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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GMBC 30th Anniversary Weekend Away

Hello, GMBCers & friends of the club!

GMBC is turning 30 this year and to celebrate we propose a weekend of riding and general good fun. The birthday party will be on the 18th – 20th August and we have booked the Trossachs Tryst in Callander. All are invited: club members, friends & family, whether cyclists or not. We don’t *always* talk about bikes…

This is intended to be a weekend for all abilities, with multiple rides planned on both days to suit all levels. Our sponsor Dales Cycles will hopefully be involved – full details of that to follow. There will also be food, quiz, BBQ and guaranteed good company.

The accommodation is a beautiful house exclusively for us. There are five dorms (two 4-bed, one 6-bed and two 8-bed) and it’s about an hour’s drive from Glasgow.

Destination for 30th Anniversary Weekend

All this for the bargain price of £40 per person! The hostel policy has a minimum stay of 2 nights, so unfortunately we can’t offer a single night option.

Don’t miss out – book your space(s) via the link below (you’ll need to sign up or sign in, buy ticket(s) for the event and then transfer the money into the club’s bank account, ideally using the reference code or else your name). If you want to bring friends & family you can buy multiple tickets and you’ll be presented with multiple forms to fill in.

Cheers & see you soon!

GMBC Committee

Classic Rides Series: The 5 Ferries

Classic road bike ride around the Argyll & Ayrshire coastlines involving, errrr, 5 ferry crossings.

Weather dependent – it’s no fun on a wet and/or windy day.

Logistics/details to be posted closer to the time.  An example of a previous one can be found here:

5 Ferries 2014

It’s Here: GMBC Fantasy MTBer League

Here it is – your chance to take part in a bit of fun against your clubmates to see who is the top GMBC member, based on a shonky scoring system.  The idea is to encourage some participation and friendly competition and promote a few activities during the club’s 30th anniversary year.

How does it work?

  1. Participate in activities on the list
  2. Earn points
  3. The points are tallied and the league table is published occasionally

What could I win?

A warm feeling of self-satisfaction that you are indeed an awesome member of GMBC.  Apart from that we may have some very naff prizes and use the results for some sort of competition at the 30th anniversary weekend celebration.

What are the activities then?

Some are bike related and some aren’t.  You’ll get points for taking part or getting involved, you’ll get some bonus points for getting on a podium, you’ll sometimes get more points for helping to organise stuff.  Here’s a few examples of where points could be earned:

Paying your subs promptly, entering an SMBO, helping at trail maintenance, riding singlespeed, bonus points for organising the Mugdock SMBO, flipping burgers at the BBQ, organising rides, pulling someone out of the canal during the 12hour GMBC pub social ride, entering an organised event like 10 Under, taking KOMs off Tom Wylie 😉

Tab 2 – Full list of the activities and the scoring

NB: events in green are the current open events

How do I log my results?

In some cases you won’t need to log results as we’ll collect them as part of the activity.  However, sometimes you’ll need to log your results using this form.

Where do I see results and the League Table?

Tab 3 – Results Table

Tab 4 – Full League Table

Position Total Points Riders Comments


Julie Taylor-Flood Steaming out in the lead from her Strathpuffer result and being one of the first 3 women to renew their subs


Bosco Flood
In joint 2nd, the male contingent of the Strathpuffer mixed quads champions
Campbell Davidson
Steve Owens


Dave Ashton
And in joint 3rd place, a mix of new and returning members who all paid up sharpish to claim the 3 points available to be the first 3 male/female/new riders to pay subs plus getting the Early Bird bonus.
Fran Young
Hannah Hutchison
Iain Clow
Myriam Solar
Vicky Herbert
Will Aylward
Willie Muir


Barry Mears
A smattering of Strathpuffers, early birds and singlespeeders!
Chris Lowe
Graham Anderton
Iain Godber


Simon Haslam Points for singlespeeding!!


COMING SOON – GMBC Fantasy MTBer League

COMING SOON – a bit of light hearted competition/fun for the 30th anniversary year.  So, who’s the best* all round mountain biker and clubmate at GMBC?  There’s one way to find out!  Take part in club activities through the season and win points, building up to the 30th anniversary weekend away later this year.  There may (or may not) be some prizes, it’s mainly for bragging rights and bit of fun/banter in the pub.

How can I get points?  Get involved in club activities, represent the club at events, maybe even get the odd podium.  It’s not all about riding bikes fast though – there’s points on offer for joining certain social rides, flipping burgers at the club BBQ, doing trail maintenance and “trials riding” skills.

What next?  I’ll publish the table showing how you can score points and how you can log your eligible results.

* = highly subjective, Chairman’s decision is final.  Unless beer is offered, in which case the decision is open to negotiation 😉

Artists Impression of GMBC Fantasy Mountain Biker Podium

GMBC 2017 Photo Calendars For Sale

Why not inspire yourself to get out and ride with our GMBC 2017 photo calendars?  It features a glossy A4 image each month plus a calendar grid to note down all the gnarly/easy/pub rides you’ll be doing.  The photos were voted on by folks who attended the AGM and were taken by fellow club members.  The locations include Torridon, Glen Tilt, Strathearn, Conic Hill and then exotic places like the Spanish Basque Coast…….. and Yorkshire.

The calendars are only £7 and they’re selling fast so what better way to grab a wee souvenir of the GMBC’s 30th anniversary year!  (this sales pitch is almost as good as anything you’d get from Barry Mears!!). 😉

OK, I’m sold, how do I get one??

Just go to Webcollect and click on the GMBC Calendar 2017 in the Events box and follow the steps.

Please order your calendar promptly so we can get them distributed ASAP so you can enjoy the January photo of Tom Downie riding a wintery Lammermuir Hills with his daughter in a bike trailer!!  I’ll arrange to distribute calendars on Wednesday rides.  Here’s a sample of the calendar images…..