Whatever your cycling ability or experience there is a club, group or organisation you can get involved with in Ayrshire. Cycling groups are a great way to meet new people, build your cycling confidence and fitness and find new local routes.
*Please note that due to COVID-19 many cycling organisations and groups have temporarily stopped group led rides and social meet ups. Face to Face events and activities at the Active Travel Hubs have temporarily been suspended until Government restrictions change*
Best For Beginners
The Active Travel Hubs based in Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock- The Active Travel Hubs encourage cycling for short journeys and support beginners to get back cycling by offering learn to cycle sessions, cycling skills sessions and short led rides with qualified ride leaders. If you want to increase your confidence riding on roads, learn how to fix your own punctures, get your bike serviced for free or ask any cycling questions then you are in the right place. For more information then contact each Hub directly.
East Ayrshire- Kilmarnock Active Travel Hub– Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Ayrshire- The Trinity Active Travel Hub– Email: email@example.com
South Ayrshire- Ayr Active Travel Hub– Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best for intermediate/experienced cyclists
Cycle Ayrshire organise led, ladies only rides throughout Ayrshire and beyond. They have a fantastic bunch of ride leaders who design routes ranging from 15 to 45 miles using quiet back roads and cycle paths. They also know where to find the best cafes where they can have a mid-ride refreshment and chat. Their rides and activities normally run throughout the year unless the weather is extremely bad. Their program has been suspended during the Covid-19 outbreak but they are hoping that it won’t be too long till they can ride together again. In the meantime they are using their Facebook page so members can share their thoughts and photos. To find out more about the Cycle Ayrshire group please have a look at their website – www.cycleayrshire.co.uk. If you have any questions, click on the Contact tab, select the subject ‘Ladies Only’ and type a brief message which will be forwarded to Jackie Stacey, Ladies Ride Co-ordinator.
AYR BURNERS CYCLING CLUB
Ayr Burners Cycling Club – Formed in late 2014, ‘The Burners’ were formed to provide a home for the recreational road cyclists of Ayrshire, along with those who are keen to explore and discover the lesser known tracks, trails, and ‘rough stuff’ that Ayrshire has to offer. We have a passion for Cyclocross, and our annual ‘Doonbank Toffee’ race at Rozelle Park in Ayr attracts hundreds of cyclists from around Scotland and beyond. Our Saturday bunch ride sticks to our tried and tested format of 3 hours duration, on quiet roads, with a cafe stop to finish (Lockdown permitting!). Our favourite away days include Arran, the 5 ferries, and Summer weekend touring, with destinations including the South West 300 loop and the Caledonian Way. The Burners are fully inclusive regardless of age or gender, and we are pleased to be very close to a 50/50 gender split within the clubs membership. Their female contingent have regular away days and outings, including multi day touring trips, sportives, and race days as well.
Fullarton Wheelers are historically an Irvine based cycling club, but these days membership covers all of Ayrshire, with members also from Glasgow. The club hosts all levels of cyclists, from those who just like cycling for fun, to those who want to race and elite racers. The club ride structure is inclusive (mixed) and expects people to have a reasonable level of fitness, a roadworthy road bike, helmet and a smile. The club doesn’t only cycle, there is a big emphasis on socialising as well: Annual bake off, quiz nights, curry nights, cycling away days/weekends, and a club holiday each year (usually in Majorca). During Covid-19 times, the club are still active, cycling alone or with a family member. They have club online cycling (Zwift, and interact with Zoom), so club members can still cycle and chat. There is also a club forum for members so people can keep communicating . The club are actively in communication with Scottish cycling on ways to increase female and youth participation…They currently have 7 active female members. Two of whom joined as youths, and received encouragement, support and coaching from club participants and coaches. They have, in the last couple of years, become Scottish champions on the track, at the Glasgow Velodrome. Check out Natalie’s Bike Story for some inspiration! Other women race locally at time trials or just like to cycle around our lovely Ayrshire countryside.
“Come and try for free. We cycle safely in bunches if together. You will be looked after and receive coaching and reassurance. You will be made to feel welcome and it costs nothing to come and try. Bring your Bike, Helmet & smile!” Michael Allen, Club Captain
Walkers Cycling for road, mountain bike, cyclocross and leisure cyclists in Ayrshire. Please see presentation below for more information about this club.
AYR ROADS CYCLING CLUB
Ayr Roads Cycling Club is one of the most active cycling clubs in the West of Scotland. Established in 1930, members enjoy all aspects of cycle sport, from road racing, time trialing and cyclocross to MTB. Our membership includes former regional, national and UCI medallists, although we warmly welcome cyclists of all ages and abilities.