A flatish Gran Fondo in the sun to Kilcreggan. Bring suntan lotion, cash for lunch, the ferry and a pint towards the end. Three meet-up points en-route.
(1st meet point 09:30 am ) - Scotstoun Stadium G14 9HD.
(2nd meet point 10:10 am ) Bowling, under Erskine Bridge, Car park at Glen Lusset Pub.
(3rd meet point 10:30 am) Dumbarton, on cycle path, NCR 7 at Greenhead Road.
Distance – 65 miles
Climbing – 3700ft
Estimated Time – 6-7 hours
Pace – 13-15mph steady pace
Along Dumbarton Road to Bowling. Cycle path to Dumbarton.
Then over to Balloch, Glen Fruin (Heading West) and Kilcreggan. Ferry over to Gourock (£3.50). We are then on busier roads through Greenock and Port Glasgow for about 5 miles before cutting uphill at Ferguson Ship yard onto the Old Greenock Road and back onto quieter roads towards Bishopton and through Renfrew.
Breaks as we go. Probably an early lunch, half way round at the Perch Cafe, Garelochhead.
Route Map and Link:
Link - https://www.strava.com/routes/10634606
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.
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