SEVENTEEN Fullarton Wheelers recruits have been enjoying the warm sunshine, smooth road surfaces, fantastic hills and views of the colbalt blue sea in Majorca this week as they take 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.

The good weather at home has also meant that those Wheelers still in Scotland also put in some extra miles during the week. These have included an impromptu trip to Arran and a 70 mile circular loop to enjoy the Argyle coastline. These rides have been on top of the Club’s usual activities of the Monday night Club Run, the Tuesday Recovery Ride and participating in the Wednesday Crit in Irvine.

On Saturday Fullarton Wheelers’ Club Captain Gordon Graham took part in the Law Wheelers 10-mile time trial posting a time of 22min 35sec, meaning he finished a very respectable 11th out of 81 participants.

A bumper bunch of 22 Wheelers gathered at Irvine Cross for the traditional Sunday Run. On a very pleasant sunny morning the group headed south staying as one group out of the town along Long Drive and onward to the Gailes, through Loans, Troon and Prestwick to Alloway. Here the group decided to split into two with one heading on the traditional Pennyglen route of the Maybole High Road, while the other took the slightly longer, and less undulating, ride out towards Dalrymple before looping back to Maybole.

A tail wind for the journey home meant that there were quite a few personal bests achieved as the riders zipped their way back to Ayr, enjoying fantastic sea views before retracing the route to Irvine. The club was particularly pleased to see new riders participating in this social ride and, enjoying the route which was about 50 miles for most.