Thursday Road Ride

Thursday 24th: Stephen Malaney, Chris, No Helmet Al and myself headed off up over the Stockiemuir. Down and round by Dumgoyne and through Strathblane. Up the hill to Mugdock and back. Good ride no real straggling. No idea of distance or speed.

Fine selection of bikes: Al on his carbon  Boardman with the new mavic wheels which take it under the legal racing weight (so he had to carry the bag of tools and spares)… Chris had an old Raleigh titanium out for the first time. Stephen had his Cannondale Cross bike with 25s and (due to a last minute puncture) I had my usual mtb (with road wheels)..


Good to see Stephen making it from so far away.


31st  March 2011:  Next week it will be light much later- so plan would be to do the Auchencarroch mega – loop?  35 miles – 2.5 hours Or just the Auchencarroch loop? 32 miles – 2 hours


Hope to see a few out.

Kilsyth Hills Ride

Forecast for Sunday is 10*C, dry and no wind, so good day to get out on the bike and up some hills.Remember the clocks change Sat/Sun so don’t turn up wondering why you’re on your own and if you’re staying out for the full ride, there are no shops for food/drink en-route so bring what you need with you.The views can be fantastic so don’t forget your camera and i’ll be there at 9.30am. Cheers for now.

Local ride Sunday (27/3/11)

Three ride alternatives on one day? Preposterous.

I’ve got other commitments early on Sunday afternoon so can’t make either of the other rides. That means I’m planning to do a local ride, setting off from the Hall car park at the usual time (9am). All company welcome (lets make the most of this week of Summer), let me know if you’re coming so I don’t set off too early.

Good days!

Nice work guys and gals on the new site. It looks terrific!

A great wee ride last night – out over Drumclog and onto the top moor with a great mix of some familiar and some not so familiar trails. As predicted, it was frog central. Good to see a few faces who we haven’t seen out in a while too. We pushed the pace on the descents meaning we got back bang on ten for a right good post ride blether. Here’s hoping the almost hot weather continues for a while.

Tuesday ride

16 out tonight (18 until Jacqui and Simon abandonned due to new chain not meshing with a worn chainring).  Lovely night, great ride, nice to see a bunch of old faces return after the winter, plus a few new ones, biggest work-out I’ve had in a while.  As Sanny mentioned, Mugdock is currently the west’s biggest frogging spot, so any wet paths near water best avoided at the moment unless you fancy yourself as an amphibian serial killer.  I was slightly disturbed by those taking photographs: frog’s porn?

Rides This Week (w/c 21/3)

Here’s a note of the rides this week ………

Tuesday ride: Local Ride, meet at St Andrews Hall Car Park, Milngavie, 7pm

Wednesday ride:  Top Moor & Flux, meet at St Andrews Hall Car Park, Milngavie, 7:45pm

Thursday ride:  Road ride, meet at St Andrews Hall Car Park, Milngavie, 6:30pm prompt. Duration: 1.5 – 2hrs

Sunday:  Like the buses, 2 rides come along at once!  Please mail round if you intend to go on either of these rides:

1. Ben Venue Ride, meet at Aberfoyle main car park, 10am.  4-5hr ride.
Heads along beside Loch Ard before heading up towards Ben Venue for some amazing views.

Photos (courtesy of Mark) from previous year’s rides should give you an idea of the terrain:

2. Kilsyth Hills Ride – ** NEW ROUTE **, meet at Colzium House car park, 9:30am
“3.5 – 5hr loop of Kilsyth,Croy(Barrhill Roman Fort),Twechar then steep climb to Birkenburn Reservoir, mainly on farm track but with singletrack, hikey bike in parts and on the Carron valley side it is fire rd and takes in the Carron Valley cycle track before coming back over the hills via fire rd, hikey bike and singletrack. There’s some serious hill climb involved but not too technical and if we take up the option of Tomtain Cairn, the views are spectacular and the descent is lottsa fun”

Upcoming Ride:
Sat/Sun April 9/10th – Bothy Weekend, Central Highlands – see email from Chris Johnstone
This is out the Phil McKane book which is basically 2 loops; Ben Alder 30km and Ardverikie 35km from the bothy. There is a 10km ride in and out of Dalwhinnie about1.5hrs should do it with big pack and no punctures. The options are: to go in on Friday early evening remembering that the sunset will be around 8pm; or in on Saturday, dropping your gear and doing a loop or opening a bottle”

Hopefully enough to whet the appetite there.



Aberfoyle/Mentieths Ride: March 2011

Ride report courtesy of Gerry Cleary, photos by Mark:



Good turnout today with 13 riders at the Menteiths after John Bennie’s suggestion earlier in the week.

Myself and Simon Simpson left Kirki at 8:30 on the cross bikes to ride over to Aberfoyle via Mugdock, Croftamie and Gartmore.  We were making good time until I had bad puncture problems just outside Gartmore. We phoned the rest of the bunch at Aberfoyle and they made a start on the journey with Big John (Sam’s Man) and Marky Mark leading the way into the very muddy Menthieths loop. Unfortunately for Jacqui and Alison they had to wait at Aberfoyle with the mountain bikes.

We managed to regroup at the picnic bench just after the lochs and grab a quick breather. Shortly after that, John led Anne and Mike (King of Trackstands) to his bikeshop (Wheels) and sorted them out with a rear mech hanger. Soon after, Mark needed to bail and catch Lyndsey who had been road biking in Lanzarote. The rest of us headed to The Byre and lots of high performance sports beer and chips were consumed, even by Neil who eventually succumbed to the temptation of a bowl of chips. There was some chat about some doing the Finglas loop but this was quickly squashed after talking to another couple of riders who informed us that they only just managed to ride 30% of it due to the snow.

After lunch, Simon could not resist the temptation of some tarmac and dragged Jacquii over the Dukes to return to Aberfoyle. John led the rest of us back through the forest tracks to the trails just above Go-Ape where Sam was now in her element. This then just left a gentle descent into Aberfoyle. Arriving back at the carpark, Gary and Grant quickly loaded their bikes into John Bennie’s van and made a dash to the ice-cream shop for the drive back to Glasgow.

In the car park, we then met Pistol Pete, Andy Mac and Derek who looked much cleaner after riding the Dukes and Katrine loop on the cross bikes.

A great ride today, stuff to suit everyone and hopefully we will have plenty more good rides.