A chance to get on your bike

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Following the outstanding success of British cyclists in the Tour de France and the Olympic Games, it’s hard not to be inspired and want to take part.

Cycle Sportives are very popular all over the UK, and Dumfries & Galloway Cyclists Touring Club (CTC), in conjunction with Dalbeattie Community Initiative, are hosting an event with three ride options on Sunday, September 16. They will start and finish at Dalbeattie High School and will comprise a family ride of 16 miles, going out towards Gelston then back along the coast. There will also be a 49-mile route around Loch Ken and, thirdly, a 75-mile ride going out through New Galloway, Carsphairn, Dalry, Corsock, Crocketford and Haugh of Urr. Riders can choose whichever suits their ability.

All the routes will be sign-marked and marshalled, with feed stops on the two longer rides. These are not races but all riders will be individually timed so you can compete against the clock if you wish or just enjoy a day out riding through the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway countryside on quiet roads.

Proceeds from the events will be equally divided between D&G CTC and Dalbeattie Community Initiative, and will be used to promote leisure cycling activities in the area and assisting tourism promotion via the Dalbeattie Tourist Information office.

More information about the events and how to enter can be obtained from www.sientries.co.uk. or from event co-ordinator Betty Howard 01556610998 or via email to bettyhoward41@btinternet.com. Information and route maps are available on www.dandgcycling.org.uk.