In Stirling Bike Club we aim to cater for a wide range of mountain biking tastes and abilities. We have all kinds of mountain bikers represented in our membership - from beginners to coaches and racers; from those who like to get some air on technical black trails to those who prefer to power up massive climbs. Most of us are somewhere in the middle!
Because we recognise that mountain bikers vary in their tastes (not to mention fitness and nerve) we endeavour to run a variety of different kinds of rides and we will aim to post up details of each ride on the forum a few days in advance to let people know the plan. However, the Golden Rule of club rides applies regardless of the ride or who turns up: nobody gets dropped! If there are sufficient numbers then the group can be split into those wanting a faster paced ride and those wanting a more relaxed social ride (with a few more stops and a bit more chat).
The Stirling area is a mountain biker's paradise - there is a wide variety of beautiful, natural trails as well as some cracking trail centres. We can often be found riding near Aberfoyle, Cambusbarron Woods, North Third Reservoir and Bridge of Allan, as well as visiting the purpose-built trails at Carron Valley and Comrie Croft. We are also within driving distance of some further-flung but equally fantastic areas to ride, such as the mountain bike Mecca that is Glentress.
Our regular rides take place on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of the month. We set out at 9.30 from a variety of venues depending on the ride. Again, watch the forum for more information! We also have a Google calendar to help coordinate rides. We also run other weekend rides, away days, and night rides on an ad-hoc basis - see the forum for details.
What To Bring
- Mountain bike (full suspension or hardtail - some rides may be suitable for cyclocross bikes as well) suitable for off-road use and in good working order
- Helmet Compulsory - if you turn up without a helmet you will not be allowed to ride with us!
- Puncture repair kit - spare tube to suit your wheel/tyres, pump, tyre levers
- Suitable clothing for cycling - baggies or lycra, we don't care!
- Gloves - not essential but will protect your hands from the elements and injury in case of a fall
- Knee pads etc - not compulsory but if you have them, they can be useful - if only to protect from the nettles!
- Spare layers depending on the weather conditions
- Multi-tool to aid repairs
- Some food to keep your energy levels up for the duration of the ride
- Water or energy drink, again enough for the duration of the ride and weather conditions
- Backpack to carry everything in
For those of us for whom suspension and chunky tyres make things too easy, or who just have a bit of a thing for mud, there is also a healthy cyclocross racing scene within the club. We have men, women and juniors racing regularly (and occasionally organising the odd practice session during the CX season). We also run the Plean Cyclocross race in November (for those who like a little snow with their mud). Cyclocross is a very friendly sport and suitable for anyone on pretty much any kind of off-road bike - converted road bikes, mountain bikes and even the odd fat bike have been sighted at CX races!
Please read the SBC under 18 policy and advice before attending a club ride. Further information can be found here