What we're about

What are we about ?

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Born in September 2014 from an individual idea to promote cycling around the South Side and beyond of Glasgow, West Coast Velo has now evolved through the collective idea of a number of motivated keen social road bikers.

Keen to promote the rich diversity of cycling in and around the West of Scotland, West Coast Velo (Velo'rs) have a strong presence around the Glasgow Area, South side and the West Coast Shires.

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Our Meetup's Purpose?

Our purpose is simple! - To bring people together, in a socially paced cycling environment. We are not a competitive cycling club. - There are plenty of those about. With a variety of cycling runs, members can pick from an array of rides posted.

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From meanders to weekend socials, West Coast Velo appeals to all. We have introductory runs, meanders, to ferry hops to full blown weekend socials, promoting sportives - testing people to their limits, and providing a fun and engaging environment.

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The group is young, but we have grown steadily since our first meet up last year. Like everything, groups evolve and change direction to go where there is an interest - and there is a keen interest in what we do here.

Who should Join ?

If you are reading this then you should! - Why - ? because you love getting out on your bike. And we would like to see you at a meetup soon!

Cycling Etiquette:

West Coast Velo rides are open to all abilities so while it is desirable to ride as a group where we can, some of our larger and longer rides will inevitably become spread out. When this happens you are asked to ride always with the rider behind you in view. If you come to a straight and can't see the rider behind, slow. If you don't see them on the next straight, stop. This helps keep everyone together should mechanicals happen, and helps to prevent anyone getting lost.

Some other things to consider:

It is safer to ride two abreast on carriageways with fast moving traffic. NEVER ride more than two abreast. Hold your line in a group. Do not half-wheel. Indicate if moving out of your line.

Announce your presence when overtaking with “on your right”.

Kill your speed on shared use paths to show consideration for their other users.

Obstacles - while it is not necessary to point out every single pothole in the city, a large unexpected obstacle should be announced if the riders behind you are close enough to you that they wont see it coming. Either by pointing or shouting “hole” “glass” “side” “bollard” “rhubarb” etc.

It is never a good idea to filter to the front of traffic lights if riding in a large group. There wont be room for everyone in the advanced stop box and some riders will be left in motorists blind spots at traffic lights. Wait behind the last car in the queue. An easy way to look at it is that if you are riding as a group, you basically act like a car. Go where a car goes.

The important bit -

The group is committed to encouraging the highest ethical standards. All individuals involved in the Club should conduct themselves with integrity, and in a fair, open and equitable manner.

All group members shall have a responsibility for the safety and well-being of themselves and shall take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and well-being of others whilst taking part in Club activities

Group Rides – West Coast Velo does not provide Third Party Insurance but in the interests of safeguarding the group and its riders against liability to third parties during rides and events, it is a condition of membership that all members MUST have Third Party liability Insurance. This can be obtained through British Cycling (https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership), CTC (http://www.ctc.org.uk/membership) or the LCC (http://lcc.org.uk/pages/membership-and-benefits). Alternatively please check your own existing policies such as household or motor to see if you are covered.

WCV members are eligible to join CTC at the discounted rate of £24 per year - please contact us for details.

If you RSVP yes to an event but find that you cannot make it, please make sure that you change your RSVP to "no". This will avoid unnecessary waiting around by organisers and other members. Members who persistently "no show" may be removed from the group.

Please note that in an effort to keep our membership roster active, we may remove members who have not visited the Meetup site in the past six months.

Upcoming events (4)

Monday's Meander Watches the Weather

Bells Bridge

Winter has come with a vengeance this week, so hoping the weather improves in time for Monday's Meander. The plan is to head out East, through Glasgow Green and onto London Rd to Mount Vernon, then returning through Tollcross. Its all down to the conditions so please keep an eye on the Website for a update on Monday. The route dependant on weather (average speed 10/13mph). Lights are Essential... Distance – 15 miles Climbing 500 ft Estimated Time – 2 hrs Cycling Etiquette: West Coast Velo rides are open to all abilities so while it is desirable to ride as a group where we can, some of our larger and longer rides will inevitably become spread out. When this happens you are asked to ride always with the rider behind you in view. If you come to a straight and can't see the rider behind, slow. If you don't see them on the next straight, stop. This helps keep everyone together should mechanicals happen, and helps to prevent anyone getting lost. Some other things to consider: It is safer to ride two abreast on carriageways with fast moving traffic. NEVER ride more than two abreast. Hold your line in a group. Don't half-wheel. Indicate if moving out of your line. Announce your presence when overtaking with “on your right”. Kill your speed on shared use paths to show consideration for their other users. Obstacles - while it is not necessary to point out every single pothole in the city, a large unexpected obstacle should be announced if the riders behind you are close enough to you that they wont see it coming. Either by pointing or shouting “hole” “glass” “side” “bollard” etc. It is never a good idea to filter to the front of traffic lights if riding in a large group. There wont be room for everyone in the advanced stop box and some riders will be left in motorists blind spots at traffic lights. Wait behind the last car in the queue. An easy way to look at it is that if you are riding as a group, you basically act like a car. Go where a car goes. Cancellation Policy: Rides may very occasionally be withdrawn due to adverse weather. Cancellations will be announced on the meetup if this is the case so if you are unsure whether it will go ahead please check the meetup page before heading out. Please update your RSVP accordingly if you are unable to attend. Organiser Contact Info peter:[masked] Steve:[masked]

Tuesday Toddles Afternoon Ride

Bells Bridge

With winter arriving thought it would be a good idea to post the Toddle as a afternoon ride to take advantage of the daylight for a slightly longer ride, out past the Botanics and then along the canal to Torrance, where we'll take back roads over to Milngavie and the return to Glasgow. At the moment the forecast is showing snow showers on Tuesday morning, so please keep an eye on the website, as we'll cancel the ride if its white over. The route dependant on weather (average speed 10/13mph). Lights are Essential... Distance – 20 miles Climbing 500 ft Estimated Time – 2 hrs Cycling Etiquette: West Coast Velo rides are open to all abilities so while it is desirable to ride as a group where we can, some of our larger and longer rides will inevitably become spread out. When this happens you are asked to ride always with the rider behind you in view. If you come to a straight and can't see the rider behind, slow. If you don't see them on the next straight, stop. This helps keep everyone together should mechanicals happen, and helps to prevent anyone getting lost. Some other things to consider: It is safer to ride two abreast on carriageways with fast moving traffic. NEVER ride more than two abreast. Hold your line in a group. Don't half-wheel. Indicate if moving out of your line. Announce your presence when overtaking with “on your right”. Kill your speed on shared use paths to show consideration for their other users. Obstacles - while it is not necessary to point out every single pothole in the city, a large unexpected obstacle should be announced if the riders behind you are close enough to you that they wont see it coming. Either by pointing or shouting “hole” “glass” “side” “bollard” etc. It is never a good idea to filter to the front of traffic lights if riding in a large group. There wont be room for everyone in the advanced stop box and some riders will be left in motorists blind spots at traffic lights. Wait behind the last car in the queue. An easy way to look at it is that if you are riding as a group, you basically act like a car. Go where a car goes. Cancellation Policy: Rides may very occasionally be withdrawn due to adverse weather. Cancellations will be announced on the meetup if this is the case so if you are unsure whether it will go ahead please check the meetup page before heading out. Please update your RSVP accordingly if you are unable to attend. Organiser Contact Info peter:[masked] Steve:[masked]

WCV - Our World Famous Mallorca Get Away - 2019

Aparthotel Flora

Mallorca dates now confirmed as 13-20 April 2019. This is a repeat of the 2018 WCV cycling adventure in Mallorca. The cycling base will be Puerto Pollensa, providing varied cycling on our doorstep. Last time, the daily routine for the bulk of the group consisted of setting off between 8-10am each morning for an all day cycle between 50-90 miles with 4,000-10,000 ft of climbing over the day, usually returning late afternoon. The average speed was about 15mph. After a day on the bike , it's back to base, then meet up in the evening for drinks/food. Last year we covered nearly 500 miles and climbed 30,000ft over the week. On the long climbs we get split up but always regroup at the top. Anyone signing up is more than welcome to join the main group each day or do their own thing, whether as a solo ride or as a smaller group, longer ride , shorter ride, day off, day in the pub, day in Palma... whatever suits. Its an easy going chill out week. Do what suits you. Then hopefully we can all get together in the evening for a few social drinks. If you are planning to go, EasyJet have flights from Glasgow on 13th and a return on 20th. Currently (21/09/18) the cost is about £40 each way. Apartments will probably be booked at the Flora Apartments. Each apt sleeps 4 but we are aiming to have 2-3 max in each. Accommodation will be about £180 per head, final figure depends on final numbers. Obviously, if you prefer other accommodation feel free to arrange. A mini bus transfer will be arranged for us as a group. About £20 return p/p. Multi Hire Cycles across from The Flora Apts are doing a 10% discount for WCV if you quote the club name. Obviously, everyone is responsible for their own insurance and safety on the trip. Furthermore, accommodation, although possibly block booked will also be at your own risk. We will have meeting before the end of Sept to sort accomodation.

NC 500 .2019

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Note of interest. This is the annual round of the NC 500 . starting at Inverness youth hostel covering about 100 miles per day over five days. This is a supported event with mechanical back up and luggage carry. Linking up with our sister group Wegie Wheelers for participation over the route. Anyone interested please indicate . preference will be given to riders doing this for the first time

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