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  1. 3 points
    Earlier than usual start at the Abbey with Ian, Dave B, Michael, James, Aurelien, Rab and guest rider Kenny all heading off at 8am towards the airport where they met myself at the lights at the swing-bridge. With Ian & James leading the pack, we made ourselves out towards the bridge in a disciplined tidy bunch and with everyone taking their turn at the front it wasn't long before we reached Helensburgh. It was at that point Aurelien took advantage of the bail out point and turned back leaving the 7 of us to head up towards and by Faslane as we kept tabs on Rab making sure he didn't end up going up Glen Fruin again as he did before on a previous encounter ­čśé! After grinding out the climb just after Faslane, we rolled into Arrochar where the ladies at The Three Villages Cafe served up freshly baked warm scones and fruit slices (Andy T, just as well you weren't there as we all know how much you just can't stand WARM scones­čśë!). Refreshed and ready to go, it was a short but steady climb towards Tarbet and then re-grouping as we headed towards Balloch in single file as the road down was busy. We cut off the main road to join the old A82 where although it's traffic free, the emphasis is definitely placed on the word "old" as we found the surface "challenging" in places to say the least! Thankfully we all made it to Duck Bay free of any mechanical's and took a well deserved quick break not that Rab needed it of course thanks to the Countervail technology he mentioned (just a few times) on his lovely Bianchi! Break over and it was back on the saddles and homeward bound. Another great day for the Velo with laughs a plenty. Viva la Velo!
  2. 2 points
    9 of us met for 8am at the Abbey - Ian, Dave R, Andy T, Adian, James, Michael, Dimitar, Mark H and myself. With the planned run being a fairly long one our thoughts were on the weather as the forecast didn't look too great from early afternoon onwards so it was fingers crossed and off we went. We set off at a decent pace and we almost made it to Helensburgh incident free. James' rear tubular had decided it'd had enough and sprayed sealant everywhere and including onto me as I was behind him at that bit. Lovely! ­čÖä A quick pump up the tyre and we were off again and we soon reached the gel stop at the monument in Helensburgh. Gel stop over and it was wagons roll but almost immediately it was trouble again for James as the tyre had gone again. This time it really was game over for him and it was about turn for him and the dreaded call for the broom wagon. The rest of us cracked on Kilcreggan bound. En-route the group split with Mark, Andy, Dimitar and Aidan turning off to tackle the Peaton Road climb leaving the rest of us to head straight to the cafe albeit having to overcome a cheeky wee climb ourselves. During the cafe stop itself ex Velo member Colin Sales arrived on his club run with JWCC. It was good too see him and with the hello's and pleasantries over it was back on the bikes as we headed to Glen Fruin for the toughest climb of the day. Always a nasty one and we all eventually made it up. Onwards to Balloch and it was homeward bound with the weather, thankfully holding out for us. A decent day, a great run with some strong cycling on show.
  3. 2 points
    Nice wee run today for those of us just looking for local ride and not overly taxing. We welcomed Derek Wallace from Bishopton today and he slotted into the group seamlessly. Dave Barr rode out rather gingerly with us to the top of the Bowfield but he then head back to Paisley to take some rest for his ongoing back problem. Andy McLeod, Geoff, Derek and myself carried on out past the Cannie Man and out to Stewarton via Dunlop. Cafe stop at Clerkland Farm then over the lumpy wee back road into Neilston and Barrhead. This worked well with the south westerly wind. 34 miles or so and at nice pace with good company as usual. Perfect for a first run post holidays See ya soon Cheers Derek
  4. 1 point
    KILGREGGON This Sunday we ´╗┐will´╗┐ leave the ´╗┐Abbey at 8 a´╗┐m ´╗┐( note´╗┐´╗┐time ) we are heading´╗┐ to Helensburgh ( gel stop monument ) then onto Kilgreggon , cafe stop , we cycle back same way back till Glen Fruin over to Balloch and back to base, approx 70 to 80 miles We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on ´╗┐the day and we wait at the top of hills , we start together we finish together Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and´╗┐ Plenty ´╗┐fluids. ´╗┐M´╗┐oney for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!! ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ See you at Abbey 0750 ´╗┐
  5. 1 point
    Folks, thinking of this for Tuesday night its a route that we done last year and we all enjoyed it. Meet at the Abbey at 18:15 where we will head out to Howwood and we can either climb the Bowfield or descend it at the end. LOOK´╗┐ AT ´╗┐THE ROUTE AND FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH IT! You might be on the front when it's time to turn, make sure you know when and where! Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and Plenty ´╗┐fluids and a mobile phone......and your bike!! Strava Route Attached : https://www.strava.com/routes/19799899
  6. 1 point
    Week 7 and we have 3 helpers and 3 riders. Andy, Matt and myself took on the course on which had it's prevailing headwind on the way out then naturally a good tail wind on the way back. Both Andy and Matt put good times in but 10-15secs off their PB's. I had an off night as I went off too fast and got a stitch which was very painful and I couldn't shake off so half way out I chucked it and just slow pedalled to the roundabout in the hope that the stitch would clear and I could have a blast back which is what happened. However, towards the end of the long straight I hit a pot hole that I didn't even see as it was very narrow but really deep! Both tyres blew at 26mph and I was very fortunate to stay upright until I came to a stop. Mark Syme who was at the start rode back out for me and called Dave McCormack to come out and pick me up in his car as I had no tools or tubes on me....naturally! Anyway, as we know Dave has won Group and Andy stretched hi lead over me to 22secs for the 2 best combined times and 26secs in front of Sandy with one week to go. I am not 100% if I am competing this week but hopefully we will have the numbers to make it worth while having the last week given the drop off of bodies. Catch you later Derek Paisley Velo CC Championship TT No. 1 25/04/19 TT No. 2 02/05/19 TT No. 3 09/05/19 TT No. 4 16/05/19 TT No. 7 06/06/19 TT No. 8 13/06/19 TT No. 7 20/06/19 TT No. 8 27/06/19 PB (This Year) 1 Dave McCormack 16:10:00 15:57:00 15:56:00 15:42:00 15:42:00 2 Andy Taylor 17:35:00 18:03:00 17:19:00 17:21:00 17:51:00 17:19:00 3 Kevin Carr 18:17:00 18:37:00 18:17:00 4 Mark Syme 19:39:00 18:43:00 18:27:00 18:27:00 5 Matt Sobanski 18:31:00 18:53:00 18:31:00 6 Greig Hiddleston 18:44:00 18:44:00 7 Andy McLeod 20:59:00 19:23:00 19:58:00 19:35:00 18:57:00 19:12:00 18:57:00 8 Derek McBurnie 19:28:00 19:03:00 19:35:00 DNF 19:03:00 9 Sandy Ross 19:52:00 19:37:00 19:32:00 19:03:00 19:03:00 10 Don Smith 19:05:00 19:05:00 11 Simon Arnold 19:11:00 19:11:00 12 Aidan Quinlan 20:42:00 19:55:00 20:06:00 19:55:00 13 Kieran Cunningham 21:00:00 20:26:00 20:48:00 20:26:00 14 Dugald McCallum 20:39:00 20:39:00 15 Geoff Clark 21:25:00 21:25:00
  7. 0 points
    Planet x Maratona size small ultegra di2 groupset and carbon wheels £1300