All Hands On Deck – Trail Maintenance #2

This coming Sunday (08-April) is path maintenance session #2.  We need as many folks as possible.  The plan is to work on Riverside again.  It’s a popular path and some sections aren’t holding up well so the Ranger has suggested some repair work on the wider, muddy sections.  This means we need quite a few bodies to complete it on the day so if you’re free please put yourself forward, even if you can only attend for a few hours.

The day’s work is planned from 10am to approx 3pm.  Meet at the boulders on Khyber Road.

If you want to join this session then please email info[AT]gmbc[DOT]org[DOT]uk so we can plan the work etc.

Trail Maintenance Sessions

We’re planning 2 dates for trail maintenance within Mugdock Country Park this Spring and we’re looking for volunteers to help out.  The dates are Sunday 25-Mar and Sunday 08-Apr.  If you want to join the session then please email info[AT]gmbc[DOT]org[DOT]uk so we can plan the work.  More details about the work will follow shortly.

Last night was one of those nights when…

  • ….. you had a free evening AND the weather was dry – hallelujah!!
  • you turned up to find out you’re the only one riding on a dry, winter’s night
  • you had a mechanical before you even left the car park
  • the mud and puddles weren’t quite frozen despite it being just below freezing
  • your front mech froze (yes I still use a front mech!) during the ride leaving you on the granny ring but you’re unfit so you were never out of the granny ring anyway
  • it felt like -20 when it was only -2
  • you lost the feeling in your toes half way round your route
  • you had the trails to yourself and the fellow bikers you met were friendly and enjoying themselves
  • you got back and noticed the mud had frozen onto the bike and it’s set like concrete
  • you kept the heating off in the car on the way home so the frozen mud didn’t melt and create a swamp in the car boot
  • you got home and felt happy that you made the effort and had another winter ride to remember.

2017 Annual General Meeting

Please note that it’s the club’s AGM on Wednesday 29th Nov (arrive 7pm for 7:30pm start).

  • To submit any points for the AGM agenda then please email info[AT]gmbc[DOT]org[DOT]uk by Monday 20th Nov.
  • A finalised agenda and previous AGM minutes will be made available before the 2017 AGM (hopefully by 22nd Nov).

Currently the plan is to host the AGM in the lounge area upstairs at the sports club and as per previous years, there will be some light refreshments available as well as the famous GMBC AGM prize draw.

It’s YOUR club so we encourage everyone to participate in the AGM so you can have your say about what’s working well and what we can do to make the club better for its members.  Hope to see you there.

Graham (GMBC Chairman, on behalf of the Committee)

Pub Trip (28-Oct)

Posted by Barry on FB.  Saturday 28th Oct, from 7:30pm onwards in Coopers pub on Great Western Road.

All welcome; whether you’re a GMBC member or not, come along, say “Hi” and enjoy some banter.

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

It’s only a few weeks to the club’s 30th anniversary weekend away!  There’s still some spaces left for the trip.  The hostel is in a great location in the Trossachs, surrounded by lochs and mountains and some great biking for all abilities.  The Trossachs Tryst hostel has been renovated since our last visit with a new kitchen and bathroom facilities and it still has the great indoor and outdoor space to host our weekend.

Apart from some great rides and plenty of laughs, what can you expect from the weekend away?  Here’s a rough plan:

Friday 18th – The Starters

  • Arrive at hostel from 4pm onwards – don’t turn up early – you won’t get access
  • Meals: local food at the Lade Inn pub or make use of the new kitchen to prepare your own
  • Events: possible short, non-techy evening ride up nearby Ben Gullipen, start time TBC (hopefully at the top in time for sunset), socialising in the hostel

Saturday 19th – The Main Course

  • 10am – local rides depart
    • Ride Option 1: Angus – techy
    • Ride Option 2: Graham – mix of trails, some tech, some fireroad, looking for distance and scenery
    • Ride Option 3: TBC – if there’s any interest in this option then we’ll need a volunteer to host it – an easy ride, focus on chilling out and social
  • Rides aim to return 3-4pm, after that it’s the afternoon/evening entertainment, including:
    • team competitions
    • fantastic GMBC BBQ
    • the (in)famous GMBC Big Fat 30th Anniversary Quiz
    • prize giving/awards ceremony & cake

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