Don Smith Memorial Ride 8th March 2015

What is it?
  • An open, unsupported, reliability ride organised by Johnstone Wheelers in memory of Don Smith, a stalwart of the club and a much respected member of the cycling community for many years.
We’d like to invite all cyclists to come along and join us for a ride – leisurely or strenuous, it’s up to you. First and foremost the Don Smith is a social event. It is not a race. It gives the opportunity to enjoy some good roads in the company of friends old and new, followed up by some excellent catering back at HQ.
  • Online registration now available by clicking here
  • Although we would prefer that riders pre-enter to give an idea of numbers. Entry on the day is also available
  • Sunday 8th March. Doors open 08:30
Event HQ

Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JB

    • Use of sports centre facilities: changing rooms, lockers, showers
    • On site car parking.
    • Catering.


What does it cost to take part?

    • The entry fee is £10 for seniors and £7 for juniors / concessions.

Supported Charities

Monies raised will be split evenly between the Braveheart Cycling Fund and the Accord Hospice in Paisley.

The Braveheart Fund was launched in 2003 by former British champion, Brian Smith. Brian is the son of Don as well as being an Honorary Life Member of Johnstone Wheelers, a former Motorola professional and Giro d’Italia survivor. The aim of the Braveheart Fund is simple: to raise the funds to allow young Scottish cyclists, be they roadies, trackies or mountain bikers, to fulfil their potential.
The Accord Hospice in Paisley, is an independent charity giving free medical and nursing care to those in Renfrewshire and parts of East Renfrewshire whose illness is causing physical pain and emotional stress and for whom curative treatmen may no longer be appropriate.   Charity No SC O13682


Choice of three rides:
Route Map 
Approx Speed (mph) 
67 miles 

Long Ride

45 miles

Medium Ride

26 miles 

Short Ride

Small print
    • While out on the course, riders should travel in groups of no more than 30 and follow the Highway Code at all times.
    • Each group will have an appointed leader who will ensure that groups do not come together into one large bunch.
    • Although the use of a safety helmet is not compulsory, we strongly recommend that you wear one at all times throughout the event.
    • Each participant is responsible for the maintenance of their bike and we would recommend that you carry a spare tube or puncture repair kit.
    • Cyclists below the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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About Don Smith
Donald Smith (Big Don) was very proud of being a member of the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club, joining the Club in 1953 at the age of 18 years of age and remaining a member for all his adult life. Don enjoyed all aspects of cycling from Touring to Road Racing. The Club participated in all these aspects in good numbers and during his early years met his future wife, Dorothy, and most of his life-long friends. Don never took any position within the Club because he wanted to enjoy any spare time on his bike.

Don's passion was road-racing and, along with his brother Roy, he participated in events throughout the UK and Ireland including the Scottish Milk Race.

Big Don never won very much but always showed eager enthusiasm to do his best at all times. He revelled in meeting other cyclists and was in his element before and after events when the 'cycling banter' was in full swing.

He worked all his life with British Gas, often seen cycling from job to job with his tool-bag on his back. A cycling holiday for a month every year in Italy enhanced his love for cycling.

Don had 3 children, all of whom, at some point in their life took to 2 wheels. He was very proud and supportive to his cycling family and was often seen around the UK jumping about at the side of the road waving the Saltire (the St Andrews Cross) as he supported his son Brian.

Big Don was never satisfied sitting in the house; he was only ever happy when out on his bike with his cycling buddies. Being the character he was, he entertained everyone around him and even landed an interview on Sky Sports.

The Don Smith Memorial is a fitting tribute to a man who enjoyed simply riding his bike around Renfrewshire and meeting new people. The Memorial Ride was set up the year after his death and has grown in size ever since.

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