East Ayrshire Afternoon Cycle
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Join us for a short afternoon cycle around East Ayrshire's former industrial heartland.
Our circular route of approximately 34 miles will take us along B-class and minor roads through former opencast mining areas into the Doon Valley, past the Dunaskin former iron works and heritage railway centre to reach the small market town of Dalmellington. From there we will complete our circuit on a B-road through the north edge of the Carsphairn Forest close to the source of the River Nith.
A map of the proposed route can be found here.
The ride has been planned as a 'warm-up' event for our Doukin' in the Dark (Summer Night Swim) at the recently refurbished outdoor swimming pool in New Cumnock - please book separately for this event if you are interested in staying on for this.
What to bring
Bike: a road bike or hybrid bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
As it is an afternoon ride, please grab something to eat for lunch before the ride. We may include a short afternoon tea stop in Dalmellington during the ride and there will be the opportunity to go for food in New Cumnock at the end of the ride.