Wednesday Club Rides

Hi all, we hope you’ve enjoyed the variety of club rides we’ve organised to get back into group rides over the last 6 weeks. The plan moving forward will be to run one of these club rides on the first Wednesday of each month,then for the other weeks of the month we’ll encourage members to meet up for rides at 7pm on a Wed and post up on the Facebook members page any other rides they’ve planned (weekends/other evenings). Info on the 2nd June ride can be found below

Hello from Marina Cycles

Hi everyone, just wanting to introduce myself as the club’s new sponsor – Marina Cycles.I’ve been riding with the club since 2000, and so I’m really stoked to be supporting the club in this way.

As well as the discount (10% on most things) for paid up members, once covid begins to blow over I’m looking forward to hosting some ride-outs from the shop – Lennox Forest, Barrhill and Croy Hill and a load of loops up the Campsies and elsewhere (as well as post ride hose as well as the usual biscuits and tea available post ride!).

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GMBC Statement on Getting Back to Group Activities

Good news people, as we see lockdown rules easing, we are in a position to undertake group rides again.

We expect there will be a number of people raring to go on these, so we have agreed on the following approach to allow this to happen. This is following a review of the risks and is in line with current guidance being issued to sports clubs in Scotland

  • Do not come to a group ride if you have any symptoms which could be related to COVID-19
  • 2m physical distancing should be in place outside of the ride
  • The ride must leave at the time stated to limit unnecessary congregation time
  • Current guidance states a maximum of 30 riders in a group applies however in line with our normal approach to group rides, and to minimise risks, we would suggest a maximum group size of 8-10 individuals.
  • If more than 8-10 individuals turn up it is suggested to split the ride into suitably sized groups whilst avoiding contact between groups at the start, finish and during the ride. Ideally, start and finish times should be staggered to facilitate this.
  • A ride co-ordinator must be allocated for each activity. This will be the first person to post up the activity. As such please familiarise yourself with the requirements and be prepared to take responsibility when organising any activity. The key necessity is to ensure you have the names and contact details of those people on the ride.
  • When planning a route avoid pinch points like known fallen trees or gates where riders may congregate. On routes which do involve gates, the first person to arrive at it should open it and let everyone through before joining the back of the group.
  • Avoid frequent stops where possible and if required to stop then ensure this is in an open space where physical distancing can be maintained.
  • The clubhouse remains unavailable after rides so there will be no bike washing facilities for the time being
  • It remains more important than usual to be self-sufficient. This means a well maintained bike, lights, and all the tools, clothes and spares you are likely to need, and being prepared to find a way of getting home independently in all but the most unlikely of circumstances.

– Have fun!

Thanks

Your GMBC Committee

COVID-19 Statement

From Luke (GMBC Chairman)

In line with the recent COVID-19 advice:

https://www.gov.scot/news/people-advised-to-limit-social-contact/

We are trying to do our bit, and as such the committee has made the difficult decision that we won’t be organising any group rides as a club until this advice changes. This includes Wednesday night rides. I hope you manage to keep getting out, keep the fitness and skills up for when we can ride together again.

I’d recommend for those who might be doing more solo efforts to feel free to ask here for routes, or download Trailforks or similar to help you find the, er, trails.Hopefully we’ll still be allowed out solo/in household groups for the forseeable future, I’m sure you’re all capable of deciding how to behave outside of club activities to get us through this with minimal impact.

This isn’t a great bit of news, but I’m sure with enough YouTube Shreddits and chat on here we’ll make it through even if we get into a full lockdown.

Cheers,

Luke