Glasgow Gals Cycling Club

Club Name:

Glasgow Gals Cycling Club

Where are you based?

Glasgow Green – our official base is Free Wheel North, Templeton St, Glasgow.

Cycling Disciplines:

Road, mountain biking, social rides and we’ve also put on a few BMX and road skills sessions.

What is your club ethos?

Our ethos is that no one is left behind. We understand that when you’re starting out in cycling its difficult to get the skills that you might need for a traditional club. We focus on keeping everyone together so that if they have any issues or problems we can help. All that and we always look for a good coffee and cake stop!

What is the best thing about your club?

The social aspects are good for a lot of our members – we regularly have social events, especially through the winter. Members are able to suggest routes or see if anyone is interested in similar sportive events.

What club rides do you run?

We have a weekly social ride every Thursday evening throughout the summer months, which is open to anyone. We also offer cycle hire for rides for £1 on a first come first served basis.

We schedule road rides from 20 miles up to 60 miles throughout the year, usually on weekends or bank holidays. These take in different locations, mainly across the central belt.

We do longer social rides occasionally which incorporate the network of off road paths and cycle routes.

We try to offer as many opportunities to learn new skills as possible, including regular road riding, and more advanced skills. Mountain bike courses, BMX sessions and trail routes such as Callendar Estates. We also have arranged for some maintenance classes for riders to learn to repair their own bikes.

Do you wait for dropped riders / mechanicals on some or all of your rides?

We always wait for riders and try to keep together where possible, such as regrouping at the top of hills. We also wait for mechanicals and try to help.

What is the minimum standard you would expect from new club riders?

We recommend that newcomers come to our Thursday night social rides so we can get an idea of your ability. We do not require a minimum speed, but we would encourage you to be upfront about your ability to fix punctures and the distances you would be able to achieve. A lot of the ladies who join us are looking to push in these aspects, and we are keen to help in this wherever we can.

Realistically, if you’re looking at joining a 50 mile ride, but the furthest you’ve cycled is 15 miles, we would recommend you maybe try a 20 mile, or 25 mile and build up the distance slowly so you don’t cause yourself an injury.

What do you expect riders to bring on club runs?

We would expect you to bring tyre levers, spare inner tubes (we’d recommend at least 2) tyre pump, money, phone, water / electrolyte drink, snack / gels.

Are bikes other than road bikes acceptable on any rides?

Depending on the ride, riders may bring a hybrid bike on road rides, we would recommend using a mountain bike on trail rides.

Aspects of cycling the club is involved in:

Social runs

Coached sessions for adults

Taking part in sportives

Road Rides

Mountain bike sessions

Social trail rides

Do you run club social events?

We usually have social sessions especially through winter, and we usually have a Christmas night out.

Number of members (roughly):

75

Current percentage of female members:

100%

Please give details of any projects you have or are running to support and encourage women.

All of our rides are geared towards supporting women. We used a grant to purchase specialised bikes that can be borrowed by our members to try. We have loaned out our road bike 3 times and those members moved on to purchase their own bike.

Do you also have a children’s / youth section / Go Ride club?

No

Do you offer opportunities for members to train as coaches, ride leaders, etc?

Yes

Any other information you would like to share:

We would encourage anyone who is interested, but unsure, to get in touch. We’re a welcoming bunch of all ages and abilities and if we can help you achieve your cycling goals.

Many of our members talk about the confidence they get from coming along to rides.

We received a quote from one of our members:

During lockdown Kate and I have been cycling twice a week and loving it. I can’t count how many times one of us has said “ this is great I’m so glad we went along to Glasgow Gals”. So thanks again ladies we wouldn’t be where we are without you.”

We would encourage prospective members to check out our website.

Website / social media / etc:

Website: www.Glasgowgals.co.uk

Facebook: GlasgowGalsCC

Instagram: GlasgowGalsCC

Twitter: GlasgowGalsCC

Strava: GlasgowGalsCC

Joining Information:

Members can come along to a ride before deciding if they would like to join. Otherwise any membership enquires can be made to glasgowgals.membership@gmail.com

There are no joining fee for 2020 due to Covid-19.

Contact details:

General enquiries can be made to glasgowgals@gmail.com

Membership enquires can be made to glasgowgals.membership@gmail.com

Information last updated month and year completed:

July 2020

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