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  1. 5 points
    An early rise for the brave or the stupid awaited the Velo who put up their hands for the annual 5 Ferries cycle. With another volatile weather week, as usual all eyes were on BBC weather up until Friday evening. Eager to make the most of the day Andy T and I met in Paisley at 6.45 to cycle down to Wemyss Bay. Heavy fog passing the airport made us a bit sceptical of what mother nature had in store. Tailwind at our backs we spun down to see who else had avoided the 'col de aff'. Rumour has it some members had pre-5 ferries 5 pints on the Friday night. Sure enough Don, Gavin, Mark S, Derek, Dave Barr and Geoff were waiting tickets in hand as the weather began to look like a belter and sure enough swarms of cycling groups began to turn up. The promise of a good days weather was too good to pass up. It must have been obvious that it was my maiden 5 ferries as when I asked the shop keeper how long was the ferry he promptly replied 'about 65 metres'. Well at least he roasted me in metric terms I thought. Dave decided to do his own thing cycling around the Isle of Bute as his back heals. The rest of us we were off. The Kyles of Bute viewpoint climb was the first of three nice climbs throughout the route where Don and Andy showed continued great form despite Andys recent brief venture into camping. Don cohersed us to have a brief shop stop at Tarbert to refuel and try and make a 13.10 ferry at Claonaig which turned out only to be a figment of his imagination. The wait for the 13.50 Ferry was welcomed and laughs were a plenty. After a quick stop at Lochranza for coke and ice cream we were set to take on the last climb of the day. Our tiring legs eventually got up it and after a quick regroup we decided to put the hammer down into Brodrick (for fear they would be out of fish). Fish and Chips suppers in Brodrick and an ice cold beverage on the Ferry to Ardrosson capped off a great day on the bike with the Velo. The 5 Ferries comes highly recommended and with great reason. One to watch out for.
  2. 4 points
    Paisley Velo Cycling Club New Members Information Welcome to Paisley Velo Cycling Club. Paisley Velo Cycling Club are always looking to Welcome New Members to our Club to participate in Road, Gravel and Mountain Bike Cycling. We specialise in Road Cycling at all levels, running regular Saturday and Sunday Cycles. We enter Sportives, have Weekend Cycling trips and Social events throughout the year. Fast bunch cycle on a Saturday Morning and Tuesday Evening this is only for accomplished cyclist who are used to cycling and handling a bike in a bunch and at fast pace. We have regular Midweek and Saturday cycles posted on our WhatsApp page for cyclist to come along for a Social cycle. Time Trial Competition Thursday Nights, which we held on the lead up to the Georgetown Cup, we like to enter a team for this competition There is also a Hill Climb Competition where we encourage all members to take part. NEW MEMBERS New members with no cycle bunch experience would be encouraged to join the Wee Ring. In this ring you are taught, bunch ring skills and shouts which help your cycling experience in whatever cycling ring you are in. ROAD CYCLING SUNDAY SOCIAL BUNCHES We have 3 cycling groups (rings), Wee 30 to 40 miles / Middle 40 to 60 miles / Big 60 plus miles The Meeting Point for Sunday Social Cycles is 0850 for 0900 start at Paisley Abbey. We cycle all year round. In Summer meeting times might change to earlier time, keep eye on the Paisley Velo Forum, 6 week calendar and WhatsApp for any changes. Winter cycles we tend to do less miles on a Sunday Social Cycle. TYPICAL SOCIAL CYCLE Club cycles tend to have a few hills involved in whatever ring you are in (regrouping top of hills in your respective group). Each ring has a Captain who is responsible for posting a cycling route on the Forum and ensure that we keep a tight, safe cycling bunch on a cycle. Depending on what ring you join speed will go up, Wee being slowest, (PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ONLY AS FAST AS SLOWEST CYCLIST IN WHATEVER RING YOU ARE IN). All members would have a bike fit for cycling and a base cycling fitness be comfortable cycling for 2 – 3 hours with Café stop. GRAVEL AND MOUNTAIN BIKE CYCLES We also have members who regularly go on Gravel and Mountain Bike cycles, theses are posted on the forum and WhatsApp group BUNCH CYCLING It is important that we have a common approach to our Bunch riding to keep us safe and to help bring on the newer members. We hope you will find this to be informative and that it will help you to be a safe member to ride with on our bunch cycles. Here is a summary of what you should concentrate on for your club rides: Make sure you bike is roadworthy and safe. Carry out your ‘M’ check as a minimum. Make sure you are roadworthy, fit and healthy enough to bunch ride, appropriate clothing, carry the right food and tools/spares. Ride smoothly, avoid abrupt changes in pace and position. Smooth change overs. Avoid accelerating/decelerating. Pass communications front to back and vice versa. Keep an eye out for hand signals and look as far ahead as possible to allow you forward plan in good time. From the back shout forward when it is clear to change lane and/or overtake parked cars. Don’t be afraid to highlight any issues to your ring captain. There will be times when we will shout ‘single up’. This is normally when we are on a twisty road when we are aware of traffic building up behind and therefore drivers can become a little stressed. So, the shout may come from back at times. Sign and call down the line and to the inside for things like obstacles, potholes and change of pace. Be vocal and clear with verbal communication. Concentrate at all times, including when talking to the rider next to you. Never pass on the inside of a rider. Ride within your abilities, don’t overextend yourself when bunch riding. Potholes and debris (Glass) If you are approaching a pothole, glass, the lead rider points out the hole by calling and signalling with a pointed left or right depending on which side they are passing. This should be passed down the bunch. Stopping for lights Ideally, think of the bunch as one vehicle. The leaders will decide if the bunch stops at the light or goes through. As soon as the light turns Amber, the leaders will call out loudly “STOPPING” if they are bringing the group to a halt. If they decide there is not enough space to stop the group safely light has just changed to amber, they will call out “ROLLING” and the whole group goes through The Highway Code states that we should not ride more than 2 abreast so we need to heed this rule along with some other rules as set out . REQUIRED EQUIPMENT Bike safe and fit for cycling Helmet (No helmet no cycle with club) Spare Tubes Pump Tyre Levers Multitool (if you have one not compulsory) Nutrition (Water bottle and snack for cycle) Money for Café Stop Mobile, Adequate Cycling Clothing If you are interested in joining the Paisley Velo Cycling Club, contact [email protected]
  3. 4 points
    Yearly Calendar for Road Cyclists has been updated for 2020 Note: Cycles are subject to change of route, time, cancellation , due to weather etc, these are proposed summer cycles to give Paisley Velo Members and new members an idea of what is ahead this year. Any member who has done something different and want to put route forward please contact Ian Morris, must be prepared to Captain this route also. Some cycles might be changed to Saturdays and transport may be required Its important to look at Six week calendar, Whatsapp group, for updates and times of road cycles. Look out for posts for Gravel and Mountain Bike Cycles This year we will have a Tuesday Fast Bunch , Saturday Fast Bunch , if we get numbers we could introduce two groups On Sundays we will have Social Cycles for Wee / Middle / Big Rings , every 6 weeks we will have Step Up Cycle this is to give Wee ring Cyclists chance to step up to Middle, and also Middle chance to step up to Big , the Captains of these rings will bear in mind its a Step Up cycle . Local Sportives , Weekend Breaks , Denia Dates, Social Days have been included if you want to enter or come along to. Paisley Velo Time Trial Competition will start on 23 July and finish 27th August , this is run up to Georgetown Cup where we hope to enter a team, there is also the Georgetown League where members can enter if they wish. We will have a 2 up TT (bit of fun ) on 6th June, later that day we will have Barbeque in Boarding House Winter Cycles go in four week rotation , Largs , Renfrewshire, Helensburgh , East Renfrewshire Ian Morris
  4. 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 😂! 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 scones😉!). 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!
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  6. 1 point
    All Club Cycles are cancelled until further notice. Our overriding priority is to ensure your health and safety as the nation moves through this difficult time. Stay well, and refer to the Scottish and national government guidelines.
  7. 1 point
    Hi, This looks a lot of fun and I have registered. Anybody else fancies it? https://www.dukesweekender.com/about Gravel Enduro When: Sun 13th September 9am -5pm Where: Aberfoyle, Scotland We take you on a stunning 70km route around the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, taking on the most incredible gravel riding in the UK. It’s the perfect balance between social riding and competitiveness, with a minimum of 6 timed stages along lochsides and in the shadow of Ben Lomond, Ben Venue and Ben Ledi. Aurelien
  8. 1 point
    Winter cycles , Strathaven , cycle to Barrhead , top of Dams , Newton Mearns, Eaglesham , back roads to Strathaven , Cafe Break ,same route on way back , possiblity to throw in few new back roads on way back to base . As with all Winter Cycles subject to change Approx 52 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Gavin Moore
  9. 1 point
    Winter cycles , Wee Ring , Stewarton, Cycle to Barrhead , Lochlibo Road , Lugton, Dunlop , Stewarton , Cafe Break , A77 back to base , as with all winter cycles subject to change Approx 40 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Dave Barr
  10. 1 point
    Winter cycles , Wee Ring Balloch, leaving Abbey 9am , cycle round Airport , Erskine Bridge , cycle path to Dumbarton ,Balloch Cafe Stop back to base . Approx 40 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Dave Barr
  11. 1 point
    Winter cycles , Step up Cycle , Helensburgh cycle leaving Abbey 9am , cycle round Airport , Erskine Bridge , cycle path to Dumbarton , Helensburgh ( Cafe Stop ) Sinclair Dr climb , Balloch back to base . Option to do Glen Fruin for those who want to . Good cycle for Wee ring to Step up to Middle , few extra mile , we will all be there for anyone stepping up , pace , encouragement Approx 54 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Ian Morris
  12. 1 point
    Hi, There was a bit of interest the other day on Whatsapp for this event, anybody still interested? https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/20261 https://www.strava.com/routes/8538737 Closing date is the 10th of March Aurelien
  13. 1 point
    The link below is for the CTT each member of PVCC who wants to ride in the Georgetown Cup/League must register on the website below. This website gives you all TT races and events. And loads of info on TT in general. Make sure you put your club as Paisley Velo. https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/ Those who have Face Book can book a time slot by messaging them https://www.facebook.com/GeorgetownLeague/
  14. 1 point
    Hi guys The weather is looking as good as it has done all month, which is not saying very much at all. The proposed route for this Sunday is down to Largs. We'll go down the track towards Lochwinnoch then up and over the Haylie Brae and down to town for a cafe stop. Will decide on the route back at that point but there are a few options depending on the weather (including the train!) Keep your eye on the whatsapp group in the morning for any updates. If the weather is truly manky we may change plans. Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile - No rider left behind! Cheers Andy
  15. 1 point
    Club Weekend September 2020 The Old Bunkhouse Glassie Farm , Aberfeldy So after the success of the past 3 weekends to Kinlockleven and Peebles we have organised another for this year. We decided on a change of scenery and some new roads to ride on so this year we are off the Perthshire from 18th-20th September , 2 nights stay. I have booked accommodation in The Old Bunkhouse at Glassie Farm , outside Aberfeldy which gives is a terrific base to explore the area. We have the exclusive use of the place which sleeps up to 25 in bunk bed/single beds with a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite. Web site details below https://www.thebunkhouse.co.uk/ The format will follow the last two to Peebles with a morning start from Paisley up to the area where we go a ride before booking into the accommodation, Second day is the main riding day and In know that some of the Velo know this area so will be organising the routes for us. Sunday we play it be ear depending on the alcohol consumption on the Saturday night. We have previously eaten both nights in the digs which is a great atmosphere and good laugh, The format for the rides has been to split into 2 rings so that it caters for all of us. So don't be put off thinking that you will be dropped or hold anyone up that has never been an issue and both groups tend to do the same route at different pace. This is a great opportunity to have an old fashioned club weekend with like minded people and to see a part of the country you may never have seen or have only driven through on a car and has been well attended on the last 3 occasions. The cost for the whole bunkhouse is £1100,00 which is comparable with the £1000.00 Peebles cost last 2 years. If we fill all beds then it would be £44.00 for the two nights but based on past experience and numbers it should not exceed £60.00 If you are interested in going please confirm to me through the Velo Rides WhatApp ASAP. I am looking for a £10.00 non refundable deposit by end of January as I need to pay a £250.00 deposit by then and although I can pay it would rather not be out of pocket that amount till September. The balance is due 1 month before we go. Honestly this is a weekend not to miss as the banters good . I will also post on WhatApp group along with Bank Details SO COME ON LETS BE HAVING YOU
  16. 1 point
    Guys / gals , Middle /Big ring will be doing Pedal in Park in reverse this week , lot of guys / gals have done this other way round it's good to get Fairlie Moor out of way early on , easier in my opinion , approx 70 miles with bail out points Lochwinnoch, Kilbirnie, Fairlie Moor, Old Largs road, Greenock cut , Gourock, Cafe Break , Clune, Finlaystone, Bridge of Weir, Johnshill , Lochwinnoch , home , it's about same elevation as Tour of Borders good one to get done before then 9am start Abbey We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills, regroup go again , we start together we finish together  Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!! 
  17. 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