Buchan Dirlers Cycle Club

Club Name:

Buchan Dirlers Cycle Club

Where are you based?

Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire.

Cycling Disciplines:

Road cycling

What is your club ethos?

We are a social road cycling club for anyone aged 18+. We do not compete. We raise funds for a nominated charity every year and aim to bring people together who have the same passion as us for social cycling with the odd coffee and cake ride along the way.

What is the best thing about your club?

It makes everyone feel welcome and is centred on a love of cycling rather than a cyclist’s ability to ride fast.

What club rides do you run?

  • Sundays at 9am
  • Tuesdays at 6.15pm
  • Thursdays at 6.15pm

We ride in groups based on ability.

Rides range from 20 miles + depending on the time of year and available daylight.

Do you wait for dropped riders / mechanicals on some or all of your rides?

All rides across all groups are no drop.

We ride at the pace of the slowest rider in each group. Nobody gets left behind whether it is a mechanical issue or just having a tired legs day.

What is the minimum standard you would expect from new club riders?

Ability wise, we feel if you can average 12 – 13 mph+ then you should be able to enjoy our rides.

If numbers permit then we have two or three groups of riders covering approximately 12–15 mph, 15–17 mph and 17 mph+.

We normally start the year with shorter rides of around 20 miles and build up towards the summer months when rides can be up to 45 miles.

We do organise a number of longer rides during the year, but these tend to be our charity fundraising rides.

We also have monthly coffee rides which tend to be around the 40 miles range, with a stop for a coffee and cake at the halfway point.

We organise the occasional away ride, where we will drive (or some may ride) to a start point outside our local area to take in some different roads.

We don’t have any expectation that new riders will be able to deal with a mechanical and there is always someone willing to lend a hand. Over time we would expect riders to take the time to learn the basics of fixing a puncture, etc. We are always happy to show new riders what to do.

What do you expect riders to bring on club runs?

All riders should carry a phone, inner tubes, pump/inflation kit, necessary refreshments and money. We also recommend the use of a least a rear light, even during the summer months as we ride on country roads.

During the months of October to March inclusive we expect riders to have a minimum of a full rear mudguard fitted to their bike.

Are bikes other than road bikes acceptable on any rides?

All bikes are acceptable if they can be ridden within the expected average speed ranges. We wouldn’t recommend a heavy mountain bike, but certainly we have had riders on lighter hybrid bikes. Most riders progress onto a road bike eventually when they get bitten by the cycling bug.

Aspects of cycling the club is involved in:

Social runs (all our rides are social). We adopt the British Cycling group riding etiquette where road and traffic conditions allow. It is the North East of Scotland and the wind is never far away, so group riding makes the rides enjoyable for all as everyone gets to shelter from the elements at some point.

Taking part in sportives – we encourage members to register for sportives under the club name so that they can ride together where possible.

Do you run club social events?

Apart from the AGM we have been known to have a quiz night and social evening once or twice a year.

Number of members (roughly):


Current percentage of female members:


Do you have a women’s development officer?


Please give details of any projects you have or are running to support and encourage women:

We don’t have any specific projects but we do work hard to ensure that our rides are open to all. We start our rides at the local community centre ensuring that there are appropriate facilities available both pre- and post-ride.

Do you also have a children’s / youth section / Go Ride club?


Do you offer opportunities for members to train as coaches, ride leaders, etc?


Website / social media / etc:

Facebook: Buchan Dirlers Cycle Club

Joining Information:

Joining the club is easy via the club page on the British Cycling Website.

All new riders are encourage to message us on our Facebook page and they will be invited for up to four free club rides before there is an expectation that the £20 annual membership fee is paid.

Contact details:

The Buchan Dirlers CC committee members can all be contacted via the club email address bdcc2017@gmail.com

Information last updated month and year completed:

July 2020

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