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+)

Holiday Monday Mystery Meander

Bells Bridge

It's a Bank Holiday so a Monday's Easy Paced Meander, around parts of Glasgow you may not know, at a social.pace and nobody will be left behind. Average Speed 10/13mph.. Lights are Essential for the Return... 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]

Wanlockhead & Leadhills

Lanark

Same ride is on next month but unfortunately can't make it so thinking a week day ride, next Tuesday. (Tuesday 28th) if anyone fancies it! Will start from Lanark train station at 09.30 am as it cuts out the 'urban jungle' and slightly shortens the route. We head down to Abington and then on to Leadhills and then go up and down to the Radar (Lowther Hills) and then drop in to Wanlockhead (Highest Village in Scotland - 1,350ft) for a coffee stop. Then cruise down the Mennock Pass, this is a great long descent! Then a tiny section of the A76 down to Enterkinfoot and over to Durisdeer Mill. Climb up to Watermeetings, Glenochar and Elvanfoot and back round to Leadhills to complete the circle/loop and then back up to Abington and Lanark. Train back from Lanark to Glasgow. I have down this route a couple of times now and know it reasonably well. Some nice quiet country roads, good scenery. https://www.strava.com/activities/1597709386 Distance: 80 miles Elevation: 6,000 ft maximum Speed: Average 14/14.5 mph Start: Lanark train station, 09.30am Day: Tuesday 28th of May Bring a mechanically sound bike, in good condition. Bring mechanicals too including, inner tubes, tyre levers, C02, mini pump, chain splitter, quick links, multi tool. Bring food and drink including water bottles x 2, cereal bars, energy bars, banana, istonic drinks, electrolytes. Mini battery pack is good for boosting mobile phone and garmin. Bring money, mobile phone. Appropriate clothing too and helmet essential.

Our Tour of the Borders

Peebles

Details • What we'll do A copy of the Tour of the Borders Route, but for Free. We meet in Peebles for a 930am start. This run includes St Mary's Loch and the Talla 20% climb. A fantastic route, hopefully on a fab summers day in June. Des asked me about this a few weeks ago, so we are getting together for his first meetup as a host. WW had an epic down there last year around the same time, but even I have not done this 1. Route Map and Link: Route - https://www.strava.com/routes/3902272 Distance - 74.12m/ 4,645ft Climbing Pace - As a team. • 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] Des Thomas -[masked]

The Isle of Bute Ton

Bells Bridge

Details • What we'll do An out and back to the Isle of Bute and its rolling Roads. I have only cycled the 5 ferries part on Bute, so time to explore. Head out via Bridge of Weir from Bells Bridge down to Wemyss Bay for the Ferry. Loop the roads on Bute and finish climbing the Serpentine. Lunch TBA on Bute Then its back home via Largs, Kilbirnie and the cycle path into Paisley and then PRW. Can either join full run or meet at Wemyss Bay for Bute Part. Route Map and Link: Route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29963453 Around 100 Miles, 5,200ft climbing, pace 14-15mph • 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 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, 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 -[masked]

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