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.