2014 AGM

Just a note to bring to your attention this years AGM taking place on the 26th November at Dales.

Details can be found here, http://www.gmbc.org.uk/event/2014-gmbc-agm/ which, also includes a link to the draft agenda.

If you have any items that you would like to see added to the agenda, please post a comment to the calendar event by 17:00 on Monday 24th. Any additional items will then be considered for inclusion. This will allow the agenda to be amended and printed in time for Wednesday. If you miss the opportunity to post additional items Any Other Business does appear on the agenda.

Week Day Rides – Tuesday & Wednesday

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.  At this time of year 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:

  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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North Third- Sunday 23rd November

Hi All,

Anyone want to give North Third and explore this Sunday? Despite this being one of my local trails, I have never been! So, with it featured in this month’s MBR, along with a handy map, planning to navigate it.


Full details will be posted on the callender…

Ready to Ride Time:10.30am

Meet: park on Gillies Road, just of Main street, Cambusbarron near fk7 9PE.

A 2014 GMBC Hilly Time Trail – gauging interest for this…

I had intended trying to run a 2014 version of this event in September/ October, but time got away from me. So…..

…. how about Sunday 28 December (am)?

How many of you would be interested in trying to use your recently consumed turkey wings to help you get up the Kyber Pass?

To make the event happen, I will also need a few volunteers to marshal on the course. Ideally I’d need about 10 volunteers to marshal all the key junctions, although we could get away with fewer by leaving certain junctions un-manned, just arrowed.

Last year a few friends from Fusion Triathlon Club joined us and a couple of their members helped with the volunteering. I would propose we open the event up their membership again – always helps with entry numbers too!

Either reply below, or email me on fyzicalrex@gmail.com with feedback/ further suggestions.

Thanks, John B

Club Top Update

First up an apology for not keeping members informed on the current club top position. The committee has been hit pretty hard this year with members moving away, new jobs and new arrivals. This has unfortunately meant that some things have taken longer to sort out than anybody would have wished.

You will recall that we had a set of club tops designed to allow members to try on the various styles and sizes. We took orders at that time however, having seen the physical examples of the tops we decided to incorporate a number of small changes into the final design before placing the order.

Unfortunately, soon after the sample tops were produced Alan Doyle, who was designing the tops for us, left Dales. It then took us some time to get the design files from Dales and then find somebody who could make the changes to the original design. In the mean time, one of the sample jerseys has been used by a club member who has not given entirely positive feedback on the quality of the top. This might be a reflection of that top only or might be a reflection of the general quality. At this time the Committee are reviewing the situation with the possibility that an alternative supplier is approached to fill the order.

As you will know the AGM is on the 26th of November if you are able to come along we would hope to be able to update you further then.


The Committee

BasqueMTB Ride Report: Autumn Sunshine

Earlier this year I finally got myself organised enough to sign up with an ex-GMBC’r, Doug MacDonald at BasqueMTB and opted to do his Back Country Pyrenees trip which included a week of skills coaching with Ed Oxley from Great Rock.

It’s one heck of a road trip and, as Doug said, it crams a month’s worth of riding into a 6 days.  My Garmin reckons it was 8,300ft of climbing and over 26,000ft of descent over only 96 miles.  The trails were a mix of dusty, dry desert, bedrock, alpine switchbacks and pine forests.  They were frequently steep and sometimes off camber and some had a fair degree of exposure with big drops off to the side if you screwed it up.

It was great to be coached and pushed beyond how I normally ride and the guides and other guests were a great crowd to hang out with.  If you get a chance then I’d recommend the Back Country Pyrenees trip.  It’s got me wondering what other trails Doug has to offer.  In the meantime, here’s a wee blast of Autumn sunshine, Basque-style.  Sadly, now a distant memory.


More photos.

Replacement Bike Dilemma

The insurance has agreed to replace my bikes and so now I have a dilema… 29er or 27.5, full suss or HT?

Any advice on the pros for 29er full suss mtb.   Some say full suss 29ers are only good in straight lines and the cornering is hopeless, comments?

I’m 5ft 8 and would usually ride standard medium bikes, any thoughts on 29er geometry – should I be trying out small frames.

I’ll pop in to Dales at the weekend for a tryout but any advice or experience gratefully accepted.



Glengarr loop on Sunday 16th November

Is anyone up for riding the Glengarr route- meeting at  bankfoot up to Birnam Woods then rumbling bridge and back through Glengarr?  Wet feet are (very) likely but it’s not a super long ride (25km 3hr or so I think). Big, beautiful open country, only an hour from Glasgow. I would like to leave Glasgow at 8.30am, to be ready to ride just after 9.30am. If you’d like a lift just let me know.

Drumlanrig – Sat 15th Nov @10am (Prompt – Ready to Ride)

Alison & I are planning to ride Drumlanrig on Saturday 15th Nov (unless the weather is dire). Meeting at 10am – Prompt – ready to ride, from the main car park. We need to be back on the road at 3pm as heading on down to the Lakes. Nothing too fast/techy as been loaded with the flu (at least that is my excuse). Not planning a café stop either. Please let us know if you are interested.