The Barrmill tour




February 2012
60 km



My cycle season 2012 had started very positive back in January and I was eager to continue this trend. February had a lot of bad weather though and the frost returned too. Every sunny day were frosty. So I went for some walks instead on those days. I only got two bikerides that month.

It was an overcast day when I set off from my flat at 0930 in the morning and down the road to Paisley. I went straight for the cycle path towards Lochwinnoch, taking me past Elderslie and Johnstone. The ride on the cycle path past Lochwinnoch was OK and I arrived in Kilbirnie after this enjoyable ride. I went through the high street and caught up with the B777 road up towards Beith. The climb up towards the crossroad at Beith was pretty steep and I took it easy here. I reached the A 737 again and the final climb on the Beith bypass. I reached a crossroad and took the B706 towards Barrmill. The road started with a small, sharp climb before I became pretty flat until I reached Barrmill. The road out of Barrmill started with a pretty short and hard climb up to a hill and then a descent down again to the Irvine to Barrhead A 736 mainroad again. I crossed this road and went up the hill to Dunlop. This climb was both long and steep until I reached a hill overlooking the kirk.



Looking towards Dunlop Kirk and Dunlop

The climb up past this kirk was pretty vertical. I reached Dunlop and continued straight up to a bridge crossing the railway line and to some new houses leading me up the hill to Neilston Road. I followed this road for a while when observing the clouds. I had a pretty hard sidewind and decided to take the minor road over Harelaw Dam instead of following the very exposed main road. A very vice choice in these circumstances.
After a hard, relentless climb on a pretty bad road, I passed Harelaw Dam and reached the main road again. The road down to Neilston is very exposed here and the sidewind almost blew me off the road. The road was also very wet and I was very scared of hitting potential icy patches. I was very relieved when I reached the safety in Neilston. The descent from Neilston down to Barrhead was a bit more protected and it was OK. I was still not happy at all with the sidewind. I cycled through Barrhead and was hit by the sidewind again on the way down from Barrhead to Dykebar Hospital. A pretty scary moment and the descent had taken a lot out of me. I was glad when I was home, safe and well.


Conclusion



A pretty good ride. I had never been on the roads between Kilbirnie and the Irvine to Lugton road so that was a revelation and a good bikeride. The road from Dunlop to Neilston is a bit too boring for my liking. The same goes for Paisley to Kilbirnie. But this is a reasonable good and a hard bikeride which may be attempted.