• 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.

  • Tuesday Toddle Heads North... To Torrance and over to Reservoirs..

    One of the Toddles more popular routes, out past the Botanics (at 7, if you'd prefer to meet us there please message) and out past Bishipbriggs to Torrance, where we take quiet country roads over to the reservoirs above Milngavie and back to Glasgow. Average Speed 10/13mph.. Lights are Essential for the Return... Distance 22 miles Climbing 800 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]

  • 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]

  • Annual Run to the Radar Epic

    Lanark

    • What we'll do A run out from Lanark to the highest tarmac road in Scotland at Lowther Hill, in Wanlockhead. This will be the 6th time over last 4 years, I've taken a team up here, always a classic day out if we get the weather correct. We have lunch at the cafe at the Leadhills mining museum after the climb. Can meet Lanark railway station or cycle out with me. Run starts 930am Route idea, but can mix it up on the day - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27082396 Distance 80 Miles - Average speed 14mph, climbing 5,800ft • 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]

  • The North Coast 500 (WCV) Year 3

    Inverness Youth Hostel

    Details • What we'll do Confirmed Details: I've been talking to Alan, and well we are considering taking another team back for a 3rd NC500 over 5 Days. Going clockwise this is the finest experience in Scotland, and a true epic. This is a guided run, staying in hostels and we have car support for your kit, with a contribution going to Alan to cover his time and fuel cost. We start Saturday 8am, after arriving in Inverness, friday night staying at the SYHA. Day 1 (SAT) 110 Miles +7941ft / -6,500ft (New Addition to NC500 to include Eilean Donan Castle towards the Bealach na Ba) https://www.strava.com/routes/16659530 Staying SYHA Applecross Day 2 - (SUN) 119.4 mi +8625 ft / -8733 ft Staying at various acc in Ullapool. SYHA https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14282703 Day 3 - (MON) 89.9 mi +7410 ft / -7319 ft Staying at Durness Hostel http://www.visitdurness.com/bunkhouse/ https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14282704 Day 4 - (TUES) 107.5 mi +6413 ft / -6517 ft https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14282705 Staying in Wick (Acc TBA) Day 5- (WED) 114.5m / 5,100ft https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14282706 People can jump on/and off this as they wish to make it a bit longer. • 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] Alan Cockburn -[masked]

  • The 1st Annual 5 Ferries

    Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

    Details • What we'll do Rescheduled - Date. New Host as some of us will be on the North Coast 500. Means I will HOST the reverse of this later in the Summer. Thanks Alex **PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE IS A REQUIREMENT OF AVERAGE PLUS 15 MPH TO HIT THE 2ND FERRY FOR CLAONAIG** - We only have 1hr 15 mins to get this or hanging about for 1hr 25 mins. Rest of Day is Easy Pace. Our Annual 5 Ferries Route Detail - 1. Brodick to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran: 14.9 miles. 2. Claonaig to Tarbet on the Kintyre Peninsula: 10.5 miles 3. Portavadie to Colintraive on the Cowal Peninsula: 19.2 miles. 4. Colintraive to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute: 8.3 miles. 5. Wemyss Bay to Ardrossan, Ayrshire: 18.5 miles Last leg can be cut out back to Ardrossan so its around 55 miles. Trains easily enough back to Glasgow from Wemyss Bay A challenging day out with some specatular scenery. Some great decents and challenging climbs made more exciting catching the ferries This link gives you an idea of the Day -http://www.fionaoutdoors.co.uk/2010/09/fab-scottish-cycle-routes-the-5-ferries.html Lunch in Tarbert. A group generally meet in Wemyss Bay to Cycle to Ardrossan before or at end back to Ardrossan. Route Map and Link: Link- http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2919055 • 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]

  • Ride to the Sun 2019

    Carlisle

    Invitation for a group ride, 2019, - was fantastic this year. 100 miles through the night to see Sun rise at Crammond Beach Register - https://www.ridetothesun.co.uk/ Free event. Donation at end. The idea and inspiration for the Ride to the Sun has unashamedly been the Dunwich Dynamo. Every year, on the Saturday closest to a full moon in July, thousands of cyclists meet in London and ride 120 miles through-the-night to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. There’s no organisation, support crew or logical reason to do it. There’s an informal party on the beach. And that’s it, no frills, a very informal event. Just for something different to do, we got the train down to Carlisle one night in September 2014 and cycled home to Cramond overnight. By the time we got to Moffat we had an idea to run a northern homage to the DD. When we met and talked to Linda in the Moffat chippy and she agreed to stay open to feed folk if we ever got it organised, we confirmed we’d give it a go and organise it. If you want to ride through the night to the seaside with a bunch of like-minded people then this our northern homage to the DD, it’s a (west) Coast to Coast (east), it’s south to north, Carlisle to Cramond, England to Scotland, an overnight century (100.5 miles), following the path of the Roman legions, and our Ride to the Sun! Cramond is also a great wee beach, and its only 5 miles to Waverley or Haymarket stations in Edinburgh if you need to grab a train for the journey home. Ride to the Sun is an unsupported event, more along the lines of an Audax event, than a swanky sportive. What does this mean? Well there will be no signs, no sweeper vehicles and no official organisation as such. You have to take responsibility for yourself your bike and your own safety. The relaxed and friendly vibe is one of the highlights for all the participants and numbers have grown each year since the first event in 2015. Sunrise at Cramond beach is 4.30am so set off from Carlisle in plenty of time to get there – that’s the informal aim of the event, so don’t sweat if you’re early or late. Estimate the time you think it will take you to ride the route, including the chippy stop and CycloRave™ at the Crook Inn (www.youtube.com/watch?v=meSyC169rus), and set off in plenty of time. A reasonable start time for most folk, from experience, would be between 7.00 and 8.30pm, with slower folk setting off earlier and vice versa – but entirely up to you. The “The Best Pizza and Kebab” shop in Moffat stays open until 1am so hungry cyclists can buy their own chips, fish supper, lasagne, or even a kebab! Then at the Crook Inn we have bananas and water (and our wee cyclorave) between about 11pm and 2am, there’s a 24hr Esso garage just before the Edinburgh bypass if needed, then FreshStart charity (www.freshstartweb.org.uk/) serve up hot rolls at Cramond Kirk Hall between about 2.30 and 6.30am. Some people cycled back to Glasgow this year .... putting in +155 ;) plus

  • Longest Distance Challenge 2019 (WCV)

    Gates of Botanic Gardens,

    •What we'll do When WCV was at its biggest 6 people joined me for this in 2016. We leave the Botanics at midnight for a full blown epic of SW Scotland like last time. Heading to Greenock its around the coast of West Scotland. then back, reversed from the last time. Route- https://www.strava.com/routes/18539770 255 Miles. 12K. No1 will join me. But its there. Prove me Wrong. Do your first non paying 400km. Climb the Menock Pass in the dark at 200 Miles. ! Pints in Oran Mor on our Return. • 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 This is not a fast paced run. Its as we go. 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]