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Don’t Miss Out!

Don’t forget – the Robert Burns Centre is showing the cinema classic the Bicycle Thieves on Tuesday 13th February (a week today!) – book your tickets here to avoid disappointment

The classic ‘Bicycle Thieves’ tells the story of Antonio, a long unemployed man who finally finds employment putting up cinema posters for which he needs a bicycle. His wife pawns all the family linen to buy the bicycle and for Antonio salvation has come. The bicycle is stolen and Antonio and his son take to the streets in a desperate search to find it.

One of the most captivating and moving films ever made.

And don’t suffer Antonio’s fate – bring your beloved bike along before the screening and get it security marked and registered for free so that you can be reunited with your steed with rather more ease if the worst does come to the worst.

Bike registering

Rhian registering and security marking bikes

We look forward to seeing you all there – a great film, and a discussion afterwards.


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Next ride and dates for your diary

At Brow Well

Ride out to Brow Well last year

With snow on the ground again it might seem premature to be thinking of leisure rides – but if the forecast is anything to go by, the weather is set to warm up next week and we’re hopeful that next Sunday’s ride to Brow Well will be possible (if somewhat less puncture-ridden than last year’s epic). As is usual for our Winter rides, we’ll meet at Devorgilla Bridge on the Whitesands at 11 am, and there will be a cafe stop, probably at Caerlaverock Castle Tea Rooms, at some point in the proceedings.

Meanwhile, for those who prefer their winter fun a bit more indoors, never fear – we’ve teamed up with the Robert Burns Centre for a showing of the classic film The Bicycle Thieves on February 13th (don’t be fooled by the programme, by the way – we have not taken over the Dumfries Cycling Club) and we’ll be offering bike security marking beforehand, to improve your chances of being reunited with your bike, and to act as a deterrent to any passing thieves. More details coming soon …

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Happy 2018 to you all!

What with black ice and snow in December, Storm Dylan, and forecast rain for today – we weren’t quite sure what to expect for our New Year’s Day ride today – but in the end we couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year

At the start of our new years day ride

A dozen riders gathered at the start

With light winds and (mostly) sunshine, we had pretty good weather, and despite a few people who had cried off due to illness, we had a nice round dozen turn up ready for our ride down to Caerlaverock.

Last year we went out via Bankend and back through Glencaple, but this year we decided to ring the changes and do the route the other way around. With Dock Park and the Kingholm Quay path full of dog walkers and other people getting out in the sunshine while it lasted, we stuck to the (very quiet) road down to Kingholm and then followed the Glencaple Road which was also mercifully quiet.

Regrouping briefly at Glencaple we then made pretty good progress along the coast road and then down to Caerlaverock WWT, arriving just after the lunch menu had started (although they had *still* managed to run out of the advertised soup …). It took a while to get all the orders in, but once sat down and enjoying our hot drinks and with the chat flowing it didn’t seem too long before everyone was fed and watered.

after lunch

The traditional after-lunch group shot.

With perfect timing, the rain started as we were in the cafe, and had finished by the time we had had lunch so although the sunshine had largely gone, we were at least largely dry for the ride back. Once again, everyone seemed happy to go at the same pace – at least according to the Cycling Dumfries time-honoured technique for gauging whether the pace is right or not (if you can’t hear everyone chatting behind you it’s got too fast).

Once up the hill past Bankend, we came back through the Crichton (where it turns out everyone had their own pet route through so we splintered a bit – something to note for future rides!) and Castledykes park back onto the cycle path and the point where we had begun. All in all, a very enjoyable start to the year and a great way to blow away those winter cobwebs.

Our next ride will be at the end of the month – celebrating Rabbie Burns with a ride out to Brow Well on Sunday 28th Jan. Please join us!

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Next ride: out to Ae

With winter closing in, now is not the time to put the bike away – but to wrap up a bit warmer and start plotting which cafes will warm you up best on a nippy Sunday lunchtime.

Route out to Ae Forest (and cafe). Click for full route information

Ae Cafe, being in the middle of mountain biking mecca Ae Forest, knows a thing or two about hungry cyclists – so we  thought we’d give it a try for the first of our daytime winter rides. As Ae is almost exactly 10 miles from Dumfries (as the bike cycles anyway), it’s a good distance for those wanting to try out longer rides than we offer in the summer.

We’ll be meeting on Sunday 26th November at Devorgilla Bridge on the Whitesands at 11am, ready for an easy paced ride up to Ae, lunch, and then back to town in good time before the daylight starts to go.

We’ll be using the Caledonian Cycle Path (hopefully still clear of leaves after last weekend’s effort!) and then the very quiet rural road that forms NCN10, so it should be a safe and pleasant ride for everyone.

We tend to get a mixed group of abilities on our winter rides, with some faster folk and some slower. Depending on the group, we may split the ride into fast and slow (as long as the fast bunch promise not to eat everything before the slower riders arrive).

Hope to see you there!

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Short notice: Leaf clearing day of action this Sunday (12th)

Can you help us blitz the cycle paths of Dumfries to clear them of leaves before the winter freeze arrives in earnest?

There has been some leaf clearing done, particularly on the station path, but we’re still getting reports of problems on the Caledonian and the Castledykes Park – and unsurprisingly, more leaves have fallen since the clearing has been done. Given how slippery a mass of wet – or worse, frozen – leaves can be, we’ve decided to act now and we hope you can join us.

We will be leaf clearing from 11-1 and 2-4pm on Sunday 12th November. The Rutherfords have very kindly agreed to supply a warming lunch in between, for those who can make it, but you don’t need to join us for the whole day. Either meet at Castledykes Park at 11am for the first session (we will then likely spread out to other locations) or at the station forecourt at 2pm for the afternoon session. Bring stout gardening gloves (there may be glass or other nasties lurking in the leaves), brooms, rakes, or any other implements you have that might prove handy. We will also do some litter picking where needed.

If you are coming, and might want lunch, it would be great if you could let us know how many to cater for. Just reply here, or email cyclingdumfries AT gmail DOT com. Also if you regularly cycling in other areas where leaves are a nuisance, let us know so we can prioritise the work.

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Chills and Thrills on our Halloween Ride

When the clocks go back at the end of October, many cyclists use that as a signal to put away their bikes for the winter, but not the eight of us that gathered at Dock Park on Sunday on a crisp and sunny afternoon.

Halloween ride start

Gathering at the start of the ride – after that it was too dark and too cold to take any photos!

Having checked that everyone had lights (and gloves!), we set off along the Maxwelltown Path, and headed up the Glen where we picked up another rider who happened to be out anyway and decided to tag along.  With a clear night and a moon that was more than half full, it took a while for it to get properly dark, but as we cut through from the Terregles Road to Shawhead, dusk had fallen and it was certainly dark enough to appreciate a couple of Jack O’Lanterns waiting at the turn. By the time we had climbed up to the reservoir it was fully dark. We stopped to check for bats, but they had all sensibly gone into hibernation, and fortified ourselves with some gingerbread for the final climb.

The Speddoch loop – up past the reservoir and then down again past Speddoch and on to the Routin Brig – is a lovely ride day or night.  We may not have enjoyed the same views as you get in daylight but away from the lights of Dumfries – and with no traffic about to speak of – there was a real atmosphere of quiet and isolation. The descent back down is a magic carpet ride, where you barely need to turn a pedal, just steer, brake, and follow the curves of the road. With nine of us by this time, all lit up with excellent lights, we made quite a spectacle – in fact the only car we encountered once we were back down on the road to Dumfries, just stopped dead and waited until the cavalcade was safely past. They must have thought it was an alien invasion, not just a bike ride.

By this time the cold was making itself felt – indeed there were overnight frosts – so people were glad to be pedalling again to warm up somewhat for the ride back into town (or straight home for those who stay further west).  The feedback we got was that it had been a bit mad, but great fun, like all the best bike rides.

Dumfries and Galloway is blessed with dark skies and many such quiet rural roads, and if you’ve got the right lights, it’s wonderful to get out and experience them for yourself. However, our next winter ride will be in full daylight – up to Ae and back, on quiet roads and cycle paths. More details coming soon.

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Double Trouble for Halloween …

After the success of our night ride for Halloween last year, we’re going to run another one – but this year there’s twice the fun with two rides, including one that’s more suitable for younger children

Ghost Riderz posterOn Wednesday 25th October, Buddies will be running a led ride and ghost hunt along the cycle paths beside the river and through Dock Park for anyone who fancies a bit of spooky fun – it will be on cycle paths and off road the whole way and Buddies can also arrange loans of bikes (including trikes) for those who don’t have their own, but please get in touch with them first to let them know if you need this.  Buddies supports adults with learning disabilities, but this ride is open to everyone and will be particularly suitable for families with young kids. Meet at Buddies on Castle St at 4:30 pm. Don’t believe in ghosts? Maybe this ride will change your mind!  Come in fancy dress if that’s your thing.

Halloween rideFor those who can manage a few more miles on quiet roads (around 26 miles, some quite hilly), and who have good lights on their bike, our  own Halloween Night Ride is on Sunday 29th October, just as the clocks go back.  Don’t put your bike away just because the evenings have gone dark – instead embrace the night and enjoy the dark skies of our country roads.

We’ll meet at Dock Park at 4pm, and then set out along the Maxwellton Path, up the Glen, towards Glenkiln Reservoir just as the dusk descends and the bats start to fly. We’ll climb up and descend past Speddoch, coming back along the Irongray Road into Dumfries again and undoubtedly the pub.

Note that we will be riding on unlit country roads, so it will be dark! You will need good lights, especially the front one.

night group shot

Who knows what terrifying creatures you might encounter …

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