It’s that time of the year when the leaves start blowing off the trees, the nights start drawing in – and cyclists in Dumfries start to look forward to our winter ride programme!
But first we need to get the formalities over with and officially announce our AGM. We’ll be meeting at The Usual Place on Tuesday 12th November 5-7pm for a chance to look back at the year that’s been and set our priorities for the future. Please join us there. And if you’re a member and haven’t yet renewed, then perhaps this could be a reminder that it’s that time of the year as well so please do renew your membership – you can do so online or in person at the AGM.
But back to our winter rides! The first of these will be our after dark Halloween Ride – a celebration of the nights drawing in and the region’s dark skies with a ride out to Glenkiln Reservoir and down through Speddoch on the Sunday the clocks go back – the 27th October this year. Meet us at Dock Park for a 4pm start – and remember the clocks will have gone back so it will get dark early. This ride includes a long descent in the dark so your bike must have good lights and we recommend you bring a couple of extra warm layers and wear thicker gloves than you might normally do.
As you will see from our winter ride page, we’ve left the last two rides blank for now as we’re still finalising the programme. The feedback from last year is that Brow Well is less than enthralling, and that the ride to New Abbey has proved a bit of a stretch for some (although we’re huge fans of the Abbey Cottage Tearoom). So we’re open to suggestions for rides that are about 20-25 miles long and have a good option for a break for lunch in the middle, preferably in the warm and dry. We want to make our rides accessible to as many people as possible so they need to be on quiet roads for all or almost all of the route. So if you’ve got the perfect suggestion send us your ideas!