30th Anniversary Weekender – final details

Just a final update to confirm the ride plans for the weekend. If anyone is planning on coming along for either day let us know.

Friday night – depends a bit on the weather and when people arrive. If there’s appetite for it then a wee fireroad spin up Ben Gullipen in time for sunset could be on the cards. Maybe pack a headtorch just in case. The Lade Inn is also another possible destination for an evening ride. Graham is going to email round those registered so far to gauge interest.

Saturday – “red”/medium ride – leaving the hostel about 10:30, to do a loop of the Mentieths on a mix of fireroad, cycle path and singletrack. Aiming for a mid ride stop in Aberfoyle around lunchtime. As we’ll be riding in Aberfoyle on Sunday we’ll not take in most of the techy trails but, depending on those present, there could be a wee detour en route to the lunch stop for some singletrack. Aiming to be back at the hostel by 4pm for munchies and merriment.

Saturday – Gnarr ride – leaving the hostel at 10:00, the final plan will be dependant on the weather and decided on the Friday night at the hostel; option (1) Ben Ledi and Stank Glen, 25km(ish), riding from the hostel, climbing/pushing up Ben Ledi and descending down the same path, taking in some of the trails in Stank Glen before returning to the hostel; option (2) Ben Vorich mega-loop, 45km, riding from the hostel and mix of fireroad/singletrack/big push to the top, ride down the main Ben Vorlich path and returning via Glen Ample or NCR 7.  Given the recent weather option (1) is much more likely but both options are fairly remote with techy/rocky descending, with limited options for cafe stops etc so pack for big day out and bring plenty of food and water and knee pads etc.

Sunday – Variety of rides out of Aberfoyle, plus, there’s a Dales Cycles demo day for GMBC and friends of GMBC in Aberfoyle on Sunday, based in the main car park. Ali from Dales will be hosting it so come along and maybe try a bike on the skills loop or on some of the local trails.

Original post with full detail of the weekends plans here;

It’s Nearly Here: 30th Anniversary Weekender!!

Club Tops – For Sale

In order to meet some of the minimum quantities for the top order from Pactimo, we had to by some extras. Therefore the following 30th anniversary club tops are available for club members to buy;

Men’s Continental 2.0 Jersey, Size L (fits small, so more like a M) £40.80

Men’s Trail SS Jersey, Size M £46.20

Men’s Trail LS Jersey, Size L £60

You can find more details on the tops – https://www.pactimo-custom.com/

Ewan Evans has the tops at his work so get in touch with him if you are interested in buying a top or checking the sizing. His details below;

Xtreme Auto Tints
104 Dalsholm Road
G20 0TF

0141 945 65555


Club tops – ready for collection!

After what seems an age, the 30th Anniversary club tops are now in our possession and they are looking good!

I’m away on holiday next week so Ewan Evans has stepped in to help distribute the tops to everyone who placed an order. He’ll be out on various weekday rides (and the skills training on Saturday at Cathkin), which he will post up about on Facebook or they can be collected from his work during the day. Address and contact details below, best to give him a call before you collect as he is out and about quite a lot.

Xtreme Auto Tints
104 Dalsholm Road
G20 0TF

0141 945 65555

All of the orders are individually packaged and have your names on them so it will be easy to find your top. There’s also a sheet with your order details to confirm. If there are any problems let me know.

There are also a few spare tops for sale which I’ll post up about separately.






30th Anniversary Club Tops – Shop Now Open

The Pactimo shop is now open..finally!

The 30th anniversary club tops will be available to buy through the Pactimo shop until Tuesday 9th May.

To enter the shop, go to  https://teamstore.pactimo.com/stores/select  click my team store, then input glasgowmountainbike password in the below window

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A few important points;

  1. ‘If people are using a visa debit, they should inform their bank otherwise their purchase transaction will be blocked by their bank as believing to be fraud.  We are a US based clothing company and so banks will block the transaction to protect the client.  When banks are informed prior to placing the order with us transactions go through with no incident.  Please do inform the team otherwise their cards will be block.  Visa and Master card are accepted but not American Express. ‘
  2. ‘ENTERED ORDERS CAN’T BE CANCELLED, if a wrong size is entered we can alter it BEFORE we close the team store but not after the store has been closed.’
  3. There are a couple of small errors with logo positioning on the tops shown in the shop. Don’t worry, these have been corrected for the production templates.
  4. Please do not ask Pactimo to re-open the shop if you are late to purchase a top. This delays the whole order for everyone.

The fit kit will be available for the last time at tonight’s ride (Wednesday 03-05-17) as I have to send it back tomorrow.

Any questions, give me a shout


30th Anniversary Club Tops

We are now in the final stages of the club top design and will hopefully have the online shop open at the end of this week or the start of next week.

Below is a sample of what the final design will look like on the continental top. All the variations will be available to view when the shop opens. (Kudos to Mario for the work he has put in with the top design.)




We will be offering the following tops;

S/S Continental Top – male/female
L/S Continental Top – male/female
S/S Trail Top – male/female
L/S Trial Top – male/female
Brekenridge WX-D Vest – male/female

You can find details on the tops here – https://www.pactimocustom.com/collections/mountain-biking

Sizing Kit – I will make the sizing kit available at the sports club before and after the evening rides on the follow days;

Tuesday 25/04/17

Wednesday 26/04/17

Tuesday 02/05/17

Wednesday 03/05/17

Please let me know if you are planning on coming to try on the sizing kit. If anyone can’t make these dates get in touch and I’ll see what we can do. Other people trying on the tops can also give feedback on what the actual sizing is like.

More details to follow.

30th Anniversary Jerseys Coming Soon…..

As most of you will be aware 2017 is Glasgow Mountain Bike Club’s 30th birthday. As we did for the 25th anniversary, there will the a 30th anniversary jersey to celebrate this.

We have been working on the new jerseys and enlisted the help of graphic design guru Mario Aquaro, who is currently putting the finishing touches to the design.

We will be using Pactimo as the supplier as we did in 2015 and purchases will be through their web shop again. We hope to have the shop open early-mid April (so don’t spend all your wages on bike bits just yet).

More details soon….


Mugdock SMBO 2016 – Call for volunteers

As some of you may already know GMBC are hosting a round of the Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering series on 2nd of October. A few of us from the committee are undertaking the main organising duties but we are looking for some volunteers from the club both on the day and help with planning in the run up to the event.

We will be looking for help with checkpoint placing and collection, placing signage, checking riders in/out at the hall along with other tasks.

If anyone is interested in helping out then post up or get in touch.

We will hopefully have full details available and entries open by the end of the week.

Scottish Enduro Series Round 1 – Dunkeld

I thought I’d have a stab at a write up of the Dunkeld Enduro, if you are interested read on…

‘one of the most technically challenging enduros the UK has ever seen.’ was the description bestowed upon the first round of the Scottish Enduro Series by Enduro MTB magazine, I’m glad it wasn’t just me who was in over their head! After some persuasion, I convinced Rich HB to join me on the trip to Dunkeld to throw ourselves down hills with 300 or so other mountain bikers all in the name of fun.

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