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For this ride we’re joining in with the Muckle Toon Festival in the town of Langholm, about 20 minutes over the border in Scotland. There’s a full programme of events planned, including planned walks, a cross country run, and of course two days cycling in the great Scottish countryside.

This ride is stunning from the start; as you work your way up the valley floor, passing silent wind turbines and vast rolling panoramas of the border hills, the natural beauty of the wilderness is evident. The charm of this ride is however mirrored with some challenging sections; for those on the short route, dig deep as you cross Kirtle Water and start the steep ascent. Once you reach the summit it's time to get tucked down for the five mile "Catch Me If You Can" descent back to Langholm. Those on the medium and long routes will find a real sting in the tail; a 21% climb reveals itself with 7 miles to go followed by a further three and a half mile slog to the Roxburgh/Dumfriesshire Border Sign. Let your legs recover slightly before the final push towards the ever beckoning Langholm Monument upon Whita Hill. Roll past the iconic Hugh MacDiarmid Memorial as you begin the exhilarating descent to Basecamp.

Come and make a weekend of it – a full list of events can be found on the Muckle Toon Festival page. Camping is available on site and there are plenty of local B&Bs to cater for your accommodation needs. £1 of every entry goes to the local Mountain Rescue Team.
Start Venue:
Langholm Rugby Football Club,
DG13 0HG
Rates & Prices
Short route 30 miles
Medium route 60 miles
Long Route 90 miles
Child entry
£2.50 surcharge for on
the day entries
Start times:
Registration opens:
Fun, short, medium:
Long route:
Start times 5 min intervals
Event centre closes:
08:00 - 10:15am
08:30 - 10:30am*
08:30 - 09:45am**
Note: These are approximate distances and may vary slightly depending on the road conditions and weather on the day. If you wish to change the route distance, please tell a member of the RideIt! team on the day.

† 16 and under when accompanied by a full paying adult

*Course clearing begins at 10:45am, however, we will not overtake the last rider.
**A cut-off time will be imposed for the long loop to ensure we are able to clear all of the signage. The cut-off time will be advised at registration and during your rider briefing.
This story was last updated on 16/05/2014

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