WELCOME TO GARSTANG CYCLING CLUB
THE FRIENDLY CYCLING CLUB FOR CYCLISTS OF ALL ABILITIES
COME AND JOIN US ON A CLUB RIDE
If you think you may want to join the club, why not introduce yourself on our Facebook page, or come down to our start point outside the Royal Oak in Garstang on a Saturday morning? Our rides start at 9-30am so get there early. We are a friendly club and not everyone is a lycra-clad racer, so don't feel intimidated if you are more leisure cyclist than Olympic hopeful!
For our current rides calendar, go to our 'Ride Calendar' page where you can download the three month rides programme.
LATEST CLUB NEWS AND DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
We are not a racing club but we do have a few racers in our midst!
Well done to Paul Whaley (pictured below indicating he was on lap one!) took part in a recent two day event. Read his full race report on our Articles Page
Club members were out in force recently, especially on the C ride to Beacon Fell, with 22 riders enjoying great company in the sunshine!
This must be a record turnout for any of our 4 rides- can anyone remember a bigger turnout?
If you are new to cycling, why not join us for a ride?
What's not to like about our Best Cafe Awards?
Last years' winners Little Town Dairy remain excellent, but we like to spread our joy about a bit.
With 3 different well attended ride groups, it seemed only sensible to divide the Best Cafe Award into A,B and C riders awards.
Our C rides are perhaps the best all year round attended - short, leisurely paced cafe rides with the accent on being friendly and sociable- did you know we have members riding out in their very nearly eighties?- often joined by A or B riders out for a short ride or social catch up: its a great ride group and one that anyone thinking of getting into cycling should join first to get a measure of what we are all about. Their Best Cafe- "Parks" Art Deco Cafe, Stanley Park Blackpool. Its a cracker- Stuart Murray the C riders Co-ordinator can be seen presenting the award on a recent ride out.
The B1 and B2 ride group venture further afield, but the firm favourite and deserved B Riders cafe of the year is Roots Cafe, Catforth. A very well attended mid week ride saw B Riders co-ordinator Steve Kelly present the award to the delighted owners.
The A riders venture further afield still, and a bit faster. Their choice was unusually unanimous- The Old Vicarage Tea Rooms at Tosside. This really is a little different as cafes go- you can play a table top version of charades whilst waiting for your beans on toast. They were bowled over to receive the award, which was made by Mick Birchall and Ian Tunbridge, the A riders co-ordinator, and the rest of his decidedly dodgy looking crew...!
We will be sending Press Releases to the cafes respective local papers, so they and we get good publicity, and hopefully it will encourage more folk to choose Garstang CC as a club they might like to give a try.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY...UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2017 (so far...)
Ian Gibson's B riders C2C
GCC Annual B Group C2C cycling weekend!
For ease, it will be exactly as last year's route...start Arnside Friday 16th June at Early O clock. We will have a transit van there for you to load your bags etc . Cars, as per last year, can be left on the Promenade where there is plenty of parking.
81 miles Day 1 to Northallerton- overnight hotel and meal at the Golden Lion Hotel
57 miles Day 2 to Whitby.- staying at the Arundel House Hotel Whitby..
We need to have rooms block booked at each hotel... SO ..... please indicate as soon as possible if you want to come and a £50 deposit will be required by end of May.
Club meal at the fantastic Magpie restaraunt in Whitby Saturday evening- menus will be sent out to pre -order fish and chips or Alfa cart.
Hotel and meal paid for on the day.
A mini coach will pick us up from our hotel, the Arundel House Hotel on Sunday morning 18th June around midday, and return us to Arnside. The mini van will follow behind with our bikes.
If anyone is going to pedal home we need to know so as not to oversize the coach.
if you have a friend who wants to come, by all means bring them.....it is an all B riders event now, allthough A riders may be doing the one dayer , if so we need to know .
Last year we all had a ball, and whilst it is a fair mileage, we can take all day at a relaxed pace- no rushing. I will mail you all with costs in due course...