Tour DoonHame heads to birthplace of the bicycle

265-mile race to take place over Easter weekend
Publish date:

Cyclists taking part in the Tour DoonHame will ride by the smithy where the pedal bicycle was reputedly invented in 1839 – Keir Mill in Dumfriesshire.

The three-stage 265-mile race will include family-friendly and spectator activities at each stage finish over the Easter break.

Around 140 of the UK’s top cyclists are expected to take part in the Tour DoonHame, which is sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables and funded by EventScotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

“Watching a cycling race is great fun but it’s a sport that is not very well known outside the Tour de France,” Tour DoonHame organiser Ian Sinclair of Wallacehill Cycling Club said. “The Tour DoonHame has all the same elements of its more famous cousin, with King of the Mountains and Sprint sections, plus a gruelling route travelled at speeds that will amaze
spectators. We’ve organised the race and the routes this year with spectators in mind, cycling is fun, and the 2011 Tour DoonHame is all about having lots of fun this Easter.”

Steven Lindsay of ScottishPower Renewables added: “ScottishPower Renewables is very supportive of cycling and of events and initiatives that encourage tourism and economic development, especially around our developments. Dumfries & Galloway’s varied landscapes and quiet roads make it one of the best places in the UK to cycle by road, and I’m particularly pleased to see the 2011 routes venturing further afield, up into the Lowther hills and back to the birthplace of the bicycle, Keir Mill.”

Paul Bush OBE, COO of EventScotland said: “Cycling is a sport that is increasing in popularity across Scotland – both as a recreational activity and competitively. Scotland will enjoy a number of cycling events this year and Tour DoonHame is a stand out on the calendar as it embraces the year of Active. It gives everyone the
opportunity to get involved and enjoy the wonderful location of Dumfries and
Galloway, which is the perfect stage for events such as this.”

Stage one takes place on April 23rd. Find out more at

Featured Jobs

LTR coral logo 620x349

Local Project Manager (x3 roles)

Love to Ride I North East Lincolnshire, Slough, Southampton I Salary: £32,500 equivalent (PT, temporary) I Date Published Monday 7th January 2019

Logo stacked

Head of Marketing

Brompton I West London I Salary Competitive I Date Published Wednesday 9th January 2019


Senior Sales Executive

BikeExchange I UK Nationwide I Salary TBC Depending on level of experience I Date published Wednesday 16th January 2019

cls logo_jpg 600x348

Bike Mechanic

Club La Santa I Lanzarote, Canary Islands I Competitive Salary & Benefits I Date Published Monday 7th January 2019