• What we'll do
A celebration of what we have done over the last 5 years.
West Coast Velo was formed back in its former life in 2014, after I created an idea to trying social cycling in Ayrshire, when I still lived there, having been active in the old GRCM group.
I remember 1 of the 1st meetups meeting DT.
This group has brought so many people and friends made.
In 2015, myself Natalie, Neil and Steve etc did a south west cycle and decided to create West Coast Velo as a new club for social cycling in Glasgow.
The group grew quickly with a kit, and 5 years on, countless meanders, toddles, sportives, tours and trips to Mallorca, we have created a fab group that continues to expand through Steve, Eric and Peter.
An invitation to join the Tuesday toddle to the Erskine Bridge and a social beer for those that want to at the Big Slope.
Would love to see some of the old gang.
We will divide into 2 groups for the pace. And regroup.
Distance - 21 Miles from Bells Bridge
Climbing - 600ft
Pace - social
Route - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/27343204
• 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]