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  1. 19 points
    George

    Mental health awareness

    Hi people, the title of my post might have set alarm bells ringing. Sorry for that. So.... I’ve not been well for the past 3-4 years. Up & down. Making bad choices then punishing myself for it. Caught in a loop. Eventually went to get help. Basically l, I had a really bad experience when I was young that I hidaway from.Denied it happened. Beat myself up for it. Eventually, I sought help. I was referred to a councillor and a CBT therapist. I won’t lie, having to discuss my issues and experiences was brutal. Why am I telling you this? Because if I hadn’t I probably wouldn’t be here. Things got so bad that, what I thought was my salvation, “cycling” became toxic. Watching my weight, training, trying to keep up &, as life unravelled, being dropped was very crushing. I saw cycling as being my validation but it became a pressure & a stressor. Thanks to mental health professionals & some very good friends in the club who have given me council, I’m on the mend. Thanks, guys. I’m still cycling but for now I’m just going out when I feel like it. I’m also eating like a horse with no qualms or worries about “racing weight” I never raced much anyway! Why am I posting this? We live in a society that is so driven by aspiration and the need to “get on” and compete. I’ve come to the conclusion that after my experiences I’m just lucky to be here. I’m quite proud to be alive. So my message is- if you are struggling, don’t be ashamed to seek help and if you think a friend is struggling don’t shy away from asking if they are ok. you just might savesomeone’s life. If you are struggling and looking for help, message me. I might not have the answers but I can signpost you to people who can help you. It’s ok not to be ok!
  2. 9 points
    Contrary to my post title - I managed NOT to get a soaking after all 🙂 Being Johnny-no-mates for the day, I opted to start from Glasgow instead of heading for the Bridge. Got to jump on a Bunch of "Lomond Roads" coming into Milngarvie, after introducing myself to them, I slotted into the group seamlessly since our Club colour are pretty much the same ........ very friendly Bunch of cyclist so they are 🙂 Pretty much got dropped off by them at the door step of Aberfoyle where upon it seems every cyclist in the Glasgow area was there, including Iain McTarvish & Jess. Got there so early that we sat OUTSIDE in the sun for more than an hour waiting for the Peloton to arrive - ETA 12.10noon. It was all good weather wise up till that point, but just as we were about to head up the Duke's, the heavens opened but luckily for me, I took shelter underneath a porch & stayed dry, while most must have got drenched up on the climb. Waited for the convoy & then the Race Peloton to pass, everyone (especially the Police Moto riders) look cheering & enjoying themselves, well, apart from the Riders :-) Then back down the climb & a detour with Big Ronnie Chard over the Lake of Monteith & another cafe stop in Kippon, then the Crow & home without getting wet at all. In fact, it was pretty hot later on the day, strange weather indeed! End up being a really nice day on the bike for me, loved it! Cheers
  3. 6 points
    GaryK

    David Raymond Trophy Tuesday 13th August

    Some photos I took tonight of the TTers! G
  4. 6 points
    AlanT

    Tuesday 23rd July, Westferry

    4 riders on a warm, sunny evening, and some good times. Tommy 27.06, pb, paid Colin 23.47, paid James 22.25, pb, paid Stuart 22.23, pb, paid £12 transferred to the club account.
  5. 4 points
    Galeb

    Saterday Training Ride 17/08 @ 9.00am

    Good ride this morning with strong headwinds in to Largs. Fast and smooth pace while sharing the workload (Arran style ). After Largs solo back for me. Thanks Paul for waiting a few mins this morning for me to sort slow puncture and then rear mech cable which I realised was frayed!...Almost did a Charlie this morning with bike maintenance
  6. 4 points
    There is a Couriers WhatsApp Saturday group that is winding me up. The change in the Thursday format has been posted up but it seems there are some people (John Craig and Garry Dunn) who want the ride to be a social ride operating at about 32kph (20mph for the old timers). The joy for me in the chain gang is cooperating to go faster than you can on your own. In a low grade Cat 3/4 race the average speed for 2hrs+ of an un-cooperative bunch of cyclists is 38-40kph. If we can't cooperate and achieve 40kph for one hour we aren't cooperating! Gregg O Malley has won races on long solo breaks averaging this speed on his own. And no way should Gregg beat our determined chain gang who are working for each other. Smooth and fast. When a chain gang is in full flow there is nothing finer! 45kph down the Westferry should be a breeze.
  7. 4 points
    Thanks to John for timekeeping and the holders for pushing off. Tough night for me, went off way too hard and blew up going up to the roundabout getting dropped in the process. Recovered a bit but having to wait would have cost Ian a sub 16 Shame about Marcs puncture, will need to have a rematch next year!
  8. 4 points
    chung

    Gonnae let me play with your WHEELS :-)

    Didn’t get to ride today, so thought I’ll do some maintenance on my bike! But it seems I’ve ran out of bikes to clean so thought I’d have a go at my new coffee machine instead 🙂 All machine deserves some TLC in my opinion 🙂 I know coffee & road cycling have a real & historic connections, but upon opening up the “grinding mechanism” for some deep cleaning, I was met with what look not unlike a rear wheel free-hub ratchet ........ the similarity is beyond doubt 🙂 Well, the fact that I had to use my Park-Tool 10mm socket to get the nut off & my Pedro long nose pliers felt as if I was working on one of my bikes 🙂 .......... sorry, I think I’ve got too much time on my hand 😕 Cheers
  9. 4 points
    PaulL

    T-rex spotted in the Alps

    I've taken up a new sport, one that suits my Talents!
  10. 4 points
    Elaine Muirhead

    Sunday 21st July

    Great wee run today with Karen, Anthony, Tom and myself. Headed to Port Glasgow then along the coast for a quick coffee in the BB. Up the Hailey Brae and back towards the clubrooms. Hopefully all made it home well before the rain started!
  11. 4 points
    The Jim Daly or Largs 30
  12. 3 points
    I know this won't be a universally popular decision but after what happened last week (and reading the messages on here and talking to a few of you) then for the next couple of weeks we are going to experiment with splitting the chaingang into smaller groups. The reason for this is to try and improve rider safety and make things calmer, manageable and more controlled. Groups of about 8-10 should maximise safety, are most efficient for a chaingang while also giving a decent work out. If the numbers don't allow for three groups then will try two. It is important to remember however it is still a chaingang and training ride, it is not a social ride. The pace in the earlier groups will be a little slower but the idea stays the same - if you get dropped you still get dropped so know the route and be self sufficient. You can choose what group you are in however i'll give some guidelines for this. First group. If you take the short cut regularly then this is the one for you. If you get dropped on the west ferry or Bishy Hill then take this one. If you are a strong rider but feel relatively inexperiened and want practice riding in a chaingang then take this one. If you tried the chainy earlier in the season and were put off due to not feeling quite fit enough, then now is the time to give it another go. I will be leading this group. Second group. If you are capable of hanging on in the chaingang but find yourself regularly missing turns or find it difficult to move up without stalling in the line then you may have more benefit going in the second group and working rather than just sitting on in the third. Are there any volunteers to lead this group? Third group. Are you strong enough to spell through for all of chaingang and do you find parts of it relatively easy? Are you able to bridge gaps if the bunch splits and do you usually find yourself on the right side of these splits when they happen? Then third group for you. Paul will be leading. Be honest and realistic with yourself and (more importantly) to the other riders when choosing a group. It isn't a sign of weakness joining a slower group and nothing is set in stone, if you find one group too easy then you can move up the next week. Group 1 will leave at 6.25 and will take Heggies. Group 2 leaves at 6.30 and group 3 at 6.35 and both take the Clune. If Group 1 is caught by the top of Clune then they wait and restart behind the next group. Paul is going to post a few guidelines on good practice.
  13. 3 points
    Heard you guys were thinking of trying this; we have been doing this in the Northside Chain gang for a couple of years now and it works really well. The one bunch tends to be a core of 6-8 guys working and alot of guys sitting on which does make it more dangerous. The split groups encourage everyone to either want to make the catch or stay away from the faster group so folk tend to work harder as they feel more part of a TTT than a race bunch. Rolling through with folk with similar ability also makes it both harder, safer and smoother rather than sprinting or unable to close gaps. It is also good to mix up now and again and set scratch off first, this encourages group 2 guys who think they could step up to try the scratch and if they get dropped they can join back in with second group- and similar for group 1 and 2.
  14. 3 points
    From the first groups perspective i think that worked out all right tonight. Bunch was the smoothest it has been all summer and it felt safe too.
  15. 3 points
    Where did u guys come from. Thought Still game was a tap in for the win. Going to get Alan McLean to officiate as that will at least get rid of Galeb & Mark as they will miss their start time. Clearly the 2 Iain’s will be distracted by clothing issues.
  16. 3 points
    P McDonald

    Arran Challenge

    Ok guys, fess up, youse are just envious that I am one of only two people on the Planet to have done the DA😁😁
  17. 3 points
    Ian Archibald

    Arran Challenge

    If anyone is running a book I'm good for a tenner Paul won't make it. He's going to need Galeb and Richie at least.
  18. 3 points
    thejanullrichdietplan

    Chaingang 8 August 630pm

    Remember when we all agreed about taking care at roundabouts? Tonight at Houston was far too close a call for comfort. Take it easy it is not a race, and even if it is a race dont do that! Also a car had to stop at Newark Castle and from what i hear there was something at Langbank too? (I didnt see that one) It wasn't just that though it was guys surging through for their turn rather than through and off. This is the basics. My moaning might just sound like sour grapes because i was left behind after the restart at Knapps but fair enough i should have been paying more attention. Afterwards though Gregg was saying it was one the worst bunches he'd been a part of....if someone with his experience is saying that then time to listen.
  19. 3 points
    Only the finest Campag tractors for Chung
  20. 3 points
    robster82

    T-rex spotted in the Alps

    Has anyone seen Paul Leavy recently....
  21. 3 points
    EricL

    T-rex spotted in the Alps

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqeDDuhtLwQ Wait for it.................there he is (at 1.22) !!! This also reminds me of a great day spent on The Cauberg at Amstel 2019.
  22. 3 points
    iain couttie

    Mental health awareness

    Good luck George. By chance I had a good crop of hay this year, way more than I need. If you are still insisting on eating like a horse let me know. See you out sometime, if not see you in Spain.
  23. 3 points
    thejanullrichdietplan

    Veloveritas

    Good interview this week http://www.veloveritas.co.uk/2019/07/19/cedric-sachet-jul19/
  24. 2 points
    DavieB

    Sunday 18th, main bunch, any bunch?

    Colin..the coast road is not for me...was thinking more country roads but would be happy enough going over Fairlie moor to Largs via Howwood and back road to Kilbirnie.
  25. 2 points
    2 groups worked really well. Erskine route a good call. Think should keep time gaps between groups as not APR but training run
  26. 2 points
    DavieB

    Sunday 18th, main bunch, any bunch?

    Aye 9 am ...que sera sera indeed...route choice may be more John Denver inspired.
  27. 2 points
    Like Paul's suggestions. The whole idea IMO is for all members of each group to contribute to the pace, regardless of what that pace may be. (with the exception of the Clune). Liked the steady through and off. This provides good training benefit, even if some riders find it easier than others !
  28. 2 points
    Yip nice ride tonight. Well done Iain & Paul
  29. 2 points
    JaneF

    Georgetown Cup - 7th Spetember

    Karen, probably worth a pm to Carol M, Linda C, Carol C, Kay T , Jaki R, Mia, Morna, Mitch, Kaz, and then there is always me if you really need the numbers! Probably have enough for an a and a b team. Can jets compete?
  30. 2 points
    AlanT

    David Raymond Trophy Tuesday 13th August

    Thanks to Scott and John for timing on the night, and to all involved in holding. As already mentioned, tough on the way out, and just hard on the way back. Great to see so many people involved,. Unlucky on the puncture Marc, there's always next year. I'll work out the handicaps for the Trophy, if people can send me their best 10 time coming into the season. If you don't have a 10 time, tell me that too, and I'll apply a 26 minute standard. Winners on the night were Team Ian. Well done guys. £36 transferred to the club account.
  31. 2 points
  32. 2 points
    Iain desperately wants this trophy but he has been persuaded to risk all and sacrifice our superior aero knowledge and intellectual advantage. Road bikes it is! Road racing gear only. So if you wouldn't wear it in a road race you can't wear it tomorrow night. Iain will probably wear his Rapha gear and pink shoes but that's OK as long as he never turns up to a road race in them.
  33. 2 points
    After speaking to some worthies (Charlie and Jan!) I thought I would take the initiative to post up a code of conduct for the JWCC Thursday night run. If those of us on the forum commit to this then it will happen. I would also propose to do a brief at start next week so our guests will understand if they are dangling out front alone for a bit ! This was written before Jan's post to try more than one group so it not quite as relevant now but principles still apply. My view is that it is maybe time to try more than one group – my personal view would be to try two groups first. Going to keep it simple , 1) We ride tempo on Bishy hill – not slow – but we don’t increase the power output 2) At the approach to roundabouts we have a 10 second period before and after when the outside line does not ride through and off. Ie. two parallel lines going at same speed as slower line. Purpose is to roll into and roll out of roundabout. Once 10 seconds out, the front guy on the outside line rolls through again and folks can put the hammer down as normal. This applies at Westferry on ramp (which is technically a roundabout anyway), Langbank, Woodhall and Houston roundabouts. 3) If bunch gets split at any roundabout or traffic light, the front group rides below tempo until regroup happens. If anyone has a constructive feedback then please post up, or post up to support this initiative to keep it safe but hard.
  34. 2 points
    Iain McT and I are planning to race. Last year Charlie couldn't make it so the authorities on the day decided to postpone the event until the following week. Iain was very distressed and he has only just got over it.
  35. 2 points
    I am coming out of retirement to ride with James
  36. 2 points
    P McDonald

    Chaingang 8 August 630pm

    Well said Iain, Galeb, Alan. There were a number of tension points tonight for sure. Crazy surges in the though and off, roundabout behaviour and pre roundabout behaviour was shocking with a rider in the outside lane blocking cars at the Langbank roundabout ! Bunch split once after Cedric's crash, bunch split again after Houston roundabout with no proper regroup, we had a terrified motorist at Houston roundabout due to rider careering through when others including myself had stopped etc. I say for sure a pre brief next week as there are a lot of new faces. Happy for anyone else to do it but also happy to do it myself as I feel strongly about this. I still think we stick to one bunch, but those of us who are regulars and form the core bunch need to keep the etiquette and if others are not them leave them to it - and tell them. To finish on a positive - at the ramp on to Westferry tonight there was a 2 rider and a single rider who horsed it off the front, however others rode steady and gradually increased pace AFTER we were all on the dual carriageway. I believe this is what we need to do then horse it in a steady line once on the dual carriageway and clune etc.
  37. 2 points
    Alan McLean

    Chaingang 8 August 630pm

    Thank you Iain. I was second through Langbank roundabout, on the outside and took it very steady to avoid snapping the elastic which is what ALWAYS happens there (and every other roundabout). You can guess how I was rewarded for trying to keep the bunch together after the roundabout. As I accelerated, three or four riders burst past me in a bunch sprint like I was getting in their way and it took a few minutes to settle back into two lines. Total mess. Some people need to chill, work in a bunch, and follow a wheel after corners even if it is not going full gas. Please don't dump your mates who are probably still easing on the roundabout, hoping an HGV is not coming into their lane. If I want you to come through on a steady ride I will flick you through, I don't want people charging past. By all means smash past me on the Clune or in the final 300m but this was not the case. Then there was a wee spill just past my house which I thought was a final message so I went home early. Maybe bunch is too big. Cue usual suggestion for two bunches. If others commit to this then I will join the second bunch next week.
  38. 2 points
    Galeb

    Chaingang 8 August 630pm

    Keep saying it...bunch is too big. A few weeks ago I joined the north bunch chaingang and they split into 3 groups with no problems.
  39. 2 points
    XXX

    Chaingang 8 August 630pm

    Have to agree was on Greig’s wheel nearly all night , we don’t seem to understand smooth, we were all over the road at some of the roundabouts , was very very messy
  40. 2 points
    chung

    Gonnae let me play with your WHEELS :-)

    Iain, what do you mean by "......puncture repairs" ................. Tyres that needs repair? .......... "their sell by date"???? If it's bike stuff that is old & tatty but can still be "salvagable" or good for butchering for spare parts, then I usually take them to a local Glasgow base bike Charity: https://www.bikeforgood.org.uk/locations/glasgow-west-community-hub/ As far as I know, our very own Alan Thomson is about to start volunteering work at this place :-) Cheers
  41. 2 points
    chung

    Gonnae let me play with your WHEELS :-)

    Hi All, Some of you might know that I’m a bit “keen” when it comes to working on my bike(s), some might even say it’s an illness :-) Acquiring bike specific tools is also a sick obsession of mine. Recently my Campag Neutron wheels needed a bit of TLC as it was feeling rough when spinning, the hub bearings definitely need servicing, so I thought why not do it myself & in the process got a bit “carried away” in buying some fancy tools to do jobs properly - punch, bearing extractor, hub bearing press tools etc. Needless to say, it made the job(s) of servicing/replacing my Campag cup/cone bearings hubs a lot, lot easier, it would also work well on seal bearings hub too, it’s almost a pleasure to do it now rather than being a PITA job. Now I have these tools which will hopefully last me a life time & it would be a shame not to get it use more often :-) Therefore, if any club members of the Joanins have wheels that needs work on the hub bearing, then give me a buzz & we can see what I can do. Obviously this is just my desperate attempt to get the chance to mess about with my new tools, NO charges involve, you just pay for any parts needed & we can do the job together if you fancy giving it a go. I’m telling you, taking a hammer to your lovely carbon wheels hub certainly does raise your heart rate to a new level :-) I think it’s an experience every cyclist should have! Also, some of the tools I have are Campagnolo wheels specific with the cup/cone, ball bearing types, so for those of youse with higher end Campag wheels i.e Zonda, Eurus, Shamal, Bora etc & Fulcrum equivalent. Then I have these tools especially if you want to extract any damage cups that need replacing that are pressed solidly into the hubs. The need to ride our winter bike is upon us & it would make sense/good practice to examining your summer wheels to see if it needs some TLC before storage or winter ones so to face the harsh road conditions of winter. Cheers Chung
  42. 2 points
    That is a thing of beauty
  43. 2 points
    Met Mike Ferguson on the track after I left Alan. We had a great blether. It is tremendous and truly heartening to see how much progress he is making, now out on the bike 3 times a week.
  44. 2 points
    If wet and horrible on Sunday I will be repeating Finlaystone Road aka Gunpowder from 0930 as part of my campaign to regain fitness for my glorious return to cx. Hard intervals. I will be riding to power rather like Chris Froome. Don't laugh. I will be there for about one hour. Coffee after in kilmacolm, leaving big wet patches on the seats. PM me if desperate enough to join.
  45. 2 points
    George

    The horror

    This is how it should look.
  46. 2 points
    AlanT

    League of 10 Results

    The table below has the results from the league 10, now concluded. Congratulations to Scott for the most consistent rider. Points are awarded on the basis of run time - handicap time, with 20, 18, 16, 15 and 14 points being awarded to the top 5 riders on each night. Name League of 10 Total Scott McIntosh 102 Stuart Tennant 80 Colin McPhee 78 Alan Thomson 63 Colin Sales 50 James Snodgrass 49 Joseph McIntosh (J) 44 Ian Archibald 34 Gerard Deeley 31 Tommy Donachie 29 Jesse Mitchell 18 Richard Montague 14 Sam Edgar (J) 14
  47. 2 points
    chung

    Sunday 28th July (Main bunch)

    Glad I made the effort despite getting up late for the clubroom, so ambushed the Bunch in Stewarton! Thanks Davie for the mystery tour route & the gang for letting me hide in the back 🙂 Not been to Largs for a wee while, so that was really nice! Cheers
  48. 2 points
    AlanT

    Sunday 28th July (Main bunch)

    That was a strangely enjoyable run. Having slept late, with an expectation of a dull turbo session, I took advantage of a less wet spell and headed off to Largs via Kilbirnie, Dalry, West Kilbride, hoping to catch the bunch there. I didn’t, so headed round the coast, and over the Clune. The weather was odd. Wet, but not soaking, and way too warm for a waterproof. Now just sitting enjoying a well earned refreshment before heading home to clean my bike.
  49. 2 points
    George

    Renfrewshire's Steepest Streets

    On current form, everywhere.
  50. 2 points
    Boyd, Linda, Mia, Alan and myself left clubrooms at 9.30 and headed to Kilwinning as per route except kept on Blair Road to Kilwinning. Coffee and scones taken in Tournament Cafe and then returned via Auchentiber Road, Barmill and Greenacres with a tail wind all the way...great Good blast homeward and thanks to all. Dave
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