November 20, 2017

QUIZ tomorrow!

Yes tomorrow night Tuesday 21st is my quiz to entertain you!  It’ll be time limited to 20min from when I hand out the question sheets, with 40 questions – so you won’t still be there at closing time, and you just have to fill in the answers or choose A,B or C.No smart*rs*s with smartphones allowed! First and second prizes and of course a booby prize. Be there by 8.45 for a 9.00 start please. Pens provided.

And our Christmas meal booking is now full up, so sorry if you haven’t put your hand up by now – you’ve missed out! I have 23 names and that’s all the Old Cross can take as they have other bookings.

November 12, 2017

Quiz next time!

Yes – next club night will be a  quiz to test what’s left of your brains!  Tuesday 21st Nov at No31, 8.45 start. Some bike stuff but also Scotland generally and local teasers too. All welcome and we’ll have prizes too .


September 27, 2017

Sunday Run

The Chippy Run went well with 6 bikes out for a  wee run to Dunkeld, Bankfoot and Murthly just before it got dark. Another few folk arrived for chips, making 10 in all so it was a sociable night. Even more at 31 later. That’ll be the last Tuesday night run for the year, as it;s too dark now for comfort – I need a new visor!
We decided to postpone the Roon the Tap Run and just have a run this Sunday due to the hectic social life of our members- it’s all fun out there folks! So anyone wanting a run on Sunday (that’s 1st Oct) meet at 10am at No31. Forecast’s not great at the moment but east looks better than west so if it’s looking like being a dry day, whoever turns up can decide where to go to get the best of the sun (haha).
We always change meetings to twice monthly from the end of October when the clocks change, so we’ll change to the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 1st November through to the end of March. I’ll remind you all again later!
We’ll try and get a few things arranged over the winter too. I’ll volunteer to do a quiz night and Derek and I can bore you one night with pics of our recent trip to Belgium for the Classic TT and travels through Germany/Luxembourg/Netherlands. And bring along your pics that night too as we’ll have my laptop and projector/screen set up.
The Christmas meal is provisionally booked for 8TH Dec at the Old Cross Inn, Rattray for up to 20 folk, and we’re waiting for their menu and prices.
Then there’s our famous Burns Nicht in January.

September 25, 2017

Chippy Run!

It’s our last chippy run tomorrow (Tues 26th) folks, and the darktime cometh soon!

So I suggest we meet at 31 earlier, at 6.30 (YES 6.30) as the forecast is cloudy but dry. We can have a wee run locally and be back at 31 by dark at 7.30, then go to the new(ish) Blair Chippy across the Wellmeadow for chips. There’s plenty room to sit down inside, and then we can go back to 31 later.

Anyone fancying the chips but not the run can meet us at the Chippy at 7.30ish.

I suggest a  run to Meigle, up the Newtyle bends to Auchterhouse then over to Tealing. Then the dual carriageway for a  mile to the Kirrie turn off, up Lumley Den and over to Glamis. Depending on how dark it is , then over to Kirrie and home or just main rd Glamis/Meigle/ Alyth/home.

Hope you can make it!

On the Roon the Tap plan for the coming weekend, no plan yet. It’ll be a last-minute decision by those interested on Thursday when we see the weather forecast, and may end up just a Sunday run. So let me know soon if you’re interested.


August 2, 2017

Maggie’s Presentation

We went to Maggie’s Centre Dundee last Tuesday to present the cheque for the money raised on our Maggie’s Run back in May.

Total collected this year was £1944 so well done chairman Charlie and all involved. Thanks!

If it’s fine our next Sunday Run is this Sunday 6th Aug. Meet Wellmeadow at 10am

July 19, 2017

Maggie’s Presentation

Charlie’s arranged to present the cheque for the money raised at the Maggies Run to them at the Maggies Centre in Dundee next Tuesday, 25th July. We’ve decided to combine the Chippy Run and the presentation, as it’s been difficult to sort dates etc so this way you get to do both on the same night! We’ll have a giant cheque (nearly £2000) to hand over as before and the banner up on Maggies for the photos.

So the plan is to leave the Wellmeadow for a wee run at 6.30pm sharp (Not the usual 7) and meet at the Maggies Centre in Dundee at 8pm to present the cheque.  Inbetween we can stop for chips somewhere maybe Newport, Tayport or Invergowrie /Dundee .Anyone who can’t make 6.30 could perhaps make it for 8 at Maggies, or meet at the chipper (I’ll confirm where asap beforehand – any suggestions as to a good chipper ?) Think of it as a social night rather than a blast and it’ll be fine.

Please try and come along if you can as a good crowd at Maggies will show we all support them. It won’t take long and then we’ll head back to 31 any way you fancy.

But Applecross awaits….

July 5, 2017

Applecross not Galloway

 Hi everyone
At 31 last night we discussed our planned weekender to Galloway on 22/23 July, and as it clashes with the Applecross Highland Games weekend we’ve decided to postpone Galloway till later. So if you fancy a run to Applecross that weekend, accomodation now is likely available only on the campsite at £9 a night.
The band Rhythm’n’Reel are playing on Saturday night but it will be packed out. Booking’s a good idea for the campsite but it’s usually a bit chaotic anyway so take your chances if you don’t book. They prefer on-line booking so they don’t have to answer the phone. As Applecross is on the NC500 route it’s busier than ever now. Keeps the midgies happy anyway.
I don’t know when folk are leaving yet but some on Friday and some on Saturday I guess. More later….
And remember this coming weekend 7/8/9th is the Tomintoul bike gathering . I don’t think anyone is going to Skye on the 15th to see Rhythm’n’Reel at the Sligachan.

July 1, 2017

Sunday Run time!

Just a reminder if you fancy a  run tomorrow, July 2nd, meet 10am in the Wellmeadow. Weather’s looking OK for eastern Scotland so that  direction might be safest option but up to those who turn up to decide. Have fun.

June 18, 2017

The Six Ferry challenge!

Yes, the valiant guys who went to Mull last weekend (Bob, Allan and Drew) managed to go for six ferry trips over the two days, so we decided to see if anyone can better that on a BAD MCC weekend!

Despite a  dodgy forecast and a  few showers we got to Tobermory dry via Corran and the Lochaline ferries (that’s two) and found the excellent B&B above the town, with fantastic views down the Sound of Mull. Beer soon followed , as you do, before we made   a plan for Saturday’s round of Mull.

A wet start cleared eventually and after lunch at Calgary we headed round to Gribun and eventually to Fionnphort where the Iona ferry awaited. None of us had been there before so we jumped on the 5 o’clock ferry for  a quick look round. It’s a busy place on a summer saturday! 6 o’clock saw us on the ferry back, (that’s another two ferries) and heading into solid rain all the way back to Tobermory via the other side of Mull – only 50 miles but nearly all on single track roads with sheep, gravel, potholes and French car drivers to contend with (why won’t they pull over and let bikes pass?)

A good curry and a bottle of port saw us relaxing back at the B&B and come Sunday morning we were on the ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan on Ardnamurchan (that’s five) before lunch at the Ardgour Inn at Corran (fantastic cherry crumble too!)

Last ferry across to the main road (that’s six) and then the rain really set in, all the way back through Glencoe and only eased a bit by Crieff.

A brilliant 450 mile / six ferry weekend – you should have been there! My gloves are still damp a  week later too.


Corran ferry


Drew phones a  taxi

At the Mull Cheese shop

south end of Mull



In Ardnamurchan

Leaving Tobermory



May 31, 2017

Crail Chippy Run this time!

Yes 9 of us went to Crail on a clear dry evening to the Crail Fish and chip Bar and had an excellent plate of food. Back home into a low sun was a bit of a pain here and there but no problems.