Introductory Rides 2014: Starting 30th April 7pm

Introductory rides are starting again.

GMBC curious? Just getting back into riding? Fancy a chilled out ride? Then introductory rides are for you!

Wednesdays 7pm at Bearsden and Milngavie Sports Club located here .  We’ll head out for between an 1hr 30min – 2hrs at the pace of the slowest rider for a social ride on good trails (think trail centre blue).  Tea and biscuits/beer afterwards.

All you need is a well maintained off road suitable bike, a spare tube, pump and multi-tool and some enthusiasm.  Remember: no-helmet, no ride!

If you have any questions email info@gmbc.org.uk, post below or on Facebook.  A current GMBCer will be on hand at each ride to bore you senseless with terrible patter  provide information/advice about the club and mountain biking…

See you on the trails.

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??

Sunday CX Ride Report

So, with all the weather warnings we decided to leave the planned Loch Tay ride to another day.  Instead we met up in Bridge of Allan and followed Sam out on her local cyclocross-friendly ride.  The route was a real mix of terrain; mud, gravel, grass & tarmac.  Some of it steep up and some of it very steep down.  It took us up to and around Dumyat through a field of cows (and one mahoosive bull!) before descending into Menstrie on a lumpy track which rattled the fillings out of your teeth on the crossbike.

From there we had a blast out & back along the Jubilee Way to Tillycoultry as the rain got serious.  By the time we popped out of Stirling Uni we were soaked but happy we’d managed a great wee ride and it was time for cups of tea and fish & chips from the Allanwater Cafe.  Job done!  Definitely one to repeat for more riders as it would be a good ride for newer riders.

A big thank you to Sam for hosting this one!