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V&A Dundee

It’s September 2018 and everyone is talking about Dundee. The much anticipated opening weekend of Scotland’s first design museum was upon us and plans were in place for an Archi-Velo outing to mark the occasion.

The V&A Dundee is the first UK building by Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma who is said to have proclaimed ‘I’m truly in love with the Scottish landscape and nature’. Well if this affinity with Scotland is true, Kengo would have thoroughly enjoyed the 86 miles route we followed from Glasgow to Dundee. A route which is largely on quiet country roads and includes two testing climbs in the form of the Tak Me Doon Road (Kilsyth / Campsies) and the Logie Kirk (Stirling / Ochil Hills).

An early departure from Glasgow ensured that both climbs were successfully negotiated in the morning before a well earned lunch stop at Synergy Cycles Bike Cafe in Auchterarder. Fuelled by coffee and bagels we headed east to the village of Dunning and on to the village of Forteviot with its cottages, church and village hall all designed by prolific Scottish architect James Miller. The group continued east to Newburgh before following the south side of the River Tay and on to Dundee.

Speed and Style is the title of the opening show at the V&A. Speed was never a priority for us but even after 86 miles and 5 hours of cycling I do like think that we arrived in Style.

Michael Dougall