Club Runs with Dumfries Cycling Club

Saturday 24th June 2017

DCC Solstice Reliability 24th June 2017


The route is 69.1 miles. Thanks to Andrew Taylor for providing departure times. Please choose your group with distance and required average speed in mind. The forecast at the moment is for it to be dry but with a fairly strong SW wind which will be in our faces for 20-30 miles.


QoS Arena – Lochfield Rd – Terregles St – Hardthorn Rd – Nunwood _ Irongray Rd – turn LEFT at Routin Bridge (Caution gravel) – Shawhead – Crocketford – turn RIGHT onto A75 briefly then turn RIGHT onto A712 towards Corsock – after 1.7 miles turn LEFT at Bogle Bridge – Old Bridge of Urr – Clarebrand – Castle Douglas – at roundabout take 2nd exit (Queen St) – at T- Junction turn LEFT (Carlingwark Loch on left) – turn LEFT then first RIGHT for Rhonehouse (Old Military Rd) – in Rhonehouse turn RIGHT – Bridge of Dee – cross A75 turn RIGHT then immediate LEFT (Caution) – after 2 miles at T – junction turn RIGHT – Glenlochar – join B795 by turning LEFT towards Laurieston – Laurieston – turn RIGHT towards New Galloway – Loch Ken (West) (possible bridge works) – New Galloway – follow A762 through New Galloway by turning LEFT (signposted Ayr) (caution gravel patches) – after approx. 2 miles turn LEFT off A762 before bridge – then take first LEFT in Glenlee – Glenlee Climb – fast descent down to T-junction with A712 – turn LEFT towards New Galloway – follow A712 through New Galloway – cross Ken Bridge – turn RIGHT onto A713 then first LEFT onto A712 – Balmaclellan – Corsock – turn RIGHT for B794 by Kilquhanity – take farm road before junction with A75 (on LEFT) to make crossing A75 easier – straight across A75 (Caution) – Haugh of Urr – Laurie Arms for refreshments courtesy of DCC. End of Reliability.

After lunch return to town via the Military Road with whomever and whatever speed you want. Total mileage 85 miles approx. 

The Reliability ride means working with your group to maintain the assigned average speed. It is not a race so no one should be going off the front or encouraging breakaways.

Get organized and take turns in the chaingang. Stay together whether it be on the flat or the hills. Do not jump between groups!

Punctures/mechanicals should be dealt with as a group. It’s not a case of ‘catch us up once it’s fixed.’

Enjoy the day, enjoy the challenge (get your gearing right for Glenlee…it’s a brute)!


Dumfries CC Reliability Ride 2017
Distance  69.1  miles
Arrival 13:00
Group Average Speed (mph) Ride Time (hh:mm) Departure Time
1 19.5 3:32 09:27
2a 18.4 3:45 09:14
2b 17.8 3:53 09:06
2c 16 4:19 08:40
Option for group 2c 58 miles omitting the Glenlee loop
2c 16 3:37 09:22


·      Please ensure groups sizes are between 10/12 maximum

**GROUPS 1 and 2** 



**GROUP 3**

 Sunny intervals with possible blustery showers. Strong westerly breeze


Normally there will be three groups on a Saturday club run. However if the 2nd group is large it should divide into 2a and 2b. All 3 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 (17mph+ group) 

09:15 for GROUP 2 (17mph group) 

09:20 for GROUP 3 (Social 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 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 this group 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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