It seems the whole country has been glued to the Olympics these past few days – and especially the cycling (or maybe that’s just us!) Either way, if you’re inspired to get out on two wheels more by the feats on the road and in the Velodrome – and our summer rides are maybe a bit too short and easy for you – then there are some fantastic options right here in South West Scotland.
This Saturday, the Galloway Re-Cycle Sportive offers the fitter cyclist a bit of a challenge – 67 miles or 102 miles on the beautiful roads around Kirkcudbright. And on Sunday the 19th of August the Round Stra’ven 50 consists of rides of 50 or 15 miles around Strathaven, the latter entirely suitable for families. Both raise money for charity and can be entered online.
Then there are some more rides closer to home, with a more relaxed vibe for the less experienced cyclist
On Sunday 26th August is the popular annual “Four Kirks Ride“, another charity event organised by the D&G CTC group. From Crossmichael Kirk it is a 23 mile loop (but with plenty of breaks!) to the churches at Kirkpatrick Durham, Corsock and Parton, now incorporated in one vast parish. Learn about their fascinating history, whilst partaking of some of our most appealing byways with views over Loch Ken. Find out about local scientific genius, James Clark Maxwell, whose electromagnetic equations lead to the invention of radio and form one of the cornerstones of modern physics. ‘Tea and buns’ are kindly provided at each venue with a contribution to the ride charity, and a small donation requested at each church. Meet at Crossmichael church hall at 12:45 for 13.00. For more info, contact Dougie Oberheim (01387 710384)
On Sunday 16th September there is the Stewartry Sportive, also organised by the D&G CTC group. Th is sportive is being organised by us in co-operation with the Dalbeattie Community Initiative. The three routes on offer are designed to appeal to all cyclists, from casual and family groups to serious ‘roadsters’. The medium and long routes include opportunity for refreshment stops. There are three routes of 15, 50 and 75 miles. For more details and booking go to www.dandgcycling.org.uk or phone Betty Howard on 01556 610998
Finally there are two Doors Open Day rides being planned – details still to be finalised – on Saturday 29th September, one in the Machars starting at Whithorn, and one concentrating on the sites around Dumfries. The latter will be similar to our summer family rides in being aimed at riders of all abilities and confidence levels.