What we're about
What are we about ?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.