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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Easter Trip Update

Hi.  2 weeks to go before the final payment is due for the bunkhouse. Thanks to those who’ve paid up already, namely: Gav, John & Helen, Myriam, Angus, Gillian, Eilidh, Thomas, Sam and Tim C.

If you think you’ve missed out on a place then either sign up or drop me an email so I can add you to the list as we may have some spaces become available.

Glentress/Selkirk This Weekend

There’s a few of us heading down to Glentress/Selkirk for the weekend.  It’s primarily for the Bowhill duathlon on the Sunday but my plan is to head down to Glentress on Saturday for a bit of a play about.  I won’t be riding the black if I’ve got a race the next day.

Post up if you fancy coming along on the Saturday.  We also have 3 spaces in the bunkhouse (which is a 15min cycle from GT) if you want to make it a 2 day trip to Glentress.  The hostel is about £20 for the night, payable at the hostel.

Cheeky Friday Ride

Hi – Paivi & Dave are visiting so a few of us are heading out for a local ride this Friday and will be meeting up with Dawn after she’s done some crazy offroad run somewhere ;) .  It looks like there’s Barry, Thomas, Eilidh and myself.

11am at the club hall if you’re interested.  Paivi, Dave and myself will be riding up from Glasgow trying to follow the urban route in reverse.  Contact me if you’d like to join us for the ride up, otherwise we’ll see you at the club hall.


Balmahooha Ride

Hi folks,
I hope you’re all looking forward to the Balmaha weekend trip.  A big thank you to Dawn for organising it (again!) and to Lorna for transferring the bags (again!).  I’m sure it’ll be another great weekend and it’s great to see a lot of new faces coming along too.  As we’ve got a group of 20+ riders and we’re using a public path I thought I’d post up a few wee reminders to keep the ride running smoothly, I’m sure most of it is pretty obvious: Continue reading

Vacancy: Easter Weekend Away

We’ve had 1 person pull out of the hostel for the Easter trip to Grantown so there’s a space going if you fancy it.  It’s first come, first served so fill in your name on this form if you’re interested:

Easter Trip sign up form

Even if you miss this opportunity but are still interested and would be happy to pay up if a space became available then fill your name in to be on the waiting list in case we get any other folks pulling out.

To everyone else who has signed up a wee reminder that the accommodation money £74 is needed by Fri 27th Feb – just over a month away.  After that point the accommodation money is non-refundable unless you can find someone to take your place.

Final Roll Call and Arrangements for Balmahoooha!

Hi all,
Given, as usual, the list of those going changes a little in final days this is the final notification of who I have and their accomodation (there is also a free twin room space with Gavin if anyone is interested in upgrading from Bunkroom or someone else joining in?)
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‘Ard Work In Ardgarten

Epic isn’t a word that I’d have previously applied to Ardgarten, but add 6 inches of snow and it’s the only description.  A mixture of riding, slithering, and trudging through the snow, it was hard work and slow going much of the time, but blue skies, sunshine, and the views made it more than worthwhile.  However hard the going, spirits were constantly high, mostly about what a ridiculous endeavour we were embarked upon.  Even the comedy crashes were a laugh (although my bruised ribs are starting to disagree).  With the section from the frozen-over lochan to Lochgoilhead heavily snowbound, we were running seriously late and decided to take the road over the Rest And Be Thankful to have a fighting chance of finishing in daylight – after a leisurely stop for hot drinks and food :~)  The military road was something else, it was more like sledging than cycling: hold on, try to find some grip, and try to stay upright.  We eventually got back after about 6hrs, just as the light was fading.  Everybody demonstrated their handbrake turn on leaving the ice rink that doubled as a carpark.  That’s definitely a ride that I’ll be talking about for years to come.  Pencil in a return visit later in the year when the conditions are less extreme.

I learned something today – rim brakes and 6″ of snow do not mix well ;~p