Week Day Rides

Midweek club rides start from Gavin’s Mill in Milngavie, which is a short bike ride from the station.  (View a Google Map of the location).  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, MTB Batteries lights, Solar Storm or these from Planet X/Magic Shine or these PlanetX ones.)

Remember: no-helmet, no ride!

We have three mid-week rides to choose from:

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

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Trossachs MTB Orienteering

The weather looks good for the Trossachs round of the MTB Orienteering season which is on this Saturday, starting at Brig O’ Turk. It’s a time limited race (probably 3 hours) to collect as many checkpoints as possible. If you’re late back you lose points. The route you choose is up to you. It’s a great event format for any ability level, you go at your own pace (unless you’re in a team with Tom Wylie 🙂 ). There’s usually munchies after the event and a relaxed vibe. Can’t say fairer than that for £15!

Sunday Local(ish) Ride

I’m planning a localish bike ride on Sunday 08-Sep. It’s weather dependent but at the moment it’s looking OK. Meet in front of Gavin’s Mill building (in the Tesco car park, Milngavie), ready to ride for 10am.

Take some food but I’m planning on a cafe stop in Killearn. The route will take us out of Milngavie towards Carbeth then there’s a couple of options depending on the weather but we’ll end up in Killearn for a break. Then it’s the pipe track back to Strathblane & up to Mugdock before heading back to Milngavie for fist bumps and high fives. Including the stop I guess this will take about 4.5hrs.

Terrain is expected to be non-gnarly for the most part. Pace will be on the slow side of medium speed. Basically it’s a sociable “bimble”.

GMBC: We need your help

You may or may not be aware of the Single Speed UK event being held at Comrie Croft at the end of August. It’s a charity event, organised by volunteers and is supporting Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). We’re actively seeking either donations to the fund raising or sponsorship support & prizes for the event itself. We have a large community of riders within GMBC and surely you know some businesses or individuals who would like to lend their support.

CRiY, is close to the hearts of many in the cycling community, former British youth cycling champion Ben Forsyth (son of Scottish world championship winning endurance mountain bike rider Keith Forsyth) lost his life to a cardiac condition at the age of 20 last year.  Read the story here.

Support us by passing the hat round (£)

A JustGiving site has been set up for cash donations (link and below)
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ssuk19

Support us by sending goods – race, raffle and auction prizes

Please send these to the race office (nothing is too big or too small)

FMR Research, St Georges Studios, 93-97 St Georges Road, Glasgow, G61 3RP

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Club Trip: SSUK19, Comrie, 23-25 Aug

We’re overdue a club trip/social. So, why not join some GMBCers & sign up for a weekend of riding & social activities at the GMBC-sponsored Single Speed UK event Comrie Croft? What’s the plan?

Fri. 23-Aug to Sun. 25-Aug.

  • Friday – a couple of hours evening ride on local hills & trails – mid-ride pit stop at the pub in Comrie, return to the Croft to the onsite bar.
  • Saturday – “race” day, it’s a very social & relaxed event followed by food, drinks, prizes, an auction, music & even more socialising
  • Sunday – another few hours mellow, social riding and more banter
  • Onsite facilities: camping, food shop, bike shop, cafe, toilets/showers
  • Prizes provided by Genesis Bikes, Shand Cycles, Glenturret Whisky, Endura, Fibrax & more

More info: Comrie SSUK19 Facebook page and here’s a video of the 2017 version of the European singlespeed event, held in Scotland, so you get a flavour of the atmosphere.

Sign up at the SSUK19 Eventbrite site, £50 for racing, £35 for a non-riding ticket.

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Woohoo – we have a new clubhouse!

At the end of last year, concerns were raised around some of the practicalities of our clubhouse venue. The committee listened and over the last few months, we have been in contact with several different venues to ensure that the club’s requirements can be met and have found, what we believe to be a fantastic premises!

Introducing GMBC’s new clubhouse….Gavin’s Mill.

Gavin’s Mill

Situated on Gavin’s Mill Way (via the road into Tesco Milngavie), Gavin’s Mill (run by volunteers) operates as a fair trade shop and café owned by the Gavin’s Mill Community Project and is described as “a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, which aims to look after Gavin’s Mill as a community resource, and to work with local community groups to develop it into a centre for sustainable food and crafts, building on the heritage of the Mill and its surroundings.”

From early discussions, we were delighted with the Mill’s ethos and enthusiasm to work with local groups as well as being open and amenable to meet our club’s requirements (e.g. enabling us to fit a new tap so we can wash our bikes!)

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