coming last with a time of 32.40, ahead of rider Guy Walker (36.40) who had to stop no fewer than five times to tighten a loose crank, eventually removing it entirely to cross the line pedalling with one leg. Event 4 (the Club 25 mile time trial) is scheduled for 21st June.
Time Trial Championship
by Sun Apr 29, 2018 19:46 pm
Fullarton Wheeler's fielded a large contingent of riders in this Sunday's CTT Scotland District 10 mile TT Championship. Held on the flat, fast, and popular Westferry course near Greenock, the event saw the winner, and four others, break the 20 minute barrier: that’s an average speed in excess of 30 mph…on a bike! Fullarton racer Chris Staples decided now was the time to come out of retirement to take third place in the veteran over 50 category in a superb time of 22 minutes 16 seconds. He was followed just four seconds later by fellow veteran Gordon Graham. Despite being at least ten years younger, despite appearances, Club Chairman Derek Skinner couldn’t quite match his more experienced teammates but was the only other Fullarton rider to crack the 23 minute barrier with 22:49. It is a measure of the championship standard that over forty other riders were crammed into the three minutes or so which separated Skinner from the winning time. Stevie Watters hit the finish line in 23 minutes dead – so close – while Alan Duncan sped through in 23:17. Popular Dalry-based fast man Scott Alexander McKendrick finished in a disappointing (for him) 25:20. "I got a 23:56 a couple of weeks back, then I pulled my back on hill reps the following weekend. Was okay on the bike but the dismount was comical." Special mention goes to Nat Hunter who beat the 25 minute mark with 24:56, enough for fifth placed female. Catherine Logan, meanwhile, wasn't far behind with 25:32, which was enough for eighth place. Bringing up the rear were Jim Seenan (26:16) and Gordon Raleigh (26:51).
Scottish National Women’s Series: Seventh Place for Macrae
by Sun Apr 29, 2018 19:38 pm
Fullarton rider Beth Macrae came seventh in Event 1 of the Scottish National Women's Road Race Series held on Saturday in Aberdeenshire. A stage race, it comprised a hilly prologue time trial of 3.5 miles in the morning and a 32 mile road race in the afternoon. Women's road racing is fiercely competitive and fantastic to watch. The afternoon road race got off to a flying start on a tight and hilly course. The eventual winner dominated throughout, but was far from unchallenged. Attack after attack was launched off the front, but rider Macrae and Fullarton/Sprockets Cycles teammate Zoe Watters held on to the lead group while a comet tail of riders streamed off the back. Macrae's determination paid off. On the last lap the lead group stretched out to breaking point but she clung on and did enough for seventh place: a superb result. Event 2 of the Women’s Series is on Sunday 13th May.
(Image Credit: Paula Stronach/All Bikes Scotland)
Etap Loch Ness
by Sun Apr 29, 2018 19:33 pm
Riders Mikey Allen and Allie Kinnaird were the Fullarton Wheeler's ambassadors at Sunday’s Etap Loch Ness. This is a hugely popular 65 mile sportive event which takes part on closed roads. It usually sells out in the space of 24 hours as thousands of riders look to take part, some attempting to post a fast time over a challenging course, others wanting to soak up the atmosphere and the stunning Highland scenery. Neither Allen or Kinnaird spotted the Loch Ness Monster but the hill at Fort Augustus was certainly a beast. It takes nearly five miles to reach 400 meters in height, with the gradient hitting 12% at points. Sportive's are not races, but the two Fullarton riders completed the route in just over three hours. A rapid time which certainly deserved a medal.
Saturday Bun Run, in the Sun, Done
by Sun Apr 22, 2018 23:57 pm
With the sun still shining, Saturday morning meant a speedy return trip from Irvine to Largs for the regular ‘Bun Run’. It was a glorious day. The roads were quiet and the sun twinkled off the water as the neat bunch of riders sped through Seamill, past the turning for Portencross, under the pylons for Hunterston, then back to the water’s edge alongside the Largs Yacht Haven. Winter League Winner John Todd was in attendance and powering along as normal, as were father and daughter team Zoe and Stevie Watters. Also joining in were Dave Walker, Chris Staples, Sean Barron, Beth Macrae and Colin Gillies. The distance covered was approximately thirty miles. With the sun warming the rider’s backs, and the efforts needed to sustain a brisk 20 mph average warming them even further, the ice creams were well deserved. With the FWCC calendar forecasting unbroken sunshine from now until October there is lots to look forward to, including the regular Sunday run which, unfortunately, has been postponed this week due to heavy rain.
Dunfermline Women's Road Race
by Sun Apr 15, 2018 22:07 pm
Saturday saw Dunfermline Cycling Club's first ever women's road race. Six laps of the superb Lathalmon circuit equals 35 miles of exciting bike racing, complete with police out-riders and cheering crowds. Women's road racing is incredibly exciting to watch and the fitness standards are high. Fullarton Wheelers' was represented by Beth Macrae who is progressing well with a mid-field finish. It is early in the racing season and rider Mcrae is showing great potential.
Falkirk Time Trial
by Sun Apr 15, 2018 22:04 pm
Saturday also saw the Fullarton time trial contingent arrive on-mass for the Falkirk Bicycle Club 10 mile time trial. This is a popular early-season event with no fewer than 89 riders being sent off at one minute intervals. The course is not one which requires riders to hold the handlebars straight and give maximum power for as long as possible. Instead it kicks off with a frenetic downhill start, several sharp turns, and at the point of maximum exhaustion a sharp hill back up to the finish line. It was also not a morning for record breaking times; it was all relative to the other competitors. On those terms the Fullarton squad performed well. Gordon Graham provided yet another masterful demonstration of how old-age and cycling wisdom trumps youth and inexperience by winning the Veteran 50 category in a blistering time of 23 minutes 19 seconds. Rider Stevie Watters' top secret winter training regime continues to bear fruit with a competitive time of 24 minutes 26 seconds. Another entry in the Fullarton Wheeler's annual book of excuses came from Club Chairman Derek Skinner ("a learner driver got in my way"), yet no excuses were needed because a time of 24 minutes 59 seconds was reasonably satisfactory. Stephen Donaldson didn't mention his excuse ("I've had a heart and lung transplant") and was delighted not to finish last. Darren Kean ("I followed another rider to the start line but he was actually doing a warm up so I was late by three minutes") posted an 'unofficial' time in the region of 23 minutes. If map-reading problems can be sorted out then his powerful riding bodes well for some fast times this season. Frazer Bell was a little disappointed with his time but, for the day, 25 minutes and 41 seconds was actually very good. Rider Martin Shields also posted a commendable time and, as a reward, on the Sunday Club Run the day after he was served his coffee and bacon roll first instead of last. A significant victory.
Sunday Club Run
by Sun Apr 15, 2018 22:02 pm
Sunday morning outside the Portal in Irvine means only one thing: the weekly Fullarton Wheelers' Club Run. Due to it being officially summer not only were there nearly twenty riders present, but some were in shorts and racing jerseys. It was as if they were trying to use their pasty skin tone to reflect back some of the tepid sunshine. Unlike the weekend's racing action and challenging rides over the Ayrhire Alps, this was steady social riding. The pace was easy as the group wound its way through Drybridge, Dundonald, skirting the edge of Craige, then onwards to Galston. After what feels like a long winter the road surfaces are now in really quite poor condition, and the group had to negotiate potholes which resembled meteorite strikes. From Galston the group divided in order to suit people's aspirations and fitness, and a steady run through Moscow, Waterside, the old A77 and finally Kilmaurs ensued. The ever popular Rendezvous Cafe were on standby and served us at lighting speed with bacon rolls and a particularly tasty Malteser tray bake. Distance covered was approximately 40 miles for most, at an average speed of 16mph, 2000ft of climbing, one puncture and, unfortunately for one rider, a major mechanical breakdown.
Ayrshire Alpine Riding
by Sun Apr 15, 2018 21:59 pm
According to the warped Fullarton Wheelers' calendar it is officially summer. And summer means trips to Scotland’s only road cycling park in the Galloway Forest called ‘the Ayrshire Alps'. Consisting of sixteen closely packed (and steep) climbs including the infamous Nic O Balloch, this is an amazing cycling asset right on our doorsteps. Eight Fullarton riders, including mountain goats Sean Barron and Chris Staples, alongside show ponies Mikey Allen, Nat Hunter, Guy Walker and George Gass, headed out for an early season reconnaissance mission. The first Alpine ascent was the five mile climb to the summit of Glenalla, reaching 284 meters at an average of 4%. Next up was the legendary Nic O Balloch, a fearsome two mile ascent reaching a maximum gradient of 20% (or 1 in 5) at points. It is then a descent down to the Davie Bell Memorial, the famous 'Highway Man Cyclist', and yet another brute of a climb: Tairlaw. On its own it would be a long ascent but after two previous Ayrshire Alps it is tough going. Thank goodness there is a five mile flying descent down to the village of Straiton and the Buck Cafe which, on Saturday, was packed with cyclists up from Glasgow and elsewhere. Distance covered was approximately 60 miles, with 4300 feet of climbing in total, and a combined fat burning of 24,000 calories (not including coffee and cake).
Rider McKendrick Stuns at Carrick Time Trial
by Sun Apr 08, 2018 21:18 pm
Sean Barron and Scott Alexander McKendrick represented Fullarton Wheelers at Saturday's inaugural Carrick Cycle Club Time Trial. The course was 17.8 miles long and began just south of Dalmellington on the A713. From there it was a 900 foot descent, skimming the edge of Loch Muck, through Eriff, and into the village of Carsphairn, at which point the riders turned for home and the 900 foot descent became a 900 foot ascent. Bike choice was key. Would the benefits of a specialist aerodynamic time trial bike on the downhill stretches outweigh the disadvantages uphill? Most competitors thought so. Sean Barron had to contend with the further disadvantage of cycling his time trial bike twenty miles from Ayr but it didn't stop him posting a competitive time of 47 minutes 25 seconds, enough for 21st place. Scott Alexander McKendrick, meanwhile, stunned everyone by wearing a 1980's vintage time trial helmet, and not coming last. In fact, the vintage helmet may have made all the difference. A time of 48 minutes 56 seconds silenced the assembled crowds. Far from coming last, McKendrick came 26th in a field of 35. Better than that, he broke the all-important 50 minute barrier and was almost half a minute clear of the next slowest rider. An excellent performance from Dalry's top rider who commented afterwards that "the post-race spread was fantastic with a special mention to the chewy rice crispy bites and the muffins neatly cocooned in brown folded napkins".
Weekend Group Rides
by Sun Apr 08, 2018 21:14 pm
Away from the weekend's racing action other Club members were out and about on group rides. A Saturday bunch eleven strong met at the Loans Inn for some extra mileage. Hearts sank when resident Fullarton fast man Brian Loye arrived, and duly sat at the front of the group for mile after high-speed mile. Not one but two cafe stops were required just to keep up. The first came after the villages of Mossblown, Springs, and Skares had flown by in a blur. Refreshed and refuelled courtesy of the Da Vinci cafe on the edge of Cumnock, the group watched as rider Martin Shields ordered first and was served last, as usual, then it was off again to Sorn, Sorn Hill, Galston, and the long grinding climb up to Moscow. A reduced group was now all that was left after club chairman Derek Skinner, and others, made an early escape to Hurlford. After hints of earlier sunshine the clouds and chill were back, so it was another high speed dash through Waterside, the old A77, Clunch Road, Stewarton, and a final gasp to Kilmaurs. Never has the Rendezvous Cafe looked so welcoming. All in all a tough morning's cycle of 70 miles for most at an average speed of 18mph which, given the 4000+ feet of climbing, was well worth a slice of banoffee pie. Sunday saw the pace drop to something more leisurely. Departing, as ever, from the Portal in Irvine at 09:30 the destination for this week’s Sunday Club Run was Beith, via some well ridden Fullarton roads through Kilwinning and Barmill. The weather was good and the pace modest, making the return leg through Lugton and Torranyard particularly pleasant. Despite hosting us the day before, the welcome at the Rendezvous cafe was as warm as ever. Martin Shields once again ordered first and, twice in the same weekend, was served last, to everyone’s amusement. An enjoyable 35 mile ride at a steady 16 mph with 1500 feet of climbing in total.
Fullarton Youth Sessions
by Mon Apr 02, 2018 19:39 pm
The Fullarton young guns have been having a great time this winter. The regular youth night in the Barn has been really well attended, with the youngsters trying out the virtual courses used by the older youths (i.e. the adults) in the Winter League. Summer is coming so the youth section will shortly be heading out into the light evenings for on the road riding and coaching. Adults racers watch out!
Easter Social Riding
by Mon Apr 02, 2018 19:21 pm
Not everyone was racing over the Easter Weekend. On Good Friday a solid contingent of FWCC riders including Gordon Stead, George Gass, Derek Skinner, Scott Gourlay and Philip Murrison set off for a 55 mile round trip to the famous Dooley’s bike shop in Paisley. A steady outward ride over the Glennifer Braes was followed by a caffeine stimulated, and tailwind assisted blast back along the old A77. On Sunday the regular Club Run departed from Irvine’s Portal at 09:30. Easter Bunnies in attendance for a 50 mile mystery tour of the shire included Allie Kinnaird, Brian Johnston, Colin Broadfoot and Howie Christie.
Law Wheelers 10(.3) Mile Time Trial
by Mon Apr 02, 2018 19:16 pm
Adoring fans for Fullarton's Criterium on the Campus race were in plentiful supply given that, earlier that morning, several more club members had taken part in the nearby Law Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial. Like all Scottish time trial courses this one had a mysterious code name which translated into the A84 just outside Blair Drummond. There was some doubt about the course measurement, with some riders reporting an actual distance of 10.3 miles. In either case, this was not a morning for setting record-breaking times: it was freezing. More than twenty competitors did not start but the Fullarton contingent did, and in the process set some good times for the day. Transplant superstar Steve Donaldson rode a fixed wheel machine and posted a time of 28 minutes 33 seconds, which was narrowly beaten by Peter McLardy, with twenty two gears, in 28:06. Michael Allen and Fraser Bell are both good riders, so it is a measure of the difficulty of the course and the conditions that they each achieved times of 26:04 and 25:30. Easily three minutes slower than normal. Stevie Watters has been training hard all winter so the satisfaction in beating club chairman Derek Skinner by three seconds was all the sweeter (in a time of 24:33). Gordon Graham, however, provided a demonstration of how old age trumps youth and inexperience with a superb 15th place overall in a time of 24:13. All the more superb because like Steve Donaldson, he too was riding a fixed wheel machine.
Crit on the Campus: 7th place for Nat Hunter
by Sun Apr 01, 2018 22:39 pm
In a field which included a Scottish National Champion, Sprockets Cycles and FWCC competitor Nat Hunter finished comfortably in seventh place. The race was the prestigious Criterium on the Campus held at Stirling University. Criteriums are an exciting, action-packed form of bike racing held on short closed road circuits. On the Continent criteriums attract large crowds and are as popular as football. The atmosphere in Stirling on Easter Sunday was every bit as thrilling. Nat made a textbook start, sprinting hard as soon as the flag dropped, entering the first corner in second place. The women's race was by far the most exciting of the day. With a wide spread of abilities, from Scotland's elite through to journey-women club riders and beginners, this was not a mere procession. On the early laps Nat appeared at the bottom of the finish straight in the leading group. Fellow FWCC/Sprockets junior Zoe Watters was not far behind in the bunch, tailed a little further back by new FWCC rider Beth Macrae. The pace was furious, and by the middle of the race a number of groups were beginning to form as back-markers moved forward, and tiring riders from the lead group moved backward. A small elite group had by now drawn ahead, but Nat was comfortably at the front of a fast second group. Beth, meanwhile, was making progress further back in the bunch, eventually joining up with Zoe. As the laps counted down, Beth appeared more and more at the head of this group, alongside Zoe. On the penultimate lap, Nat came into view around the sweeping left-hand bend leant steeply over, avoiding a crashed rider, and was on the front of her group up the hill to the start/finish line. If she could hold this position for one more lap she would cross the line behind the small elite group who were now about 20 seconds ahead. And she did hold it. Although outsprinted on the line by Gemma Penman, Nat did enough for a fantastic seventh place overall, and first Category 3 rider, in a large and intensely fought event. Beth finished in 16th and Zoe in 17th. An absolutely superb set of results from the FWCC Females in a race that had the spectators on the edge of their seats. Elsewhere Sean Barron was competing in the Category 3 and 4 men’s race. He got off to a nervous start as his foot pinged out of his pedal, but he quickly recovered and was ever-present near the front of the main bunch, holding that position throughout a challenging race to finish in 22nd. New club members John Deans and Cadge Paterson did an exceptional job in the Category 4 race. Both show great promise for future events and, after Sunday's excitement, are keen to try. Cadge in particular rode very strongly to achieve a joint 10th place finish; remarkable for a first attempt. Stevie Gillon, likewise, put in an excellent performance. Although losing touch with the leaders he formed up with a following group and worked well to finish just outside the top twenty. Guy Walker challenged the Category 4 competitors, on their state of the art carbon fibre racing machines, to beat him on his 1987 vintage Peugeot racing bike. And by and large they did. Nevertheless, a midfield position of 39th is still respectable, and was aided greatly by the race commentator getting the crowds to perform a Mexican wave every time he swept through. The effect was diminished by there being only two Mexican wavers, but the gesture was appreciated.
Prologue Time Trial
by Sun Mar 25, 2018 20:23 pm
The word 'prologue' evokes images of the first stage of the Tour de France, and so it is with Fullarton Wheeler's summer league which likewise opens with a short prologue time trial. Ridden over a four mile 'out and back' course on Marine Drive in Irvine's Beach Park, the competition is fierce. No fewer than twenty nine riders were at the start on Sunday, and with a winter's worth of training in their legs they were keen to set down a marker. First to roll down the imaginary start ramp was Beth Macrae, the only female competitor, who charged around the course in a time of 12 minutes 3 seconds, closely followed by Steve Donaldson in 12 minutes 5 seconds. Winter training regular Gary Arneil was giving his brand new bike an outing and was the first to break the 12 minute barrier with a time of 11 minutes 58 seconds. New club member Joe Boyle also put in an excellent performance by going 27 seconds quicker still. Stevie Gillon crossed the line in a time of 10 minutes 31 seconds. The previous day he had been active in the Lake of Mentieth road race so did well to take part. Similarly, Mikey Allen and Fraser Bell had competed the day before in the Dooleys 2-Up Time Trial, and did equally well to post times of 10:02 and 09:58 respectively, enough for ninth and tenth places overall. In amongst the racing action was a battle royale in the unofficial retro-bike category. Not since 1989 have we seen Raleigh and Peugeot go head-to-head, but emerging from their mid-life crises were Guy Walker, riding a steel framed Peugeot, and Scott Alexander McKendrick, riding a 1990 Raleigh Pro Race complete with painfully unfashionable Brancale aero helmet. It was a win for Peugeot. With a precisely mid-table performance of 10 minutes 21 seconds this was either a demonstration of it being more about the rider than the bike, or the reverse. The latter seems more likely based on Allie Kinnaird's performance. Using a modern specialist time-trail bike for the first time he thrashed both retro bikes by crossing the line in an impressive 09:56. So did John Todd on a modern ‘normal’ bike, with an identical time. Special mention goes to new member Cadge Patterson who impressed with an even faster time of 09:40, again, on a regular road bike. He comfortably won the category. Veteran road man Gordon Graham opted for the hair-shirt approach with a single speed machine (i.e. no gears) and despite this, or maybe because of this, came fourth overall with a blistering time of 09:16, winning the veteran prize in the process. Club Chairman Derek Skinner pulled out the stops to go one second better, which was enough on the day for third place overall. This left an exciting dual between Gordon Stead and Chris Staples for outright victory. In the event, both riders crossed the line in identical times of 9 minutes 4 seconds. And with that, the FWCC Summer League is underway. The next event is the Loans 10 Mile TT on Monday 30th April.
Graeme Obree: Athlete or Genius?
by Sun Mar 18, 2018 22:16 pm
Club President and ex-world champion Graeme Obree has teamed up with cycle clothing manufacturer Endura to make a short promotional film. In it Graeme takes 'old faithful', his world-record beating bike which he designed and made himself, into a Formula 1 wind tunnel for comparison with today's state of the art machinery. Obree recalls that back in the 1980’s "My wind tunnel was the A77 on the West Coast of Scotland". The findings show that his bike, and the novel 'crouch position' he was able to adopt, was more aerodynamic than the best of today's technology. It wasn't without its downsides, as Graeme himself remarks "I forgot how hard it was to maintain that position". In the film Graeme is seen wearing some classic Fullarton Wheeler’s kit, and there is even some archive footage from the 1980s showing Graeme with some long standing club members. Graeme Obree; athlete or genius? The answer, according to the wind tunnel results, is athlete ‘and’ genius. The film and article can be found here: https://stories.endurasport.com/graeme-obree-1
Winter League 2018 Winners
by Sun Mar 18, 2018 22:12 pm
Fullarton Wheelers' 2018 Winter League concluded with Event 10 on Monday. It has been the best yet, due in no small part to the efforts of event organisers Stephen Cassidy and Jim Seenan. Event 10 itself was advertised, worryingly, as flat 'ish'. Located in a virtual San Sebastian in Spain, the course delivered its verdict. Veteran road man Gordon Graham was the Event 10 winner, and Catherine Logan was not far behind as the female winner. Sean Barron yet again won the Watt per Kilo category, and congratulations go to Alan McCall, winner of the handicap category on the night. And so with all 10 Events completed it is time to announce the overall 2018 Winter League victors: John Todd and Catherine Logan are the very deserving champions. Stevie Watters is the overall winner of the handicap category, and Sean Barron is the winner of the 2017-18 watts per kilogram competition. Alan McCall, finally, is this year’s Most Improved rider. Congratulations to all, and it is great to see some new faces topping the leagues.
Snowy Sunday Club Run
by Sun Mar 04, 2018 19:42 pm
Road miles this week have been few and far between, the wintry weather proving just too hazardous. With conditions improving slightly, and the red weather warning replaced by the altogether more normal yellow one, a hard core of eight riders met on Sunday for the weekly club run. The route was carefully selected to avoid the worst of the conditions, and the accent was firmly on a steady, safe run. With that in mind the group, comprising Allie Kinnaird, Phillip Murrison, Mickey Allan, Colin Broadfoot, and others, departed from outside a busier than normal Portal in Irvine at 09:30 sharp. The wind was still blowing in from the East and there was no other word for it: it was freezing. The plan had been to avoid the ice by taking a run along the Coast Road to Pennyglen, but the early arrival of snow showers meant a change of plan. Heading past HMS Gannet a military transport plane was seen to make a missed approach in the deteriorating conditions, but the group pressed on past Adamton, right onto the A719 to Sandyford, then left to Mossblown. The snow eased noticeably on the climb up the Mauchline Road towards Tarbolton, and stopped altogether for the run past Hayes Garden Centre. In fact, with the conditions improving to 'normally bad' the decision was taken to use the small lane that leads to Braeside Farm. Unfortunately, on the descent to the junction with Ayr Road the surface was snow covered. The only crash came from Mikey Allan, who decided it would be safer to walk and promptly slipped over. De Waldens Garden Centre, next to Sprockets Cycles, was the cafe destination of choice this week. Cold weather makes cyclists hungry and it was double bacon and egg rolls all round, and a huge slice of Caramac cheesecake. Between 35 and 50 miles were covered at a leisurely 15mph average: mission accomplished.
Winter League Event 9
by Sun Mar 04, 2018 19:40 pm
While the 'Beast From The East' gathered strength over Siberia, the competitors in Fullarton Wheelers' Indoor Winter League chose instead to tackle the California Pacific Highway in the penultimate event of this year's series. Never has a Winter League been so closely fought, and Monday arrived with only questions: could experienced road-woman Catherine Logan take another win? Could Sean Barron make it nine out of nine and win the Winter League despite only weighing 47kg? Could Dalry-based speed merchant Scott Alexander McKendrick hold on to take the Handicap Title? Most crucial of all, could Stephen Cassidy, FWCC Secretary and expert Winter League Organiser, cope without able assistant Jim Seenan (who was holidaying in Spain)? Monday evening delivered the answers: Yes, Yes, No, and Yes. The California Pacific Highway proved a stern test for all the 28 competitors, despite the stunning virtual scenery. The outright winner of the event was powerhouse John Todd in a stunning time over the five mile course of 12 minutes 12 seconds. This puts him in first place overall with everything still left to play for. Sean Barron made it nine out of nine by once again winning the 'Watt per Kilo' award with a time of 12 minutes 32 seconds, enough for a third place on the night. Even more impressive is that a power output of 4.44 watts per kilogram is enough to rival an inexpensive Halfords e-bike. Special mention goes to Catherine Logan who delivered another superb woman's victory in a time of 15 minutes dead. Her position at the top of the winter league is now unassailable, and hearty congratulations on a consistent and powerful performance throughout. The results of the Handicap competition, however, were bittersweet. The winner of Event 9 was heart and lung transplant superhero Steve Donaldson with a time of 15 minutes 37 seconds. But let us spare a thought for Dalry-based semi-professional Scott Alexander McKendrick. For many weeks he has applied a novel and scientific training method, even to the extent of wearing special high performance underwear. In a quirk of the Handicap rules, rider Stevie Watters' superlative performance saw McKendrick tumble head-long down the leaderboard. The disappointment was palpable. Interviewed post-race, McKendrick said: "How do you think I feel? I’ve chased so hard only to be overtaken by an outsider, when the overall lead was in my grasp!" The special McKendrick high performance underwear (later revealed to be a pair of Marks & Spencer's ladies briefs) was hidden inside the Club Chairman's kit bag in disgust. The fun and camaraderie continues with Winter League Event 10 on the 12th March. After that – believe it or not – it is the start of the Summer League.
Sunday Club Run
by Sun Feb 25, 2018 22:06 pm
After last Sunday's excitement at the Icebreaker time trial, normality returns this week with the regular Sunday Club Run. Fifteen riders met outside Irvine's Portal for the usual 09:30 depart. The weather was probably the best yet this winter, with clear sunny skies, dry roads, and a light wind. The group stuck together in a neat peleton and cruised steadily upwards through Cunninghamhead towards Stewarton, then out the other side onto the Old Glasgow Road, climbing all the way. Riders were kept on their toes by the occasional patch of ice. More surprising was the appearance of rider Colin Broadfoot on the front of the group, albeit for the downhill stretch towards the junction with Malletsheugh Road. Those who had faced into the light headwind for the previous 20 miles were roared off the back of the group without a backwards glance (some even heard laughing). Arriving at the A77 the larger group split into two. A tailwind assisted run into the Kilmaurs cafe stop proving too tempting. The other half of the group forged on, skirting the edge of Newton Mearns and into Eaglesham. The climb out of Eaglesham onto the exposed Fenwick Moor is well known among cyclists. It starts with a steep climb to the edge of the village, levelling out before a long drag to Greenfield Farm, another slight downhill, then two sharp bumps before the 300 metre summit at the Whitelees Windfarm. The views were spectacular, as was the fast descent on a newly resurfaced road. It was then easy running into Kilmaurs and the ever popular Rendezvous Cafe. A large patch of ice provided a frisson of excitement just prior to arrival, and our clubmates could be seen inside relaxing with a coffee. Distance covered was 50 miles for most, at an average speed of 16mph, and no punctures. The build up to the 2018 racing season continues next week with Winter League Event 9. Only two points separate John Todd, Sean Baron and Derek Skinner in the Scratch Competition. Catherine Logan seems to have the Ladies Winter League under control, and only eleven points separate the top five in the Handicap Competition.
Ice Breaker Team Time Trial
by Mon Feb 19, 2018 18:11 pm
The 2018 time trial season opened on Sunday with Fullarton Wheelers' annual Ice Breaker. As popular as ever, it had sold out within 24 hours of entries going live. One of the reasons is that Fullarton Wheeler's 10 mile time trial course is reputed to be among the fastest in Scotland. 120 competitors from as far away as Edinburgh and Dundee duly arrived in Irvine on Sunday to put down some times to beat. The conditions were excellent. The roads were empty, there was just a very light breeze, clear skies, and it was not even that cold. Race headquarters were based in Eglington Park and a large team of marshals and volunteers were on hand to ensure the event ran smoothly and safely, something well appreciated by the competitors. First off the line were time trial duo Mark Provan and Alan McCall, working well together to post a time of 26 minutes 35 seconds. A little later fellow Wheelers' Sean Barron and Gordon Stead arrived at the halfway turning point, steering carefully onto the downwind leg to finish in a very competitive time of 22 minutes 11 seconds. Natalie Hunter’s partner was not able to compete on the day but undeterred she took part alone, posting an individual time faster than some of the teams. Derek Skinner and Darren Kean were last seen sprinting powerfully away from the Paper Mill roundabout, their efforts rewarded with an excellent time of 22 minutes 28 seconds. And finally it was female racers Catherine Logan and Beth Mcrae, who swept through the turn and ended up finishing in just 25 minutes 18 seconds, unofficially the fourth fastest female pairing. All the timings are 'unofficial', sadly, because of an unusual yet rather painful crash. A mechanical fault left the rider in question having to be helped at the roadside, and in order to stop any disruption to other road users the decision was taken to terminate the race early. Fortunately, this is one of the most comprehensively marshalled events in the area so plenty of assistance was on hand and everything dealt with swiftly. Although bruised and battered we are pleased to report that the injured rider is doing well and was even kind enough to thank the organisers for their help. Indeed, all the competitors were extremely sporting and quick to reassure the organisers that finishing the race early was the right decision. There was even a round of applause when they heard the prize money was to be given to charity. The only downside is that we will have to wait until April and the Spring TT to see what Fullarton speed merchant Scott McKendrick is truly capable of. He was predicting outright victory but due to the race finishing early, did not start.
A Reminder: FWCC Race Night
by Sun Feb 04, 2018 22:08 pm
Fullarton Wheelers' are having a race night at Irvine Meadow Football Club on Friday 16th February 2018. Three course meal included, with tickets costing only 15 pounds. Come and join us for a great night and the odd beer, as we prepare to host the Icebreaker that weekend. All welcome, including non members.
Sunday Club Run
by Sun Feb 04, 2018 22:04 pm
In the good-old days a lunchtime snack on a club ride was a primitive affair. It would typically involve shivering in a layby while trying to heat a tin of beans over an improvised fire using a spoke. It was called 'Drumming Up'. These day’s cafe stops and French Toast are the order of the day, but it has to be earnt. On Sunday the regular Fullarton Club Run met at the Portal in Irvine at 09:30. The destination was The Rendezvous Cafe in Kilmaurs. Eleven riders turned up and the run, as ever, departed promptly. In reasonably good February weather the group kept together at a steady pace, passing through Ice Station Dreghorn where it is always ten degrees colder, and on up into Crosshouse, Knockentiber and the first of two visits to Kilmaurs. The group kept the pace steady on the climb towards Fenwick, turning left for a remorseless drag up into the overcast sky along the old A77. Lots of other cyclists were out and about. The steady climbing was hindered further by a nagging headwind and, strangely, some snow. But only in the front garden of an isolated house near Floak. Several miles later the group turned left at Sunnyside Farm (surely the worst case of misnaming in East Renfrewshire?) and a few riders were let off the leash for a series of sharp climbs on a severely potholed road alongside Black Loch. Regrouping at the B769 junction at Windy Yett (a more accurate place name this time) we all waved at a non-club member as he went by. After making an advance booking at the cafe, something else that was not routine in the days of 'Drumming Up', we were off. Downhill with the wind behind us the outward effort was well rewarded. The lone cyclist we saw earlier was caught and passed, and shouts of 'jump on' were made. Jump on he did. The stranger’s eyes were popping out and by the time we reached Stewarton he was whooping with joy, shouting "that was amazing!" Such is the joy of club riding, especially when the pace is high in a big group. Heading the peleton towards Stewarton were Jim Ryland, Guy Walker, Ally Kinnaird and others. They were the engine room for a slipstream assisted 30+ mph, enabling Colin Broadfoot and George Gass to save just enough energy to sprint past and claim victory. A charitable explanation for such a manoeuvre would be 'tactics'. Other less-charitable explanations are also available and were clearly voiced. Our friends at The Rendezvous in Kilmaurs were ready for us and it was bacon rolls, omelettes and French toast all round. Martin Shields, of course, sat down first and was served last. As usual. The distance covered for most riders was 50 miles at an average speed of 16mph. A good steady ride suited to everyone's abilities and fitness levels, and no punctures.
Once in a Blue Moon
by Sun Feb 04, 2018 22:00 pm
The Fullarton Nighthawks have been out this week earning their wings. Meeting at Gailes on Thursday the small group was this time comprised of Ally Kinnaird, Gordon Wallace, Guy Walker, Mikey Allen, Colin Gillies, Kevin Muir and Colin Broadfoot. The ride began with a dash to Monkton, HMS Gannet, Bourtreebush, and onwards for a speedy pitch black descent into Fail (the proper noun rather than the verb). The going was quite heavy on the winter bikes and with thick layers of clothing, but needs must: it was cold and clear. One of the advantages of night riding isn't just the quiet roads, but on Thursday it was the view of the unusual Super Blue Blood Moon. Left at Boydston, then left again for the climb up to Craigie, this was the back of beyond. Looping back towards Bogend we happened to run into youth super-star rider Cameron Raeside going the other way. He quickly joined the group for a spin up to Symington and home. Distance covered was approximately 30 miles at an average speed of 16mph, which feels a lot faster in the dark.
Winter League Event 7
by Sun Feb 04, 2018 21:44 pm
There was no pretence this time. Organisers of the Fullarton Wheeler's Winter League, Jim Seenan and Stephen Cassidy, described the virtual road course for Event 7 simply as 'tough'. It didn’t sound like it. It was only 1.5 miles long, but all of it was steeply uphill. Unfortunately our new stationary trainers are able to mimic hills exceptionally well so it wasn’t pretty. There were thirty three competitors and Sean Barron, who by no coincidence also leads the power to weight competition, won. Standing on the sidelines as Derek Skinner passed the one mile mark, Barron was heard to say "it’s in the bag". A time of 7 minutes and 3 seconds was enough to beat second place Skinner by 39 seconds, and third place John Todd by 42 seconds. Todd, however, consolidates his powerhouse reputation by producing a mighty 381 watts which is precisely half a horsepower. Also deserving of mention is experienced Dalry-based roadman Scott McKendrick, with his time of 8 minutes 57 seconds. Unfortunately his lead in the Handicap Competition was stolen by Catherine Logan, who continued her well-deserved winning form with a time of 9 minutes 38 seconds. Magnanimous in defeat, as ever, McKendrick remains determined to push the limits of middle age physiology with his innovative training program. Winter League Event 8 is on 12th February.
It's Only Rain?
by Sun Jan 28, 2018 22:42 pm
The weather took a definite turn for the worse on Sunday. Strong winds gusting to 40 mph, heavy rain, mist, poor visibility and more rain. FWCC's reputation for true grit and determination was well evident as less than two percent of the membership (i.e. Garry Arneil, Mikey Allan, Guy Walker and Allie Kinnaird) pedalled their way through the murk to The Portal in Irvine, for the less than grand depart at 09:30. One option was to make straight for the cafe at Sprockets Cycles but it was decided to put the youngest rider in our elite group to the test with a sprint up to the Barnweil Monument. To get there required a tailwind assisted ride across to Drybridge, Old Rome, Earlston, and past DeWaldens garden centre where a wave to the staff inside reserved our table for later. Then it was right at the Caprington Golf Course to the foot of the climb towards Craigie. The small peloton pedalled out of view as the drizzle thickened towards the summit, and the normally fast descent from Craigie village was severely stunted by the strengthening headwind. The Barnweil Monument, which is normally visible for miles around, was hidden in the clouds. This climb is well known among local cyclists and even mentioned in world champion Graeme Obree's book. Our young elite rider was none other than Ally Kinnaird who, if not Kilmarnock's best young rider, is certainly in the top five hundred. He tackled the climb with aplomb and the group convened at the top for a celebratory picture. Only then did the grimness of the weather really hit home. It was like something out of a Thomas Hardy novel. The gothic Barnweil tower was shrouded in mist and looked rather sinister in the grey half-light. The wind was howling through the telephone wires, water was streaming back down the hillside, and the riders were all completely soaked. Fortunately a restorative bacon roll and coffee at DeWaldens Garden Centre got everyone back in good shape ready for a ride home which included Dundonald Hill. The headwind on the downhill section needed almost as much pedalling effort as going up had. Total distances ranged between 30 and 40 miles. Certainly not the longest Sunday Run in FWCC history, and with an average speed of 15 mph not the fastest either, but in the conditions it was a good effort. But then again, it is only rain?
Saturday Largs Run
by Sun Jan 21, 2018 20:51 pm
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.
Winter League Event 6
by Sun Jan 21, 2018 20:47 pm
Cape Town, South Africa. This was the virtual road course chosen for Winter League Event 6. Organisers Stephen Cassidy and Jim Seenan described it as 'easy' and 'tranquil'. None of which was true. Nineteen riders turned up to The Barn and rapidly turned into red-faced perspiring wrecks on the new turbo trainers. Once again the results were extremely close. Catherine Logan pipped Natalie Hunter by four seconds to win the Female competition in a time of 16:55, with Rebecca Murdoch coming over the line in 20:05. In the Men's competition Sean Barron took no pleasure whatsoever in beating Club Chairman Derek Skinner into second place by 20 seconds, with a time over the 'easy, tranquil' course of 13 mins 25 seconds. In third place was John Todd followed by Gordon Graham, who scraped in under the 14 minute cut off. This has been an incredibly close and hard fought competition. The overall standings after six events are: Catherine Logan, Natalie Hunter and Rebecca Murdoch in first second and third places respectively. In the men's overall standings are first place John Todd, second place Sean Barron, and third place Chris Blakely. The handicap competition is currently headed up by Catherine Logan, followed by George Gass and David Reid. Winter League Event 7 is on 29th January.
FWCC Race Night
by Tue Jan 16, 2018 14:09 pm
Fullarton Wheelers are having a race night at Irvine Meadow Football Club on Friday 16th February 2018 .Three course meal include, with tickets costing only 15 pounds. Come and join us for a great night and the odd beer, as we prepare to host the Icebreaker that weekend. All welcome, including non members.
by Sun Jan 14, 2018 21:11 pm
This week fifteen hardy souls arrived at the regular meeting point for Fullarton Wheelers' Sunday Club Run, the Portal in Irvine, at 09:30. Conditions were cold and damp: it could have been worse but it was definitely a January Sunday in the West of Scotland. Rider Joseph Boyle, as ever, bucked the trend by wearing shorts, with no immediately obvious ill effects. The forecast predicted dry weather and a strong wind from the South, so the coastal Pennyglen route was chosen. Heading South from Irvine to Loans was slow going into the headwind, with short turns being taken at the front of the peloton. Some pairs of riders took shorter turns than others (no names mentioned). Passing Prestwick Airport the windsock was pointing the opposite way to the direction of travel, and it felt like it. Turning into Prestwick itself a brave man flu survivor was waiting outside the local bike shop and hitched on the back of the bunch. Ayr town centre came and went, and so did Club Chairman Derek Skinner and transplant super-hero Steve Donaldson: an early coffee proving more temping than a headwind sufferfest on the Maybole High Road. By now the filthy salt encrusted roads had covered everyone in black speckles and even the bikes were suffering. A family of squeaking gerbils had moved in to Guy Walker’s mudguards, George Gass’ rear mudguard made a dramatic skyward bid for freedom, and Mikey Allen’s gears stopped working meaning his legs resembled bees wings on some of the downhill sections. Turning for home along the Coast Road everything changed. With a 30mph tail wind the pace lifted dramatically. A cry for ‘keep it together’ was misheard as ‘shatter into a million pieces’ and we were off, wind at our backs, zooming down the Electric Brae and whizzing past the Heads of Ayr, collecting Derek and Steven on our way through. The Balgarth Pines was the cafe stop of choice. Martin Shields sat down first as usual and was served last. As usual. A good winter ride of approximately 50 miles for most. And no punctures this week.
Icebreaker: Date Announced
by Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:34 pm
Fullarton Wheelers proudly present the FWCC Ice Breaker 2-up TT 2018. Start your year in style with our most popular event of the year.
10 miles in horrendous conditions....but you do it with a teammate! The date has been set: 18th Feb. Further details can be found on our Facebook page.
Fullarton Wheelers 2017: A Year in Review
by Sun Dec 31, 2017 20:48 pm
It's the time of year when thoughts turn to cycling goals for next season. But before we leave 2017 let's look back on an eventful year for Fullarton Wheelers.
The club had countless individual successes with great performances at the track, road races, time trials, and representation and medals at everything from the Tour of Ayrshire to the World Transplant Games. Particular highlights were Sean Barron's consistently competitive placings in this season's road races, a win for Michael Allen in the Loch Ken 25 mile time trial (senior category), a win for Guy Walker in the inaugural Tour of Ayrshire (retro bike category), and probably best of all, a Scottish National Track Championship winning time by FWCC youth rider Zoe Watters (albeit held for just 11 minutes!). In addition to all this we had our first paracycling tandem team, a number of superb performances at youth events, and progression of individuals to race teams.
Of course, it is not all about racing. Club holidays in the sunshine and mountains of Majorca, and a journey to Spain to watch the Vuelta Espana cycle race, were great successes with over thirty members making the trips. Closer to home we had a number of fantastic away-days and away-weekends to some spectacular parts of Scotland. Everything from the Dukes Pass in the Trossachs to Britain's longest continuous climb, the Bealach na Ba' in Applecross. These too were really well organised and well attended, with upwards of thirty riders coming along to join the adventures.
In June, Fullarton Wheelers hosted the Millport 3000. This was a 24 hour charity ride around the island of Cumbrae with the aim of reaching a cumulative total of 3000 miles. Not only did the seventy riders who took part beat this target, they went on to achieve over 4000 miles. And no wonder, with riders like 11 year old Kyle Maitland and 13 year old Conal Davidson each cycling 100 miles, and the originator of the idea, Chris Blakely, achieving 170. This was Fullarton Wheelers at its best: club members enjoying being on their bikes, enjoying the company and camaraderie, and raising funds for the Ayrshire Hospice. The event even earned a mention in the Scottish Parliament.
This year investment was made in brand new state of the art turbo trainers for The Barn, the Club's indoor training facility. These were put to immediate use in this year's Winter League, organised by Stephen Cassidy and Jim Seenan. This goes alongside upgrades to the fleet of club bikes and the introduction of new club 'away kit'. Also notable is the extent of expert cycle coaching on offer this year from club stalwarts Gordon Stead and Brian Loye, but more recently from successful youth rider Martha Hillard.
The club also hosted a number of high profile open events, including the February 'Ice Breaker' and the Bill Moore Memorial 10 mile time trial. Fullarton's open events have a great reputation for their organisation and, even more importantly for cyclists, their catering. This is due in no small part to the army of willing volunteers like Alan Broadfoot, John Hannah, and many others, who work behind the scenes to support the club. In something of a coup, club Race Secretary Dave Walker and others helped FWCC win the rights to host the 2018 British CTT championships with a neighbouring cycling club. This will bring 400 of the country’s best riders to Ayrshire and is definitely something to look forward to.
While all of this has been going on the Club’s regular rides; the Sunday Club Run, Monday Night, Wednesday Crit, Thursday Time Trial Training and the Saturday Bun Run to Largs, have reached record levels of attendance. One particularly sunny Monday saw no fewer than forty six riders turn up for a tour of the Shire followed by coffee and cake at the Gailes Hotel. Monday nights have proven extremely popular with different groups matched to different member's abilities and aspirations, from beginners and novices to the speedy 'fast group'.
2017 has seen the club membership swell to a record numbers, with some great new characters joining FWCC. This short review can’t hope to cover everything that has happened this year, but it does show how much has been achieved by the club. Perhaps most significantly, a lot of members will feel they have improved their riding over the year, enjoyed some great company, and are keen to have another good year on the bike in 2018. Happy New Year from Fullarton Wheelers.
Winter League Event 4
by Sun Dec 10, 2017 22:54 pm
Another wintry Monday night saw Fullarton Wheelers indoor training facility come alive as members came together for some good hearted competition and fun. This year's Winter League is looking like being the closest fought to date, and also one of the best organised, all credit to members Stephen Cassidy and Jim Seenan. After four events, only seven points separate the top six riders in the scratch competition with Derek Skinner maintaining a slim lead and Catherine Logan holding onto top spot in the Ladies Competition. With another win this week Youth Section Rider Zoe Watters is snapping at her heels though. With four events now completed the handicap competition becomes activated. The leader of this emerged as Dalry-based rider Scott McKendrick, whose innovative training methods appear to be bearing fruit.
FWCC Tandem Pair Second at the Scottish National Madison Championship
by Sun Dec 10, 2017 22:49 pm
Tandem duo Fraser Maitland and Natalie Jamison were in action this weekend at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. They were taking part in the Scottish National Madison Championship, consisting of a flying 200m race and a 1 kilometre time trial. The pair were using a Scottish cycling tandem which was slightly different to the machine the pair we were used to, but it did not stop them. In the Flying 200m race Fraser and Natalie achieved a new personal best of 13.73 seconds. They were both delighted with the result and hoped to continue the success in the 1 kilometer time trial, however it was not meant to be. They attacked the gruelling four laps and crossed the line in an impressive 1 minute and 26.06 seconds. Not a personal best but still a good time with room for improvement. Another great day out for Fullarton Wheelers and enough for the tandem pair to earn a second place. Image (c)PressRoom2017.
FWCC Youth Night
by Sun Dec 10, 2017 22:47 pm
Fullarton Wheelers has an active youth section with a regular youth-and-parent night at the indoor training facility. On Wednesday the Fullarton 'Young Guns' duly arrived for a shot on the new turbo trainers, with the youngsters trying out the five mile course used for the following day's adult winter league event. FWCC Youth Section riders Ben, Karsyn, Rosie, Isla and Madison are shown here working hard on the trainers!
by Sun Dec 03, 2017 23:43 pm
The winter season is well and truly upon us, and with it, a slightly more flexible approach to winter riding. On Saturday, in a break from the normal Largs coastal run, the group of six FWCC riders headed inland…for breakfast. The destination was the Tribeca Cafe in Giffnock, and to get there required a steady run to Stewarton then onwards to Newton Mearns. Climbing out of Newton Mearns after a five egg omellete is an achievement, but the gradient on the old A77 route back to the Coast is favourable. The distance covered was approximately 50 miles which, unfortunately, still wasn't enough to offset the amount of sugar consumed in the course of breakfast.
Twelve Wheelers turned out at Irvine Cross for this week's Fullarton Sunday Run. With a light breeze and mild temperatures for the time of year the bunch set off South at an easy pace passing through Loans and making for Monkton. Taking on the climb out of Monkton the group made their way towards Mossblown before crossing the River Ayr at Gadgirth Bridge. Next up was the back road to Springs and Trabboch. Turning onto the Fox Hollow road the bunch stopped at Gemmell's Garden Centre for rolls, soup and a well-earned cuppa. The riders made their way home via Stair, Tarbolton and Dundonald; with some opting to climb Dundonald Hill. A good social run with around 45 miles for most.
Plean Cyclocross Race
by Sun Dec 03, 2017 23:40 pm
The Fullarton Wheelers' cyclocross cavalcade rolled on this week to the Stirling hamlet of Plean, somewhat depleated this week with only veteran Scott McKendrick making the journey east. The cavalcade of one arrived to find a section of the course closed due to ice, but with an extra muddy climb thrown in to give a full 40 minutes of racing. It really was a day for the hardcore. Following last week's stunning last place there was no hesitation in selecting the same singlespeed racing bike. After a degree of faffing about at the start with his race number McKendrick was off, along with fifty five of Scotland's finest cyclocrossers. With the singlespeed machine holding its own and – in his own words - his finely tuned bike handling skills to the fore, McKendrick was indeed going well, even to the extent of passing some riders (many of whom had fallen or had a bike mechanical issue). Pushing on, gliding through the mud, jumping the hurdles and cornering like it was a straight, McKendrick was well and truly in the zone. All humour aside, a final placing of 31st meant he was ahead of many riders who, the previous week, finished 20/30 places in front. As Henri Desgrange, the organiser of the first Tour de France, once said: "Variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles rather than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting soft." Not rider McKendrick though.
Sunday Club Run
by Sun Nov 26, 2017 22:42 pm
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.
Lochore Cyclocross Race
by Sun Nov 26, 2017 22:38 pm
The Fullarton CX-ers have been in action again. Stalwarts Catherine Logan and Scott McKendrick flew the FWCC flag at last weekend's Lochore Cyclocross Race in Fife. The hotly contested women's race took place in bone chilling four degree temperatures. Catherine put in a great ride coming home in the top 33, ahead of some key rivals. Even better, she was 11th placed Vet Female, and 1st female rider in the Ayrshire clubs competition. Meanwhile, in the Vet 40 race, Scott McKendrick realised too late that his race shirt was still in the ironing pile back at home so instead donned his favourite wool jersey and, given the conditions, this was a good call. Scott arrived with two bikes, one of them a single speed machine, meaning there was good chance he would actually finish the race... and finish it he did! In a manoeuvre that 1970's Formula 1 star James Hunt would have recognised, McKendrick moved through the field early with maximum aggression. After seven minutes, however, he started to tire and with every pedal stroke moved progressively (some might say inevitably) back down the pack. A final position of 96th out of 119th was enough on the day for 3rd in the Ayrshire clubs competition…out of five riders. Scott was nevertheless delighted with the result, saying "the main thing was how good the bike looked. I could see it was drawing many admiring glances as it trundled along slowly through the muck".
Youth Section Cycling Techniques and Skills Session
by Sun Nov 26, 2017 22:33 pm
Fullarton Wheelers Youth Section members attended a cycling techniques and skills session in Irvine on Sunday afternoon. Scottish Cycling Coach Martha Hillard took the ten youngsters, aged from 9 to 14, through a range of exercises designed to help them develop their bike handling skills. The session specifically concentrated on their pedalling and braking technique and finished off with some fun events including a 'slow' race, to see who could cover a set distance most slowly while not putting their feet down.
Fullarton Wheelers Winter League: Event 3
by Sun Nov 26, 2017 20:34 pm
The Winter League events are coming thick and fast, courtesy of the slick organisation of club members Jim Seenan and Stephen Cassidy. This week it was Event 3, which took place over a five mile virtual road course in the picturesque Dordogne region of France. Stocky powerhouse John Todd was the overall winner. The fastest female was Catherine Logan. To say this year's winter league is hotly contested is an understatement. For the third time in a row Derek Skinner, the FWCC Club Chairman, was beaten into second place by just one second. His consistency, though, has given him the top spot in the overall rankings after three races and now everyone wants to beat him. Catherine's excellent result also puts her in joint lead with Beth Macrae. The competition couldn’t be closer. Event 4 is scheduled for 4th December.
Sunday Club Run
by Sun Nov 19, 2017 20:40 pm
Twelve riders arrived for the weekly Sunday Club Run, which as ever departed from Irvine Cross at 09:30. It was a bright but bitterly cold day, with plenty of icy patches on the roads. Nonetheless, new member Joe Boyle duly arrived in shorts, assuring everyone that he didn't really feel the cold. Heading towards Dreghorn was akin to the climate apocalypse scene out of the film Day After Tomorrow. The temperature dropped and dropped, and with it the complaints got louder and louder. So much so that by the time Kilmaurs arrived three riders, including club chairman Derek Skinner, had darted off to the ever popular Rendezvous Cafe, arriving just as the shutters were going up. Nine riders continued onwards to the old A77, heading all the way to the outskirts of Glasgow. By now the temperature was reaching a balmy one degree centigrade, and the pace lifted a little on the long downhill gradient through Stewarton and back into Kilmaurs for a second sitting at the Rendezvous. Distances covered ranged from a rather paltry 18 miles up to a much more impressive 50 miles. No complaints about the cold were heard from short wearing Joe Boyle.
by Sun Nov 19, 2017 20:36 pm
The days are shortening, but darkness is no impediment to keen Club cyclists. The Fullarton Wheelers 'Nighthawks', the informal name for a hard-core of riders who go out in the dark for their regular fix of group riding, have been in action this week. Nine members turned up for the Wednesday night Criterium around the street lit Marine Drive circuit in Irvine. The group worked well together, starting and finishing as one, with an average speed of 22.6 mph over the four laps. On Thursday it was another nocturnal ride into darkest Ayrshire via Symington, Knockentiber, Torranyard and Irvine to cover 28 miles. Clocking on for Thursday’s nightshift were Ally Kinnaird, George Gass, Mikey Allen and Garry Arneil.
Fullarton Wheelers’ Winter League
by Sun Nov 19, 2017 20:34 pm
The newly upgraded FWCC indoor training facility has been put to immediate, and intensive, use in this year’s Winter League. Two events have been completed so far. This week it was Event 2. It took place on a simulated five mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway which, according to one rider, is a bit like the undulating road between the A77 and Tarbolton, except for the weather. The outright winner of Event 2 was Howie Christie, with Natalie Hunter taking the prize for fastest female. After two events the winter league is headed by none other than Derek Skinner, the Club’s esteemed chairman who is literally leading from the front. So far the winter league is proving to be extremely competitive with the male and female races both hotly contested.
Fullarton Wheelers’ Awards Night
by Sun Nov 19, 2017 20:25 pm
It's time to recognise this year's cycling achievements with the annual FWCC Awards Night. This year it was held at Hamiltons in Irvine. The winners were: 10 Mile Scratch Champion, Gordon Stead; 10 Mile Ladies Champion (Cowan Trophy), Aileen Clyde; 25 Mile Scratch Champion, Darren Kean; 25 Mile Ladies Champion, Aileen Clyde; Hill Climb Champion (Iain O'May Trophy), Sean Barron; Road Race Champion (Brown Trophy), Zoe Watters; Bill Moore Trophy: Darren Kean; Mixed Ability 2 Up Trophy, Howie Christie & Jim Ryland; Weideger Trophy (Ardrossan Dams), Sean Barron; Summer League Winner (Shewalton Trophy), Sean Barron; Summer League Runner Up, Michael Allen; Summer League 3rd Place, Chris Blakely; Summer League Ladies Winner, Aileen Clyde; Summer League Veterans Winner, Guy Walker; Winter League Winner, Darren Kean; Winter League Ladies Winner, Catherine Logan; Winter League Knockout Winner, Derek Skinner; Winter League Team Event, John Todd, Mark Kane, Colin Broadfoot & Paul Gillon; Most Improved Rider, Natalie Hunter; Good Guy Trophy, Alan McCall; Most Memorable Ride Of The Year, FWCC Youth Section at Millport; Best Young Rider, Martha Hillard; Most Improved Youth Rider, Conal Davidson
Scottish National Track Champion…for Eleven Minutes
by Sun Nov 12, 2017 21:48 pm
This weekend the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow played host to the Scottish National Track Championships, at which Fullarton Wheelers was well represented. The event began on Friday with a very nervous Zoe Watters, one of the club's junior track stars, making her first ever attempt at the Women’s 3000m individual pursuit. Despite the nerves she posted a time of 4:14:272 and a speed of 42.4 kph, which was enough to break the Scottish junior record. A record which has stood since 1989! Sadly, celebrations were brought to a halt just eleven minutes later when 18yr old Georgia Mansfield of RT23 took 4 secs off Zoe’s record. The event was eventually won by Lynsey Curran of Dooleys cycles with a time of 3:57:666. Experienced Fullarton racers Brian Loye and Gordon Graham put into words what most observers were thinking: "Scottish junior record on first attempt is fantastic". "I'd say the Junior 3000m Pursuit record will be well broken by Zoe before she turns senior."
Silver Medal for Track Tandem Pair
by Sun Nov 12, 2017 21:45 pm
Tandem star Natalie Jamieson took part in this weekend's Scottish National Track Championships. It is worth remembering that riding on a steeply banked track, with no brakes or freewheel, is nerve wracking enough. Doing it on a tandem is another level entirely. It is also worth mentioning that Natalie is partially sighted, making her achievements on the track all the more remarkable. The Flying 200m Sprint comprises five laps of the track but only the time for the final 200m is recorded. Natalie and her tandem pilot Rebecca Dornan (The Racers) only became a tandem pair a month ago, and the Flying 200 was their first race together. They started smoothly, working brilliantly as a team, and gradually built up their speed riding high on the track before plunging down off the banking and absolutely flying around the last lap. Their time was 00:13:392, enough for second place and another fantastic silver medal for Fullarton Wheelers. Natalia says: "my last time for a Flying 200 was 13.76 so I gained a new Personal Best. I was really pleased with this result!"
Silver Medal in Track Championships
by Sun Nov 12, 2017 21:41 pm
Women’s Team Sprint. Teams of two complete two laps (500m) of the track as fast as possible from a standing start. Natalie Hunter was lead-out rider for junior Zoe Watters, and exploded out of the start gate. Zoe slotted on to her wheel and the two riders scorched round the first lap with Nat taking Zoe up to maximum speed as planned just before moving up the bank after the first 250m to let her loose and finish the race. Maintaining the furious pace, Zoe tore down the back straight, hurtled round the banking, and emptied the tank on the home straight to complete a perfect team performance. Their time of 0:40:539 was the second best of the heats and put them in the final with a chance, albeit a slim one, of a gold medal against two of the best young sprinters in the country, Lusia Steele and Lucy Grant of Glasgow Cycle Team. The gold medal turned out to be just out of reach with Lusia and Lucy putting in a polished performance in the final, but the Fullarton women made the fans present very proud with their blistering effort, which got them a time of 0:40:559 and a well-deserved silver medal.
Revamped Indoor Training Facility
by Sun Nov 12, 2017 21:32 pm
Fullarton Wheelers is one of the few cycling clubs to have a dedicated indoor training facility, affectionately called The Barn. It has recently been comprehensively upgraded with state-of-the-art Tacx Neo virtual trainers. These allow riders to mount their own bikes into the trainers and compete against each other, and also other riders, on screen. The new trainers don't just simulate hills, they can simulate different road surfaces, and will even allow you to freewheel downhill. Feedback from club members has been very positive, with the new trainers offering a realistic riding feel and excellent graphics, although according to one rider "I’m usually too exhausted to look at the graphics, just the little box in the corner which says my time". The new facility was put to the test on Monday with Event 1 of the Fullarton Wheeler’s Winter League. Nearly forty riders signed up to ride a challenging five mile route over mixed terrain, with the Saxo-Bank professional team always just ahead on the computer screen. Competitor Scott McKendrick noticed that "they didn’t wait for you on the hills!" The Barn was packed and the atmosphere during the competition was terrific. It was great to see such a wide variety of different members having a go, in particular Beth McRae, Zoe Watters, Catherine Logan, Rebecca Bell and Natalie Hunter taking part in what promises to be a closely fought women’s competition. The overall winner of Event 1 was Sean Barron, with Beth Macrae and Zoe Watters joint winners of the Female competition. Event organisers were Stephen Cassidy and Jim Seenan.
by Sun Nov 12, 2017 21:28 pm
The FWCC Sunday Club Run. Meeting at 09:30 outside the Portal in Irvine, this is a steady group ride through the Ayrshire countryside including an all-important cafe stop. November represents a shift in pace, and a shift in gear, from the hard to pedal big ring to the easier and slower little ring. It is also mudguard time, and the mudguard police were in attendance armed with nothing more than gentle ridicule. This week twelve riders emerged into the sunshine (Brian Johnston and Grant Francis without mudguards) and the group headed out of Irvine through Kilwinning and North to Barmill. After pulling in to let some horses pass, the group proceeded past the armaments depot and finishing straight of the Barmill APR Road Race. It was then right towards Lugton, onwards along some slightly icy roads. Climbing (slowly) out of Dunlop a distant Ben Lomond was just visible, as was snow on the peaks of Arran. The group then threaded its way downhill through Cunninghamhead and into Kilmours to the ever popular Rendezvous café for homemade tray bakes and bacon rolls. Distance covered from Irvine Cross was 36 miles; 1500 feet of climbing; average speed 16 mph; and no punctures.
Sunday Club Run
by Sun Nov 05, 2017 20:13 pm
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.
Autumn Away Day
by Sun Oct 29, 2017 22:28 pm
An established fixture in the Fullarton Wheelers calendar is an Autumnal Away Day to the Trossachs. This marks the end of the summer season, a time for dusting off the winter bikes, tightening up the mudguards, and making the most of any sunny days that come along. Sunday was one such day. The temperature was a chilly eight degrees but the winds were light. Perfect conditions for a 57 mile figure of eight loop beginning in Callander in the middle of the Trossachs National Park, and climbing the Dukes Pass – all 750ft of it, a lot at 10% gradient – twice. Twenty three Fullarton riders took part in the ride which was organised by Membership Secretary Mikey Allen, a large contingent but still only a fifth of the total club membership. This is a challenging ride involving no less than 3900 feet of climbing in total, but the autumnal scenery was stunning and there is no better way to experience it than on a bike.
2017 Ian O’May Hill Climb Championship
by Sun Oct 22, 2017 21:30 pm
After eight events, starting with a Prologue time trial in May, Fullarton Wheeler’s 2017 Summer League concluded on Sunday 22nd October with a timed race up the Carrick Hill just south of Ayr. The average gradient is a fierce 11% over a distance of one mile, climbing up to a height of 590 feet. The views over the Heads of Ayr and the Firth of Clyde are spectacular at the summit, but to get there requires a lung and leg busting initial effort up to Carwinshoch House, followed by a morale sapping further climb between the trees and up to the finish. Thirteen riders engaged the climb with maximum effort, netting a close set of times. In the six minute bracket were Collin Gilles, Joe Boyle, Bill Gerrie, Guy Walker and Mikey Allan. Rider Russell Dunlop took 7 minutes and 38 seconds but only because his chain came off during a gear change, and because the hill is so steep he had trouble setting off again. In the five minute bracket were Colin Broadfoot, Gordon Graham, Chris Blakely, Ally Kinnaird, John Deans, and new youth rider Cameron Raeside. The only rider to break five minutes, with an impressive 4:32, was experienced road man Sean Barron, topping off a very successful racing season with a convincing win
FWCC Paracycling Tandem Racing
by Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:09 pm
Fullarton Wheelers were represented at the Glasgow Sprint Grand Prix in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome by partially sighted tandem 'stoker' Natalie Jamison and her 'pilot' Fraser Maitland. The event consisted of two days of Track Racing featuring Match Sprinting, Keirin and Paracycling Tandem Racing alongside Individual and Team Pursuit for riders from across the UK, including Scotland's own olympic golden girl, Katie Archibald. When asked about her thoughts of the event Natalie commented "it was a fantastic experience and has provided me with the inspiration to be representing my country as a Paracycling athlete." Fraser added that "it was certainly intimidating looking over my shoulder during the match sprints to see current world and Olympic champions, but Natalie's determination and enthusiasm for the challenge made it an enjoyable and unforgettable experience"
Rothsay Festival of Cycling
by Tue Sep 19, 2017 22:50 pm
Fullarton Wheelers sent a strong team of adult and youth riders to Rothesay at the weekend for the Cycling Festival organised by Bute Wheelers. The Festival includes five different events over two days and FWCC was represented in all of them. The first event is always the notorious Serpentine Hill Climb time trial which rises steeply up 13 switchbacks with an average gradient of 10%. Two of the Club’s youths, and eight adults, tackled the hill with youths Zoe Watters and Conal Davidson finishing 4th and 5th respectively. The fastest FWCC adult was Sean Barron with a time of 2’ 27”. Next was the 2 Up Time Trial which takes an undulating 20 mile course around Bute. FWCC had six teams entered with the pairing of Stevie Watters and Derek Skinner winning their category in a time of 54’ 35”. A special mention should also be given to the mother and son team of Fiona and Conal Davidson who completed the circuit in a very respectable 1 hr 07’ 16”. A cyclo-cross race, which had been made even more challenging, and muddy, by an afternoon downpour ended the first day’s activities. FWCC were represented in the event by their cyclo-cross experts Dave Walker and Catherine Logan. The second day started with a 10 mile time trial in which the club had nine riders. Gordon Graham, returning from injury, posted the Club’s fastest time of 24’ 01” with Derek Skinner picking up his second prize of the event by winning the B Category. Catherine Logan also won her category, and was 2nd woman, with a time of 26’ 52” and sixteen year old Zoe Watters was 4th woman in 27’ 22”. The Novice Road Race took place in the afternoon with five FWCC riders. The Club picked up some prizes again with Catherine Logan and Stevie Watters both winning their categories.
Fullarton Wheelers also won the team award for best represented Club and they passed on their thanks and congratulations to the organisers of this fantastic event.
Dooleys 2Up Team Time Trial
by Tue Sep 19, 2017 22:40 pm
Fullarton Wheelers had three teams participating in the Dooleys 2Up Team Time Trial run at Westferry on Saturday. The 18 mile course included two laps of the route that ?nished with a one mile climb up the Greenock Road back to Bishopton. A total of thirty teams entered the event that was run by Cycling Time Trials. The FWCC teams finished as follows, Sean Barron and Alastair Macfarlane 37.35 (14th); Stevie Watters and Derek Skinner 39.07 (18th); and Martin Shields and Scott Mckendrick 41.24 (23rd).
Cycling Weekly 125 Sportive
by Tue Sep 19, 2017 22:36 pm
FWCC were represented south of the border this weekend at the Cycling Weekly 125 Sportive in Cheshire. Fiona Maitland along with 11 year old son Kyle opted for the 40 mile route whilst Fraser Maitland and Mikey Allen chose to take on the 125 mile ‘epic’ route. Starting out at the revered Oulton Park Race Circuit both pairs of riders completed an untimed lap of the circuit giving them an opportunity to recce the circuit before the all-important timed lap at the end of the event. From here riders started on an easterly tack passing through the pretty village of Audlem, then on up to Wybunbury. Fiona and Kyle’s route veered off west to head for the finish, while Mikey and Fraser and a strong group of riders from local Chorley Cycling Club continued to the 100 mile marker, and their toughest challenge of the day, Mow Cop. Fiona and Kyle completed the 40 mile circuit in 3.09 with Kyle continuing to do further laps, increasing his mileage to 62 miles, whilst Mikey and Fraser produced a strong performance to complete at total of 130 miles with a moving time of 6 hours and 56 minutes.
Another Female Fullarton Win
by Sat Sep 02, 2017 20:53 pm
Catherine Logan has won the Georgetown league - first female - and was presented with her trophy at the Georgetown Cup this afternoon. This is a time trail series held over the summer on the well known 7.2m Georgetown course. This is a great achievement by Catherine, especially as it has been really well attended this year with some tough competition.
Ayrshire Alps Sportive
by Sat Sep 02, 2017 20:44 pm
Nearly 30 Fullarton riders took part in the Ayrshire Alps sportive organised by our friends at Ayr Burners Cycling. The Ayrshire Alps is a special road cycling park with nine Alps of varying difficulty, all set in stunning scenery and with quiet roads. The annual sportive is becoming very popular and it was great to have a large FWCC contingent. The main sportive route took in five challenging climbs, including the infamous Nic O'Balloch, for a total distance of 100km and over 4000 feet of ascent. A very challenging route but an excellent and well organised event.
Fantastic Female Win
by Sat Sep 02, 2017 20:33 pm
The SC West Youth Crit Series came to an end with the ninth and final race at Bellahouston Park. The fantastic news is that FWCC has a series winner with Zoe Watters taking the U16 Girls title and Martha Hillard coming third overall in the same category. They will collect their medals at an awards ceremony later this month. The race series started back in March and Zoe has been consistently the best U16 girl rider. She has participated in 8 of the 9 races winning 3 times, coming second 3 times, and a third and a fourth. She won the Bellahouston race in dominant style, breaking away from the pack early and maintaining a good lead. The FWCC girls then demonstrated fantastic team work in the mid section of the race when, as Zoe lapped Martha, Martha put in a hard effort to help Zoe extend her lead. By the end of the race Zoe was about a lap and a quarter (at least a kilometre) in front of the second placed girl.
Errigal International Youth Tour
by Tue Aug 15, 2017 13:41 pm
Fullarton Wheelers under 16 female stars, Zoe Watters and Martha Hillard, once again swapped their usual FWCC yellow jerseys for Scottish Cycling South West kit to represent the region in the Errigal International Youth Tour, in County Donegal, Ireland. The event is a four stage race held over three days. The first stage is a hilly 18 mile road race, second stage a 2 mile hill climb time trial, third stage another 18 mile road race, including three ascents of the infamous Keelogues climb that kicks up to a 15% gradient and finally the fourth stage which is a fast and furious crit race held in Letterkenny town centre. Both girls put in fantastic efforts smashing their times from last year. They produced personal bests in the time trial with Zoe placing 3rd and Martha 10th out of 18 girls in their age category. At the time of writing the final results were still to be posted but Zoe was challenging for a top five spot and Martha had improved her overall race time by nearly 20 minutes from the previous years event.
Wanlockhead Road Race
by Tue Aug 15, 2017 13:40 pm
Chris Blakely, John Deans and Sean Barron represented Fullarton Wheelers in the Wanlockhead Road Race. Promoted by Loudoun Road Club, this tough 56 mile route started in Muirkirk before taking in the steep climb to Glespin wind farm. From here the course took in the fast B road down the valley to Sanquhar. After several more miles of main road the riders took on the fearsome Mennock Pass, a Category 3 climb of 7 miles that leads to Britain's highest village, Wanlockhead. After a fast descent the route heads back across the hills of South Lanarkshire to Glespin & finishes at the start point in Muirkirk. No official results yet but Sean remained in contact with the leading group until near the top of the pass before crossing the line with a rider from East Kilbride Road Club, finishing mid table. John put in a strong performance for his first road race with FWCC, finishing around another half hour back. Chris finished several minutes behind him. The event was won by Stuart Paterson of Edinburgh Road Club.
Habbie Habble Road Race
by Tue Aug 15, 2017 13:38 pm
Sean Barron was joined by John Deans to represent FWCC at the Habbie Habble Road Race. The event, promoted by Johnstone Wheelers, started in the village of Kilbrachan, Renfrewshire. The course was 36 miles run over a series of four nine mile laps, each one beginning with a tough hill leading out of the village. The rest of the route was fairly undulating with some sharp digs, fast descents and technically challenging corners. Mechanical difficulties caused difficulties for both riders; John's seat post slipped on the first climb and he was forced to stop. With the post tightened he carried on, however by this time the main field was long gone and he decided to retire after completing three laps. Sean lost rear gear shifting two miles into the race, clinging on in the front group with only two usable gear combinations. No official results yet but he managed to come within the top 15 in the final sprint for the line. The event was won by a rider from Edinburgh Road Club. Over twenty Club members also turned out to support those racing.
Scottish National Team Time Trial
by Tue Aug 15, 2017 13:37 pm
Fullarton Wheelers put a strong team into the Scottish National Team Time Trial championship held near Forfar. The Club was represented by Stevie Watters, Sean Barron, Mikey Allen and Derek Skinner who took on the 36 mile course which was two laps of a reasonably flat countryside circuit. The event, with over 120 riders, featured several very strong teams and individuals with most of the fastest amateur men and women from Scotland represented. Winners were Pro Vision in the men’s event and Dooleys RT in the women's race. Fullarton came 24th despite a rider having a puncture after 30 miles.
Win for Fullarton Female
by Mon Jul 24, 2017 09:22 am
Natalie Hunter and Sean Barron represented Fullarton Wheelers at The Lothian Flyer Road Race in Stobo, Peebleshire on Saturday. The event promoted by Edinburgh Road Club was run over seven laps of an undulating circuit of 6 miles, featuring narrow country lanes and a few technical corners. Torrential rain was the order of the day making it even more testing. The race was quick from the off, the first lap being covered at over 25 mph by the leading riders. With the amount of standing water on the roads there were many crashes, particularly in the first few laps. Natalie, riding her first road race, finished as the first female rider and was 37th overall in a strong field of 50. A fantastic achievement. Sean avoided being caught up in the early crashes and remained in the leading group of around 15 and finished 9th overall with three riders from the promoting club taking all three podium places.
World Transplant Games
by Thu Jul 06, 2017 13:02 pm
Steve Donaldson of Fullarton Wheelers was part of the Great Britain Cycling Team that participated in the World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain last week. Steve, who has had a heart and lung transplant, took part in three events; a 5 kilometer individual time trial, followed by a 20 kilometer team time trial and finally a 30 kilometer road race, over just two days in sweltering heat with temperatures hitting over 40 degrees.
In the 5K time trial Steve achieved a time of 8’ 03” placing him 11th out of 32 in his age group and 52nd out of 130 overall. In the team time trial Steve, as part of the three man GB Team, got a time of 28’ 01” placing them 10th of 20 teams, and managing to catch and lap Team USA during the event. In the final event, the 30K road race, Steve put in a fantastic effort, to come 13th overall.
Steve is an inspiration to all at Fullarton Wheelers and the Club are particularly delighted to have one of their members competing at international level.
Fullarton 3000: Mission Accomplished
by Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:59 pm
Fullarton Wheelers have raised over £3000 for the Ayrshire Hospice thanks to their annual charity event. The Fullarton 3000 was a challenge to cumulatively ride 3000 miles round the island of Cumbrae in a 24-hour period.
Sixty six riders took part starting at noon on Saturday, and, despite the windy and showery conditions, continually ground out the laps of the island, even riding through the night, to finally achieve a total of 4070 miles by the close of the event at 12 noon on Sunday.
The Club were delighted by the level of participation. The youngest rider, Ben Raleigh at 8 years old, achieved 25 miles with two other members of the club’s youth section, Kyle Maitland, 11, and Conal Davidson, 13, both breaking the 100 mile barrier. Many of the adult members exceeded the 100 mile mark, but the highest individual total was achieved by Chris Blakely, who came up with the idea for the fundraiser, and managed 170 miles despite not starting until 4 hours into the event.
Club Secretary, Derek Skinner, talking about the Fullarton 3000, said “This shows FWCC at its best. Club members enjoying being on our bikes, enjoying the company and camaraderie and raising funds for the Ayrshire Hospice, such a worthwhile cause”
3000 miles...24 hours: the Fullarton 3000
by Mon May 29, 2017 12:26 pm
Fullarton Wheelers, young, old, fast, ambling, just cycling and enjoying the sun, will attempt to collectively cycle 3000 miles around the island of Cumbrae in a 24 hour period. Some will do a lap, and go relax, others will challenge themselves for big miles, and some will just enjoy their day. All for charity and the Ayrshire Hospice. The Fullarton 3000 starts at 12 noon on Saturday 24th June 2017.
by Mon May 29, 2017 12:21 pm
Three Fullarton Wheelers took part in the Straiton Struggle Road Race on Sunday; Darren Kean, Mikey Allen and Sean Barron. The race, promoted by Ayr Roads Cycling Club, is run over six laps of a tough, undulating nine mile circuit featuring some tricky corners, fast descents and rough road surfaces. The race begins in the village of Straiton and& passes through the neighbouring villages of Kirkmichael and Crosshill. The racing was fast from the moment the flag was dropped, with the leading group averaging in excess of 26 mph for the first two laps. Unfortunately Mikey was dropped on the first passing of the technical S bend descent into Kirkmichael. Undeterred he carried on and formed a group with two others, managing to complete the whole six laps. Meanwhile Darren and Sean held on in what was the leading group. On the third lap Darren lost contact with the back of the group and left the race after five laps (two completely solo). Back in the main bunch a break of nine strong riders went clear, leaving Sean in a group of around twenty. The winner, Jason Roberts of Pro Vision Cycle Clothing, came from this break. Sean hung on in the chasing group and finished 19th overall, around a minute down on the leading riders. A hard outing for the Fullarton but a well run and marshalled event.... and it even stayed dry! Thanks very much to fellow club members Gordon G, Guy W, Stevie W and Zoe W. Your support at the roadside was much appreciated.
Slow, slow, quick-quick, slow
by Mon May 29, 2017 12:18 pm
It's not all about chewing your handlebars and going as fast as you can. Sometimes it's nice to lift your head up and look at the scenery. Sunday Club Runs are a regular fixture throughout the summer. They cover 40 or so miles at a reasonably social pace and feature the all-important cafe stop. Meet at 09:30 at Irvine Cross. If that's still too fast then there's Monday Night. For those who want a fast or intermediate ride there are groups to cater for this, but for an altogether more sedate experience there is a slow group. Still too fast? On Tuesday's there is the 'Recovery Run'. These cover about 20 miles and anyone who exceeds a 14 mph average speed is shot...or left to ride off into the sunset in glorious isolation while we continue relaxing . Monday and Tuesday runs meet at 18:45 in the car park of the Gailes Hotel. If you are a prospective member these are good rides to join: please contact the membership secretary in advance to make sure the runs are taking place.
Bill Moore Memorial 10 Mile TT
by Tue May 23, 2017 10:48 am
On Sunday the Club was honoured to, once again, host the Bill Moore Memorial 10 mile Time Trial. A field of over a 100 riders tackled rain and a tough headwind for the outbound leg from Eglington down to the Papermill roundabout. Despite these conditions, Derek Skinner achieved a fantastic personal best of 22’ 45”, with Darren Kean being the first Fullarton home in 21’ 11”, giving him 7th place overall. The Club’s fastest women riders again achieved very close times with Aileen Clyde on 24’03, one second in front of Catherine Logan on 24’ 04 “. Other FWCC riders were as follows: Gordon Graham 22’ 26”, Allan Duncan 23’ 06”, Chris Blakely 23’ 39” (fastest winter bike!), Stevie Watters 23’ 48”, Scott McKendrick 24’ 16”, Martin Shields 24’ 56”, Natalie Hunter 25’59”, Alan McCall 26’ 08”, Sam Malcolmson 27’ 03” and Mark Provan beating the 30 minute barrier in his first event with 29’ 24”. The race was won by Chris Smart of GTR in a fantastic time of 19’ 45”, beating the next rider home, Kenneth Armstrong of Carrick Cycling Club by 44”. The first woman rider was Toni McIntosh of Ayr Roads CC in 23’ 20”.
Fullarton Youth Successes
by Tue May 23, 2017 10:46 am
FWCC youth riders were in racing action again this week at the 2nd Kames Crit in Muirkirk. The Club had five young riders at the event participating in three different age categories. Karsyn Baird was in the under 12s boys race and, despite being one of the youngest in the field, showed great determination and spirit to keep racing to the end. Conal Davidson and Isla Muirhead were in the boys and girls U14s races. Despite having gained good track experience over the winter they are novices to crit racing, with this being Conal’s debut. Both youngsters rode strongly and are developing their race craft. In the U16 girls race Club stalwarts Zoe Watters and Martha Hillard, once again, were the FWCC representatives. In a very tactical race with excellent conditions, both girls rode hard and fast, achieving personal best lap times. In the end, Zoe finished 3rd and Martha 5th. Zoe’s third place means an FWCC young rider has been on the podium at every West of Scotland Youth Crit so far this year.
by Tue May 16, 2017 12:44 pm
Fullarton Wheelers was well represented at the National 10 mile time trial held at Fruchie in Fife. All riders posted times that they can be pleased with on a technical course with a stiffening breeze. Particularly noteworthy were the performances by our female riders. Natalie Hunter missed the 25 minute mark by a scant 2 seconds, Catherine Logan posted a rapid 24:44, but Aileen Clyde took the honours with a 23:55 (including puncture!). This time netted a 9th place in the female category, a significant PB and also the FWCC Female 10m TT record. Darren Kean was the fastest Fullarton rider on the day with a strong 21:29, with Gordon Graham not far behind with 22:23, Derek Skinner with 23:19 and Mikey Allen significantly exceeding his previous PB with a 23:38. Good work team: Ayrshire expected and you delivered!
Majorca Training (Holiday) Camp
by Tue May 16, 2017 12:34 pm
Seventeen Fullarton Wheelers have been enjoying the warm sunshine, smooth road surfaces, fantastic hills and views of the colbalt blue sea in Majorca this week as they took part in the Club’s annual cycling trip to the island. Staying in the Puerto Pollenca on the north west coast meant they have been able to enjoy some of the classic rides. These have included the beautiful cycle out to the lighthouse at Cap de Formenta, the ‘Monastries’ route and an ascent of Majorca’s highest climb Sa Calobra. To take full advantage of the training opportunity cycling in these excellent conditions allows the riders keep to a strict fitness regime while they are away meaning that most have covered over 400 miles during the week. Particular mention should be made of Sean Barron’s performance as he managed 516 miles and over 33,500 feet of climbing while he has been away.
UCI Tour of Ayrshire
by Fri May 05, 2017 12:39 pm
Seven Fullarton Wheelers entered the inaugural UCI Tour of Ayrshire on Sunday. There were over 1500 riders taking part on completely closed roads taking in the tough, hilly terrain of East Ayshire. This, coupled with a strong South Easterly wind, made for a challenging day out. In the Road Race Sean Barron had a minor mechanical but still managed to finish within the top 30 overall and 8th in the 19 to 34 year old category. This result means he has qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship held in Albi, France, later in the year. Guy Walker took part in the Classic Category using his 1986 Peugeot Aneto. This was run over a 47 mile 'Medio Fondo' route over which he earned the fastest time overall and won his category, dropping most of the field and being the first rider of the whole event back at race HQ. On the podium he was presented with a medal and a woolly retro jersey to match his bike! Paul Gillon, Stephen Gillon, Kevin Mason, Fraser Maitland and Scott Gourlay did the Sportive run over a 70 mile 'Gran Fondo' Route. The five riders were well scattered by the hills and windy conditions, however, all managed to finish in very respectable times and received their finishers medals. Mention should also be made of the FWCC youth section who did sterling work handing out the medals and jerseys to the podium finishers in each category. Dishing out the prizes were Bailey Arneil, Karsyn Baird and Kyle Maitland. Well done boys.
Youth Tour of Scotland
by Sun Apr 09, 2017 19:14 pm
FWCC riders Zoe Watters and Martha Hillard are being joined by Emily Hunter of Annan Youth Cycling Club to make up the Scottish Cycling South West U16 Girls Team. The YTOS is a four stage race over three days. Stage 2 was a 4.3 mile Team Time Trial. Zoe, Emily and Martha rode the race as a tight-knit team, staying together all the way round. They achieved a time of 11' 04" and placed 15th out of 18 teams. Sadly Zoe had to withdraw due to injury, but Martha and Emily continued in Stage 3. This was a 22 mile road race with Team Wales dictating a furious pace at the front. Martha and Emily road really well together and stayed in the leading peloton for 3.5 laps before being dropped, with other riders, and forming a second group. They then rode the rest of the race together crossing the line in 58' 04" just 2' 11" behind the winner. Emily is currently 48th and Martha 49th in the GC, and are the 15th and 16th placed Scottish riders.
Lake of Menteith APR
by Mon Apr 03, 2017 20:05 pm
Seven FWCC riders took part in this Saturday's Lake of Menteith APR. This was two laps of a tough, undulating circuit around the Balfron area covering a total of 48 miles at high speed. Darren Kean rode well and secured a top twenty position (we think!) averaging 26 mph for the course. Michael Allen was the only other Fullarton rider to place, finishing respectably within the top 40. This was an eventful race with more than its fair share of punctures, crashes and other mishaps.
Best Placed Ayrshire Rider in Fenwick APR
by Mon Apr 03, 2017 20:00 pm
FWCC riders Sean Barron, Stephen Gillon and Alistair MacFarlane lined up for the start of the Fenwick APR. This road race takes place on home turf. Two laps of a hilly circuit with some challenging road surfaces and technical corners, Sean finished 8th and was the best placed Ayrshire rider.
Inveraray Away Day
by Sun Apr 02, 2017 21:40 pm
Sunday and the sun was shining for 20 Members who headed up to Inveraray for a cycle round a 75 mile loop, which took the group through the arches of the Argyll Hotel for 9 miles of climbing and a fast descent before meandering down the side of Loch Awe and then onto Loch Gilphead before returning,along Loch Fyne to Inveraray for fish suppers.
'Summer' League Event 1
by Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:59 pm
The Club’s Summer League commenced (in the rain) with the 4 mile Prologue Time Trial, using the familiar route from the Gailes Hotel along and back down Marine Drive. Twenty two Club Members took part in conditions that were anything but summery. The men’s event was won by Gordon Stead in a time of 9’15”, second was Sean Barron with 9’ 39” and third was Chris Blakley in 9’ 57”. The fastest woman was Aileen Clyde with a time of 10’ 23”, one second ahead of Catherine Logan in 10’ 24” and third was Natalie Hunter in 10’ 54”. Wildcard entrant Richard Sykes came last but earned a moral victory by completing the event on a mountain bike.
Podium in West of Scotland Youth Crit Series
by Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:56 pm
Saturday was the start of the West of Scotland Youth Crit series with the Prima Bella at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow. Fullarton Wheelers were represented by three youth riders. Ben Raleigh took part in the under 8s race making a very strong appearance and he’s already looking forward to his next race. Zoe Watters and Martha Hillard, the Club’s under 16 riders, carried on with their strong form from last summer. In blustery, cold and rainy conditions they both put in fantastic efforts achieving personal best times for a lap of the circuit and working well with other riders. On the last two laps of the race the girls showed some great teamwork as Martha tried to get Zoe onto the wheel of the eventual winner. In the end, Zoe finished second and Martha fourth in a hard race. The club was delighted that its youths have achieved their first podium position so early in the season.
by Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:55 am
The fact they had raced the day before did not stop three Fullarton riders returning to race on home territory in the Mad March Classic individual time trial, hosted by Velo Club Vitesse. On a 12.7 mile looping route taking the Torranyard Road before switching across to Stewarton and back towards Irvine, Darren Kean was the first FWCC rider home taking 8th spot in 31’10”, then Gordon Graham in 11th with 32’ 57”, also taking the V50 prize for the event, and then Chris Blakely in 14th with 33’ 55”. These were excellent performances on a second consecutive day of racing and the riders were suitably encouraged by the Fullarton supporters on the climb into Stewarton.
by Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:59 am
On Sunday Fullarton Wheelers hosted the traditional racing season opener the two-up “Icebreaker” time trial. In unusually mild conditions 60 two rider teams had entered the 10 mile challenge on the normal course starting from Eglington Park down the A78 to the Papermill roundabout and back. The overall event was won by David Griffiths and John Archibald riding for Pro Vision in 19’ 49”, a fantastic time for so early in the season, second was Mark Skilling and Michael Robb, of Carrick CC, in 21’ 02” and third was the Fullarton Wheelers pairing of Darren Kean and Gordon Stead in 21’ 07”. In the Vets category the first team home were Ian Anderson and David Baird of Walkers CC in 22’ 08” followed by Gordon Graham and Chris Blakey of Fullarton Wheelers CC in 22’ 50”. The Women’s event was won by Toni McIntosh and Janet Erskine, of Ayr Roads CC, in 24’ 48”, followed by Lorna Sloan and Catherine Logan of Fullarton Wheelers CC in 26’ 17”. Fullarton Wheelers Cycling Club would like to thank the Commissaire, Time Keepers, Marshalls, Club volunteers and all the helpers and riders for a safe and successful event and a great start to the season.
Return to South Africa
by Wed Feb 08, 2017 05:54 am
The Wheeler’s returned to South Africa on Monday evening for the fifth stage of their winter league using virtual reality software and turbos at their training facility, The Barn, in Kilwinning. This week’s stage was a rolling coastal 7.5 time trial taken from the Tour of Argus. Twenty two riders participated leading to the usual noisy race night atmosphere as club members encourage and motivate each other during their efforts. First rider home in the men’s event was Club Captain, Gordon Graham in a time of 17’ 35”, second was Darren Kean 17’ 52”and third was John Todd in 18’ 19”. This week’s result means that Darren Kean has an unassailable lead and takes this year’s Winter League crown with one event to go. The women’s event was a very close affair with Natalie Hunter coming out on top with a time of 21’ 30”, pipping Catherine Logan on 21’ 43” and third was youth rider Martha Hillard in 25’ 18”.
Doonbank Trofee Cyclocross Race
by Mon Jan 23, 2017 21:11 pm
FWCC was well represented at the Doonbank Trofee cyclocross race in Rozelle Park Ayr on Sunday. In cold, muddy and damp conditions all the riders tackled the demanding and strenuous undulating course. All the Fullartons performed well in their respective categories: Dave Walker made a particularly strong debut at the ‘A’ race level but top honours go to star female rider Catherine Logan, with 1st in class and 4th overall.
Fullarton Youth Cluster Track Session
by Sun Jan 22, 2017 19:46 pm
The Scottish Cycling Youth Cluster sessions are a series of coaching workshops, hosted at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, which are designed to develop new track riders. Four of Fullarton Wheelers' youth section started the first of their bi-monthly coaching sessions today (22nd Jan). Once they got used to the fact the bikes have no freewheel or brakes, they were off, with speeds building quickly and coaches doing a great job of reassuring and encouraging. Race faces and big grins were the order of the day as the four clubmates pushed themselves to new heights both in skill levels and on the steep banking of the track.
Sunday Club Run
by Fri Jan 13, 2017 15:35 pm
On Sunday a fantastic turnout of 22 Wheelers set out from Irvine Cross on the usual Sunday run. At the request of one of the Club’s youth members climbing was again on the menu. This week the ride headed north going quickly through Kilwinning, the three Towns and West Kilbride before making the right turn and Fairlie and climbing the moor road. The severity of the early gradient and low cloud meant that the riders were soon spread out and a succession of red rear lights is all that could be seen making their way up the hill. A broken chain for one of the riders meant that the group split here but both groups made their way down to Dalry before cutting across to Torranyard and the usual stop in the Rendezvous Café in Kilmaurs. Here the two groups re-joined each other for some much-wanted warm drinks and food. After the stop the riders headed home with most having completed between 40 and 50 miles. Sunday runs continue through the winter, meeting at 09:30 at Irvine Cross (see Club Runs tab above).
Another Super Saturday at the Velodrome
by Fri Jan 13, 2017 15:32 pm
On Saturday FWCC put a strong team into the Scottish Cycling “Super Saturday” Track Racing Event at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Cheered on by a big contingent of Club members who had headed up after the usual Largs run, the team of Sean Barron, Steve Donaldson, Darren Kean, Derek Skinner, Stevie Watters and the Club's star youth rider Zoe Watters competed in different races, including a Course des Primes, a Scratch Race, a Points Race, a Keirin and, the always popular, Elimination Race. The Fullarton riders put in strong performance across all their races but it was the points races that seemed to bring out the best in them. In his category, Derek Skinner got pulses racing and the crowd cheering as he animated the race by going for a long solo break and successfully holding on to claim five points for the sprint, eventually taking fourth place in the race. But it was Darren Kean who took the biggest honour for the Club after winning the points race in his class. Once again the yellow colours of FWCC were flying round the track.
by Sun Jan 08, 2017 18:46 pm
FWCC took over the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for two hours on 29th December, with a number of members booking in for the drop in sessions. The session was mixed up with individual pursuits, team pursuits and Russian steps. Most riders who were on track for two hours managed 35 or more miles at an average of 23mph. It's not often you get two hours to do what ever you want in Scotland's very own velodrome. The only downside was the café was shut!
Female Fullarton Wheeler Wins Annual Cyclocross Race
by Thu Dec 22, 2016 20:57 pm
Sunday saw four Fullarton Wheelers participating in the annual Cyclists vs Harriers event in Irvine. One of FWCC's cyclo-cross specialists, Catherine Logan, was the first female cyclist and first female in the V50 category.
FWCC Youth Race Evening
by Thu Dec 22, 2016 20:53 pm
Mid-week saw the Fullarton Wheelers youth section take over the Barn for their race evening. Using the turbo trainers, the boys and girls put in fantastic efforts over a 4 mile course. For many of them this is their first year of club membership. The progress they are making means the Club is hoping to be well represented during the summer youth racing series.
Winter League Event 3
by Thu Dec 22, 2016 20:50 pm
Monday Dec 12th: Indoor Winter League at the Barn training facility. Using the club’s turbo trainers and virtual reality software 31 club members took part in an undulating 5 mile time trial on a segment of Holland’s famous Amstel Gold course. As always on these race nights the atmosphere in the Barn was fantastic as riders make hard efforts with their colleagues' loud vocal encouragement spurring them on. The men's race was won by Darren Kean with a new course record of 11’ 22”, second was Guy Walker with 11’ 55” and, only a second behind, in third was Dave Walker in 11’ 56”. The first woman rider was Catherine Logan in a time of 14’ 45” followed by Fiona Davidson with 15’ 25”.
FWCC Festive Fun and Frollicks
by Sun Dec 18, 2016 22:37 pm
Monday 19th December 2016 from 19:00 at The Barn: the Mighty Marvellous Mouthwatering Muffin Makers will allow their Christmas Creations to be tasted and judged in the hope that their muffin will come out on top. After the Eating Extravaganza is a 350 watt turbo trainer session - not really! - it's a Pop Quiz. There is some formidable music knowledge in the Club, none of which will be used. Who will win? Find out tomorrow.
by Sun Dec 18, 2016 22:31 pm
Five Fullarton Wheelers took part in the Super Saturday track racing event this week at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Racing were father and daughter duo Stevie & Zoe Watters, Darren Kean, Natalie Hunter and Sean Barron. Zoe participated in the junior races while the others were in the 'C' category events. Both categories had 4 races to ride; a Course de Primes where the first rider over the line each lap is awarded a point, a scratch race, a points race and an elimination or 'devil' race to finish. Zoe performed well in all her events finishing with high placings despite some stiff competition. Results are not yet posted but we think she may have finished in the top three overall. In the senior ranks the others put in a credible performance. Darren finished in the top three in 3 out of 4 events, winning the Course de Primes convincingly.
FWCC Saturday Run to Largs 10th Dec 2016
by Fri Dec 09, 2016 15:29 pm
The regular Saturday club run along the coast is scheduled for 10th Dec 2016. Meet at 'The Barn' for departure at 10:00. This is a slightly more speedy run than the Sunday Club Run, although it does slow down a little for the winter. The route goes via Kilwinning, Stevenston, Hunterston, ending up at a favourite cafe in Largs itself. The group will then re-trace its steps back to Kilwinning/Irvine...probably a bit faster than the outward leg, especially at the end. The weather for tomorrow looks breezy but dry.
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
by Fri Dec 09, 2016 15:24 pm
The Club had exclusive use of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome last Sunday (4th Dec 2016) for a two-hour training and development session. The Club now has a great many experienced and accredited track riders, but the session also accommodated the needs of the track novices and two track debutants. The 26 Club members present were guided through the session by the Club’s coaches Brian Loye and Gordon Stead. The riders were split into two groups by experience and ability. The advanced group went though some familiar endurance and sprint track exercises including Russian Steps and individual fast efforts to gain a lap on the bunch. The novice and intermediate group did exercises to hone their track skills and confidence including controlled slow riding, while weaving in and out of some brave colleagues on the straights, practising group riding skills with frequent changes of the lead rider and finally being able to test their legs with a few sprint efforts to round off the evening. The FWCC Velodrome sessions are always very popular and over-subscribed by members and more will be planned for the new year.
4th Dec 2016 Sunday Club Run
by Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:55 pm
Sunday, December 4th, 09:30hrs. Weather status: ideal Sunday ride conditions...apart from the cold. Ten Fullarton Wheelers were also glad they got up and out for their 09:30 congregation at Irvine Cross, the regular meeting place for FWCC Sunday Club Runs, as the weather really was terrific. Too chilly to hang around though, so the bunch departed bang on time. The roads were unnervingly quiet and you could hear the salt crackling under the group's tyres, along with the odd squeak and rattle from an ill fitted mudguard. Out of Irvine it was past Gailes, up and down into Loans, a sharp left past Marr Rugby Club and into Monkton, low sun shining the whole way. Onwards past HMS Gannet and the back of Prestwick Airport, the gravitational pull of Tarbolton drew the group inexorably up the hill past Scoutts Farm. A brief pause at the top to look back at the view along the coast, and for a restorative Jelly Baby, then it was downhill fast into Tarbolton and just as quickly out of it: destination Mauchline. Then someone remembered the special deal on tea and bacon rolls at DeWaldens finished at 11:30, so it was hard left down the lanes to join the A76 where the yellow lead-out train deposited it's star rider in Kilmarnock for tea and cake victory. Distance: approx 35 miles. Average speed: 16mph. Punctures: Zero. Bacon roll rating: 10/10.
Silver Medal in Scottish Cycling SW Region Cyclocross Championship
by Fri Dec 02, 2016 00:09 am
Ding ding, round 5 of the 2016 Scottish Cyclocross Championships saw the event arrive on our doorstep. Regulars to this series - Catherine Logan, Fiona Davidson, Dave Walker and, joint club member, Russell Mowat - all took on the fast but tough Beach Park course which included stiff short climbs, steep descents and a combination of grass, mud and sand. Cheered on by a large contingent of supporting Club members all the riders put in strong performances, but the day was capped off with Catherine Logan coming second in the ladies V50 class and getting a silver medal in the Scottish Cycling South West Region Cyclocross Championship.
Mud, Glorious Mud
by Fri Dec 02, 2016 00:02 am
In what can only be described as a mudfest, two Fullarton plus two dual members were riding at Fife college at the latest round of the 2016 Scottish CX league. Most sections were ridable(ish) during the female / vet 50's race but then things deteriorated dramatically. By the time the seniors started, you were running through eight inch deep mud. Energy sapping wouldn't even describe it! That said, all the FWCC competitors were very much in the mix with an 8th place in the female race and very creditable mid-field placings for everyone else. Round 5 of the CX Championships takes place on our doorstep where we switch from mud to sand...
Sunday Run 28th Nov 2016
by Thu Dec 01, 2016 23:57 pm
Eleven turned out at Irvine Cross at 09:30 for last week's Sunday Run to Fox Hollow and Mauchline. Leaving Irvine the team headed South towards Loans and through Fullarton Woods to Monkton. From there it was past HMS Gannet and over to Sanyford toll where the group turned to Mossblown and Annbank. The first climbs of the day to Springs and Trabboch soon got temperatures up and the blood pumping. Now on the Fox Hollow road the group made their way towards Mauchline. After a steady climb the bunch reached the A76 and were rewarded with a tailwind on this fast downhill section into Kilmarnock. A beeline was made for the cafe stop of the day at the Cook School on the other side of the town. After fantastic rolls and good banter the riders said their goodbyes and went their separate ways. A good social run with around 40 to 45 miles for most.
Get yer mudguards on...
by Thu Dec 01, 2016 23:52 pm
Just because its getting darker, colder, windier and wetter doesn't mean the cycling has to stop. FWCC is as busy as ever. The Winter League is up and running in the revamped hi tech indoor training facility ('The Barn'). For hardy souls the Sunday Club run continues, departing from Irvine Cross at 09:30. Weather permitting, Monday night runs depart from Gailes Lodge at 18:30, returning for tea and cake. The local 'Wednesday Night Crit' carries on throughout the Winter, meeting at 07:00 at Gailes Lodge. And on Saturday's there is 'The Bun Run' to Largs, departing from The Barn at 10:00. So you see, there really is no excuse
Prize Giving Dinner 2015
by Sat Nov 07, 2015 15:51 pm
The dinner takes place on Friday 13th November at the Porthead Tavern in Irvine. It’s not too late to get your name down, good food, good company and there’s always good craic, so everyone’s a winner.
Iain O'may Tribute
by Sat Nov 07, 2015 15:49 pm
“Braveheart Cycle Ride”, around 50 Fullarton Wheelers took part in the Braveheart Cycle Ride, held in Kilmarnock on the 31st of October 2015. The mass start on the Grassyards Road was a very impressive sight.
Ayrodynamic Tri Club and Fullarton Wheelers Cycling Club adorned their bikes with blue, yellow and black ribbons in tribute to Iain O’May, who was a member of both clubs and sadly passes away earlier this year after completing his first Iron Man event.
A tough day on a testing course awaited, but it was made a wee bit tougher, with the heavy rain showers in the first hour leaving riders wet for the remainder of the ride.
However, completing the challenge gave everyone plenty to chat at about and a great day out was had by all. A great event held on our local roads. I’m sure we are all looking forward to joining the bunch for the Braveheart Ride 2016.
2015-16 Winter League
by Sat Nov 07, 2015 15:47 pm
The Tacx VR Trainer Winter League 2015-16… The atmosphere was electric as the first event gave us a very competitive start. Alastair McFarlane took the win in the first race with Gordon Stead and Darren Kean close behind. The first event saw 32 members taking part and a few impressive individual performances throughout the field.
The winner of the League 2015-2016 will be the member who accumulates the most points from 8 of the 10 events.
There is also a Handicapped Winter League and Ladies Winter League contended throughout the winter months.
26/10/2013 – League Event 1 – FWCC Lake 10
09/11/2013 - League Event 2 – Caravan of Love 5 miles
23/11/2013 – League Event 3 – Hell of the North 7.5 miles
07/12/2013 - League Event 4 – San Sebastian – 5 miles
21/12/2013 – Xmas Break
04/01/2014 - League Event 5 – New Course Amstel Gold
18/01/2014 - League Event 6 – Tiff-Bastogne-Tiff 5 miles
01/02/2014 - League Event 7 – Tour of Majorca 7.5 miles
15/02/2014 - League Event 8 – Argus Tour – 7.5 miles
29/02/2014 - League Event 9 – Chapmans Peak Argus Tour
14/03/2014 - League Event 10 - Eglinton 10
FWCC Winter League 2014/2015 - Winners
by Tue Mar 17, 2015 20:00 pm
"Winter League Champion 2015" - Darren Kean - Congratulations..!!!
"Winter League Ladies Champion 2015" - Aileen Clyde - Congratulations..!!!
"Winter Handicap League Champion 2015" - Gordon Stead - Congratulations..!!!
Well Done to all who took part in the Winter League. It's been the best Winter League ever and gave us plenty of entertainment with close racing throughout the field. Hopefully we have all held onto our fitness throughout the winter and we will reap the benefits of the winter training, when we get back out on the roads in 2015.
Scratch Results -
Handicap Results -
Ice Breaker - 2015
by Tue Mar 10, 2015 20:14 pm
FWCC Ice Breaker 22 Feb 2015
Fullarton Wheelers hosted the 2015 2up Time Trial over the Irvine A78 course on Sunday 22 February. Some brutal weather made the 10 mile course a challenge for the strong field, which had representation from 20 Scottish Cycling clubs.
The riders set off in cold, wet and windy weather and were all glad to get back to the warmth of the pavilion for hot soup.
First place went to the Billy Bilsland pairing of Barry Wilson and Ben Peacock in a time of 21:37, followed by Darren Kean and Gordon Stead of FWCC. The fastest time of the day went to Silas Goldsworthy (Sandy Wallace Cycles) and David Griffiths (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing) who posted a time of 21 minutes but were ineligible for the prizes which were restricted to same team pairings.
Fastest women was the Ayr Roads CC team of Toni McIntosh and Lynne Wardrop and the best mixed pairing went to Aileen Clyde and Stephen Cassidy of the Fullarton club.
Everyone agreed that the marshals and helpers made sure that despite the poor weather the event was extremely well run. Everyone will be hoping for a return to the sunshine of the previous two years when the icebreaker return in 2016.
1 David Griffiths, Glasgow Wheelers
Silas Goldsworthy, Sandy Wallace Cycles 21:00
2 Ben Peacock, Billy Bilsland Cycles
Barry Wilson, Billy Bilsland Cycles 21:37
3 Gordon Stead, Fullarton Wheelers
Darren Kean, Fullarton Wheelers 22:08
4 Tony Scott, Loudoun Rc
Marc Anderson, Loudoun Rc 22:30
5 Gary Bratt, Lomond Roads CC
Nick Tyron, Fullarton Wheelers 22:31
6 Mark Skilling, Icarus Racing
Mick Robb, Ayr Roads CC 22:36
7 Jonny May, Edinburgh RC
Ken Russell, Edinburgh RC 22:41
8 Richard Sutherland, Icarus Racing
Andrew Prenelle, Icarus Racing 22:59
9 Alastair McGibbon, Ayr Roads CC
Kevin Brown, Ayr Roads CC 23:43
10 David McCormack, Paisley Velo RT
Scott Bradley, Paisley Velo RT 23:45
http://www.fullartonwheelers.com/events ... esults.pdf
Get yer mudguards on!
by Sun Nov 02, 2014 20:02 pm
Just because its getting darker, colder, windier and wetter doesn't mean the cycling has to stop. FWCC is as busy as ever. The Winter League is up and running in the revamped hi tech indoor training facility ('The Barn'). For hardy souls the Sunday Club run continues, departing from Irvine Cross at 09:30. Weather permitting, Monday night runs depart from Gailes Lodge at 18:30, returning for tea and cake. The local 'Wednesday Night Crit' carries on throughout the Winter, meeting at 07:00 at Gailes Lodge. So you see, there really is no excuse
Re: Get yer mudguards on!
by Tue Mar 10, 2015 20:16 pm
only another few months before the mudguards come off!!
Summer cycling activities
by Tue Apr 01, 2014 13:37 pm
The clocks have changed! This is a great time of year for the Fullarton Wheelers because between now and the autumn you can take part in some form of cycling activity every day of the week. From challenging criterium training sessions through to social cafe runs.
Social Club Runs and 10 League Events throughout the summer (who will be the 2014 Club Champ?)
Metafit Classes (Burn some calories and strengthen your core)
The Ayrshire Criterium (Excellent training session with members from various clubs attending)
Team Time Trial Training or The Fullarton Criterium (the choice is yours)
Miscellenious Runs (watch the website for invitations)
Fast Training Runs (tuck in behind the faster members as they set the pace)
Steady Paced Club Social Run (with cafe stops...mmmmm...!!!)
We also have several "Away days" planned to some of the best cycling routes in Scotland.
by Sun Sep 22, 2013 17:32 pm
FWCC's indoor training facility, affectionately termed 'the Barn', is nearing the end of its refit. The transformation has been performed entirely by volunteer club members, and it sees new flooring, communal seating area, shower room, kitchen and FWCC inspired colour scheme. It will be playing host to the Club's Winter League and its formal opening will be announced shortly. 'On the night' payment or 'season tickets' can be purchased at modest prices.
Re: The Barn
by Tue Mar 10, 2015 20:21 pm
The Barn refurbishment were completed at the start of summer.
Part of the Barn's refit included increasing the training capacity by 50%, this has been invaluable due to clubs growing number of youths and adults.
Get yer Mudguards On
by Sun Sep 22, 2013 17:26 pm
Just because its getting darker, colder, windier and wetter doesn't mean the cycling has to stop. FWCC is as busy as ever. The Winter League is up and running in the revamped hi tech indoor training facility ('The Barn'). For hardy souls the Sunday Club run continues, departing from Irvine Cross at 09:30. Weather permitting, Monday night runs depart from Gailes Lodge at 18:30, returning for tea and cake. The local 'Wednesday Night Crit' carries on throughout the Winter, meeting at 07:00 at Gailes Lodge. So you see, there really is no excuse!
Re: Get yer Mudguards On
by Sun Nov 02, 2014 20:00 pm
Roabie Robertson Memorial TT
by Sun Sep 22, 2013 17:20 pm
As the season winds down the ever-popular Westferry course was in use once again, playing host to the Roabie Robertson Memorial 10 mile Time Trial. FWCC was well represented with four riders, including female competitor Jennifer Nicol. Placings on a fast morning spanned 69th through to 21st, with the winning time taken once again by Iain Grant in a time of 20mins 01 secs.
Sam Dooley 25 mile Time Trial
by Sun Sep 22, 2013 17:16 pm
Fine weather greeted a 92 strong field of riders for this popular late-summer event. Using the proven Westferry course the FWCC contingent of Chris Staples and Gordon Graham managed 8th (in 55 mins 40 secs) and 42nd (59 mins 44 secs) respectively. Both riders beat the hour, with 8th placed Chris removing 1min 12sec from his Personal Best. The winnder was Iain Grant in a time of 51 mins 20 secs.
GLSASGOW RIDERZ AUTUMN 10TT
by Wed Aug 14, 2013 23:51 pm
A 10 mile time trial on the A77 course, organised by Glasgow Riderz, is taking place on the 15th September. Youth, Juniour and all Senior categories welcome. Entry is via the British Cycling website and further details can be obtained from the organisers on: firstname.lastname@example.org for info
by Wed May 22, 2013 00:05 am
Monday Club Run: leaving Drybridge Hall at 7.00pm and taking in 25 miles or so at a steady pace, keeping the group together for the first 20 miles. The last 5 miles are usually progressively faster with the group all meeting back at Drybridge Hall for refreshments and a chat. Suitable for all abilities, this is a very enjoyable and social ride where members will learn the skills of Group Riding and "Group Riding Etiquette".
New for Tuesdays is Group Pursuit Training: leaving Drybridge Hall at 6.45pm, riding up to Dundonald ror a 7.00pm start. Three laps of the 5.3 mile Dundonald Road Race course starting at the bottom of Dundonald Hill on Old Loans Rd. Proceed onto Townend Rd and follow through Main St into Symington. Turn left at Symington Parish Church and join Brewlands Rd. Turn left onto B730(Tarbolton Rd) and return to Dundonald. Turn left at mini roundabout and back onto Old Loans Road. Finish line will be the 30mph sign in Dundonald at the end of the 3rd lap.
Wednesday is Mixed Ability Training : leaving Gailes Lodge Hotel at 7.00pm and held on the Beach Park Circuit. The Club usually has a number of members taking part in this 'open' session which has participants from several of the Ayrshire clubs. This session is suitable for anyone who wishes to improve their cycling fitness. It would be advisable to have some experience of riding in a group and an understanding of "Group Riding Etiquette".
Thursday is Team Time Trial Training: leaving Eglington Park Visitors Centre (Car Park) at 7.00pm this is an 18 mile route from Eglinton Interchange to Monkton Roundabout back to Eglinton Interchange. The main objective is to practice team time trialling skills, i.e. Draughting Technique, Team Riding and Communication Skills. Suitable for those who wish to learn the afore-mentioned skills. The motivation of hanging onto the other riders and progressive effort required throughout this training, give potential for significant increases in fitness levels (participants must be confident riding in a safe manner on the A78).
Then we have the Sunday Club Run: leaving Irvine Cross at 9.30am. and covering approximately 40 miles with a steady pace keeping the group together. This is suitable for all abilities and is an enjoyable and social ride, where members will learn the skills of Group Riding. A full schedule of Club Run Away Days are also planned for Summer 2013 covering popular cycling routes and terrain throughout Scotland.
What about Fridays and Saturdays? A new section has been created on the forum for members to make their own arrangements for group rides. Happy cycling, there's lots to take part in.
FWCC SUMMER LEAGUE
by Tue May 21, 2013 23:53 pm
This year Fullarton Wheelers are putting on 10 League Events throughout the summer. These are individual time trials open to club members and take place on a variety of local courses. This year features a mixed ability two man team time trial and specially selected events that are 'road bike' only, meaning that riders are not allowed to use aerodynamic aids. Points are awarded to the top 20 finishing times in each event except for the two-up time trial. Each event will take place on a Monday evening with the exception of two events which will be held on a Wednesday evening and Sunday morning.
BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
by Tue May 21, 2013 23:40 pm
The 2013 British National Time Trial Championships took place in Ayrshire on Thursday 21st June. The coveted title was this year won by Movistar professional rider Alex Dowset in a time of 1:20:30. The rolling 50km course takes in roads very familiar to Fullarton Wheelers riders. 'Fullarton Corner' was duly set up in Perceton and the Club Chairman Chris Staples, who was selected to compete in this prestigeous event, was cheered on by a large crowd. Riders and organisers both commented enthusiastically on the welcome they received in the area.
2013 MEMBERSHIP FEES
by Thu Jan 03, 2013 23:16 pm
Club membership fees can be paid to the membership secretary at any time in the form of cash or cheque or if prefered via our online payement method, details of which can be found in the members area of this website. Fee's remain unchanged at
Fullarton Wheelers Winter Schedule
by Thu Oct 18, 2012 21:42 pm
To keep things moving over the winter period, we have created the following schedule of events which will provide a bit of variety and hopefully some motivation, to keep the legs turning during the cold dreich winter.
Monday 15th October - Turbo training (at barn)
Monday 22nd October - Fitness circuit training and body Mass Analyser
Monday 29th October - winter league event 1 (at barn)
Sunday 4th November - track riding at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Monday 5th November - Graeme Obree talk (subject TBC)
Monday 12th November - winter league event 2 (at barn)
Monday 19th November - Ian Grant - talk on nutrition and VO2 max
Monday 26th November - turbo training (at barn)
Monday 3rd December - Fitness circuit training
Monday 10th December - winter league event 3 (at barn)
Monday 17th December - Fitness circuit training
Monday 7th January - winter league event 4 (at barn)
Monday 14th January - fitness circuit training
Monday 21st January - winter league event 5 (at barn)
Monday 28th January - talk by Brian Loye on group riding
Monday 4th February - winter league event 6 (at barn)
Monday 11th February - Fitness circuit training
Monday 18th February - winter league event 7 (at barn)
Monday 25th February - fitness circuit training
Monday 4th March - winter league event 8 (at barn)
Monday 11th March - Winter bike maintenance
All events will take place at the Drybridge community centre at 19:00 unless otherwise stated and specific details for each event will posted on our chat room by the event organisers.
Hope to see everyone there.
We will update this schedule as and when new events are added and if any changes are made.
Re: Fullarton Wheelers Winter Schedule
by Sat Oct 20, 2012 21:23 pm
Excellent, do you think we should post this on the general section as an advert for prospective member of what is on offer, opions folks?
I think it would be good to show we have a full calendar of events
by Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:01 am
I have arranged for Rep from North Ayrshire Council to attend the club on Monday 22nd Oct.
They with bring along the Body Mass Analyzer scales, so dig out your results from last time if you kept a hold of them. Things will start at 7 30pm &
Youth Section - helpers planning meeting
by Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:04 pm
A meeting of those parents who offered to help organise and run a youth section of Fullarton Wheelers is being held at 8pm on Monday 27 August 2012 at Drybridge Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to explore the potential format and running of a new youth section - the plans then to be put out to interested parents / youths.
Eglinton 10TT - Cancelled
by Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:07 am
Due poor weather the event had to be cancelled and unfortunately can't be rescheduled. As a result refunds have now been made to all riders entered for the event.
Youth Meeting - 13 August 2012
by Thu Aug 09, 2012 08:47 am
Following a number of requests regarding youth activities within the Fullarton Wheelers Cycling Club interested parties are invited to a meeting at the club night on Monday 13 August 2012. This will take place at 7pm at the Drybridge community hall. All welcome.
10TT 15 August 2012
by Thu Aug 09, 2012 08:44 am
The start sheet for the Eglinton 10 TT organised by Peter Beukelman is now available on the Events page of the Fullarton Wheelers website. Good luck to all those riding.
10 TT Eglinton Park 5 August 2012
by Sun Aug 05, 2012 13:40 pm
Results from the 10 mile time trial held at Eglinton Park on 5 August 2012 are now available on the Events page (link near top right of this page). Well done to all those who took park and thanks to the organiser, officials and all the helpers for safe and successful event.
Eglinton 10TT 5 August 2012
by Wed Aug 01, 2012 21:09 pm
The start sheet for the 10 mile timetrail at Eglinton Park on Sunday 5th August 2012 is now available on the Events webpage - link to this on main navigation bar near the top of this page. Please note that sign-on is available from 8:15am with the race starting at 9:00am.
Good luck to all the those entered.
Fullarton Wheelers 3UP TTT Cancelled
by Wed Jun 27, 2012 21:47 pm
EVENT CANCELLED (Fullarton Wheelers 3 UP TTT 8th July)
Unfortunately I have decide to cancel the Fullarton Wheelers 3Up TTT that I had organised for the 8th July due to very few enteries. I took the decision prior to the closing date as I go on holiday on Friday & did not want to hand the race over to a fellow club member & leave him with the decision. We had only received 9 team enteries, in hyndsight the start of the school holidays was probally a bad move. Thanks to all who had offered to help & sorry to those who were wishing to ride.
Please note that tomorrow night we wish process a full refund to all who had entered, via the card or paypal account used to pay.
Eglinton 10 TT - 13 June 2012
by Sun Jun 10, 2012 15:00 pm
The start sheet for this Wednesday evening timetrial is now availble. The event starts at 19:00 and runs around the normal Eglinton 10 TT course - from Eglinton Interchange down to the Papermill roundabout and back again.
Further details on the Events page (top right menu on this page)
Eglinton 10TT - 13 June 2012
by Mon May 14, 2012 23:50 pm
Online entry for this Wednesday eveing event has now opened. The event starts at 19:00 and runs around the normal Eglinton 10 TT course - from Eglinton Interchange down to the Papermill roundabout and back again.
It could be fast night so get your entries in while spaces are available.
Further details on the Events page (top right menu on this page)
Arran away day - 13 May 2012
by Tue May 08, 2012 21:01 pm
A round arran trip of 56 miles is planned for Sunday 13th May 2012. Departing on the 9.45am ferry from Ardrossan, the plan is to ride around the island - direction to be determined on the ferry dependant upon the wind direction.
Please make sure to be at the ferry terminal in plenty of time to buy your ticket prior to boarding - aim is to meet at 9.15am
Further details are available in the Club Runs section of the members area of the chatroom.
Bill Moore Memorial 10 TT - 20 May 2012
by Tue Apr 17, 2012 22:35 pm
The Bill Moore Memorial 10 mile time trial is scheduled to take place on Sunday 20 May 2012 from Eglinton Park in Kilwinning. Online entry is now open with 80 spaces available. Entry will close on 13 May 2012 or when the field is full - whichever comes first.
Further details, including entries recieved and remaining spaces, are availble from the events page (link top right of this page).
Get your entries is now !!
CLUB AWAY DAY TO PEEBLES
by Mon Apr 09, 2012 22:23 pm
Sunday 22nd April is our second away day, this time heading for Peebles, further details to follow shortly
UP COMING LOCAL TIME TRIALS TO ENTER
by Sat Mar 24, 2012 18:59 pm
We had a discussion the other week about who's entering what races & when they are. Here's a list of what I was planning, along with the other names who were interested, might encourage a few more to have a go
Sat 14th April 10TT at Westferry -JR, GS, SC, CS, RS, AM, KB, BL, DI
Sat 21st April 14TT Cronberry Loudoun RC - JR
Sun 29th April 10TT Couriers on our course - JR, GS, KB, RS, TEAM INNES, AM, BL, CS?
Wed 2nd May 10TT at Westferry (Margaret Dooley) - JR, GS, RS, BL, SC, AM, KB, CS? (THIS IS A FISH SUPPER PB EVENT)
Sun 6th May Boomerang 2 UP TT, Stirling - JR/GS, BL/SC, RS/AM
Sun 13th May National 10TT at Westferry (I can't make this one) GS, SC, CS, BL
Tue 17th May 17TT Ayr roads Penny Glen - GS, JR, CS, RS
Sun 20th May our 25TT (Bill Moore memorial) - JR,GS, CS, AM, SC
Sun 27th May Burns Country 14TT (Mauchline, cycle run a bit course ) - JR, GS, RS, SC, CS, KB, AM
Sun 17th June 50mile TT - JR, GS, CS, SC
get your forms in early
2012 MEMBERSHIP FEE'S REMINDER
by Thu Jan 26, 2012 22:03 pm
Thanks to everyone who has already paid their 2012 Club Membership Fee's, for those still to pay, please try to get your payment to me as soon as possible, either in person or via the online payement method, details of which can be found in the members area. I plan to be at Sunday's club run & also the Drybridge Monday club night should that assist in passing on payment.
Ice Breaker - 19 February 2012
by Fri Jan 20, 2012 20:50 pm
Entries are now being taken for the Fullarton Wheeler's 2-up Team Time Trial on 19th Februaury 2012. This 10 mile team event will take place on the Eglinton 10 mile time trial course - AY4. For full details and to enter your team please go to the Events page - http://www.fullartonwheelers.com/events/index.php
2012 Membership Fee's
by Tue Dec 27, 2011 00:37 am
It's that time again, our 2012 Club Membership Fee's are now due, payable within the month of Janurary.
Fee's can be payed to myself at any time in the form of cash or cheque or if prefered via our online payement method, details of which can be found in the members area.
Happy New Yar to you all as it approaches
1st Planned Winter Monday Event:- 16/01/12
by Mon Dec 19, 2011 09:38 am
The First of our planned winter Monday events has been booked for Monday 16th Jan 2012.
It will be held at Drybridge Hall, starting at 7 30pm ish, all members welcome.
Rhona McGregor from North Ayrshire Council will bring along with her, a Body Mass Analyzer, she will give us a short talk on what the machine measures before each of us have a go.
Cost is the usual pound to cover hire, tea/coffee provided
Re: 1st Planned Winter Monday Event:- 16/01/12
by Sun Dec 25, 2011 15:22 pm
As well as the Body Mass Analyzer on Monday the 16th, Michael Curran has kindly arranged for Toni McIntosh a qualified Massage Theripist to come round to the club. She will do a short talk also about the benefits of sports massage. She will aslo bring her massage table & is prepared to do 5 min treatments as a taster, so bring shorts if your fancy a massage. Here is the link to her own website if anyone wants more info http://www.tonimcintosh.co.uk
Extraordinary General Meeting - 5 December 2011
by Fri Dec 02, 2011 13:18 pm
To all Fullarton Wheelers club members - an extraordinary general meeting of Fullarton Wheelers will be held on the 5th of December. The venue is Drybridge hall at 7.30pm. This meeting is to following on with matters outstanding from our recent AGM - webmaster position on the committee and extra training nights.
Fuller details are available within the members only section of the chatroom.
All members are invited to attend and contribute to the discussion and decision making.
UCI bicycle Specification for Scottish Races
by Mon Sep 19, 2011 17:32 pm
The Board of Scottish Cycling are aware of the concern the members had with reference to the introduction of UCI Regulations and after lengthy deliberation have formed the opinion that it would currently not serve neither the sport in Scotland or our members best interests to introduce these regulations at this time.
The existing Bike Specification Technical Regulation 1.19 headed MACHINE (page 40 in the LBB) will still apply.
It must be stressed; however, that any rider competing at British National or UCI international events either here or elsewhere has the responsibility to ensure their own bikes are UCI compliant. Any queries relating to this decision should be made in writing to email@example.com.
Message above issued by Scottish Cycling - 16 September 2011
10 Mile TT on 20 August 2011
by Thu Jul 14, 2011 08:07 am
Fullarton Wheelers' Marymass 10 mile Time Trial takes place on Saturday 20th of August 2011. Full details of the event, map of the route, spaces available, entries already recieved, etc can all be viewed here -
Please be careful to select the correct race and race date when viewing entries and submitting your entering...!!!
Closing date for entries is 10th August 2011.
by Tue Jun 21, 2011 21:29 pm
To All Members and Friends of Fullarton Wheelers Cycling Club
We would like to make you all aware of the sad news that our Chairman, Mr Bill Moore, passed away on Monday 20th of June 2011.
We received a telephone call from Boyd Moore today confirming details of the service to be held,
Tuesday 28th of June 2011 at 12:00pm (please arrive at 11:45am)
Holmsford Bridge Crematorium
Irvine KA11 4EF
01294 214720 ?
The family would prefer that a donation be made to the Ayrshire Hospice rather than receive floral tributes.
10 Mile TT - 10th July 2011
by Tue Jun 07, 2011 20:51 pm
Fullarton Wheelers' 10 mile time trial takes place on Sunday 10th of July 2011. Full details of the event, map of the route, spaces available, entries already recieved, etc can all be viewed here -
Please be careful to select the correct race and race date...!!!
Closing date for entries is 3rd of July 2011.
Auchentiber TT - 2 June 2011
by Sun May 29, 2011 22:01 pm
Thanks to all those riders who have entered this event. Entry has now closed and the start sheet is now available online - results will also be published on the same events page shortly after the event.
Events - Online Entry
by Mon May 02, 2011 19:38 pm
Online entry for Fullarton Wheelers' organised open events is now available.
Full event details, closing dates, spaces available, entries already recieved, etc can all be viewed here -
Payment can be made securely using a credit card, debit card or PayPal account. There's no need to register or sign-up to any service - just provide the same information as you would on a normal Scottish Cycling entry form.
Ice Breaker TT 2011
by Wed Feb 23, 2011 20:08 pm
Sunday 21 February 2011was Fullarton Wheelers annual "Ice Breaker" 2up Team Time Trial, this was held on a course starting from Eglinton, along Long Drive, onto the A736 past The Torranyard and back to Kilwinning via the Blair Tavern. The event was well attended with 37 teams entering and the winners were Silas Goldsworthy and Joe Wilson of Sandy Wallace C.C. in a time of 23minutes and 24seconds.
Fullarton Wheelers wishes to extend a big thanks to all club members/family & friends who helped with another sucessful event.
Full results can be found at download/file.php?id=121
IRVINE HERALD:- VR DEMO NIGHT
by Thu Jan 27, 2011 09:30 am
Get your copy of the Irvine Herald, they have given our demo night a full page colour spread with photos included towards the front of the paper. Nice we bit of PR for the club.
Virtual Reality Cycling Demo
by Thu Jan 06, 2011 21:21 pm
Local cycling club Fullarton Wheelers recently managed to secure funding from
Xmas cracker 2010 - The race is on
by Fri Dec 10, 2010 21:46 pm
Fullarton Wheelers Xmas Cracker is still going ahead this Sunday 12th of December at Drybridge Hall , Drybridge starting at 10.00am. If available please come along and marshall or help out.
link to more details.
Indoor Training League
by Tue Oct 05, 2010 17:31 pm
Plans are underway to develop an indoor training league. This was tried last winter and certainly generated a lot of interest. We're currently raising funds to buy suitable trainers and start a proper series of indoor training sessions. If we manage to raise sufficient funds we hope to launch a full indoor training programme early in 2011 (more details to follow). In the meantime, we have limited access to borrowed equipment and hope to start sessions from November 2010.
For those that are unfamiliar with this, it's a indoor trainer system where you attach a bike and ride a course which is displayed on a computer screen - the trainer varies the resistance to match the ups and downs of the route selected. During the winter this has the added benfit of providing a safe,fun, warm and dry environment to keep active - no need for lights and no risk of rain or ice!! More details of the Tacx Fortius system are available here - http://www.tacx.com/producten/vr-trainers/index.dot
The league is open to all - whether you want to ride this competitively, just for fun, to develop your technique, or to help build/keep your fitness during the winter.
Please watch the Chatroom for more details of dates or use the Contact page (link at the top-right of this page)to get in touch.
2010 Fullarton Wheelers AGM
by Mon Sep 13, 2010 23:02 pm
The 2010 Fullarton Wheelers AGM will take place at 7.30pm (prompt) on Monday 27th September 2010 at Drybridge hall. All members and prospective members are welcome to come along although voting rights are restricted to current members. Full details of the agenda are in the Member's Only section of the Chatroom.
Scottish Team Time Trial Championship
by Sun Aug 22, 2010 22:57 pm
Fullarton Wheelers successfully hosted the TTT championships on 22 August. Completing the double, Sandy Wallace Cycles Womens Team and Mens A Team were deserved winners on a windy course. Fullarton Mens A Team came a respective 11th, seeing off their Ayrshire rivals and the Fullarton Mens C Team won the Curly Wurlies. Full results of the event are in the chatroom.
Compulsory Wearing of Helmets
by Thu Apr 29, 2010 18:29 pm
At a recent club meeting all members who attended unanimously agreed to this new club rule. Any current or prospective member joining any Fullarton Wheelers event is required to wear a helmet. Anyone turning up to a run without a helmet will be advised by the run leader of the club rule and that the person is unable to participate on this occasion.
by Tue Apr 27, 2010 21:54 pm
Bill Moore, Chairman presented Graeme Obree with a Fullarton Wheelers club kit and lifetime membership to the club. Club members voted unanamously at last weeks club meeting to donate this to Graeme in recognition of his own personal achievements in the sport and the support and inspiration he continues to give others.
Gordon Graham, Championship Secretary announced last years prizewinners. My handing over of the trophies was a bit repetitive but congratulations to all of the winners (Gordon Graham, Brian Loye, David McLellan and Gordon Stead) who will have to work hard this year to beat off the competition. I must say the trophies were the shiniest we have ever seen - Gordon has been polishing them every night since our presentation night out!
Also thanks to all of you who did your bit by supporting the night by turning up and to George and Richard who make fine domestic helpers. A good night was had by all.
Club Members Meeting
by Thu Apr 15, 2010 20:52 pm
A few members have asked to have a club meeting to chat about a few things. Monday 19th April at 7.30pm an open invitation to all club members to have a meeting, address a few issues and look forward to planning for the rest of the season. Fees for 2010 due now.
Re: Club Members Meeting
by Tue Apr 20, 2010 21:25 pm
Draft minutes of last nights meeting posted to Bill for approval. They will be circulated once any amendments are made.
Obree inducted to Hall of Fame
by Tue Mar 16, 2010 18:36 pm
On Tuesday 16 March 2010 Graeme Obree was one of 6 athletes inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame. Amongst only 88 people in the Hall of Fame, Graeme was recognised for his significant achievements which include:
- breaking the world hour record twice - 1993 and 1994
- winning the pursuit World Championships twice - 1993 and 1995
- setting a number of other track world records
- holding British and Scottish time trial records
- winning British and Scottish timetrial championships
All members of Fullarton Wheelers wish to congratulate Graeme on this recognition of his achievements as a world class athlete.
Well done Graeme!!
Loye wins Moscow Apr
by Sat Mar 06, 2010 16:05 pm
Congratulations to Brian loye on wining the 35 mile australian pursuit race around the Moscow course near Fenwick, Brian led out from a group of 30 riders to take first place.
2010 Membership Form
by Fri Feb 26, 2010 17:39 pm
Thinking of joining Fullarton Wheelers or need to renew your membership for 2010? The club agreed the new fees at the AGM and the Membership Application/Renewal form is now online. Fees for 2010 are
Ice breaker Sunday 21st February
by Sat Feb 20, 2010 13:28 pm
Fullarton Wheelers Cycling Club Irvine
Ice breaker Team Time Trial x 2
Sunday 21st of February 2010
Start: 09.00 hrs
Strip: Eglinton Park, Kilwinning
Course: new course
NO NAME CLUB CAT
1 David Mclellan Fullarton Wheelers SEN
2 Jim Ryland Fullarton Wheelers V40
3 Grant Young Ayrodynamic V50
4 Julie McTaggart Ayrodynamic V40
5 Steven Lockhart Walkers CC V40
6 John Watters Walkers CC V40
7 Alistair Mcfarlane Ayrodynamic V40
8 Steven Connell Ayrodynamic V40
9 Neil Walker Walkers CC SEN
10 Gareth Barnes Walkers CC SEN
11 Gordon Dick Lomond Roads V40
12 Paul Gareze Lomond Roads SEN
13 Micheal Curran Fullarton Wheelers SEN
14 Gordon Stead Fullarton Wheelers V40
15 David Belding Walkers CC V50
16 Martin Kuhn Walkers CC SEN
17 Jack Walker Lomond Roads VET
18 David Munro Lomond Roads VET
19 Tommy Gribbon Walkers CC VET
20 Peter Forsythe Walkers CC V40
21 Alex McAllister Ayr Roads V50
22 Brian nicol Ayr Roads V40
23 Fiona Walker Walkers CC SEN
24 Darren Wood Walkers CC SEN
25 Craig Gilmour Ayr Roads Sen
26 Neil Campbell Ayr Roads SEN
27 Bill Aiton East Kilbride RC V50
28 Micheal Martin East Kilbride RC V40
29 Russell Mowat Walkers CC
30 Catherine Logan Walkers CC V40 Lady
31 James Hendrie VC Glasgow South V40
32 Jim Middleton VC Glasgow South V40
33 John Mason Ayr Roads V60
34 James Mason Ayr Roads V40
35 Daivid Turner St.Christophers
36 Andy Wilson St.Christophers V50
37 Laura McFarlane Walkers CC Sen Lady
38 Julie Nimmo Walkers CC Sen Lady
39 Ken Russell Edinburgh RC V40
40 Jonny May Edinburgh RC V40
41 James McAneny St.Christophers SEN
42 Alan Rutherford St.Christophers SEN
43 Lara MacLean Sandy Wallace
44 Anda-Jay Burgess Sandy Wallace
45 Colin Gillespie St.Christophers V40
46 Colin Meikle St.Christophers V40
47 Stephen Cassidy Fullarton Wheelers V40
48 George Gass Fullarton Wheelers V50
49 Jim Cusick Glasgow Couriers V40
50 Alan Thomson Glasgow Couriers SEN
51 Kenny Girvan Ayrodynamic V40
52 Gregor Grant Ayrodynamic V40
53 Stephen Begg VC Glasgow south SEN
54 Charlie Adams VC Glasgow South V40
55 Bud Johnston Glasgow Couriers V50
56 Raymond Johnston Glasgow Couriers V40
57 Genevieve Freeman East Kilbride RC Sen Lady
58 Colin Freeman East Kilbride RC SEN
59 Chris Smart Glasgow Couriers SEN
60 Ian sim Glasgow Couriers SEN
61 Gareth Jones Athelite Tri Club V40
62 Graeme Allan Athelite Tri Club V40
63 Paul McInally rock and Road Cycles SEN
65 Kenneth Morrice VC Glasgow South SEN
66 Goerge Roberts VC Glasgow South SEN
67 Keith Johnson Walkers CC SEN
68 Tremayne Walkers CC SEN
69 Gordon Graham Fullarton Wheelers V40
70 Brian Loye Fullarton Wheelers SEN
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT NOW STARTS AT 09.00HRS AND IS AT EGLINTON PARK
Happy New Year
by Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:56 am
Fullarton Wheelers would like to wish all members old and new , plus our website visitors a vey happy New Year. 2010 will be a very promising year for the club as we change our club colours and our members ride and compete in many events around the country. Please feel free to come along to our club runs, club nights and watch this site for other club organised events.
Xmas TT cancelled
by Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:55 am
Due to severe weather warning from the Met office, tomorrows xmas TTT will now be cancelled. All cheques will be returned by post. Heavy snow is forecast for North Ayrshire and Northern ireland.
See you next year.
xmas time trial - this Sunday
by Fri Dec 18, 2009 20:35 pm
Urgent call for marshals for Sunday's event at Drybridge, please come and help. Due to road works on the A78 we will be using the old drybridge course.
Marshals please turn up at 09.30.
Fullarton Wheelers AGM 2009
by Fri Oct 23, 2009 19:31 pm
Fullarton Wheelers 2009 AGM will take place on Monday the 16th of November in Drybridge Hall, Drybridge. The AGM will start at 7.30pm prompt.
Club League final
by Sat Oct 17, 2009 20:33 pm
Fullarton Wheelers club training league has now been finalised and full results are attached to the League folder. Well done to the winner after 11 events throught the summer months, The winner with 73 points was David McLellan, second with 44 points was Willie Stephen and third with 41 points was Drew Innes.
Club HillClimb Championship
by Sat Oct 17, 2009 20:08 pm
The club hill climb championship will be held next Sunday 25th of October, location will be Fairlie moor. After the climb we can head to the ex little chef for coffee and cakes. Start time will be 10am first rider off.
Braveheart ride 2009
by Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:49 pm
Please read below, the annual ride takes place on Saturday 31st of October and no entries will be taken after Saturday 26th. Can you all make a big effort to enter and support this event and show our colours as a strong local club supporting the Braveheart cause.
With only two weeks to this years Braveheart Ride with Sean Kelly, Dan Lloyd, Russell Downing and Dean Downing taking part - now is the time to enter. The closing date for entries this year will be the 26th October at 5PM.
No entry on the day will be available as we anticipate a full entry of 500 competitors.
Come along and experience the unique atmosphere of the Braveheart Ride. In addition to the ride there will be a trade show taking place within the event HQ.
P.S. ARE YOU RIDING OR ARE YOU HIDING, IF YOU ARE HIDING THEN IT SOUNDS AS IF YOU ARE TOO TIGHT AND MISSERABLE TO PAY TO ENTER A LOCAL RIDE TO SUPPORT YOUNG RIDERS. SHOW YOUR FACES AND RIDE ON THE DAY.
Where are we going as a club
by Mon Sep 21, 2009 23:41 pm
A wee look at where we are going as a club.
To promote cycling and increase our club membership.
How do we do that:
We must all do our best to promote the club and invite people along on our runs or club nights.
Graeme has been doing great over the years as club captain and also at promoting the club. But things must change if we wish to increase our membership. Runs should be aimed at heading for a caf
Xmas Cracker TTT
by Mon Sep 07, 2009 22:07 pm
FUllarton Wheelers will be running the Xmas cracker this year either on Sunday the 13th or 20th of December, the event will change to a two up TTT and probably change of course as well. Details to follow , organiser is Willie.
Club change of Club colours
by Sun Sep 06, 2009 20:58 pm
As you all are aware David and Brian have been working with the new clothing manufacturer to pull together a new design and colour scheme for our new club colours. As part of this Fullarton Wheelers will be registering the new club colours with British Cycling for the 2010 season, once this is done you will no longer be able to ride in the existing colours.
It is very important that you come along to the club night and get your order in within the next two weeks at the latest, if you cannot get to the club then contact David and make arrangements to try on the clothing samples. We need to get an initial order of 30 bib shorts and 30 short sleeve jerseys to be able to place an order of any kind.
Please make a big effort to get your order in, especially because of the work done behind the scenes to pull this together on your behalf as a club member.
by Tue Aug 11, 2009 20:43 pm
League Event-12 is cancelled tomorrow night and a new date will be confirmed soon.
by Sun Jul 19, 2009 19:40 pm
League event-10 11 mile Time Trial on Wednesday 29/07/09, Irvine-Stewarton-Irvine TT
See League page for course details.
League event-9 Lissens Moss
by Sun Jul 19, 2009 19:23 pm
League event-9 group ability training at lissens moss starting at 7pm on Wednesday 22/07/09.
usual start and 4 x circuits. Groups will be arranged on the night.
League event-8 15/07/09
by Sun Jul 12, 2009 21:23 pm
League event-8 , Corraith hilly time trial starting at Drybridge at 19.00 hrs. See details on forum .
Scottish Team Time Trial Champinship
by Sat Jul 04, 2009 21:06 pm
THe Team Time Trial Champ is being held on the West ferry course at Langbank on Saturday 22/08/09, we have a chance to enter 2 - 3 teams if we can get ourselves organised in time. Distance is approx 30 miles over a dual carriageway course.
Other possibilities are:
It is expected that most Ayrshire clubs will be entering teams into this event, an event that the Fullarton Wheelers have always had a few teams in over the years.
Any takers, if not i will pull a team together myself from club members and organise training sessions.
Club league Event-6 Pennyglen HTT
by Sun Jun 28, 2009 23:43 pm
Club league Event-6 , Pennyglen Hilly Time Trial around the heads of Ayr and lovely Alloway roads down towards Burns cottage and you might even see Rabbie himself.
Course details to follow. Event starts at: 09.00am on Saturday next.
Meeting at the '' Tam O Shanter experience car park.
Rabbie Burns Series Event-5
by Sun Jun 28, 2009 23:40 pm
Could you possibly add a post to the thread on the Braveheart forum to advertise RB250 Event 5 run by Walker C.C.
Date: Wednesday 1st July - Start 7:15pm (was 7:00pm)
Course: Hilly 10M TT - B764 Eaglesham Moor road, straight out & back course
Strip: Fulton Hall, Fenwick 6:00pm
Start: On the B764, 0.4M from A77 turnoff (4.5M from event HQ)
Note: You can also sign on the night.
Change of Secretary
by Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:13 am
Gail Kilbain will be taking over as Secretary until our AGM when a new one has been voted in. Kevin has decided to step down at present due to health problems , hopefully he will take on another job within the club as soon as he is back to good health. I would like to thank Kevin for all his work as Secretary.
I will pass on Gails details through e mail to all members.
Club Clothing design
by Tue Jun 16, 2009 23:33 pm
As we are coming to our final phase of changing our club clothing design , i propose we meet for a final meeting regarding the designs on Monday 22nd of June at Drybridge Hall for 7.30pm. After this meeting we can push forwad with prices and a final pull together for an order around end of August / beginning of September.
Club League Event-4
by Tue Jun 16, 2009 23:28 pm
This Wednesday we are holding our Training league event-4 Ardrossan Dams hilly time trial using some local roads around Ardrossan , West Kilbride and Seamill. This event has a distance of approx 15mls and is quite hilly.
We are meeting at the MaCrindles factory gates for a 7pm start.
Club Championship 10 mile TT
by Sun Jun 14, 2009 14:23 pm
The club 10 mile Time Trial championship will be run on Tuesday 23/06/09 starting at 7pm from Eglinton Park.
Re: Club Championship 10 mile TT
by Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:06 am
As Bobby is on Holiday for the next few weeks, we will require a timekeeper for the 10 tt on Tuesday and on Wednesday for our group training at Lissens Moss.
Please ring me if anybody is available.
Club league event-3 MTB
by Sun Jun 07, 2009 22:48 pm
League event-3 is a MTB race at Eglinton Park on Wednesday night, we should meet in the usual car park ready to go at 7pm and do a lap of the course for you all to check it out.
Rabbie Burns Event-4, Loudon RC
by Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:08 pm
Andy Gorrie is running Event-4 of the Ayrshire and Dumfries Rabbie Burns 250 series on Tuesday 16th of June, this event is a 9 mile undulating time trial round some of the country roads behind Galston.
Please come and support this league and get your entry in ASAP, details as per BCF website.
Club league event-2
by Tue Jun 02, 2009 20:53 pm
Wednesday night 7pm start at lylestone Caravan park,
Course is : Start outside old school just off B778 proceed to end of road x roads and turn left onto B707 heading for Dalry, after approx 3 miles before Highfield turn left and follow this road for approx 3 miles passing the blair estate. Turn left and keep going until passing the chicken farm proceeding to the t -junction to re join the circuit, this is end of lap-1 and follow same circuit for another 4 laps, at the end of the 5th lap when rejoining the road from Lyestone turn right and follow the road back to finish just before the row of houses on the right hand side.
Total distance: 25miles
I will try and put up some signs if i have time, ps we could be doing with a timekeeper if anybody is available to help.
Galloway Run cancelled
by Sat May 30, 2009 09:04 am
Tomorrows Galloway run is cancelled and will be arranged for another date, so normal run tomorrow morning at 09.30 at irvine townhouse. Watch the website for updates to club planner with more away day runs.
Club Clothing replacement for 2010
by Wed May 27, 2009 21:08 pm
After our meeting on Monday evening , it has been decided to choose Giordana as our preferred supplier of club clothing for 2010. As soon as the design process is finalised we will begin to pull together an order and final date to order clothing in the new colours.
I would like to thank David McLellan for his all his efforts in seeking out suppliers and bringing samples to the club nights.
Sabotaged in Pitlochry
by Sat May 23, 2009 10:10 am
Four Fullarton Riders took part in last weekends Etape Caledonia in Perthshire, our riders were Gordon-S , Stephen, Andy-B and Linn -B. All riders eventually finnished after Police and Marshals managed to clear the Tacks from the roads, well done to all who survived.
Argyll and the rest
by Sun May 17, 2009 21:54 pm
Argyll Run or not.
9 Riders turned up at Weymss bay terminal on Sunday for our Agyll run, 4 headed for the ferry to cover one lap of the island and 5 others after much debate decided for a ride up to Gourock to catch the 11.00am ferry and ride round the Penninsula for a longer ride to Millport. All the riders on both runs had lovely sunshine and even better scenery , when the Millport group reached the tea room at Ettrick Bay they only had 30 mins to wait until the rest of the club had sailed over on the short ferry from Colintrieve and rode across to the tea room.
Our away runs are becomming very popular and we had two new members joining us for todays run, please check our website for details of more runs around the West Coast.
Website: FullartonWheelers.com or come along to Drybridge Hall on a Monday night at 7.00pm, we are also starting a social run on Monday's leaving the hall at 7.00pm for a easy Bike ride round the local roads .
Argyll Run this Sunday 17th
by Mon May 11, 2009 23:06 pm
The Argyll run is fast approaching.
The itinerary is as follows.
STARTING POINT: Meet at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal @ 9.00am.
At this point we will decide on which route you prefer and we will purchase tickets accordingly.
ROUTE A: Board the 10.15am Cal-Mac Ferry to Rothesay. Cycle the circular route on A844 round Bute and re-group back at the ferry terminal. Distance 20 miles.
ROUTE B: As above, but cycle up to Rhubodach and back down on A886 and re-group at Rothesay ferry terminal.
Distance 30 miles.
ROUTE C: Meet at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal. Cycle up the coast to Gourock and board the 10.20am Cal-Mac ferry to Dunoon. Cycle northwards on A815 past Loch Eck to Strachur for a cafe stop. Then onwards on A886 through Glendaruel Forest (road, not a mountain bike trail) and down through the Kyles of Bute to Colintraive then board the ferry for the 5 minute crossing to Rhubodach. Cycle down to the ferry terminal at Rothesay where we will ALL re-group again before boarding the ferry for Wemyss Bay to take us back to our STARTING POINT.
Distance 53 miles.
These are ideal routes for beginners to come along and join our experienced riders and enjoy a great day out.
Win for Loye
by Sun May 10, 2009 23:36 pm
This win was long overdue.
Brian Loye , Fullarton Wheelers took the sprint finish from a group of 8 riders to win Sunday's Barrmill 56mls APR around the Dalry - Beith area of North Ayrshire. While the bunch were suffering during the hot temperatures during the race and several breaks went off the front of the main groups, Brian still managed to find that extra effort to take the win . This is Fullarton Wheelers first win of the 2009 season, hopefully many more to come.
Wind and rain
by Thu May 07, 2009 22:23 pm
Kevin's 10 on Tuesday was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, also cancelled was our club 10 mile Time Trial Championship. The Championship will be run later on and Kevin's 10 mile tt will also be moved to a new date shortly as this is Event-1 in the Rabbie Burns 250 Series.
Our next club event is the 25 mile TT Championship starting at 7.00pm next Wednesday evening at Eglinton Park.
A wee Scottish Island
by Sun May 03, 2009 23:37 pm
A wee Scottish island was invaded by 11 brave members of Fullarton Wheelers on Sunday hoping to break big Jim Cusicks time trial record of one lap of the island, sadly big Jim established his record on his own and we were trying to do it with an 11 person team.
One rider known as the roadside mechanic ended up with a ballon in his tyre and had to crawl back to Brodick with his mate in tow for company to search out more cakes and find out if the local bike shop was open on the sabbath. Then there was 10 green bottles , all 10 made the machrie tea room to find it had been invaded by those golfer types who call themselves Athletes - and they had eaten all the cakes as well.
All that was left for our riders was cold soup , soggy peices and two strawberry tarts that they managed to share into 10 pieces to keep off the cyclists hunger knock. After this they decided to push on round the island heading for the ferry , but by black water foot big Gordon found himself the only one that had waited for postman john. John had decided at the last minute to join the run, even though he had not been on a bike since the big flood ran through kilbirnie and washed all the rods away.
By the time the last group had pushed John out of the hill from lamlash and were heading for the ferry it was nearing 17.30hrs, as they decended into Brodick the ferry was just pulling out with big Nigel and Davie the builder leaning over the edge and waving while trying to eat two kilmarnock pies and a milky way .
A great day was had by all even the poor sods that had to wait for the next ferry, this is the one that brings the mornings papers in .
Check out our website at Fullarton Wheelers.com or come along to our club night in Drybridge hall every Monday night at 19.31hrs.
P.S. Remember to bring some biscuits for the tea.
Arran Club Run - 3 May 2009
by Tue Apr 28, 2009 00:07 am
This Sunday Club riders from Fullarton Wheelers head over to the Isle o Arran for the first of our Arran visits of 2009, they intend on catching the 09.45 ferry from Ardrossan. Please feel free to join us on this run with a general pace of 15-18 mph and plans to have a cafe stop at machrie tea rooms on the other side of the island.
Group leader for this run is Graeme McNay who has a good knowledge of Arrans roads and its many cafes, look out for our riders at the ferry terminal at Ardrossan who will be wearing our club colours of red, blue and yellow.
Going wild in the Trossachs
by Tue Apr 28, 2009 00:00 am
Fullarton Wheelers riders Mary Wark and Steve Flindall had another successful outing at Aberfoye on Sunday at the second counting event in the Scottish cross country Mountain bike series, Mark Wark still leads her Grand Vet category winning her category again on Sunday. Steve Flindall finnished strongly to gain an impressive 8th place in only his first season racing n the dark side and in his own Grand Veteran category.
Sunday 26 April
by Wed Apr 22, 2009 23:32 pm
This Sunday at Aberfoyle Steve and Mary are riding in the Scu Mtb cross country series event-2, Mary is currently leading the Grand Vet category within her age group and Steve has been well placed in his age group so far this season, we wish both of them success on Sunday and dry weather. This Sunday is the usual club run led by Graeme riding along some local roads and maybe a chance of a cafe stop, everybody is welcome to come along and give it a go with the run starting at 09.30 ot the townshouse in Irvine. All our runs are led by experienced group leaders with vast experience of riding around our local roads.
This weekend 18/19 April
by Sat Apr 18, 2009 14:13 pm
This weekend the club has a busy few days, Gordon and Willie are riding in the Glasgow Couriers 16 mls hilly Time Trial around Newton Mearns / Stewarton area. Also on Sunday Fullarton Wheelers are running the annual Matthew Weideger 10 mile Time Trial starting at Eglinton Park and using the A78 Dual carriage way, this year it has attracted a field of approx 50 riders from around Scotland including our own riders David Wards and David McLelland. You are welcome to come along and have a coffee and chat to some of the club riders and find out more about the club.
Our Training league starts up within the next few weeks, so keep an eye on the website for course details.
Also the club run will not be on tomorrow Sunday 19th due to most riders helping out at the time trial.
Club Run - Sunday 12 April 09
by Fri Apr 10, 2009 01:02 am
To coincide with the Girvan 3-day stage race over the easter weekend, this Sunday (12 April 2009) the run will leave from the Tam o Shanter experience car park in Ayr - meeting at 09.45am and leave at 10.00. This will give an opportunity to see the race go past. As Scotland
by Fri Apr 03, 2009 20:47 pm
Do you have photos which could be used for the Gallery section on the new website? It doesn't matter whether these are digitial photos which can be emailed, pictures on CD or prints. Please send to Bobby or Brian for inclusion on the new website - original prints will be returned.
Club Clothing - New Design
by Fri Mar 13, 2009 20:37 pm
A new design has been drawn up for the Fullarton Wheelers club clothing
by Fri Mar 13, 2009 20:34 pm
As you'll see , the new website is now up and running. There are a few areas of the site to be completed - this will happen over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, if have any suggestions or comments please post these on the forum.
Once members have registered on the forum the old website and forum will be closed and simply refer users on to this new site.