Club Runs generally happen on a Sunday morning although, depending on interest, members will often arrange ad hoc runs on a Saturday or even during the week.
Club Runs generally leave the Club Room on Miller Street at 9am on Sunday unless posted otherwise on The Bunch. During winter months the times are usually later, but again, precise details are posted on The Bunch.
Riding behind someone without mudguards in the wet is worse than riding in the rain. The constant spray soon penetrates the most “waterproof” of clothing. Our rule requires that mudguards be fitted for club rides during British Winter Time (between clock going back on last Sunday of October and clock going forward on last Sunday in March). If you don’t have mudguards don’t be too surprised when people don’t want to sit behind you. Best to stay at the back if this is you…
Sunday Club Runs
Thirty Milers Run (approx. 13-15mph average)
Specifically aimed at the following:-
- those starting out with the club who wish to learn and improve their fitness with others at a similar level
- those returning to the club who hope some day to be able to go out on a full club run again
- those restricted for time on a Sunday for whatever reason
- those who just want a bit of company on a Sunday morning
Limited to an approximate distance of 30miles, over a couple of hours, making use of the cycle track and fairly easy local roads. Routes planned a few days in advance (almost) and an agreement to wait (within reason) at the top of the hills if we find any.
The initial goal is to get riders up to a level that they are comfortable with and to attract new members who may otherwise be put off by higher speed, long distances, or full day excursions
Intermediates (approx. 15-17mph average)
Aimed at those pushing on and wanting a slightly longer and faster run than the 30 Milers, the Intermediates focusses on bunch riding over distance with some social stops too.
Distance is generally 45-70 miles with a mix of hills and flat.
The pace of this run will develop proficient bunch riding at a higher tempo.
Main Bunch (approx. 17-18mph average)
For the more adventurous the main bunch run, depending on the time of year, weather, route, etc. can cover between 60 and 100 miles. A general route is outlined but don't be surprised to find a few quiet back routes thrown in as well as a few hills. Occassionally the group will have a cafe stop.
The pace of this run is faster than the Intermediates and again, an agreement to wait (within reason) at the top of any hills
Mid-Week Summer Rides
Tuesday – The Angry Wasp (aka The Sewing Bee) (approx. 17-18mph average)
Meeting at the cycle track at Morrison’s supermarket in Johnstone at 1800 or 1830 (check the bunch for precise times), this 40 mile route takes riders up the Bowfield climb and over rolling country hills to Stewarton where the road ramps up over the dams towards Newton Mearns. A habble (see glossary) to the top of this long climb precedes a regroup before more rolling hills back home.
This is a main bunch type pace but with plenty of escape routes before Stewarton if you like the idea of pushing yourself without going the full distance.
Wednesday – The Wednesday Night Social (approx. 13-16mph average)
A social run of 20-30 miles with an obligatory stop for coffee and a blether. The group meets at either the Club Rooms or frequently on the cycle track behind Amaretto in Bridge of Weir. Check posts for full details.
Thursday – The JWCC Chain Gang (approx. 20mph average)
Meeting at the bus stop at the Houston end of the Georgetown at 1800 or 1830 (check The Bunch for precise times), this 30 mile route is a fast paced, focussed chain gang ride, ideal for those looking to gain pace for the race season. The route is relatively flat except for the full Clune climb in Port Glasgow. A regroup at the top of the hill then sees the bunch head through Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir and onwards to the Inchinan end of the Georgtown. There is no waiting for mechanicals on this ride…
This page serves only as a guideline. Details of all Club Runs are posted on The Bunch