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:
- 7.00pm on Tuesdays
- 7.45pm on Wednesdays
- 7.00pm on Wednesdays (Introductory Ride – pace & distance to suit those present)
There’s a 9am local ride tomorrow for anyone not going out to Arrochar. Cafe stop included.
Mugdock Sunday Local Ride
It was probably quite short notice for most people but we had to seize the chance to get a snowy ride in and the wintery conditions made planning ahead a bit tricky. Anyway, Sam, John and myself met up at Comrie Croft to do some exploring around Strathearn while we still had sunshine and crunchy snow.
Anyone fancy a ride in snowy Strathearn tomorrow (Saturday 14th)? Starting from Comrie Croft at 10:30am, heading in to Crieff on a lower path and exploring the local trails on The Knock before stopping for a cafe break. After that it’s back to Comrie by whatever route people fancy.
Here’s the calendar entry for the ride…..
Comrie XC Exploration
Comrie Croft advised the roads are clear and have been treated, although there may be some snow & ice on the driveway up to the Croft.
Trails @ Crieff Hydro
Why not inspire yourself to get out and ride with our GMBC 2017 photo calendars? It features a glossy A4 image each month plus a calendar grid to note down all the gnarly/easy/pub rides you’ll be doing. The photos were voted on by folks who attended the AGM and were taken by fellow club members. The locations include Torridon, Glen Tilt, Strathearn, Conic Hill and then exotic places like the Spanish Basque Coast…….. and Yorkshire.
The calendars are only £7 and they’re selling fast so what better way to grab a wee souvenir of the GMBC’s 30th anniversary year! (this sales pitch is almost as good as anything you’d get from Barry Mears!!). 😉
OK, I’m sold, how do I get one??
Just go to Webcollect and click on the GMBC Calendar 2017 in the Events box and follow the steps.
Please order your calendar promptly so we can get them distributed ASAP so you can enjoy the January photo of Tom Downie riding a wintery Lammermuir Hills with his daughter in a bike trailer!! I’ll arrange to distribute calendars on Wednesday rides. Here’s a sample of the calendar images…..
Tough Guys, Torridon by Mario
Strathearn by Mario
Dumyat Sunset by Graham
Fancy a Mugdock local ride tomorrow? If so, 9am from the club car park or 11/11:30am from the cafe at the visitor’s centre.
Sunday Mugdock Local
It’s a fact – GMBC is ace! Don’t just take my word for it, here’s what club members said when they were asked to describe what they like about the club….
|‘the organised rides/routes and the social night’ – Gary Clark
|‘Trips, good chat and general helpful advice’ – Will Aylward
|‘Everything’ – Angus MacSween
|‘The sexy club president…xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx’ – Alistair Iveson
|‘Friendly, knowledgeable and challenging club rides and events. Unlocks the hidden gems of trails and routes in and around on me Glasgow and further afield!’ – Andrew Smith
|‘Riding with like minded individuals.’ – Stuart Harrow
|‘Motivation to ride via the inspiration that is chat, tea, and biscuits.’ – Gav Thorburn
|‘I like GMBC. They make me feel weird. In a good way.’ – Neil McNamara
|‘Great people to ride with. Everyone made welcome. Plenty going on.’ – Simon Haslam
|‘Tea,tea,tea, race,tea!!!!’ – Thomas Wylie
Thanks to all who submitted photos for the 2017 GMBC picture calendar – the club’s 30th anniversary year! I’m happy to say that the vote counting following the AGM wasn’t hacked by the Russians and the most popular photos have been assembled into the calendar by new Commitee member, Ewan Evans. Thanks to Ewan for his hard work and a big high five to Mario for taking the photo which was the most popular choice to go on the cover. We’re working out costs, order quantities and delivery logistics so watch this space.
Tough Guys, Torridon by Mario
Hi. Just a quick note to say that the Mince Pie Ride is on tonight. The plan is for a prompt start at 7pm (seriously!), get back to the hall shortly after 9pm, fire up the mulled punch & enjoy some chat over Aldi’s finest mince pies. Intro & 7:45pm riders welcome.
Serving Suggestion – any similarity to the actual GMBC offering is purely co-incidental and/or highly unlikely.
Just a quick note to say thanks to all those who’ve signed up for the Christmas meal in Siempre tomorrow night. It should be a good night. If you didn’t sign up but fancy joining us for drinks a bit later on then you’re welcome to pop into Siempre a bit later, maybe from 9/9:30pm onwards. Last orders at Siempre are 10pm so we’ll probably be moving on somewhere else shortly after that, there’s no specific plans yet though.
If you’ve ridden at Comrie Croft you’ll know there are some great manmade trails but there’s a whole lot more to explore if you dare to step out beyond the trail centre (photos courtesy of Al D.)
Elizabeth surveys Strathearn