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+)

West End Hills

University of Glasgow

• What we will do Thursday Evening weekly circuit of Gibson Street, Dowanside Road, Gardner Street and University Avenue. 5 circuits, 18 miles and 1800 feet of ascent, regroup after each hill. Will be weekly event, host may vary week to week depending on availability. Turn up for all 5 or even 2 or 3 Distance - 17Miles Climbing -1800 ft Pace -15mph Route - https://www.strava.com/routes/21266218 • 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]

Friday Five Ferries (Probably Four!)

Ferry Terminal Ardrossan Harbour

Meet-Up Detail A splendid suggestion by David and Sandy to ditch Largs and go for the five ferries route. The weather looks perfect, dry and sunny all day and not too windy either. *** REDUCED SERVICE ON ROTHESAY TO WYMESS BAY*** https://www.calmac.co.uk/service-status?route=03 This might have to be tailored into a four ferries route. But we can see how we go on the day. MV Bute is currently out of commission, so the ferries we would normally get back to the mainland, the 17:00 or 17:35 have been cancelled. The available ones are 16:50 which we might make by the skin of our teeth. If not, the next one is 18:30. I would suggest after leaving Portavadie we head over to Hunters Quay near Dunoon and get the wee Western ferry which runs to Gourock about every 20mins. This would get us into Gourock about 17:30. You then have a choice of cycle home or jump on the train. There's little difference in the distance going to Dunoon although it is a bit hillier, but a great route, a scenic single track road on good tarmac. Although, if you've taken a car to Ardrossan, you would be better getting the ferry to Wymess Bay to cycle back for your car. Distance – 55 Miles Climbing – 4,800ft Estimated Time – Full Day Pace – 13-15mph AVERAGE steady pace Ride Description: The train to Adrossan departs Glasgow Central at 08:33am. This will get you on the 09:45 ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick. We meet at the ticket office next to the ferry. On arrival in Brodick, it's a 15 mile dash to get the 12:00 ferry at Lochranza to Cloanaig. YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO AVERAGE ABOUT 15MPH FOR THIS STRETCH. If we miss this ferry the whole day is delayed. Then cycle Cloanaig to Tarbert on the Kintyre Peninsula: 10.5 miles Lunch in Tarbert. Then either the 13:45 or 14:45 ferry over to Portavadie. Then a 30 mile cycle to Dunoon (4 Ferries) Or 20 miles to Colintrive and a further 8 miles on Bute to Rothesay (5 Ferries) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31138101 (4 Ferries) https://www.strava.com/activities/1569883810 (5 Ferries) 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 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, 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. 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. 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: Name – David Elliott Contact –[masked]

Trossachs Social Saturday (WCV)

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

•What we'll do Leave the Botanics and head for Drymen via Queen's View. Then its the Pipe Track to Aberfolyle, then the Dukes Pass. Callander at 40 Miles will be our lunch stop. Return is via Thornhill, Kippen and back to Glasgow via the Crow Road, and back into the city on the canal path at Torrance. Stops - Callendar, Kippen. Distance - 75 Miles Pace - 14-15mph Climbing - 5,796ft Route Map and Link: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/27983997 Social Beer at End ? • 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]

LATE POST! Social Stewarton Loop

Bells Bridge

A rare chance of a sunny day prompts this run to Stewarton. Meet a Bells Bridge at the Premier Inn/Costa at 10am Head up to Shawlands to Tesco, for those that want to meet us there, and on up to Newton Mearns via Giffnock,A77 to Blackloch Road turning right here and going cross country to Stewarton Road (B769). Left at the junction and on in to Stewarton ,riding through here and on to Kilmaurs for a coffee stop at the Rendezvous cafe. On leaving the cafe we head across the road and follow the B751 Kilmaurs Rd to Fenwick where we then follow the A77 all the way back to Glasgow Speed; a social 12-15 miles per hour Distance; 35-40 miles depending on where you start and finish Regroup points to be decided on the day. NO-ONE will be left behind !

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