Galloway 7 Stanes Weekend Away (18-20 Nov)

UPDATE 12-Oct: only 6 spaces remaining!

This was talked about on some rides recently.  The plan is to have a weekend trip to Galloway so we can pick up the 7 Stanes trail centres down in the south west (e.g. Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie, Mabie and Ae or even Drumlanrig).  It’s based on booking out an entire hostel, in Newton Stewart – 26 people max and from conversations we’ve got 6-7 people up for it already.  We’d ride at Kirroughtree on Saturday and head east on the Sunday.

It’ll cost £15 per person per night (assuming we get more than 18 people signed up).  We’ll keep a waiting list in case it’s oversubscribed.  NB: There’s a few notes on the sheet regarding reservations & cancellations you should be aware of.

If you want to come then put you’re name down on this sheet, it’s first come, first served:

Galloway 7 Stanes Weekend Away sign up sheet

Our last visit to Galloway:

Dalbeattie Sunshine #1



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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Reminder: North Third & Dumyat Ride

Hi, just a quick reminder about Sunday’s back-to-back rides:

North Third & Dumyat Ride

Start time in Cambusbarron is 09:30, we need to be away promptly to allow enough time for photos, chat & faff on the ride so we make it to Bridge of Allan station for 1pm.  If we finish North Third in time then you should have a chance to grab something to eat before the Dumyat ride but remember, the first 30-45mins is climbing so leave the fish supper until later!

If you’re only doing the afternoon/Dumyat part of the ride then post up here so I can let you know if we’re running behind schedule.

Fair City Enduro – this Saturday!!

Get your names down for this…

This was my first enduro & I would recommend it to anyone that’s had doubts on whether or not to race. This will get you hooked! It’s a super fun event whether your a keen a racer or out for a laugh.

Everyone rides the course blind, there is no practice… I remember this being pretty scary, what if there’s a 7 foot drop?! There wont be…if in doubt roll it out… most in the club will manage these trails. At the end of the day, it’s how fast you take that risk 🙂 it’s very addictive. Just go for it!

I’ll be heading over & if the terms and conditions are concrete you could be chasing a flamingo through the woods…

GMBC Christmas Night Out (10th Dec)

Yes folks, it’s only 59 more sleeps until the (in)famous annual knees up that is the GMBC Christmas party.

Who can forget (or remember!) such fantastic moments from previous years as the glorious GMBC dancefloor takeover of 2014, the comedy disguise photobooth, Katie O’s shot bar olympics, the Angus MacSween stair climb challenge and eating and drinking everything Siempre Bicycle Cafe had to offer.  Well, it’s time to get booked in for another evening of fun and games……

Siempre Bicycle Cafe (beside Kelvinhall tube station) are welcoming us back with more lovely food and cold drinks (maybe tea for Tom W!) on Saturday 10th December.  It’s a 3 course meal for £19.95 (not including drinks).  It’s open to GMBC members plus a guest.  Places are limited so book & pay up early to guarantee a space.  We’re managing the booking via WebCollect and you can find all the specific details in this event page:

GMBC Christmas Night Out – Siempre Cafe

Hope you can make it.

Mugdock SMBO Photos & Belated Thank Yous

Belatedly, what a crackin’ day the SMBO event turned out to be!  The feedback from the competitors was really positive; a great course, a well organised HQ, great prizes and great soup and cakes.  Hopefully it’ll spur some folks on to try an SMBO event next year or to help out if we organise another one in the future.

A big thank you needs to go to Tenn Outdoors (shorts and snoods) and Dales Cycles (goodie bags) and various club members for supplying prizes for the event, Bullands Coffeehouse and Andrew Smith’s wife for supplying the soup. There’s a lot of work beforehand, on the day and afterwards so a big thank you to everyone involved in helping out with setting up the hall, obtaining prizes from sponsors, managing registration, issuing maps, collecting back in all the checkpoints and signage, the excellent homebaking crew, prize giving officials and the hall clean up team.  It’s definitely a team effort so thanks to everyone involved.

A special thank you to Angus, Tom and Will for setting up the course and printing the maps and finally a special mention to the big fat high pressure sitting over Scandanavia for the epic sunshine.

I finally managed to upload some of the photos from the SMBO event ….


We’ve Got Prizes!!

The good people at the cycling & outdoor clothing company, Tenn Outdoors, have provided a selection of their Protean 10K waterproof baggies and one-size-fits-all snoods for the Mugdock SMBO this Sunday.  If you want a chance to win some of these (and hopefully have a great ride and enjoy some tea, cake & banter afterwards) then you’ll need to get your name down for the event!

Tenn Outdoors snood

Tenn Outdoors snood

Tenn Outdoors

Protean Waterproof Shorts

Protean Waterproof Shorts

Reminder: Upcoming GMBC Events

Friday 30/9 – social expedition to the pub (Coopers on Gt. Western Road) – all welcome

Sunday 2/10 – MTB orienteering in Mugdock, get yourself entered and try to not get lost on your local trails!!  Warning: Contains prizes and post-ride munchies.

Sunday 23/10 – North Third & Dumyat rides – close to Glasgow, 2 rides to choose from.

Sunday 30/10 – Blair Atholl/Pitlochry ride – beautiful autumn scenery on offer (weather permitting).

Galloway trail centre weekend away (18-20 Nov) – if you’re interested then please put your name down ASAP as we need to confirm the booking for the SYHA by the end of the week.

Super Selkirk Singletrack Saturday

In the club calendar for this coming Saturday:

Selkirk Singletrack Saturday

It’s a chance to explore some of the less-ridden (but still excellent) trails in the Tweed Valley.  I’m hoping the dry-ish weather in the east this week means the trails are in decent condition come Saturday.  Expect lots of climbs (3000ft+), a similar amount of descending, exposed moorlands, forest singletrack and a wee bit of fireroad and tarmac to join up the fun bits.  Take food for the day as a cafe stop isn’t guaranteed on this ride.  The meeting point is the main car park in Selkirk town centre, just off the town square.

Last time it looked a bit like this:

Epic Views

Epic Views

And according to the-now-Sheffield-based-ex-GMBC-rider, Grant H, it was one of his highlights riding here in Scotland when he said,

The Selkirk Singletrack ride this Summer, you all owe it to yourself to try this at least once.

You do owe it to yourself.  Get beyond the trail centres, we can ride them during winter!!