Mem­bers en­joy flat loop

Paisley Daily Express - - A Newlandscape - Craig Ritchie

Af­ter the drench­ing of the pre­vi­ous week­end, Pais­ley Velo re­turned to cy­cling in some­what drier weather this time around.

The Satur­day bunch kicked off pro­ceed­ings with another fast and flat loop to Gourock and In­verkip.

Other mem­bers headed out on a loop around Ren­frew­shire, with club runs headed to two des­ti­na­tions on Sun­day.

The Wee Ring went round Ren­frew­shire, end­ing up at the Board­ing House, in How­wood, for their café stop, and the Mid­dle and Big Ring groups took them­selves off to Strathaven. It was a good 50-mile ride, with one or two other rid­ers ex­tend­ing their route, cov­er­ing in ex­cess of 60 miles for the day.

Mean­while, Sam McGrath was go­ing off-road at the Irvine Beach Cy­clocross Race and clocked up a time of 58.01mins on a dif­fi­cult and busy, but highly en­joy­able course full of sand, big hills, mud and ‘hun­ners of bikes’.

A club spokesman said: “Sam’s re­ally en­joy­ing tak­ing part in these races and we can see him im­prov­ing as time passes — it’s no won­der he won last week’s Hill Climb Cham­pi­onship with legs pow­er­ful enough to see him do a sub-one hour race at Irvine.”

Con­tin­u­ing with the off-road theme, Si­mon Arnold also went out on his CX bike and took in the Old Kil­patrick hills in per­fect con­di­tions for some off-road fun.

Un­for­tu­nately, Colin Sales was un­able to start the Tour de Trossachs TT in Aber­foyle due to a stom­ach in­fec­tion. How­ever he was able to come out and en­joy a gen­tle ride with the Wee Ring group.

Mean­while, Colin Pow­ley hit the track with Gary Kelly at the Velo­drome on Sun­day even­ing, spend­ing two hours on a new track bike, which was ideal train­ing for the up­com­ing Track League.

This week, the club will be try­ing out night cir­cuits at one of three cour­ses in Hilling­ton, Foxbar and Ersk­ine.

Velo are also hold­ing a bunch train­ing event on Sun­day morn­ing at Inchin­nan Busi­ness Park for new and ex­ist­ing mem­bers.

The group will meet at QBikes at 9am, but head to Inchin­nan be­fore the club runs af­ter the ses­sion.

The Satur­day bunch will meet at QBikes as nor­mal at 8am.

Up­hill bat­tle Sam McGrath was in fine form on the hills of Irvine — de­spite hav­ing to carry his bike Back in the sad­dle McGrath takes the more leisurely route of rid­ing his bike. SCX pho­tos by Gary Kelly

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