moray firth cycling club

Live Updates

Live updates from the Scottish National Road Race Championships.

Women’s race starts at 10:00 and Men’s race starts at 13:30.

Live lap times available here.

Updates are shown with the latest at the top. If you’d prefer to get your updates from twitter, follow the hashtag #SCNatChamps.

17:00 -

In light of the Scottish Government’s most recent announcement of moving into Level 4 from Boxing Day, MFCC are proposing 4 weekly rides to be introduced from Tuesday 28th December. These will be reviewed weekly depending on response. According to guidelines from Scottish Cycling, group and led rides can take place with up to 7 people from unlimited households. As previously the track and trace registration form MUST be adhered to, along with face coverings & social distancing for meeting up. As a club, we are conscious of the physical benefits of cycling but more importantly during these uncertain times, the importance of meeting others outside for mental well-being. Many will be on their own during lockdown and this is a chance to not be. The following club rides are planned :  

  • Saturday 26th December (Boxing Day pudding burner!) – Road Ride. Start time 0900 Hrs. Ride time 2 hours approx. 
  • Sunday 27th December – Gravel Ride. Start time 0800 Hrs. Ride time 3 hours approx. 
  • Tuesday 29th December - Road Ride. Start time 0900 Hrs. Ride time 2 hours approx.
  • Thursday 31st December - Gravel Ride. Start time 0800 Hrs. Ride time 2 hours approx. 
  • Saturday 2nd January Road Ride - Start time 0900 Hrs. Ride time 2 hours approx.. 
  • Sunday 3rd January Gravel Ride - Start time 0800 Hrs. Ride time 3 hours.  

All the planned rides are weather permitting (in particular road rides) and those registered will be contacted the night before if there are changes. 

If you are to join one of the rides please complete register details using the link below: 

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

Wishing you a peaceful, safe and merry Christmas!!
Moray Firth Cycling Club 

19:36 -

December 20th is the last MFCC Sunday Ride before Christmas so, it is all about fun!! This involves a 60 minute challenge in pairs at Moy Windfarm, gravel or mountain bikes are advised. Meeting point is 08.00 hrs at Rollerbowl, Culduthel Road (wearing face coverings please) or 08.45 hrs at Moy Windfarm for those not wishing to cycle out. If you want to take any spare clothes, food, etc. with you then Graham Whyte will be at the Rollerbowl to collect any items and then transport in his van to Moy.  
All registrations need to be completed by Saturday 18.00 hrs using the following web-link https://t.co/LtSC2O60cE

MFCC Winter Club Ride RegistrationWeekly Club rides are on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday. Check www.mfcc.org.uk, club Facebook page or Twitter account for further details.t.co

For any questions, please contact Graham Whyte - email whyte590@btinternet.com or Facebook message.

Hot drinks and mince pies will be ready at the end of the challenge, even a beer for the needy.......

Look forward to seeing you there!

21:12 -

Looking for something to do on these winter nights? Why not join the Deeside Thistle and Moray Firth Zwift Racing which takes part every Wednesday at 1925Hrs. The event is now into it’s second winter 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

This winter it is to be points racing, so riders need to look out for where sprints/KOM’s are going to be. Categories will be starting separately to ensure riders are racing with others of a similar ability. The Deeside Thistle and Moray Firth Zwift Racing is to run until the spring, with results and league standings being found on Zwiftpower : 

https://zwiftpower.com/league.php?id=535&fbclid=IwAR0hYnt81uDr7ZInMG6gweF-2Ulx9CLlcTgx0StnlP0Tc0MkdITiVxCElkw

To be eligible for points riders will need to register on Zwiftpower: 

https://support.zwift.com/en_us/connecting-to-zwiftpower-SyldRc_4H?fbclid=IwAR2zleGqhSuq9mnIiw5tb7o_1IAn3iiVDevoT0NKH3niMNAD7oRw3kJtwWI

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. 

20:15 -

For a 2 week window club kit can be ordered via the Bioracer club shop. All you have to do is register for an account and then order what you want from the club shop. Due to COVID, instead of the normal group order it will be individual orders only. Follow the link below to Bioracer. It will be open until 2nd November, so hurry and get those orders in!

https://www.bioracer.co.uk/en/mybioracer/?r=h1nsnDBRJc

20:00 -

With the clocks now changed, as of this weekend  (Saturday 31st October) the new winter club rides will commence as agreed at the recent AGM. The club rides will be: 

Saturday (first ride 31st October) 

Training ride using the regular route from Bishops Rd Car Park (0900Hrs sharp) to Maryburgh Roundabout (approx. 40 miles). Dependent on the riders taking part it can be decided to extend to rider to include the Brahan climb. It is encouraged that mudguards are used  ( it is winter now and fellow riders will appreciate them being used!). 

Sunday (first ride 1st November) 

Intention is for the club ride to involve 2 groups (a fast group and an intermediate group) and until the Christmas period it will be predominantly a gravel ride. Each week the route will be determined (factoring in the weather forecast etc.) with the details being put on the club website, Facebook page and Twitter on the Friday. Ice tyres may be required when sub-zero conditions are expected!  The meeting place will alter from week to week dependant on which side of town the ride is to be. Club ride will depart at 0800Hrs sharp.  Mudguards to be used at the rider's discretion.

Wednesday (first ride 4th November) 

Club ride that will until the Christmas period be predominantly a gravel ride. Each week the route will be determined (factoring in the weather forecast etc.) with the details being put on the club website, Facebook page and Twitter on the Monday. Ice tyres may be required when sub-zero conditions are expected! The meeting place will be Tesco, Dores Rd and depart at 0900Hrs sharp. Mudguards to be used at the rider's discretion.

To help the general public distinguish any organised club ride from an unorganised cycling group, if possible, please wear the MFCC club kit. This can currently be purchased via the Bioracer club shop which is open until 2nd November -  https://www.bioracer.co.uk/en/mybioracer/?r=h1nsnDBRJc 

Due to the current COVID restrictions these rides can only go ahead if the club complies with current guidelines. Therefore, every rider taking part in a club ride must completed 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

As a reminder of other COVID restriction guidelines, please note : 

Under the current guidelines, club rides can take place with up to 30 people from unlimited households. However, out with the club ride this rule does not apply and therefore the “6 people from 2 households” rule applies. Unfortunately, no café stops will be planned as part of any club ride for the foreseeable future. 

Participants must not attend a ride if: 

  • They have Covid-19 symptoms 
  • Someone in their household has Covid-19 symptoms 
  • If they have been asked to self-isolate at home by the Scottish Government Test and Protect
    system 
  • They have returned from a country which is not on the exemption from quarantine list in the
    last 14 days 

During a club ride, each rider is asked to: 

  • Participants must practice good respiratory hygiene during the activity (i.e. coughing, sneezing into a tissue or the crook of an elbow) 
  • Participants must provide their own equipment and refreshments and should avoid sharing the likes of tools, water bottles and food. 
  • Face coverings are optional during activity, but riders should bring a personal face mask for their use in the event of injury requiring attention from a first aider. 

If a participant develops symptoms of Covid-19, they should stop taking part, return home and follow the Government’s ‘Test and Protect’ guidelines. 

After the club ride, each rider is asked to: 

  • All participants leaving the activity must maintain physical distancing 
  • Any participant developing symptoms after a club ride should immediately isolate and request a test straight away. 

Hopefully that is sufficient information, but if you need further details please get in touch. 

13:45 -

Following on from last week’s email regarding the return of Saturday and Sunday club rides we are pleased to confirm we are good to go with the first weekend rides being on:

  • Saturday 19th September at 0900Hrs - Saturday Training Ride
  • Sunday 20th September at 0900Hrs – Sunday Club Ride

For the time being the meeting point is to be at Bishops Road Car Park (near to the Cathedral/Eden Court) until further notice.

Guidelines to club rides returning

Club rides can only resume so long as the club and its members adhere to the new guidelines. So apologies for the lengthy details below but here are the guidelines we must follow :  

To adhere to the Scottish Government and Scottish Governing Body (SGB) guidelines, MFCC require to have in place an appropriate process in place to take an accurate record of all attendees, for all club rides. To comply to this, any rider who wishes to take 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

Under the current guidelines, club rides can take place with up to 30 people from unlimited households. However, out with the club ride this rule does not apply and therefore the “6 people from 2 households” rule applies. Unfortunately no café stops will be planned as part of any club ride for the foreseeable future. To help the general public distinguish any organised club ride (and allowing up to 30 riders) from and unorganised cycling group, if possible please wear the MFCC club kit.

Participants must not attend a ride or session if:

  • They have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Someone in their household has Covid-19 symptoms
  • If they have been asked to self-isolate at home by the Scottish Government Test and Protect
    system
  • They have returned from a country which is not on the exemption from quarantine list in the
    last 14 days

During a club ride, each rider is asked to:

  • Participants must practice good respiratory hygiene during the activity (i.e. coughing, sneezing into a tissue or the crook of an elbow)
  • Participants must provide their own equipment and refreshments and should avoid sharing the likes of tools, water bottles and food.
  • Face coverings are optional during activity, but riders should bring a personal face mask for their use in the event of injury requiring attention from a first aider.

If a participant develops symptoms of Covid-19, they should stop taking part, return home and follow the Government’s ‘Test and Protect’ guidelines.

After the club ride, each rider is asked to:

  • All participants leaving the activity must maintain physical distancing
  • Any participant developing symptoms after a club ride should immediately isolate and request a test straight away.

Hopefully that is sufficient information, but if you need further details please get in touch. After so long without any club rides, we look forward to seeing you soon!

20:33 -

After the bad weather forcing cancellation of the originally planned Reliability Ride, the club has now re-scheduled it for Sunday 29th March. Original route around the Black Isle is planned. Let's hope the weather gods are on our side this time !! The Muir Hub, Muir of Ord, IV6 7SU. Registration from 0930Hrs.

Please spread widely to maximise turn out for the event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/970221630040456/

21:06 -

Next Sunday (1st March) is the Ivor Reid Memorial Ride. Enter on line at British Cycling. Entry is through voluntary donation with the suggested amount being £15. HQ is Kirkhill Community Centre, St Mary's Road, Kirkhill, Highland, IV5 7NX with the long route starting at 10:00 and the shorter route off at 10:15.


https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/…/de…/222899/The-Ivor-Ride

22:14 -

A quick reminder to club members that this Sunday (16th February) MFCC have organised a Reliability Ride from MUIR OF ORD HUB with the route being the same as last years successful event, essentially going clockwise around The Black Isle. First riders to start at 1015hrs (Try to be there 15 mins beforehand to register!). After the event everyone is welcome to stay and catch up with fellow riders at the hub. The event is open to everyone, so feel free to invite any friends who may like to take part.

For the club geeks out there, see strava link below of the route and access to the .gpx and .tcx files :

https://www.strava.com/routes/23830040

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