Bike Portrait: Robert

We’re starting a new series of posts this summer: bike portraits to celebrate the cyclists of Dumfries in all their wonderful variety. Thanks to those who stopped to take their photo taken – we’ll be adding more portraits gradually over the next few weeks. Look out for us haunting the cycle paths as we accost passing bikes and do please stop for a chat and to have your photo taken!

Robert MacMillan
Robert MacMillan – portrait by Alison Boyes (c) 2015

Robert (‘MacMillan as in Kirkpatrick’ – appropriately enough) had a serious road bike that looked as if it had done the miles – and he confirmed that it had over the 15 years that he had owned it. He does a lot of riding on the roads around Dumfries and thinks nothing of riding out around Kirkcudright and beyond.


It seems we have inadvertently captured a legend – as the comments on our Facebook post show, including this one from his daughter:

This is my father, he cycled to Birmingham two winters in a row, one really bad snow, to visit his sister. His bike has done way more miles than his car.

We are impressed – and delighted we managed to flag down such a local legend. It just goes to show you don’t know what surprises your fellow cyclists might be concealing beneath a modest demeanour.

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