Do you remember Kintyre Wheelers?

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I read with great interest the article in today’s Courier about a proposed new cycling club.

It might interest those hoping to start this club that in the late 1940s and early 1950s there was a cycling club here in South Kintyre, called Kintyre Wheelers Cycling Club.

It was started by my late father, Willie Mitchell and the late James Thomson, latterly of Lochgilphead, but at that time living in Drumlemble.
In these days, very few people had any access to a car, so that the cycle was a means of transport, but also a great pleasure on the quiet roads of that time.

We had many happy days cycling together and many memorable outings. Very few of the members had more than a single gear and several preferred a single fixed-wheel; but they were able to cover great distances at very respectable speeds.

I know that my father’s annual total mileage was between 6000 and 7000 miles, while one of his Glasgow friends regularly cycled in excess of 18000 miles per year, a respectable mileage in a car, let alone on two wheels.

We were not competitive in Kintyre Wheelers. It was all for pleasure.

Agnes R Stewart

7 Ramsay Place,

Argyll Street,