GMBC Christmas Night Out (10th Dec)

Yes folks, it’s not long until the (in)famous annual knees up that is the GMBC Christmas party.

Who can forget (or remember!) such fantastic moments from previous years as the glorious GMBC dancefloor takeover of 2014, the comedy disguise photobooth, Katie O’s shot bar olympics, the Angus MacSween stair climb challenge and eating and drinking everything Siempre Bicycle Cafe had to offer.  Well, it’s time to get booked in for another evening of fun and games……

Siempre Bicycle Cafe (beside Kelvinhall tube station) are welcoming us back with more lovely food and cold drinks (maybe tea for Tom W!) on Saturday 10th December.  It’s a 3 course meal for £19.95 (not including drinks).  It’s open to GMBC members plus a guest.  Places are limited so book & pay up by Fri 02-Dec to guarantee a space.  We’re managing the booking via WebCollect and you can find all the specific details in this event page:

GMBC Christmas Night Out – Siempre Cafe

Hope you can make it.

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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GMBC Photo Competition Entries

Here’s the photos that have been entered into the GMBC 2017 calendar photo competition.  Those attending tonight’s AGM will have the chance to choose their favourites to be used in next year’s calendar.  Why not have a flick through and see what you think….

Photo 33: GMBC2017_Kirroughtree2_RHebb

This Week At GMBC (AGM + Rides)

Reminder 1: The club AGM is on this Wednesday evening (7pm for 7:30pm start) so there’s no Intro ride planned that night.  The AGM will have some food & drink, club tops for sale, a raffle and the photo competition.  Although the heating in the hall is a bit shonky there will be plenty of hot air tea available to keep you warm 😉

You’ll need these:

Tuesday Ride – is anyone riding tomorrow night?  We have a rider who’s new to Glasgow who wants to join us.  Post up or let me know so I can let her know.  Or post up on FB so she can see it.

Reminder 2: Sunday 27-Nov is the Dales Demo Day at Cathkin Braes, get signed up to try bikes from Giant, Scott and Specialized.  See the event in the club calendar for more info.

Reminder 3: If you want to sign up for the GMBC Christmas Night Out in Siempre (<TrumpMode> great food by the way, I love these guys, I love ’em, you will too.  They’re making nights out great again. </TrumpMode>), then you need to sign up AND pay by Friday 02-Dec so we can get the deposit, numbers and food orders to them in time.



GMBC Jersey Sale

As noted in the AGM notification post we have a selection of Club Kit that will be on sale at the upcoming AGM (23rd November) on a first come first served basis. Below is a list of the items that we have available. Kit is being sold at cost with the exception being the small, short sleeve jerseys which are being sold at a special discounted rate of £15 each.


Men’s Jersey Short Sleeve
3 x Small (£15 each)
3 x Medium (£41.62 each)
2 Large (£41.62 each)
1 XXlarge (£41.62 each)

Sizing of the short sleeve tops are on the athletic side. I would advise sizing up but you can try on the night.

Men’s Jersey Short Sleeve
1 x Medium (£56.30 each)
1 x large (£56.30 each)

We will accept cash payments on the night of the AGM.

We also have a number of jerseys ordered by club members who have not yet collected them. If this is you they will also be available to collect at the AGM



Have your say on how your club is run.  The AGM is open to all current GMBC club members.

Wednesday 23rd Nov, arrive 7pm for 7:30pm start at the Milngavie & Bearsden Sports Club

Details can be found here,

If you have any items that you would like to see added to the agenda, please email them to committee[AT]gmbc[DOT]org[DOT]uk.

The AGM will include club clothing sale, food & drinks, prize raffle and the voting for the 2016 photo competition.  If you are not able to attend the AGM then please send your apologies to the committee email address above.

GMBC 2016 Photo Competition

Have you been on any club rides this year and taken a decent photo or two?  Would you like the opportunity to see your photo included in a glossy GMBC calendar for 2017?  Well, why not enter our competition to select photos for our 2017 calendar?

You may or may not be aware that 2017 is GMBC’s 30th anniversary so what better way to celebrate some of the great rides we do by having them printed in A4 size so you can stare longingly at them rather than do useful, productive work.  A small run of calendars was done for 2016 using Bob Books, the rough cost was approx £14/15.  A sample calendar will be available to view at the AGM.  Here’s an idea of how it looks….

Calendar sample

Calendar sample


  • Send photos to the club Flickr account via email to forms02laps[AT]
    • Use subject line of email for photo title – use this format please; GMBC2017_yourPhotoTitle_yourName
    • Use body of email for description, include location & name of rider
  • Photos should be in JPG format, please avoid very large file sizes, 3-5MB is plenty.
  • The design of the calendar means that photos in a landscape orientation will work best.  Portrait orientation can be accepted but these may be included in a collage type image or cropped to fit.
  • Closing date for submissions is Mon. 21-Nov (i.e. after the Galloway trip)

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Fireworks Night Ride (02-Nov)

It’s time for the annual health and safety nightmare involving pyrotechnics and lycra as we prepare for the GMBC Fireworks Night Ride on 02-Nov.  Here’s the plan:

  • Everyone brings some munchies and a few fireworks on a Wednesday ride
  • A mellow ride up to Cape Canaveral, i.e. Loch Ardinning, enjoy some social chat, share the munchies and launch some fireworks.  It’ll be a slightly later start for the usual “intro” folks, we’ll aim to leave 7:15pm* so the 7:45pm crew can catch us up at Loch Ardinning and the Intro riders aren’t standing around too long.
  • There’s a vague plan to provide some mulled wine and hotdogs.
  • Hopefully there will be the usual grand finale display which will leave us all with that underwhelmed feeling which comes when your great expectations end in a whimper of mediocrity and bargain basement gunpowder.

Previous years’ highlights include the smell of burning bar tape after launching rockets from the end of Simon Simpson’s handlebars and the mixed look of exhilaration and fear on ChrisJ’s face as he survived the re-ignition of Luke’s showstopper firework!

Although the weather is looking fairly settled for Wednesday night I’d suggest bringing some warm clothes as we’ll be standing around for a bit watching the “display”.

*Yes, I know, 7:15pm is often the time we end up leaving the car park anyway.


Oooh, aaaah!

Northern Ireland Adventure (Brexit holidays)

We’re thinking of doing a club trip to Northern Ireland  next year.  To make it worth getting the ferry across (which is about £200-220 for a car) we would be looking at making a long weekend of it.  Think of it as a mini-holiday rather than a weekend trip. Brexit holidays are the future anyway!

So I’m proposing we go on the Thursday night (7.30pm ferry from Cairnryan) and come back on the Sunday night (3.30pm or 8pm ferry) which would give us three full days of riding. Probably staying at camping pods at Rostrevor to keep costs down, or there is a hostel near there too.

It would be good to get a rough idea of numbers so that we can think about options like hiring a van to make it cheaper (fewer vehicles on the ferry) and suchlike. So if you are interested, let me know your preferred date. Or just say if you can do any dates or want to make it a longer / shorter trip or whatever.

Easter is the 16/17 April and Will is already planning a trip away then so we thought a few weeks before that might be good – hopefully the weather won’t be too terrible!

Check out some ideas for the riding round there.

Fill out the poll or comment on your thoughts on dates, duration etc.


Blair Atholl Ride Report

11 riders, 30km, over 4000ft climbing & descending, amazing autumn colours, blue skies, dryish trails and some epic scenery.  Smiles all around and some tired legs by the time we got back to Blair Atholl for tea & cake at Cafe Bosco & Julie.  The day had 3 major climbs and 4 good downhill trails.  Some first-hand trail knowledge from a local pointed us to a new trail with hints of more new trails near Pitlochry to be explored on a future ride.  In the meantime you’ll need to make do with these photos:

Even more Blair Atholl ride photos