Week Day Rides – Tuesday & Wednesday

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:

  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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Aberfoyle Sunday 29 April 10am

Sunday ride at Aberfoyle tomorrow. Meeting in the main car park opposite the Scottish Wool Center at 10am.

Will be riding the “enduro” trails behind Go Ape and around the mast area. These are red and black graded natural trails. Helmet essential and knee pads, elbow pads highly recommended.

Ride is likely to last a couple of hours, plenty of options for coffee and cake after the ride.

Hope to see some of you there.

Post up if your coming along.

 

Glasgow 2018 – Stewards Needed

Here’s a message that came in to GMBC from the G4S recruitment for the Glasgow 2018 European Games (and other events)….

Hello,

I’m getting in touch with local Glasgow cycling clubs regarding opportunities for staff and members (who are over 18) to work at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

As you’ve probably heard, cycling will be a big part of the championships and we will be supplying Event Stewards for Road Cycling races across Glasgow, Stirling and East Dunbartonshire, Track Cycling at The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Mountain Biking at Cathkin Braes and BMX at Knightswood Park. In addition to the 2018 championships we also have other exciting events coming up such as Ed Sheeran at Hampden, Bruno Mars, TRNSMT Festival & year round events at the SSE Hydro.

The work is on a casual basis to fit around existing commitments and involves tasks like checking tickets, showing people to their seats and providing general information and assistance to the public.

It’s a great opportunity to earn extra money whilst playing a part in these historical games.

Applications are to be made through the G4S Careers Portal and interviews can be selected and booked by applicants using our online booking system. You will also find further information regarding the role through this link:

http://eventsjobsuk.g4s.com/jobs/Glasgow-Customer-Care-Stewards-2018_106546/

If you would like any further information about this please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best regards

Ian

Ian Nowacki

Recruitment Officer – Scotland

G4S Events, Secure Solutions (UK) ltd

For more info contact

ian.nowacki[AT]uk.g4s.com

All Hands On Deck – Trail Maintenance #2

This coming Sunday (08-April) is path maintenance session #2.  We need as many folks as possible.  The plan is to work on Riverside again.  It’s a popular path and some sections aren’t holding up well so the Ranger has suggested some repair work on the wider, muddy sections.  This means we need quite a few bodies to complete it on the day so if you’re free please put yourself forward, even if you can only attend for a few hours.

The day’s work is planned from 10am to approx 3pm.  Meet at the boulders on Khyber Road.

If you want to join this session then please email info[AT]gmbc[DOT]org[DOT]uk so we can plan the work etc.

Easter Weekend 30 March – 2 April

Hi Folks,

Its almost time to get the bike prep’d and get your bags packed.

Just some final things before we go;

Accommodation

Bunkhouse will be available from 4pm on Friday afternoon. Bedding is provided.

From memory there is a bike wash facility, however i am bringing a bucket and sponge just in case!

Food / Drink

This weekend is primarily self catering. Sam has kindly arranged an Indian takeaway on Saturday evening (£12.95 includes mixed starter, main, rice, nann and a soft drink. Make sure you bring plenty of supplies closest shop to the bunkhouse is 8 miles away.

The club will be providing Tea / Coffee / Milk and some fruit etc.

Riding Plans –

There are plenty of trails in the area and we are planning on doing various rides to suit everyone. There is still quite a lot of snow around in the mountains at the moment and there is a rumor that “Beast From The East MK3” is going to hit at the weekend! Hopefully it wont come to anything but it’s nothing us hardy GMBC folk can’t handle 🙂 So be prepared for winter riding conditions, plenty of warm clothing and spares etc.

There are some of us up for a ride on route to Laggan on Friday, Dunkeld or Aviemore has been suggested so far, I will post up when I know more.

If you have any questions, give me a shout.

Looking forward to seeing you all there at the weekend 🙂

Trail Maintenance Sessions

We’re planning 2 dates for trail maintenance within Mugdock Country Park this Spring and we’re looking for volunteers to help out.  The dates are Sunday 25-Mar and Sunday 08-Apr.  If you want to join the session then please email info[AT]gmbc[DOT]org[DOT]uk so we can plan the work.  More details about the work will follow shortly.

Easter Weekend 30 March – 1 April 2018

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR THE EASTER WEEKEND AWAY. THERE ARE 9 PLACES LEFT IF YOU WANT TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON THE TRIP YOU MUST BOOK UP AND PAY BY FRIDAY 9 MARCH.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFO

 

Hi Folks,

Plans are now in place for our annual Easter weekend away. Please see details below…….. get in there quick to secure your place!!!!

Accommodation
 
We have booked Laggan Pottery Bunkhouse for 15 in accordance with club interest. Maximum bunkhouse capacity is 22, if all 15 places are booked and you still want to attend please contact the bunkhouse directly. http://www.potterybunkhouse.co.uk/
2 nights (30/31 March) – £40
3 nights (30 March – 1 April) – £60
 Bunkhouse is open from 4pm on Friday
Food / Drink 
Bunkhouse is self carting. Looking at ordering an Indian takeaway to the bunkhouse on Saturday night
Onsite coffee shop (opens at 10am)
BYOB, looks like the closest supermarkets Kingussie / Newtonmore
Travel 
Bunkhouse is accessible by car. Please post up if you would like to car share.
There are some potential rides on route if leaving from Glasgow ( Comrie Croft and Dunkeld). I am sure the will be some chat going around if anyone is interested in this.
 Rides
There is an abundance of riding for all abilities around the Laggan area, some on the door step of the bunkhouse and some more just a short drive away, here are some ideas for rides we have so far;
Friday – Possible rides on route as above
Sat / Sun – Ben Alder Loop / Kingussie singletrack / Laggan Wolftrax & Enduro trails / Carn Barn More / Glen Feshie
I am sure folk will know of some more trails in the area.
Booking
Click the link below to head over to the web collect site to book your place. Spaces are limited on this trip to secure your place please book by Wednesday 21 February.

*Conditions – reservations & cancellations

By signing up you accept that you are liable to pay for the accommodation which you have reserved

If you reserve a space and do not pay by the due date your space will be offered to the next person on the waiting list

Space is reserved on a first come first served basis – a reservation won’t be considered as final until it has been paid for

We will keep a waiting list in case the accommodation is oversubscribed.

If you reserve a space and then cannot attend your space will be offered to the next person on the waiting list – if there is no-one on the waiting list it is YOUR responsibility to find someone to take your place

Last night was one of those nights when…

  • ….. you had a free evening AND the weather was dry – hallelujah!!
  • you turned up to find out you’re the only one riding on a dry, winter’s night
  • you had a mechanical before you even left the car park
  • the mud and puddles weren’t quite frozen despite it being just below freezing
  • your front mech froze (yes I still use a front mech!) during the ride leaving you on the granny ring but you’re unfit so you were never out of the granny ring anyway
  • it felt like -20 when it was only -2
  • you lost the feeling in your toes half way round your route
  • you had the trails to yourself and the fellow bikers you met were friendly and enjoying themselves
  • you got back and noticed the mud had frozen onto the bike and it’s set like concrete
  • you kept the heating off in the car on the way home so the frozen mud didn’t melt and create a swamp in the car boot
  • you got home and felt happy that you made the effort and had another winter ride to remember.