Endurance is not just the ability to do a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.

William Barclay 1907 – 1978

I will keep on till the end...

Small daughter reminded us there was a cycle race* on, there were signs she said. Sure enough, before long we met the police out-riders, motorbike stewards and a handful of very determined ladies in a tight cluster (a ‘peloton’?) So we waited until they had passed, amazed at the sheer determination as they climbed the hill; (pressing down the urge to shout “the worst is still to come.”)  A mile on down the road, we met another cyclist, still with a steward car following, later another determined lady bring up the rear. Driving home a couple of hours later and there were still stewards, before discovering there would be a men’s race too…

Just as we were leaving to go back to town a solitary police bike passed, gesticulating wildly, dutifully we waited for the “pack” of bikes, ambulance, steward’s vehicles et al to appear but as nothing came we headed for town again. Approaching the village we were stopped by aforesaid motorbike as the men’s race neared, another tightly packed peloton swiftly followed by another and a further procession of vehicles. We were then permitted to drive off into town, passing the few stragglers and various support. Two hours later – guess what? Yes, we caught up with them again! This time we chose to stop in the lay-by and enjoy the spectacle! Still two distinct groups, so cheering them on as they passed, one even had the energy to ask who was winning. Winning? How would I know! The last two stragglers passed as we headed for home, passing them on the way – I just had time to run in and get the camera…

Not giving up...

You can do it, just keep going – yes, it is a B***** great hill….

Even if I'm last...

It’s the taking part that counts – no; it is the winning! But where are the results? Not on the Scottish cycling webpage! The ladies did 3 circuits while the men,  5 – next year I’ll pay more attention and sit outside the house and watch (just as long as its not raining!)

Congratulations to all those who took part hope you all finished safely.

There is always something happening round here that I never seem to know about 😀

Whatever you determine to do today; may you succeed!

* Have since discovered it was the 50th (and last) Davie Bell Memorial Race and inaugural ladies race around the Ayrshire Alps.

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