Glasgow University Cycling Club

Club Name:  

Glasgow University Cycling Club 

Where are you based?

Glasgow  

Cycling Disciplines: 

Road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross. 

What is your club ethos?

GUCC’s club ethos is to encourage people get into to cycling at university and to give them a pathway to develop their own cycling. We have a very diverse club, covering many cycling disciplines and many different levels of competition. We have a range of members from students who attend our revolve weekly spin sessions, to riders also competing at the national and world level. We are a small club that is open to all levels and all abilities.  

What is the best thing about your club?  

The opportunity we offer students at university to start cycling. Our club trips away are always well attended and are a highlight of the club year. The club is a great way to meet new people at university and to get involved in club sport at both a social and competitive level.  

What club rides do you run? 

The club run on a Sunday usually has 2 separate groups:

  • The fast/longer group goes 40-50 miles around Glasgow at 15-17mph.
  • A more chilled group goes 25-35 miles at 13-15mph around Glasgow, with a café stop.

Both groups meet at the same point and leave at the same time.  

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

Yes. We always stop for mechanicals and wait for dropped riders, unless the rider wishes to continue by themself.  

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

We would expect everyone who comes on our club runs to be self-sufficient, ie. bring their own food, puncture repairs etc. That said, most ‘ride leaders’ bring an extra jacket and food, and will help people fix punctures on the ride.  

A lot of students who come on our rides are new to cycling and have no group riding experience. It is therefore understandable if they feel a bit lost the first few times they come out. Most riders ask questions and catch on quite quick about bunch etiquette.  

New riders should be able to ride at a minimum of 12-13mph in a group. The ability to do this also depends on bunch skills which can take a few rides to develop.

We post up routes for our rides in advance to allow riders to decide what route/group they would prefer to ride in.  

What do you expect riders to bring on club runs?

Riders should bring food and water, puncture repair stuff (inner tube x 2, tyre levers and multitool) as well as their phone and some money for a café. 

Also in Glasgow, an emergency waterproof is often needed! 

Are bikes other than road bikes acceptable on any rides? 

On our road rides we have many cross and gravel bikes. Hybrids and mountain bikes are acceptable on road rides as long as the rider feels comfortable in a group on the bike and are able to keep up with the advertised group speed.

Aspects of cycling the club is involved in:

Social runs  

Coached sessions for adults for spin and circuits 

Organising races – Glasgow University Bella Criterium and Cross at the Cube 

Competing in races 

Do you run club social events?  

We run weekly socials, normally in a local pub or in a flat. The social side is an important aspect of the club. 

Number of members (roughly): 

79 

Current percentage of female members: 

31.6% 

Do you have a women’s development officer?

no 

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

Current we don’t have any women’s specific projects.

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. We offer to subsidise coaching courses for members who wish to become a coach..

We also have qualified Ride Leaders for road rides, who are more experienced and help lead and organise our road rides.  

Website / social media / etc: 

Glasgow University Cycling Facebook page

@glasgowunicycling on Instagram 

Joining Information:  

You need to be a University of Glasgow Student or staff member with a valid University of Glasgow sport membership to join the club. Our club membership cost is £25 for the year. New riders are welcome to attend a few sessions before they decide if they wish to join the club. Message the club on Facebook or Instagram with any questions.  

Contact details:

Email: Captain-cycling@gusa.gla.ac.uk 

Information last updated 

July 2020

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