Club Runs with Dumfries Cycling Club

Club Run: There will be NO club run this Saturday (19th) due to the Open TT at Loch Ken. Members might want to attend a local charity ride, the Lockerbie Loop on Sunday 20th instead. 

Lockerbie Loop Details

Lockerbie Loop Enter


·      Please ensure groups sizes are between 10/12 maximum

GROUPS 1, 2 + 3




This group will leave at 9.20 for a route of around 40 miles. This will be discussed and agreed by the group before departure.



Normally there will be four groups on a Saturday club run. However if there are reduced number it may revert back to a first, second and third (social) group. All 4 groups offer support and advice on such things as nutrition, bicycle skills/etiquette, base fitness and technical talk on bikes!

Start times are:

09:10 for GROUP 1 (19 mph+ group) 

09:15 for GROUP 2 (18 mph group) 

09:17 for GROUP 3 (17 mph group) 

09:20 for Group 4 (13-15 mph group)

09:30 Introductory Ride Group (1st Saturday of each month April - September 2017)

Meet at Queen of the South Arena car park, Lochfield Road, Dumfries. Routes for Saturday club runs are placed on this website every Thursday evening. For long runs (70 miles+) the start time is usually 09:00, otherwise the above leaving times will be used. Any specific timing instructions will be posted on the 'Club Runs' tab as required.

GROUP 1 is normally a training ride. Although not a race riders will be tested in this group in the spirit of friendly competition. Chain-ganging will feature so you will need good bike handling skills and fitness. Do not worry if you’re gapped off, as the group will be constantly checking on each other and give you a couple of opportunities to rejoin. If a rider starts to struggle, this should be communicated to the rest of the group and a decision to drop back to the following group should be made.

GROUP 2 and 3 will typically have riders who have been training for a good part of the season and who have increased and maintained their stamina and strength.  In these groups there will be team-work as with group 1 but perhaps not as ‘competitively’.  Nonetheless bike handling skills and riding in a group will be needed. A good tempo for fitness will normally be set. As with all groups in the Club, communication is essential especially if the Group decide to ride in a chain-gang or if someone is not feeling so good that day.

GROUP 4 is a good place to join the club having as it does, experienced riders who can give advice and encouragement in a non-competitive ride. This group will not be ridden at the same pace as the other groups but endurance and a level of fitness will still be important. Group 4 will tend to ride approximately between 35 and 45 miles and a route will be discussed before departure.

INTRODUCTORY RIDE GROUP runs on the first Saturday of every month between April and September. This is a gentle introduction to anyone who wants to cycle with others and will be at a gentle pace. Routes will be different from those cycles by the main groups above, and will be around 20 - 25 miles in length and include a cafe stop.


Pot-holes are a hazard in both summer and winter. Please continue to point and alert fellow cyclists but above all everyone should be vigilant.

For those relatively new to club cycling remember Sections 163 and 213 of the highway code - cars should pass at a SPD (safe passing distance) but this is not always possible on changing road widths so do communicate as a group. Please be courteous when possible acknowledging good, patient driving from motorists.

Rules 59-82 of the Highway code are for cyclists. Riding two abreast is acceptable but single file may be needed especially when the road narrows to single track. Please communicate oncoming traffic and ‘tail’ traffic amongst your group.

There are rarely occasions when it is necessary to change a route during a ride. Therefore members are reminded to stick to the posted ride.

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