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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Arran Photos – Part 1

So, it was another amazing weekend away with GMBC and Arran delivered lots of great, challenging riding.  Great craic all weekend and a big thank you to Tom for organising it all.

The “easy” Sunday ride was fortunate enough to bump into a professional photographer (Andrew Surridge) who took these photos.

Arran Sunday Laggan ride photos by Andrew Surridge

My shonky, pocket camera photos will follow later in the week. :)

Cairngorm Loop Ride Report

This ride was the last thing I wanted to tick off for the year after the 400 and 600km Audaxs and a decent performances (by my standards) at 10 under and GT7 – all of which were filed under the ‘might not get another chance for 20 years’ category.  Before we start, here’s a warning.  This is both long and boring.  If you can’t be bothered reading much, then here’s the ride in numbers:

0: Number of punctures

1: Number of riders

1: Number of randy trackpumps

1.30: Hours/minutes of dry feet

4: number of OS maps required

5: Number of repeats of Rough Trade Shops Indiepop 09

6: Number Pop-tarts eaten

15: KM of hike-a-bike

18.16: Hours/minutes riding time

24.01: Hours/minutes total ‘on bike’ time

289.3: Total km for weekend

4000: Number of midgie bites received in Glen Feshie

Anyway, my Cairngorm Loop weekend ride was massively popular with a total of two people (Tom and Luke – no surprises there) expressing any kind of interest but neither able to make it.

So I just went on my own.  Nevermind, two whole days of peace and quiet is something of a treat these days. (update 04/09: two days!? two minutes is a luxury now…)   The planned route followed this (more or less) http://www.cairngormsloop.net/map.html with a planned stop at a B&B in Aviemore. 101 miles on day one, 85 on day two.  An early start required meant I would travel up to Blair Atholl and Friday, sleep in the car, and ride off first thing on Saturday morning. Continue reading

Weekend Events

Hi.  There’s plenty happening this weekend so I thought I’d summarise what’s going on:

  • Friday – club social, Drygate pub, 7pm onwards, all welcome, meet your fellow clubmates and find out what they look like without crash helmets and being caked in mud!
  • Saturday a.m. – path maintenance with the Mugdock Park Rangers, meet at Mugdock Visitor Centre, 10am for 2 hours
  • Saturday p.m. – local ride after the path maintenance, meet at the club hall, 1:30pm.  Chilled out ride, helmet required and a post-ride cafe stop is planned.
  • Sunday – Kirkie audax event (road ride), 10am

Selkirk Ride Report

Another great weekend away with GMBC saw a bunch of us riding down at Glentress on Saturday and then on the natural trails around Selkirk.  It went a bit like this:

Saturday, rain, sunshine, mist, sunshine, black trail, mudfest enduro trails, Gary’s new bike caked in mud, cups of tea, cake, more tea, pub, Dene & Kev, Italian meal, beers, waiter on the wind up, Gav’s mystery pen & hairy pizza, more beers, more tea, creaky beds, Tom’s midnight dancing (or did he).  Sunday, more tea, Selkirk locals trails, amazing downhills, broken chains, almost crashes, steep techy descents, long long long climbs, long long long descents, more singletrack, welcome cake stop, even more tea, even longer climbs – in the sunshine, heather moorland descents and saving the best singletrack to last!!

We only managed about 45km of the 66km route and missed out some of the best trails so it looks like we’ll need to get back there some time very soon.  Big thanks to Sam, Ryzsard, Gary, Nick, Tom W, Julie, Bosco, Gav, Eilidh, Lisa and Scotty for making it such a great weekend.

Some photos

5 ferries this Sunday anyone ?

Pete, Sanny and I are planning on doing 5 Ferries this Sun, 24th, riding from Wemyss Bay Station 0730 sharp for 945 ferry from Ardrossan. Last minute but were waiting for a good forecast.

So post up here or on FB if you fancy it. Road bikes required and an average pace of 15mph. Its about 65-70 miles, with brekkie on first ferry and sandwiches from Co-op in Tarbert for lunch. Bring snacks and bottles though !  If al goes to plan ferry back to Wemyss bay gets in 6ish

More TV Action For GMBC Types??

Don’t say GMBC doesn’t provide exciting opportunities for its members………

We’ve been contacted to see if anyone would be interested in taking part in the TV show “Dinner Date”.  I believe it’s a dating show based around cooking a meal or summat.  Contact dinnerdateAThattrickDOTcom if you’re interested.


Although I can cook I can’t do puddings, unless flapjacks count and I’m probably washing my hair that night anyway or riding my bike or washing my hair after riding my bike.

Anyway, good luck if you go for it and if it makes it on to telly I expect to hear a discussion about wheel sizes, gear ratios and how awesome you are on Strava.

Weekend Rides: Glentress & Selkirk

If you want to join the weekend away trip for one of the days I thought I’d post up the plans.  NB: we also still have x1 space in the hostel if you want to stay over on the Saturday night.  If you’re interested in either the hostel space or joining the ride then post up on the website or email grahamDOTandertonATgmbcDOTorgDOTuk

Saturday:

Meeting in Glentress for a play about (assuming the enduro event leaves some trails free).  Some folks arriving about 10am, some a bit later.  If you’re coming let us/me know and we’ll arrange to meet you.

Sunday:

Sunday’s ride will start from Selkirk, aiming for 09:30 start and doing a route with multiple loops near the Selkirk area so there are bail out options if needed.  The full route I had in mind is about 65km and about 7000ft of climbing!!  Don’t worry, the bail outs are there for a reason :)  It’s a really varied mix of trails but I’d say it was for the intermediate rider who is comfortable on red trails with the occasional piece of black-grade trail.  There’s a cafe stop after either 25 or 45km but take food anyway.  Meet point TBC but probably the main public car park in Selkirk behind the town square.  Again, email if you’re interested.

x1 Space For Selkirk

We’ve had x1 person cancel for the Peebles / Selkirk trip this weekend so there’s a space in the hostel going. It’s the Saturday night only and it’ll be £20. The plans for Saturday’s riding are being worked out just now but it’ll be a shorter ride than Sundays one. If you’re interested in the space then post up on the website or drop me an email.

GMBC Social/Leaving Do: Fri 29th Aug

So, it’s been awhile since we’ve had a good old swally in the pub.  And, sadly, 3 long term club members are leaving for pastures new so we thought it was an ideal opportunity to get together and celebrate the start of some new adventures, whether you’re leaving Glasgow or not.

Tom & Ieva are moving through to start the Edinburgh chapter of GMBC (maybe) and skinny Simon is flitting to France where the sun shines all the time and drinking wine is a national sport (this should suit Simon no end!!).

The plan:

  • Where: Drygate Beerhall (upstairs), Drygate Brewing Co., 85 Drygate (we have a table booked for 20 people)
  • When: 7pm onwards
  • Who: open to all; new members, not-so-new members, partners/friends etc.
  • What: turn up, get food if you fancy that, get a drink, chat and be social.

So, who’s up for this??