Last night’s meeting was a slightly sad one, being the last one attended by Cycling Dumfries co-founder and treasurer, Mike Gray. Mike has been a stalwart of cycling in Dumfries and Galloway for longer than most people can remember, serving as secretary for the local CTC chapter, tireless organiser of rides near and far, serial attender of meetings nobody else can face sitting through, and offering genuine encouragement to anyone cycling in the region, be they a keen racing cyclist or someone getting their bike out of the shed for the first time in years.
When the idea of reviving the local cycling campaign was first mooted, Mike was immediately encouraging and despite already being heavily involved in the CTC both locally and on the Scottish committee, threw himself into helping organise Cycling Dumfries, offering his wisdom born out of long experience. Without his encouragement we would never have got off the ground. He has been a stalwart of the summer rides, always happy leading out a group of novices for four miles along the cycle paths, as long as there is plentiful cake afterwards. We can only hope we will have enough volunteers to fill his considerable shoes this summer.
Mike has also been dogged in his pursuit of decent cycling conditions not just for skilled riders such as himself, but for everyone. He has had the patience to go through planning applications and council documents and uncover issues that have been buried away in the small print and attend consultation sessions held in inconvenient locations at awkward times to make sure the cycling perspective did not go overlooked.
We wish Mike good luck in his move to Lincolnshire and happy riding on what he assures us is nothing like as good cycling country as we have up here. He promises that he will be back, if only for a ride or two and we look forward to him joining us on some outing in the future.