moray firth cycling club

Monday – Beginners/Recovery Rides

As of Monday 24th May, as part of the Summer schedule the club is to resume the Monday Beginners/Recovery ride. This club ride is aimed at anyone new to road cycling who is interested in trying out group riding. If you are comfortable riding on your road bike and want to try a group ride 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 open to cyclists out-with the club and are welcome to try out the club ride a couple of times before deciding whether they wish to join the club. The ride can also be used for anyone who wishes to have a recovery ride. The Monday evening rides will cover a distance of between 20 to 30 miles and no one will be left behind on the ride. Riders are to meet at Bishops Road Car Park with the ride commencing at 1830hrs sharp. To help the groups to be organised prior to the club ride taking place, it’s appreciated by the organisers that registration is done by 1800hrs on the Sunday prior to the ride. It’s the same web-link to register as per all other Summer club rides. Just be sure to include the correct date when filling in the details:...

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 done by 1800hrs on the Wednesday prior to the...

Womens only rides

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 on social media or email 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. It’s the same web-link to register. Just be sure to include the correct date when filling in the details:...

Level 4 Restrictions Club Rides

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,...

Festive Sunday Ride

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...

Deeside Thistle and Moray Firth Zwift Race

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...

Club Kit – Bioracer club shop

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!...

Club Rides – Winter Schedule

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...

Return of club rides.

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 RideSunday 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...

Re-scheduled 2020 Reliability Ride

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....