I am looking at booking the ever popular Torridon weekend away trip for the 14-16 September this year.
- Drive up to accommodation Friday night approx 3.5/4 hrs drive
- Big ride on Saturday
- Return to accommodation Saturday night, chat, good times, food and drink.
- Smaller ride on Sunday
- Return home Sunday afternoon
Accommodation: Hopefully a hostel of some sort. TBC once we know numbers.
Distance: 45-50km, 1300m ascent. More can be added towards the end if we’re going well!
Terrain: Black grade. Rocky, very steep in places, some exposure, occasional drop offs. Distance adds extra difficulty – it’s harder when you’re tired!
Fitness: We won’t be pushing a super fast pace but it’ll be a reasonably long day and you should be comfortable you can handle several (7+?) hours in the saddle.
Bike: A well maintained mountain bike, full sus is ideal given the terrain.
Clothes & Kit: It’ll be September, in the mountains, on the west coast of Scotland so your guess on the conditions is as good as mine. It could be sunny, it could be snowing, it could be raining. You’ll need waterproofs and spare layers – not just to keep you warm while pedaling but also if we need to stop at altitude for any mechanicals. Hopefully the midges will have departed by then but a head net might help too.
Cost: Somewhere between £50 and £70 for accommodation, plus an extra few quid for food, again depending on numbers.
What I need from you as soon as possible…
Please post up if you are interested BY THURSDAY 5th JULY. I will start looking at accommodation options when I have numbers.
Here’s some photo’s from one of the previous trips……looks awesome!!
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)
Ramsay at Trailcoach is running an advanced MTB skills course at Cathkin Braes on 14th July so why not sharpen up your bike handling skills. More info here:
TrailCoach – Advanced Skills
Advanced MTB Skills
4th August sees Ramsay at Trailcoach run his Core Skills session at Cathkin Braes. If you’re new to mountain biking or want to go back to basics then check out some info in our calendar and on the Trailcoach site:
TrailCoach – Core Skills
Core Skills – Beginner MTB
Just to confirm, the 7pm local Intro ride is on this week in case you don’t fancy the hike-a-bike up Ben Lomond. I’m mulling a Burncrooks expedition this week, maybe even a Whangie loop if there’s time and it suits the group.
It’s steep, rocky and potentially midge infested but it’s a classic nonetheless. Involving a big chunk of hike-a-bike upwards from Rowardennan expect a rough, rocky (black + grade) trail with large drainage ditches and rock staircases and switchbacks in places.
Knee/elbow pads suggested (and obviously a crash helmet!!). Pack a spare tube or 2 as we had a few punctures last time. The plan is to ride/push up from Rowardennan car park and see how far we get before we need to head back down – fingers crossed, pretty far up. Sunset is around 10pm just now but maybe take a light just in case we have a mechanical up the hill and come down later than expected.
Meeting in the car park at 6.45 for a 7 o’clock ride time.
You now need to pay for parking in the car park so bring some change.
Fingers crossed the good weather will hold out until next Wednesday, should the weather turn bad we will postpone to another date.
NB: The Google map can’t place the car park too well, but it’s NTS car park at the end of the road, you can’t miss it.
We’ve been advised that there will be trail running events in Mugdock Park on Thu 14th and Thu 21st June (7 – 9:30pm both nights). If you’re riding on either of those nights then please be aware that you may be sharing the trails with more people than normal.
Trail running routes
Well that was a great wee ride! Sunshine, good company and great riding.
Sunshine on the Kilpatricks
A few more photos here:
Tuesday 05-Jun, departing 7pm from Old Kilpatrick Station. 8-9 miles, approx 1800ft of up & down.
More details in the ride calendar…
Hi, I’ll be along for the Tue 7pm ride this week. I’ll not be particularly quick but I’m planning on riding some techy trails while they’re so dry. I’ll also be along for the Wed 7pm Intro ride – and there’s a rumour that ex-pat, ex-club members Jo and/or Al Byford may make an appearance for the Intro ride.