Postponed from last week. A new route, so a new starting place (the botanics... this week only) for this weeks Social Ride, where nobody's left behind. Heading along Gt Western Rd, turning off at St Georges Cross to join the cycleway that will take us to Dobbies Loan, past Dales and Tiso and along Royston Rd, once we've crossed the motorway we turn off at Provanmill Rd onto the A80. It's then all the way along to the turn off for Moodiesburn.
We then turn to head back to Glasgow but will turn off onto the cycleway to take us to Lenzie and Kirkintilloch and back to Glasgow.
Strava Link... http://www.strava.com/routes/20045669
Average Speed 11/15mph..
Lights are Essential for the Return...
Distance 20 miles
Climbing 500 ft
Estimated Time – 2 hrs
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.
Rides may very occasionally be withdrawn due to adverse weather.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.
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