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!!
Scott Forshaw has suggested we do Glentress this Saturday at 10am, he can’t sign in to post this so I am doing so for him.
This ride is open to all riders of all abilities and fitness levels. Scott’s plan is to head up and tackle the orange / blue trails down to Buzzard’s Nest then back up to the top or the Mast for anyone felling fit enough to do another red / blue decent.
Please note that this is not a guided bike ride but simply a bunch of like minded riders doing what they enjoy so as usual you are responsible for your own safety. It is advisable for all attending to have suitable protection such as a helmet and knee pads, but that is up to you.
See you’s there
Islabike Beinn 20 large pink for sale
I’m selling my daughter’s Islabike, as she’s grown out of it. The bike is like new, and includes fitted mudguards and kickstand. Bike has not seen a lot of use, has only been ridden in dry conditions, and is well maintained.
Looking for £300 for collection/delivery around Glasgow area. Bike plus accessories now retail for £427.
Ideal light bike to whet the wean’s interest in cycling. Sizing per the Islabike site suitable for rider aged 6+, inside leg 52-62cm, minimum height 120cm.
Posting here to see if any interest before I post up on Islabike FB site, eBay, etc.
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
Hi folks, Chris Lowe and I are developing an app to make finding new cycling routes much easier – be it an epic MTB in the wilderness or some new trails around home. It will also serve other forms of cycling (road cycling, commuting etc.) for those interested.
Could you help us out by taking our short survey (3 mins)?
The survey is here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3VZ6WHQ
Feel free to share it with anyone interested.
Thanks for your help,
Plan is to leave carpark beside Big Al’s Wheelcraft / Campsie Glen coffee shop (Postcode: G66 7AB) at 7:45, and cycle/push up behind bikeshop, over Crow Road carpark, up to the top of the Campsies. Then navigate along the top via Cort-ma Law to Meikle Bin, then loop back and enjoy the long grassy descents whilst catching midges in our wide grins! This ride is great on a clear night – you can see the Forth Road Bridge from the top. Riding isn’t overly technical, however does require a bit of stamina to cycle up/push at bits, and parts of the top require a bit of make-your-own-trail riding between the lumpy mounds of grass. Pace will be as per the slowest rider, so no-one gets left behind!
Bring a sense of adventure, some midge repellant, and the usual spares for repairs and food/water for a few hours riding off the beaten track.
I will leave the Clubhouse at 7:15pm, and have room for 3 more folks/bikes in my car.
Setting off from Wheelcraft carpark at 7:45pm.
Hope to see you there!
This has been a bit quiet. Next three weekends, who fancies one or more of:
- Pitlochry/Loch Bhac
- Wanlochead Gold Rush (this is a big one)
- Suggest something
Anybody that rides regularly midweek is capable of any of those (intro riders, I’m pointing at you), they’re all old skool XC, might be a bit bigger in terms of time/distance, but the pace will be regulated to take that into account. Come and join us…
So short notice, but anybody up for one of these on Sunday? And the following weekends?
Hi. We’ve been contacted by a TV casting company looking for “mainly female” mountain bikers. So if you’re “mainly female” and you fancy a bit of fame and some cash to buy lots of shiny bike bits then here’s the request from Danny @ etcasting which he sent to Dales Cycles…..
“I’m currently looking for mainly female mountain bikers (from all over the UK) for an exciting online commercial for a well known shopping brand.
Successful candidates will be paid £300 – £1500 each for 1 day of filming between 3rd – 6th August 2017.
To be considered you must be available to meet us via Skype or Facetime for a brief chat sometime between Saturday 15th – Thursday 20th July 2017. No acting experience necessary. We’re just looking for people who are happy to share their stories and skills with us!
If this is you or anyone you know, please go to: http://www.etcasting.com/pages/events to apply!
We are looking for lots of mountain bikers so please spread the word!
I have also attached a printable flyer we have designed for the campaign, if you do have the time and wouldn’t mind printing and displaying to the customers of your store it would be hugely appreciated. Please do feel free to apply yourself as well as any staff or friends as we are taking applications for both male and female mountain bikers.
Thank you for your time and help!
Kind Regards, Danny”
Here’s a link to more info.
For anybody that would prefer to spend 2 hours riding their bike as opposed to 2 hours hauling it up a munro, there will be the usual 7pm(ish) ride from the sports club on Wednesday, with the post-ride opportunity for stewed tea, stale biscuits, and terrible banter. It’s going to be an ordeal either way ;~p