Membership Subs 2016

Folks, the new membership sign up tool (via WebCollect) is now ready for you to use.  It allows you to  “buy” your 2016 club membership and to maintain your membership details.  As agreed at the 2015 AGM, we’re keeping the subs the same for 2016, i.e.

  • £15 for new members & non-Glasgow residents
  • £25 for returning members

Instructions for renewing your subs via WebCollect can be found on our Membership Application page.  Your details will be shared with our sponsors, Dales Cycles, so you can benefit from the discount on bikes, components and labour at the shop.  Other membership benefits include:

  • use of club facilities; bike wash & post-ride refreshments on mid-week rides
  • discounted accommodation at over 260 (S)YHA hostels in the UK
  • subsidised training courses (eg. first aid & navigation skills)
  • open invitation to join other club members for weekends away
  • club social events; summer BBQ, Christmas night out, social rides

If you have any questions about the subs process then please contact membership[AT]gmbc[DOT]org[DOT]uk

We’re looking forward to seeing you (back) at the club in 2016 and getting out on some great rides during the year.

Path Maintenance Sign Ups

We all enjoy the riding that Mugdock Park has to offer.  So now it’s your chance to put something back in to the park with some good, honest graft to help maintain the paths.

The dates for path maintenance in Mugdock Park have now been agreed with the park ranger and are as follows – all dates are Saturdays and sessions will be from 10am to 2/3pm (you’re welcome to sign up for part of a day too).

  • 13-Feb
  • 27-Feb
  • 05-Mar
  • 19-Mar
  • 16-Apr

If you’re interested in helping out then please sign up via the link below.  The form also contains an idea of the sort of work involved.  Feel free to share this with any friends who may be interested:


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.  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)

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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Bothy Ride

Well, the Bothy ride did take place and Tim Luke and I survived, despite our spouses scepticism. We set off for the bothy and quickly noticed the additional weight of our kit including 3kg of coal (each) as we puffed up the gentle gradient. My bike weighed 19kg and back pack another 10kg. I was also experimenting with my 1×9 set up, so I was struggling more than usual.

climb up from Bridge of Tilt

Once beyond the trees we were coming across patches of snow and then the patches of snow joined up. The snow had filled up the double track so it was easier to cycle across the heather. Who needs a fat bike anyway? We were just getting into our stride and we found ourselves descending down to the bothy a couple of hours later.

climb up from Bridge of Tilt


2 happy chappies

2 happy chappies

We had a quick tour of the bothy, one room with 2 platform beds, open fire and a kitchen table, the other half of the bothy was a work room and there was sleeping loft above the main room. With a couple of hours daylight we decided to head up towards Beinn Dearg. It was good to ride with out all our gear but we didn’t get very far before we were back into the snow.

We had a quick tour of the bothy, one room with 2 platform beds, open fire and a kitchen table, the other half of the bothy was a work room and there was sleeping loft above the main room. With a couple of hours daylight we decided to head up towards Beinn Dearg. It was good to ride with out all our gear but we didn’t get very far before we were back into the snow.

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GMBC 2016 – Latest Goings On

Hi folks, a quick update for some things that are going on or about to happen at the club:

Subs 2016 – we’re putting the final touches to a new sign up tool, it’ll also mean we can organise trips through it (thanks to Will for setting this up!).  Watch this space.

Weekends awayChrisJ’s bothy trip is next weekend, the Balmaha trip is pretty much organised (thanks Gary!), the Easter trip to the Yorkshire Dales is getting booked.  If there’s a trip you want to see happen then ask how the committee can help you (club funds to pay deposits on accommodation, for example).

Trail Maintenance – dates for the work days are coming soon (hoping for 2 in February & March and one in April).  Ryszard, Angus, Pete and myself have 1 more planning meeting with the park ranger to discuss what work needs doing.

Training courses – first aid and navigation skills were requested so there’s an action to work out what we can deliver to members.  More on this soon.

Club clothing – we’re looking into re-opening the Pactimo shop for club clothing.  I’d encourage anyone who is still to receive their 2015 top or their £10 discount to contact Stuart or Will respectively to arrange that.

Club facilities – we’ve asked the sports club if we can get use of the squash court areas for training courses and turbo training sessions for nights where it’s just too miserable for a real bike ride.  We’re also investigating making use of the courtyard space at the hall for a new dedicated bike wash.

Association with Dales – we’re planning a catch up with our sponsors, Dales Cycles, so if you have any ideas of what they can do for us and what we can do for them then shout up.

Events, events, events – cross country, orienteering, endurance, enduro, maybe even a hilly time trial.  There’s no shortage of organised events in the mountain biking calendar so if you’ve always fancied entering one and need some moral support why not ask around at the club to see who else is going?

Social media – we’ve added a Strava widget to the website and will be working on better integrating Facebook & WordPress so that it’s easier to share and see information on whichever platform you prefer.

Club Calendar 2017 – there’s a lot of great club rides throughout the year and some amazing photos that come out of them.  If you take a great photo on a club ride during the year, or you have one from a previous year, then keep it safe and towards autumn we’ll be looking for your best photos to compile into the GMBC 2017 (30th anniversary!!!) calendar.

If there’s anything else you want an update on then just ask or drop an email to me.

Basque MTB Trip: Summer 2016

Are you interested in getting away for some sunshine and stunning, technical riding this summer?  Well, I’ve been in touch with Doug at Basque MTB, he has a few spaces left for 11-18th June and he’ll be able to host GMBC riders who are riding at an intermediate to advanced level.  So far myself, Will and a mate of his are going.

Here’s the blurb from Doug about the Basque Coast:

“Put simply this part of Spain has everything we need with the Pyrenees, the Basque culture, and Spain’s stunning coastline. The mountain biking is very varied, from big mountain trails in the Pyrenees to stunning singletrack along the Spanish coast, each day we will choose something special to suit you.”


Accommodation is at a lovely B&B in Hondarribia, just above the town, with a pool and a short walk to excellent bars and restaurants.  A week with BasqueMTB is €750 (approx £590).

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Balmahooha Weekender 2016 – 5th March

Its that time again for the annual migration to Balmaha for one night of beer, banter and more beer!

This social ride usually takes place at the end of January however to ensure scorching spring temperatures its been moved to the 5th of March.

Very much a social event at a leisurely pace, but be quick, spaces are limited!

More information here:

Any questions post up or give me a call.


GMBC Easter 2016 Trip – Yorkshire Dales

Greetings all ye Crackpots, Slackbottoms and Shitingthorpes in the atlas of funny Yorkshire place names that is GMBC!

After some discussion we’re planning our 2016 Easter trip to the Yorkshire Dales (what about the Lakes? Probably too busy for large group rides.  What about the Cairngorms?  Good but we’ve been there the last few years.  OK, Torridon then?  Too far & not enough easier rides).

The dates are Thu 24th to Mon 28th March.

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Sunday Mugdock Local Ride

Local ride with various start point and times to suit various lifestyles:

  1. Early risers: 9am depart from the Club Hall, Milngavie – hosted by Iain Clow
  2. Had a beer the night before and fancied a wee lie in: 10am depart, Mugdock Visitor Centre – hosted by Graham  (route will return to visitors centre to pick up the 11:30 start)
  3. Hate early mornings:  11:30am depart, Mugdock Visitor centre – hosted by Sam & Dawn

Depending on the weather the car park at the visitor centre could be mobbed.  This is probably all over Facebook but these details are correct as I understand them.

Useful App

If you’re out on a ride and want to let someone know when you’ve reached a certain point without having to take your phone out and text then this app (Android only) might be useful.  For example, let someone know you’ve returned to the club hall or tell your spouse/partner/mum to put the kettle on when you’re nearly home from a ride.  I’ve been using it for the last few weeks, seems to work fine.