Well, I don’t know about you, but this summer has been a bit of a washout, despite the odd nice day here and there. But looking on the bright side, September is often surprisingly fine and sunny and with a number of great cycling events going on, that’s got to be a good thing.
First and foremost is the Cycling Dumfries pub session on the first of September. If the weather is forecast to be fine, we’ll probably hold it in the Swan at Kingholm Quay again, taking advantage of the last of the long evenings. Watch this space for more details, or just meet at 5:30 at Devorgilla bridge for a brief sociable ride to wherever we decide to hold it.
Then, on the 11th September, the Tour of Britain will be coming to town – finishing with a sprint right on the Whitesands. GoSmart are offering the chance to catch it twice with a free bus leaving from the Whitesands at 10:15 up to the Devil’s Beef Tub to cheer on the climb, bringing you back to the Whitesands in time for the end of the race. Booking is essential; email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0800 0234586.
If that all sounds far too much like sitting around on a bus and not enough like riding a bike, then there’s a chance to do the route of the Scottish stage itself, just like the pros, and raise money for charity at the same time on the Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride 2011 on the 4th September. There will be food stations, signage, mechanical assistance and all the other accoutrements of a professional bike race, however you will still have to do all the pedalling yourself.
For cyclists of a far more gentle and sociable bent, the Kirkpatrick Macmillan rally runs from the 16th to the 19th of September out of Barnsoul Farm Campsite. Rides leave every day to sample the delights of Dumfries and Galloway’s quiet back roads. Of course, we all know about D&G’s amazing country roads, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take the chance to meet other like-minded cyclists, discover new routes, or just have the pleasure of showing others around the area. While we may complain about Dumfries’s cycling facilities within the town, the roads around it have some of the best cycling in the whole country and this is our chance to show off just a little and bask in the envy of others. We just won’t tell them about the weather we’ve had this summer…
This, of course, is all on top of the regular programmes of rides and outings by the Wednesday Wheelers, CTC and others. We add everything cycling-related that we can to our events list and promote them through twitter so if you’ve got a bike-related event you want to share, please let us know.