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Club Rides (under COVID guidlines)

Summer 2021 Schedule:

Due to the current COVID restrictions any club ride can only go ahead if the club complies with current guidelines. Therefore, every rider taking part in a club ride must complete the relevant details requested in the web-link below. It must be ensured this is completed before the ride takes place. If not completed the rider cannot take part in the club ride. All that is requested is name, contact telephone number and date of the session.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoW6lSS8xB2PaDYdxKIp96X9xRXabuE4F9HpmeQYHeQ43tsg/viewform?usp=sf_link 

 Saturday – Club Ride

Training ride using the regular route from Bishops Rd Car Park (0900Hrs sharp) to Maryburgh Roundabout (approx. 40 miles) via Beauly. Dependent on the riders taking part it can be decided to extend the ride to include the Brahan climb and extended even further to include the climb to Strathpeffer (all decided prior to leaving Bishops Rd!). Due to COVID restrictions the maximum per group is 9 riders. The uptake for the Saturday club rides has been really popular since restrictions eased in March. To take part each rider must complete their registration details prior to the ride. To help the groups to be organised prior to the club ride taking place, it’s appreciated by the organisers if registration is done by 1800hrs on the Friday prior to the ride.

Sunday – Womens only Club Ride (first ride 2nd May)

Starting on Sunday 2nd of May the club is organising a women’s only ride for anyone who fancies giving club riding a go to come and try. If you are comfortable riding 30 miles on your road bike and want to try a group ride (need to be female obviously!) the club would love you to come along. Riders will need to be self-sufficient with food and water, roadside puncture repair and wear a helmet. This ride is also open to women out with the club.

If you have any questions, just get in touch with the club at info@mfcc.org.uk

Given that this is a new club ride, it is initially planned for Sunday 2nd May and 16th May. Riders will be limited to a maximum of 18 (two groups of 9 riders) at first so be quick! If there is sufficient interest in these club rides, then it is envisaged for these rides will take place twice a month through the summer and the maximum number of riders increased. Again, all riders need to register prior to the club ride taking place.  To help the groups to be organised prior to the club ride taking place, it’s appreciated by the organisers registration is done by 1800hrs on the Saturday prior to the ride.

Thursday – Chain Gang

From Thursday 6th May, Chain Gang is back as a trial for 4 weeks. If the trial is successful, then this will continue during the summer. Due to the current COVID restrictions, to ensure social distancing can be maintained whilst congregating at the start, the meeting point is to be UHI Campus Car Park (Post Code IV2 5NA) at 1800hrs sharp. Organisers will then inform riders of which group to ride in. Groups will then ride at a steady pace, as per the normal staggered starts up to the normal Chain Gang start at Culloden Battlefield, from which the Chain Gang will start. The normal course will then be ridden. To help the groups to be organised prior to the Chain Gang taking place, it’s appreciated by the organisers registration is submitted by 1800hrs on the Wednesday prior to the ride.

Summer Virtual Time Trials

The club has compiled six Time Trial courses which on various weeks in the summer will be used for club riders to ride at any time and then log their course times. Each event will start on the Monday and club members will have a week to log their Time Trial details on a Google Form which has been created specifically for these Virtual Time Trials. Each Start and Finish will be marked for ease of identification to riders. On completing the course, the rider will be required to take a photos of their recorded time and the road finish marker as proof of their efforts. These photos will then be uploaded as part of the Google Form that is required to be completed (This is a different Google Form than registering for club rides – see link below). Results will then be emailed at the end of each week to the participants. The planned Time Trial courses are:

  1. 10 mile TT Culloden
  2. 10 mile TT Croachy
  3. 22 mile TT McBean
  4. 28 mile TT Dores
  5. McBean TT Hill Climb
  6. Dores TT Hill Climb

The running order of the events are:

May 10-16 10 mile TT Culloden
May 17-23 28 mile TT Dores
May 24-30 No event
May/June 31-6. 10 mile TT Croachy
June 7-13. McBean TT Hill Climb
June 14-20 22 mile TT McBean
June 21-27 No event
June/July 28-4 10 mile TT Culloden
July. 5-11 Dores TT Hill Climb
July 12-18. 28 mile TT Dores
July 19-25 No event
July 26-1 No event
August 2-8 10 mile TT Croachy
August 9-15 McBean TT Hill Climb
August 16-22 28 mile TT Dores
August 23-29 No event
Aug/Sep 30-5 10 mile TT Culloden
September 6-12 28 mile TT Dores
September 13-19 28 mile TT Dores
September 20-26 Dores TT Hill Climb

Check the Download page for information on each TT course. The Google Form to register details is:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQflZnuzFZjIfIQswQyxQt9XsZSDb2IHVPpiPRXH5qfyO09w/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&usp=mail_form_link

Alternatively…………

Deeside Thistle and Moray Firth Zwift Race 

Why not join the Deeside Thistle and Moray Firth Zwift Racing which takes part every Wednesday evening. The event has now been going for a couple of years with a good number of riders joining from many parts. The best place for information is via Facebook via this web-link:

https://www.facebook.com/DeesideMorayFirthCrit

By popular demand there will be a summer league that will alternate between :

(1) Crit City – 12 laps

(2) Innsbrucking – 2 laps

(3) Volcano Climb – 1 lap

If you have any queries on how to get involved then send a message via the Facebook page and the administers will be more than happy to respond.