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The Shark

We call this the Shark because the route map vaguely resembles a shark, see? How clever! We’re in Dailly for short ride that will

take no more than 2hrs. We head straight up Hadyard Hill, trek along the

‘secret valley’, and tackle the Black rated Glenalla on our return.

This route also works great in reverse.

You can view the full route on our RideWithGPS profile page and download the GPX track file here.

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The Dailly 7UP

Today we’re basing ourselves in Dailly for an assault of: Wallacetown, Blackies Brae, Glengennet, Glenalla (Cloyntie), Nic O Balloch, Tairlaw Shalloch and Knockgardner. Seven climbs in total, including three rated black.

You can view the full route on our RideWithGPS profile page and download the GPX track file here.

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Rather Be Classic

  • 5-7 hrs riding (est)
  • 8 and 2 1/2 climbs
  • 75 miles
  • 6500ft+ ascent

The signature edition ride! We asked round the world cyclist and Scottish Record Holder Gav McDonald of Rather Be Cycling to design us the ultimate 6hr ride through the Ayrshire Alps park. And oh boy, he did not disappoint!

Gav tells us “This is my all time favourite route in the Ayrshire Alps! It’s got everything – country, climbs, descents, minor roads, villages, a loop to the Coast at Lendalfoot (I’ve got that as a right handed loop as I like the climb over to Lendalfoot that way but it could be a left handed loop climbing Carleton). It’s also got the option of a detour into Girvan for a pub lunch of cafe stop.”

Start in the beautiful village of Barr and head straight for the Nick O Balloch, pay hommage to the Highwayman at Rowantree Toll before a sprint up Tairlaw Shalloch and into Straiton. Gav has us combining Knockgardner and Glenalla, before a return to the hidden valley. The climb over Glengennet deserves a refuel in Dailly before tackling the Byne and the gorgeous loop to Lendalfoot. A local boy, Gav sure knows how to plan a bike ride!

You can view the full route on our RideWithGPS profile page and download the GPX track file here.

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Omnibus 8

  • 6-8 hrs riding (est)
  • 9 climbs
  • 88 miles
  • 8000ft+ ascent
Eat a big breakfast! Today we are going to attempt to ride over all the hill roads of the Ayrshire Alps, with nine climbs on the menu and the rest as descents. A leisurely start out of Girvan takes us up Blackies for the amazing descent of the Screws. We’ve only just begun, but best be cautious and stock up in Barr before racking up the next summits of Glenginnet, Glenalla (Cloyntie), Nic O Balloch and Tairlaw Shalloch. Phew, we’ve arrived in Straiton for some fruit loaf in the Buck before we head up Largs. A brief detour into East Ayrshire takes us out the Park, but its all to brief a visit before we return to Straiton. Knockgardner is a green ascent, but at this stage it might as well be a red! Still have energy in the tank? Head north to Wallacetown and try and hold your head up high on the descent to enjoy the view! We finish with a rattle up the Assel Valley and a screaming descent back to Girvan via the Byne. You have earned those fish and chips! You can view the full route on our RideWithGPS profile page and download the GPX track file here.

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