Safe and Enjoyable Club Runs

We have agreed the way that the Clubs Runs will operate to ensure they are safe and enjoyable for all riders of all abilities. The runs will be split into groups of 8-10 as numbers dictate with nominated Ride Leaders to help ensure discipline and communication within the groups. We need Club Members to help as Ride Leaders and to accompany whichever runs need them, ie not always the same folks riding with any newcomers! The details on how we operate the Club Runs are posted on the web site home page below the weekly Club Runs information, for details click here. Also we encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with the information and guidance on Bunch Riding found here.

Spring Training Camp 2017

The date for the Spring Training Camp is Saturday 8th April - 15th April 2017. In a break with tradition, the plan is to go to mainland Spain, to Altea region and the Albir Playa Hotel. Jet2 Holidays has a package deal for flights and hotels

Old Club Newsletters

Robert Saunders has been in touch and sent us 10 old Club Newsletters, so here they are, memories of days gone by, but as you'll see, some things never change :-)

Issue 1 - Grumpy Old Men 

Issue 2 - Dropped on Tully

Issue 3 - Lat Man Home

Issue 4 - Spring Chickens

Issue 5 - The Long Hard Slog

Issue 6 - The Half Wheel

Issue 7 - The Broken Spoke

Issue 8 - The 70 Inch Fixed

Issue 9 - At The Races

Issue 10 - The Cafe Stop

Sportives in Scotland 2016

Here I go again... this is getting harder to do as loads of new events crop up and some disappear, so if there are any missing or wrong please let me know and I will amend. I have marked with a * events that I know club members have taken part in if anyone is looking for info or advice. I will try and keep this updated as events / dates are confirmed. 

A good site for finding events, not just in Scotland is Cyclosport so if you are looking for UK or European challenges a lot are listed in their events pages with links to the organiser's web site for details and entry.

 

Wheelers Reliability Trials 13th March 2016

The Dundee Wheelers Jim Soutar Memorial Reliability Trials will be held on Sunday 13th March at 10am starting from the Millenium Hall, Muirhead.

There is a choice of 3 routes available:

Route 1 - 70 Miles (start at 10am) - Muirhead, Newtyle, Glamis, Kirriemuir, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Dunkeld, Spittalfield, Coupar Angus, Tullybaccart, Muirhead

Route 2 - 50 Miles (start at 10:30am) - Muirhead, Newtyle, Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie, Dunkeld, Spittalfield, Coupar Angus, Tullybaccart, Muirhead

Route 3 - 30 Miles (start 11am) - Muirhead, Newtyle, Meigle, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Coupar Angus, Tullybaccart, Muirhead

Entry is £5, pay on the day when you sign on and there will be a buffet in the event HQ once you're finished. If you are planning to take part an early indication of numbers would be appreciated, can you please let Ian know via email  - chairmanThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the interest of road safety, riders will be started in groups of no more than 20, with 3 minutes gaps. Groups will be as per signing on order. 

All participants will receive a Certificate of Merit to mark their achievement and there will be refreshments for all. 

For those new to cycling and unsure what a Reliability Trial is, it is a traditional early season challenge, a hard training ride. They are not sportives (or races), so no route markers (printed maps will be provided), no feed stops and no results. You set off in a bunch and make your way round as best you can (you need to make sure you are able to cope with mechanicals etc). 

If you are planning to ride a sportive, a cycling challenge, charity ride or race in 2016 or just want to get fitter and improve your cycling then Reliability Trials are a great way to kick start the new year training.

Why not come along and join the Dundee Wheelers every Saturday and Sunday to help you get the miles in and get ready for our Reliability Trial in good company. Details of the weekly club runs are on the web site and there are some Frequently Asked Questions with information you may find useful. The club runs are suited to all abilities with the faster group leaving from the Camperdown Gates at 9am on a Saturday and 9:30am on a Sunday. A steadier and newcomers group leaves from from the Millennium Hall, Muirhead at 9:15am on a Saturday. The duration of the runs, with a coffee stop, is approximately 3-4 hours depending on conditions. The club runs provide the opportunity, and practice, in riding in the company of others, and also advice on cycle maintenance, what to wear, what to carry, etc. All newcomers welcome and there is no obligation to join the club. 

2015 Presentation Lunch & Award Winners

Another successful annual Presentation Lunch saw just under 60 hardy souls brave the snow and make it to the Woodlands Hotel. A few unlucky ones who got caught up in traffic jams and icy roads unfortunately didn't make it, including multiple prize winner Fergus :-(

Following the splendid lunch, Bill took to the mic to make the presentation of the awards, ably assisted by Jim Foulis his glamorous assistant. The winners were:

The inaugural Bob Kilhooley Award for Most Improved Rider voted by the members was Jamie Costello.

The members voted Gillian Elliot the award for Best Individual Performance of the year for her fantastic first ever 10TT (watch out Joe!).

Karen "the sportive queen" Knight was awarded the Sportive Trophy for most miles logged in UK sportives with 831 miles!

The members voted Andrea Baker the winner of the prestigious Club Member of the Year Award for her great work in running the Thursday training run and Facebook weekly run reports. 

Joe McFadyen was the 10 mile Time Trial winner for 2015.

Fergus Dargie was the 25 and 50 mile Time Trial winner for 2015, but was trapped in traffic jams and snow somewhere near Forfar!

Well done to all the worthy winners.

2015 Award Winners

 

Jim then did his annual round up of the year with some gentle humour, mainly at his and Joe's expense.

It then was the annual raffle with some luckier than others :-) before the official business of the day was over and the serious drinkers could get into their stride.

Thanks to Bill for organising, Karen, Gillian and Ian for helping with the raffle and Jim for his speech.

Thanks also to the Woodlands staff for putting on another great afternoon.

Hope there's not too many sore heads today. 

 

 

 

 

Club Fees Now Due

Following the AGM, members annual club fees are now due. Once again retained at the bargain price of £15. 

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