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By Fiona Reid

A NEW summer cycle challenge champion is being sought.

Cycling Dumfries’ popular summer bike rides are set to return next Saturday and the group are looking to crown a new competition challenge.

Last year, eight-year-old Heather Smart cycled 185.5 miles over July and August and this year the cycling campaign are looking to see if anyone can beat that total.

They will be giving out the challenge cards to any families that turn up to their rides which they run every Saturday in July and August, starting at Dock Park at 2 pm.

Co-ordinator Sally Hinchcliffe said: “Everyone likes a bit of a challenge and we thought we’d encourage people not just to turn up for our rides, but also to get out on their bikes whenever they get the opportunity.

“By telling people how far they’ve cycled on each ride, they can see just how easy it is to do a journey of five or six miles, even if you’ve got quite little legs – no need to get into the car or wait for the bus, do it regularly enough and the miles really add up.”

She added: “Last year the rides proved really popular and we’re hoping to get similar turnouts again.”

The summer rides start short and build up to a ride out to Mabie Forest for the last ride.

Children must be accompanied by an adult but there is no age limit and they rides are free for anyone to take part in.

‘Orange bike’ hire will also be available at Dock Park at the start of the rides. Summer ride details can be found at


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