The 1st Annual 5 Ferries

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• 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 -

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:


• 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]