Week Day Rides – Tuesday & Wednesday

Midweek club rides start from Milngavie & Bearsden Sports Club (see map below), which is a short bike ride from the station.  There’s no need to join GMBC to come along to your first few rides.  The routes and durations vary to suit the conditions & those present.  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.

During Autumn, Winter and Spring (Sept – April) you will also need a set of lights powerful enough to ride offroad which will last about 3 hours (for example, Solar Storm lights or these from Planet X/Magic Shine.)

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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Mugdock SMBO 2016 – Call for volunteers

As some of you may already know GMBC are hosting a round of the Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering series on 2nd of October. A few of us from the committee are undertaking the main organising duties but we are looking for some volunteers from the club both on the day and help with planning in the run up to the event.

We will be looking for help with checkpoint placing and collection, placing signage, checking riders in/out at the hall along with other tasks.

If anyone is interested in helping out then post up or get in touch.

We will hopefully have full details available and entries open by the end of the week.

Heads Up: This Week’s Intro Ride

Hi.  From emails to the club it looks like we might have 5-6 new riders joining us for the Intro ride this week, which is great.  Can I ask a favour from any regular GMBC Intro riders who might be coming along this week – please can you charge up and bring any spare bike lights you may have?  It’s just in case we get a good turn out and finish at dusk.  Regarding the route & the pace for Wednesday, we’ll manage it so that everyone gets a ride they enjoy.

Right, I’d best go and buy some more biscuits then 😉

Reminder: Saturday & Sunday Rides

Saturday – Angus Glens ride, 35km, 1100+ metres ascent, big hills, big views.  Chris McD, Nick and myself are going – any other takers?  If so, departing Glen Clova Hotel 09:30.  I think Chris still has space for 1 or 2 passengers if you’re interested.

Sunday – Local Ride (Kilpatricks), easy pace, nothing too technical, cafe stop and lots of chat – 6 or 7 folks have been in touch to say they’re up for it.  10:30am start, 3/3:30pm finish.

Sunday – Away Ride (Ardgarten Loop) with Iain, gravel ride, departing Ardgarten car park 09:30, midday finish.  See GMBC Facebook group for details.

Deeside Trail – Group Ride

I’ve put this in the calendar, so this is a heads up

The Deeside Trail is a 150 mile circular bike packing route starting in Banchory. The route links up some of the best trails and scenery in Aberdeenshire, Deeside and the Cairngorm mountains.

The route can be done as an Independent Time Trial and there will be a group ride with a suggested start time of 8am on Saturday the 3rd of September 2016.

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Unfortunately it clashes with SSUK and I wont be going to either.

A Weekend Of Riding

13-14th August

  • Option 2: Sat 13th Aug –  “A Big Day Out” – location TBC but, if the weather permits, it’ll be somewhere remote with big mountains and hike-a-bike. #staunch
  • Option 3: Sun 14th AugLocal Ride – a journey to the centre of the Kilpatricks.  Nothing techy planned, just a pleasant ride.  Route/distance will depend on the weather.  This ride is aimed at new riders/riders new to the club as I’ve seen a few requests for weekend rides recently.  The focus is definitely on social & friendly and doing some exploring – if that wasn’t enough enticement I’m bribing you with a cafe stop too!!  🙂

Post up on the website or on FB to say if you’re coming.

Last minute spin; Mon Aug 1st

I quite fancy the novelty of going out for a spin in the sunshine. Weird, eh? Weather forecast says tomorrow should be fine, Tuesday less so, Wednesday even worse. So I’m gonna go for a spin; Mugdock, all the usual suspects but this time in marginally less mud. Look to leave at 7pm from the car park and be back 9ish. If minded to go post a response here or on FB.

Neil