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 (5+)

Daytime Kilmacolm Social

Bell's Bridge

Details • What we'll do Daytime run, where we head out to the Bishopton via Renfrew then onto Kilmacolm, returning via Bridge of Weir and Renfrew into the City. Coffee Stop Kilmacolm. Route Map and Link: https://www.strava.com/routes/17626645 (Ignore where route starts, I copied an old activity from my work. Meet Bell's Bridge, so around 40 Miles, and 1300ft climbing.) • What to bring Mechanically sound bike, and stuff for a full day out. Our 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 staight 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, We wait as a group. 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. Dont 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. • Important to know 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. Alex Hamilton -[masked]

The Crow via Dumbarton

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Details • What we'll do Average speed: 14-15mph Distance: 53 miles Elevation: 3560 feet Cycling Time. 4 hours. Weather. Dry/ 20% change of Showers Coffee Stop: Fintry. Over the Crow via Dumbarton. Jim OH's normal meetup. A great route after we clear the busier traffic out to Clydebank. The roads then become pretty quiet. Only one major climb, over the Crow from the Fintry side (after a lunch/coffee stop at the Fintry Sports Centre). Can meet anyone along the route, Bowling, Dumbarton etc Route Link - https://www.strava.com/activities/1724445928 • What to bring Mechanically sound bike, and stuff for a full day out. Our 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 staight 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, We wait as a group. 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. Dont 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. • Important to know 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. Alex Hamilton -[masked]

Cowal Saturday (WCV)

Bells Bridge

Details • What we'll do A full blown ton on Cowal from Bells Bridge. We meet at 730am to cycle to Gourock or meet us there for a ferry around 930am. I'll be more specific with ferry times on interest of this meet-up. Head out through Bishopton, out towards Greennock then Gourock for the Ferry to Dunoon. Then we do a meaty, lumpy loop with Stops around 40 miles and Otter Ferry. TBA, discussed as a team. Distance - 108.2 Miles Climbing - 7,004ft Pace - 14/15mph Link - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30554622 • What to bring Mechanically sound bike, and stuff for a day out. Our 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 staight 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, We wait as a group. 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. Dont 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. • Important to know 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. Alex Hamilton -[masked]

Ride of the Fallen Rain, Islay Weekend

Bell's Bridge

Details • What we'll do We head to Islay via Arran for a Sportive that takes place this year on the 4th of August 2019. A donation is all that is required. This is the 4th Year I will have done this. - 100miles cycling all the roads on Islay. Ferry Detail - 3/8/19 -7am Ferry to Arran from Ardrossan 3/8/19- 1pm Ferry from Kennacraig to Port Askaig 5/8/19 - 0945 Ferry from Port Ellen to Kennacraig The 'Ride of the Fallen Rain' details can be found here - http://www.rideofthefallingrain.net/ 'The Ride of the Falling Rain 2019, a 100 mile (162km) or less, ride along the roads of the Isle of Islay, Scotland, will take place on Sunday 4 August, leaving from Debbie's Café in Bruichladdich at 10am (ish) and finishing at the same point several hours later. Basically there are several of us out for an August Sunday ride, and we're inviting you to join us. There are no organised feed stations, no technical backup, no timing or transponders, and no entry fee. We do, however, respectfully recommend that each participant donate £10 to World Bicycle Relief' I am booked into Port Charlotte SYHA for Saturday and Sunday Night. Address: Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay PA48 7TX Phone:[masked] I would phone as of date of posting there was not availablity, but there is. Monday is home via Cowal. Route Map and Link: Sat -(To Islay via Arran ) https://www.strava.com/routes/17981109 Sat- (To Port Charlotte from Port Askaig) https://www.strava.com/routes/17981160 Sunday - (ROTFR) - https://www.strava.com/routes/17981453 Monday (Port Charlotte to Glasgow) - https://www.strava.com/routes/17981596 This review was in the telegraph couple years ago - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/aug/17/hardcore-cycling-in-almost-guaranteed-rain-scotlands-no-frills-anti-sportive • What to bring Mechanically sound bike, and stuff for a full day out. Our 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 staight 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, We wait as a group. 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. Dont 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. • Important to know 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. You dont need to do all that I am planning, if want meet Kennacraig by car. Cool. Alex Hamilton -[masked]

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