Thursday, 1 October 2015

September Newsletter from Scottish Cycling (West)

Scottish Cycling West Newsletter September 2015

This month we’ve reached the end of the different race series’, both regionally and nationally. We’ve been doing a lot of planning for next year, with the date fixing process well underway. That’s not forgetting the cyclocross season, which has just started for this winter!

Here’s what’s been going on in the West in September…

Regional Development Group Updates

The next Regional Development Group meeting is planned for the 9th of November at the Emirates, where we will be looking at the progress made thus far against the regional plan, and working more on the planning process for next year.

Don’t forget to ‘like’ the region on facebook to stay up to date with all the regional happenings!
Find the Scottish Cycling West facebook here.


Firstly, many thanks to all the clubs and event organisers who have engaged thus far with the datefixing process. While it is earlier than previous years, we know that this will give us the best opportunity to provide a race calendar which is coordinated and meets the needs of the riders.
If your club has yet not submitted dates, I need these immediately to allow them to be processed into the calendar. I also have a couple of free dates remaining in the regional race series’, if you or your club is interested in hosting an event in the series  then please for more information.

Events - Past

All three of the WoSCA Series’ have now concluded with massive thanks going to all the organising clubs, volunteers and riders for making this such a successful season. Details of the prize giving evening, which will be held later this month, will be sent out soon.
Final series standings can be found here.

Scottish Youth TT Champs
Thank you to the Glasgow Riderz who hosted the Youth TT Championships on the A77, with success for West riders across the categories!
Read the full report here.

British Track Champs
There were some great results for West riders at the British Track Championships in Manchester last weekend. In the Team Pursuit competition, Scotland teams (Senior & Junior) placed second and third, with six of those riders members of West clubs! Katie Archibald won a silver medal in the Individual Pursuit, Johny Mitchell took bronze in the Keirin and Laura Cluxton, piloted by the West’s Lynsey Carson, also won bronze in the 1km TT.
Read the full report here.

Events - Upcoming

Track League
Scottish Cycling National Track League starts back on Wednesday 7th October – have you signed up yet?
With a variety of races available to take part in each week it is a great opportunity to get into racing as well as have some fun and get to know other track cycling addicts.
More information and how to sign up can be found here.

The Cyclocross season is now underway, with thoughts turning to black socks, mud and hurdles! The first round of the series here in the West will be the 8th of November, hosted by East Kilbride Road Club at Strathclyde Park and also incorporating the Scottish Student Champs. Enter online here!
The final round of the series also comes to the West region, taking place on Mull, followed by the Santacross the following day! Enter online here!

2016 – Regional Race Series Plans
At the West datefixing meeting, the 2016 SC West regional series’ were discussed. We will again be organising a regional Youth Crit and Youth Dirt Crit series, at various locations and hosted by a range of clubs. Additionally, for next year, these youth events will include a junior girls category and we’re working on plans for an adults fun ‘sprint MTB’ at the Dirt Crits.
For the road race series, it is intended to have two levels of race series – a road race series and a development road race series. The road race series will be for 2/3/4 cat riders and held at weekends, with the development races for 3/4 riders and midweek through the summer. This will mean two smaller series’ which riders can focus on with good racing opportunities.

British XC Champs announced for Cathkin Braes 2016!
The British Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships will be held at Cathkin Braes in 2016 which is great news for all Scottish riders to have the opportunity to shine on home soil! Find out more here.

Education & Training

MTB DSU – Extra Date Added!
Due to demand there's been an extra MTB DSU date added onto the coaching calendar this year - the 12th&13th December in Perth! Get yourself booked on early to avoid disappointment. Find out more and sign up for the course here.

Manage Your Chimp!
Chip Management Courses are coming to Scotland this month! Find out more and sign up to this brilliant course here.

2016 Coaching Course Planning
Planning is well underway for the 2016 Coaching calendar, with dates being worked out. If you or your club has particularly high demand for coaching courses then please get in contact to we can use that information to help coordinate the calendar.
Club Activities

Inter-Regional Championships – Four successful squads!
Track - As part of the Sainsbury’s Schools Games the inter-regional track Championships were held in Manchester, with a brilliant result from the Scottish team to win the competition for the first time!
MTB – Next up was the inter-regional MTB Champs at Hadleigh Farm, Essex, where Scotland South just saw off Scotland North to give Scotland a superb 1-2 at the top of the leaderboard!
Road – at the inter-regional Road Championships, the Scotland squad took home a hard-fought bronze medal, with solid results across the weekend.
BMX – a young squad of three BMXers went to Manchester for the BMX inter-regionals, which was a great learning experience with all riders making progress.

Dates for Diaries

RACE Youth Coaching Sessions
Just a reminder about the RACE sessions coming up – we need riders and coaches to make these sessions run! Could you please share with your club members – they are for those riders who are regularly competing at Scottish level, with aims (or realised aims) or competing at British level.
MTB is for youth, Juvenile and 2nd year U12s.
Road is for Youth A and Youth B.
There was some confusion with the years of birth, however those are now corrected (and the ages were correct all throughout)

Partner Updates

Awards Up for Grabs!
Sportscotland in partnership with RL Leisure,  Renfrewshire Council and The Gazette, Barrhead News, Your Radio and Paisley People have launched the brand new Renfrewshire Community Sport Awards 2015. 
The Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards 2015 will recognise the efforts across 11 categories.  We believe it's a positive celebration our local athletes, coaches, volunteers and sporting officials.  The awards are a chance for you to earn your local sporting hero the recognition for there achievements and reward those who help make it possible. Please do take a look at the website for more details   The awards panel are looking for nominations for the awards across a range of categories including sports personality of the year, coach of the year and lots more - so if you feel you know someone deserving of recognition then this is your chance to put them forward.

Cuningar Loop – open weekends!
Great news from the Cuningar Woodland Park, Dalmarnock they've secured weekend opening including on the new MTB trails and pump track! They're open on Saturdays and Sundays from 3rd Oct – 6th Dec 10am-4pm. They will re-open on 9th January and resume the same pattern until they get fully open in Spring 2016. Head down and check it out!

Friday, 11 September 2015

Club Run 13th Sep '15

Law Wheelers Club Run

Long run planned for Sunday, "the two bridges" at around 85 miles.

Meet at usual spot, 9am. Newmains cross near Asda Newmains, and head north up to the first Bridge, Kincardine. Then follow along the scenic route, heading back across the Forth Road Bridge.

Will have an opportunity to stop for cake and coffee, or a pint and a pie.

For those looking for a shorter run, the option of heading for Linlithgow once you reach Polmont. Then back via the Bathgate Alps, Beecraigs and Cairnpapple then back into Bathgate.

Link to the full run : — Two bridges

Hoping to see you all on Sunday, new or potential members more than welcome.

Drop us a note to say hello via Facebook or just turn up at 9am.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Law Wheelers Club Run 30th August

On Sunday due to popular demand, the club will visit the Campsie Fells.

Situated a few miles north of Glasgow, the Campsies are the birthplace of skiing in Scotland. (According to Wikipedia anyway, I have my suspicions around the accuracy of this)

So the route heads up to Kilsyth, up the Takmadoon Road and along the carron valley.
Road surface along the Carron valley is a little sketchy, so be careful in the fast sections if this road.
Then its back over the Campsies into lennoxtown, again a fast decent although a decent road surface.
Then head back into the "shire" of Lanark via some roads.

Link to a strava route is here.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Ride Like A Pro 2015

Ride Like a Pro 2015

(No that's not a rude reference, well it could be)

16th of August saw a brilliant turn out of cyclist to Taggarts in Motherwell for the ride like a pro event.

Weather conditions couldn't have been better, with around 85 cyclists descending onto the forecourt.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Law Wheelers Club Run - 16th August

Club Run details for Sunday 16th August.

There are 2 local events featuring in the local area on the 16th.

Law Club Run is Ride Like a Pro, with the route as link below.

Meet at Newmains Cross for 9am as usual, then head to Taggarts at Motherwell for 9:40am, pre match snacks and drinks will be provided by Taggarts/Jaguar. (In exchange for some details and the chance to win a prize.)

The Ride Like a Pro Route is starting at Taggarts, up to Newmains Cross, then out to Carluke, onto A73 to Lanark, up the Red Brae (ouch), then up to Lesmahagow and Sandford via the same route as taken by LW Club on 9th Aug, into Strathaven, then out via Glassford, Quarter, Hamilton and back into Motherwell via the dual carriageway (!!caution here!!) and up Airbles road. Finish off at Taggarts, for cakes and coffee.

Some club members will also be attending the Strathaven 50, which is a fantastic charity run held every year, also starting in Strathaven and going along some similar roads. This has raised a lot of money for local charities over the years - more information here -

Best of luck to all, and be safe.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Club Run - Sunday 9th August

Details of this Sunday's club run for Law Wheelers.

View Along Strathaven Beach

Starting at 9am from Newmains Cross,

Route as follows, which should take about 4 hours including 30 mins for a coffee stop in Strathaven.

As this is a social run, so expect the average speed to be around 15-16mph.

If this is your first run, make sure you've a spare inner tube, pump, multi-tool and a phone.
Also bring enough energy ,food or gel or any other form you prefer, and water to see you through the run.

Taylor, the club nutrionist, has recommended a bowl of porridge to start the day.

For those interested, i.e. Wilma, there will be a stop in Strathaven for coffee and cake.

Weather conditions at time of this post are dry, 13 degrees C, with a breezy south-westerly wind (13mph).

Here for BBC forecast -

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Development Run 2nd August 2015

Club Mechanic & Nutrtionist
This weeks Law Wheelers development run starts at 10am at Newmains Cross, Newmains.

Heading up to Fauldhouse, then round to Addiewell, through Auchengray and onto the Apple Pie for coffee and cakes.

Or curry pie's as highly recommended by the club mechanic & nutritionist, Taylor.
All welcome and nobody gets left behind.
There is the hardman option of going via Forth and back to Fauldhouse for those who want a climb, although this will require a huge amount of effort to catch the group.

10am start, 40 mile ride at approx 15mph average.

Route details here:

Law Wheelers Development Run 2/8/15