SMBO Sunday 27th October – Hosted by GMBC – New Venue

Come join us on Sunday 27th October for what is being tipped “as the greatest round in SMBO history”. The concept is genius…mountain biking and orienteering in and around Mugdock Country Park and surrounding areas! Following on from the success of last years event, Glasgow Mountain Bike Club are hosting another round of Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering  2019 Series bmbo.org.uk and promises to be a fun day out. Last year we hosted around 40 riders, and everyone came back with a smile on their face and splattered in mud. The course takes in woodland, moors and even a castle. A mix of walkers’ paths, fire roads, some fun technical trails and hills mean the event is suitable for all abilities whether you just want to have fun or are looking for more of a challenge. This year we have changed the location/venue, it starts and finishes at the Kirkhouse Inn in Strathblane. It has ample parking and toilet/changing facilities and everyone entering gets soup, tea/coffee and a cake. Registration will be open from 9.30am, and results and prize-winners announced from 2:30pm. And here’s a bonus, enter by the 20th of October and save 10% off the fee. Using the marked-up maps provided, you start at the Inn and try and find as many checkpoints as you can in three hours. There’s no defined route, and checkpoints vary in distance, location and points!  The event is open to adults and children (children are required to be with a supervising adult). You can enter as a solo or a pair; we’ll give you a map showing the checkpoints and a dibber to check in at each checkpoint. We have aimed to make the course fun for all, from first timers to experienced mountain bikers with lots of easily reachable checkpoints, along with some further afield for those looking for a challenge.  You can enter here: bmbo.org.uk We want to see as many of you enjoying the event as possible, this is a great opportunity to field a team of GMBC jersey-wearers, and highlight and promote the Club. There have been a number of club winners in previous years. If you would prefer to help out we will need a couple of volunteers to help out on the day. Tasks include setting out & retrieving checkpoints & signage, directing people to registration and start points, a small amount of car park attendance (until event starts), course “marshalling”. If you have any questions about the event or if you can volunteer then please post below, on the GMBC Facebook page, or speak to Barry, Julie, Graham, Tom & Ian Godber.

Week Day Rides

Midweek club rides start from Gavin’s Mill in Milngavie, which is a short bike ride from the station.  (View a Google Map of the location).  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, MTB Batteries lights, Solar Storm or these from Planet X/Magic Shine or these PlanetX ones.)

Remember: no-helmet, no ride!

We have three mid-week rides to choose from:

  1. 7.00pm on Wednesdays (Introductory Ride – pace & distance to suit those present)
  2. 7.45pm on Wednesdays

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Save The Date: Mugdock SMBO

Sunday 27th Oct is the Mugdock round of the Scottish MTB Orienteering series, based at the Kirkhouse Inn, Strathblane. The checkpoints are being planned and refreshments are being ordered. Keep the date free to come along and try your hand at navigating around Mugdock & surroundings in the 3 hour race format. More details about times, sign on and cost etc will be confirmed on the calendar event below;

Trossachs MTB Orienteering

The weather looks good for the Trossachs round of the MTB Orienteering season which is on this Saturday, starting at Brig O’ Turk. It’s a time limited race (probably 3 hours) to collect as many checkpoints as possible. If you’re late back you lose points. The route you choose is up to you. It’s a great event format for any ability level, you go at your own pace (unless you’re in a team with Tom Wylie 🙂 ). There’s usually munchies after the event and a relaxed vibe. Can’t say fairer than that for £15!

Sunday Local(ish) Ride

I’m planning a localish bike ride on Sunday 08-Sep. It’s weather dependent but at the moment it’s looking OK. Meet in front of Gavin’s Mill building (in the Tesco car park, Milngavie), ready to ride for 10am.

Take some food but I’m planning on a cafe stop in Killearn. The route will take us out of Milngavie towards Carbeth then there’s a couple of options depending on the weather but we’ll end up in Killearn for a break. Then it’s the pipe track back to Strathblane & up to Mugdock before heading back to Milngavie for fist bumps and high fives. Including the stop I guess this will take about 4.5hrs.

Terrain is expected to be non-gnarly for the most part. Pace will be on the slow side of medium speed. Basically it’s a sociable “bimble”.

GMBC: We need your help

You may or may not be aware of the Single Speed UK event being held at Comrie Croft at the end of August. It’s a charity event, organised by volunteers and is supporting Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). We’re actively seeking either donations to the fund raising or sponsorship support & prizes for the event itself. We have a large community of riders within GMBC and surely you know some businesses or individuals who would like to lend their support.

CRiY, is close to the hearts of many in the cycling community, former British youth cycling champion Ben Forsyth (son of Scottish world championship winning endurance mountain bike rider Keith Forsyth) lost his life to a cardiac condition at the age of 20 last year.  Read the story here.

Support us by passing the hat round (£)

A JustGiving site has been set up for cash donations (link and below)
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ssuk19

Support us by sending goods – race, raffle and auction prizes

Please send these to the race office (nothing is too big or too small)

FMR Research, St Georges Studios, 93-97 St Georges Road, Glasgow, G61 3RP

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Club Trip: SSUK19, Comrie, 23-25 Aug

We’re overdue a club trip/social. So, why not join some GMBCers & sign up for a weekend of riding & social activities at the GMBC-sponsored Single Speed UK event Comrie Croft? What’s the plan?

Fri. 23-Aug to Sun. 25-Aug.

  • Friday – a couple of hours evening ride on local hills & trails – mid-ride pit stop at the pub in Comrie, return to the Croft to the onsite bar.
  • Saturday – “race” day, it’s a very social & relaxed event followed by food, drinks, prizes, an auction, music & even more socialising
  • Sunday – another few hours mellow, social riding and more banter
  • Onsite facilities: camping, food shop, bike shop, cafe, toilets/showers
  • Prizes provided by Genesis Bikes, Shand Cycles, Glenturret Whisky, Endura, Fibrax & more

More info: Comrie SSUK19 Facebook page and here’s a video of the 2017 version of the European singlespeed event, held in Scotland, so you get a flavour of the atmosphere.

Sign up at the SSUK19 Eventbrite site, £50 for racing, £35 for a non-riding ticket.

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