As per an earlier request for volunteers, Jason Hammersley is requesting marshalls for the British XC Championships at Cathkin Braes on 16/17th July. If you are able to help then please contact Jason and advise that you heard about the request from GMBC. Thanks.
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:
- 7.00pm on Tuesdays
- 7.45pm on Wednesdays
- 7.00pm on Wednesdays (Introductory Ride – pace & distance to suit those present)
So, while “summer” is here, where do you want to ride? Epic or easy, local or remote, short or long distance – it’s all good. Post up your ride suggestions here on gmbc.org.uk or on Facebook. Get your ideas up and let’s see who else is up for some rides. Here’s my top 3 wishlist:
- Lochnagar Loop
- Glen Clova/Mayar/Kilbo Path
- Glen Tilt
Just a quick reminder that there’s an Intro ride taking place up at Carron Valley tonight. Given the showers today hopefully the trails will be better drained at Carron Valley. From previous chats there were 3 people up for this excursion. If anyone else is up for it please email info[AT]gmbc[DOT]org[DOT]uk or drop me a text. If you can’t make Carron Valley then there is still the regular 7pm ride from the hall.
In the meantime, enjoy this photo from a sunny & dry ride last night:
I spotted a FB post asking about tonight’s rides. I’m not sure who’s riding at 7:45pm but Ryszard and I will be out at 7pm for the Intro ride. It looks like it’ll be wet. On the upside, we’ve got some cakes left over after the BBQ for post-ride munchies! It’s unlikely that the 7pm and 7:45pm rides will be doing the same route. In fact, I’m not sure there’s any such thing as a “route” in Mugdock.
NB: next week’s Intro ride is up at Carron Valley, for a change of scenery/midges.
Check out the offers from our sponsor Dales which were emailed today:
Remember to mention you are a GMBC member for purchases and servicing member-discounts!
Extract from Dales email:
We’ve got 25% off our Specialized bikes* and 20% off the Giant Defy and Liv Avail ranges, so don’t miss out! We have stores in Glasgow and East Kilbride, so come and visit us if you’re on the lookout for a new bike or accessories.
Debbie and the team look forward to seeing you in store soon!
I’ve just added this, not sure if it will just ping to Facebook?
If you’re interested, please read carefully & all the way through! If it’s going to work as a club trip you’ll need to let us know asap so we can get the limited accommodation booked up while it’s still available.
It’s probably fair to say Torridon is some of the best natural singletrack we have in the UK. MBR reviewed a smaller version of the planned route a few years ago…
“From the outset, this splendidly isolated trail ascends consistently and gradually — rarely does such great altitude come so easily. Only in a few places will you need to switch your brain on, and this firm, stony trail is rideable in all conditions, offering considerable grip. Once over the small wooden bridge, the mountains start to close in, the trail steepens and the challenges begin. Some fighting spirit and strong legs will see you up most of the climb; only in a few places will the best have to push.
Once up on Bealach Ban, you are greeted by one of the best views anywhere in the UK. To the north is the Liathach, a collection of Munros arranged along a West-East axis, and it’s here that the terrain of Torridon is at its most striking.
At the lochan above the corrie, the fun begins with some fast, rocky singletrack around the water’s edge that’s a taste of what is to come. Drop into the Coire Lair on some loose rubble, barrel though a series of crests and dips and keep the power down as the glen opens out. When a number of paths converge you’re at the beginning of arguably the best section of descent in the UK. The gneiss rock offers unrivalled grip and the turns keep coming. You might even find yourself laughing at the ridiculous quantity of grip on tap.”
Likely plan: Continue reading
Wednesday 20th July, from 7pm