One of Scotland's longest established clubs, Dunfermline Cycling Club has a wealth of experience to draw on from its membership base. Whether it's touring, some form of racing, or off-road riding, club members will be happy to share their knowledge with you, allowing you to get the most from your cycling.
Who are we?
Dunfermline Cycling Club was formed in 1935 to encourage and support members who shared a passion for cycling. It allowed members of all ages to take part in competition at club and national level, or to simply experience the joy and freedom of cycle touring. Its aims have not really changed from those early days, although the support now provided is perhaps somewhat more structured.
Proudly independent, the club has never sought commercial sponsorship, allowing the members to concentrate on what they love doing most, riding their bikes, without having to worry about the demands of a sponsor for publicity and the promotion of their sponsor's business. Most club members have been with the club since they started cycling.
Club members are very active in all aspects of competition including road racing, time trialling, cyclocross, mountain biking, however, still enjoy recreational rides. The Saturday cafe run is still the most popular ride of the week. Most weekends between April and October sees club members travelling together to events all over Scotland, taking part in a race or to cheer on fellow club members.
If you are passionate about cycling, and would like to share this passion with other like-minded individuals, why not join Dunfermline Cycling Club.
Dunfermline and District Cycling Club was formed in the spring of 1935.
The club was an amalgamation of the Russell Wheelers and the Dunfermline Thistle C.C who were joined later in that year by the members of the Dunfermline Bluebell C.C.
The Russell Wheelers seems to have been a strong club judging by their photograph with 29 members taken at the public park fountain. A Russell Wheelers' trophy (The Struan Cup) dated 1930, is still in use as one of Dunfermline Cycling Club's championship cups. The prime mover in the amalgamation of the clubs was Alec Turner who also played a part in the founding of the Fife Cycling Association. One of those in the photo is Jack Gardiner who ran a cycle shop in Pittencrieff St. His son Harry was a D&DCC member and grandson Dave Gardiner rode for Kennoway R.C. in the mid to late 60s. Harry competed with John Elder, Bobby Brown, Jock Cram, Joe Lynch, Pete Lawrie, Dave Wilson and Jimmy Murdoch up to 1939 when the World War II broke out.
The Dunfermline Thistle C.C. was mainly a touring club. One of its members was Dave Clark who was to become D&DCC's Chairman and elder statesman for many years. His brother, Bill Clark, ran the cycle shop in Pittencrieff St. from the early 1950s.
One of Dunfermline Bluebell's members was Pete Lawrie who was a keen 100 miler. The Pete Lawrie cup is presented annually to DCC's fastest 100 miler of the season.
Dunfermline and District C.C.'s members restarted the club in 1946 and used a wooden hut at Robertson Road as a clubroom. In 1950 another larger hut was purchased and transported from Cowdenbeath to a site at Low Beveridgewell.
In 1953 & 1954 the club promoted a grand road race which started near Redcraigs Toll (the strip was a marquee). The route was Powmill, Glendevon, Gleneagles, Duchally, Dunning, Muckart and a 2nd lap of Duchally before finishing at Redcraigs Toll.
The club's activities in the 1950s very much centred around touring with most racing members alternating their weekends between racing and youth hostelling. The club had a strong social life with many CTC friends of Tommy Hamilton supporting the club's annual presentation and dance. The club's lady members and members' wives contributed tremendously over the years, catering for the Hallowe'en and Christmas parties as well as the club's race promotions.
In 1989 the club hut at Low Beveridgewell was dismantled and sold, because our landlord sold the ground to a developer. We then rented Park Neuk Community Centre before moving to Baldridgeburn Community Centre.
The mid 1980's and 1990's saw a period of great change not only within the Club but in cycle racing too. Mountain Biking became a big participation sport as technology created the means to make bicycles and components cheaper and more advanced. Changes in attitudes to training meant a new level of performance from some members - particularly Ian Condie who set records for the Club's short and middle distance in 1988.
During the mid 1990's a new section was created to support the influx of Mountain Bikers to the Club.
Yet more records were set by Gordon Hutchison, who, after putting the 10, 25 and 50 mile TT club records out of sight, and with Ian Condie setting new National records for 10, 25, 30 and 50 mile distances, decided to take a break from competition racing for a few years.
Today the Club is in good shape, but is always keen to attract more members to its ranks with plans to encourage more participation from children and adults alike through a series of initiatives set up by British Cycling
The committee of Dunfermline Cycling Club consists of a number of office bearers who are elected annually at the club's annual general meeting. The committee meet regularly to discuss the running of the club and make any necessary decisions.
The office bearers elected at the AGM on the 14th Nov 2022 are as follows:-
Chairperson: Gavin Allison
Vice Chairperson: vacant
Club Secretary: Ian Condie
Membership Secretary: Jim Jackson
Treasurer: Ian Hull
Women's Secretary: Rachel Payne
Club Coach: Neil Daly
Racing Secretary: vacant
Time Trial Secretary: Angela Dixon
Off Road Secretary: Mick Nally
Recreational Road Secretary: Graeme Eckford
Youth Liaison Officer: Mark Conlan
Media Secretary: Stuart Dalgarno
Welfare Officer: Nicky Medley
Clothing Secretary: Findlay Watt
Rules and Constitution
The Rules and Constitution of Dunfermline Cycling Club dictate how the club operates and defines the club principles.
The Rules and Constitution is a working document managed by the club committee and is regularly reviewed and updated. Any changes to the rules and constitution must be approved by club members at an annual or extra-ordinary general meeting.
Through the constitution the club strives to provide members with an enjoyable, organised and safe experience of Dunfermline Cycling Club.
The Rules and Constitution can be downloaded by clicking below.
Wellbeing and Protection Policy
The welfare policies of the Club align to those of Scottish Cycling, details of which can be found at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/scotland/article/wellbeing-and-protection;