Week Day Rides – Tuesday & Wednesday

Midweek club rides start from Milngavie & Bearsden Sports Club (see map below).  Routes and duration vary to suit the conditions.  Tea, biscuits, changing facilities and bike wash are available afterwards.  All you need is a well maintained off road suitable bike, a spare tube, pump and multi-tool and some enthusiasm.  At this time of year you will also need a set of lights powerful enough to ride offroad which will last about 3 hours (for example)

Remember: no-helmet, no ride!

We have three mid-week rides to choose from:

  1. 7.00pm on Tuesdays
  2. 7.45pm on Wednesdays
  3. 7.00pm on Wednesdays (Introductory Ride – pace & distance to suit those present)

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Balmaha Hoo Ha! Confirmed for 31st January

Oak Tree have confirmed they have enough space for us on the 31st January. I need confirmed names for this amazingly great social weekend by end of this week – 26th Oct otherwise you might miss out on space. (http://www.oak-tree-inn.co.uk/)

the idea is that we will descend again (quite literally off the top of Conic..) to the doorstep of Oak Tree, Balmaha, welcomed in by a warm fire, cold beer a feast of food and good banter. When that all gets too much you can rest your weary head on the pillows of Oak Tree and awake refreshed for breakfast and a cycle home.

What could possibly be better? Now the details – if you’ve read this far your definitely interested. :)

The plan –Meeting in Bullands ~930am fuelled with coffee n bacon rolls on Saturday 31st leaving ~1030am and using pedal power alone to drive you along the westie to Balmaha. En route there is a sociable lunch stop in Drymen where the hardcore hit the pub and the not so hardcore hit the coffee shop for scones n tea. Arrive (preferably in one piece, particularly those who have been in the pub…) at Oak Tree Inn just before dark. Quick shower, change – fresh as daisies, for dinner around 630-7pm. More beers, banter followed by crashing out. Wake up (hungover?), breakfast ~9am – cycle back along westie to Bullands arriving back ~2-3pm on the Sunday.

Prices – Oak Tree have said they will honour same prices to last year. Thus twin and double rooms will be £37.50 and the bunkroom (housing 4 in each house) will be £12.50ea this includes breakfast also. Dinner and beer is extra – the menu is quite substantial and is yummy with something for everyone.

Logistics – last year we got a taxi to pick up and bag drop for us. It cost around £4 ea for delivery to and from the oak tree meaning you didn’t need to carry any baggage on the bike trip.   This worked well as there was approximately 20 of us so the price could potentially fluctuate dependent on the number of people going. Alternatively we can see if we can work something out with cars and people nearer the time.

If your interested list your name below with what accommodation you’d like before the end of this week, twin, double or bunkhouse (there is also single rooms too)

Hopefully see you all there!

Mabie weekend 28th to 30th November

Staying at Mathrown of Mabie and riding at Mabie on the saturday then probably Dalbeattie or Kirroughtree on Sunday. Day trippers also welcome and all speeds/ abilities welcome.

I’m already looking forward to the dinner….They have a massive dining table so hopefully we can organise some sort of pot luck. Who is making the venison stew this year?

And the bunkhouse has a hot tub.

£17.50 pp per night – please let me know how many nights you want to stay and can you give me cash -

at the film night at dales

-or can anyone leading the rides next week collect some cash and do a bank transfer. I can’t ride due to nasty bike thieves.

-Or you can email me to get bank details. Elizabeth_a_odonnell@hotmail.com

An event link with more detail can be found here http://www.gmbc.org.uk/event/club-away-trip-marthrown-of-mabie-fri-28th-to-sun-30th-nov/

Potential Oak Tree Inn Balmaha Hoo Ha!

Hi Bikers,

I have begun enquries into a potential 8th year descent from conic hill to Oak Tree Inn on either the 25th or 31st January. I am waiting for them to get back to me with avaliability and more importantly prices! For those not aware what this weekend is, its emphasis is sold on social ride with the three B’s, Banter, Beer and Bikes (not necessary in that order)

For those who havent had the pleasure of this amazingly great social ride it begins at the Bullands for coffee and bacon rolls, a taxi ride for your overnight kit, a ride along the westie to Drymen for tea and scones (or a pint or two for the hardcore) and a continuation onto Conic Hill and down into Oak Tree Inn for the evening of good food and beer before riding it all in reverse the next day. The ride has numerous bail outs to make the ride less technical, and the pace is very much social so there its totally suited to all those who have done the introductory rides this year.  The price has been £40 for twin/double rooms or £15 for the bunks including breakfast.

If the Oak Tree will match the same prices then I think this should be another excellent weekend!  I will keep you all informed when I hear details but just wanted to plant the seed as a few people have asked if this would be on the calender.

Speak soon and happy trails!



Volunteer(s) Needed: Local Ride, Saturday 18th Oct

Hi.  We’ve been contacted by a chap from Canada (Colin Bixby) who’s going to be visiting Milngavie (where his mum lived) and he’s keen on getting out on a ride.  I’m looking for someone to host a longer local ride this coming Saturday and to show Colin some of the trails.  I’ve arranged, with Chris from Dales, to get him a bike.  I’m thinking maybe 11am until 3/4pm, maybe up to Lennox Forest or the Whangie, Carbeth, forest trails.

If you’re interested in hosting this ride for Colin (& the rest of the club) then let me know ASAP and I’ll put you in touch with Colin.

Highland E-guide

Have a look at the new E-guide from Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) at Scottish Cycling. There are 21 natural routes and some trail centres being promoted across at the highlands that may interest a few of you. Any feedback would be great here or on the DMBinS facebook page.