Inverclyde Velo members participate in a variety of cycling activities including; road racing, time trials, Sportives and Audax. Whilst road competitive cycling remains a core value of our club, by far the most popular form of cycling amongst our members is cycling for pure pleasure, physical and mental well-being.
Formed in the 1980’s Inverclyde Velo is affiliated to British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials (CTT) which allows members to participate in cycling events throughout the country.

Based in Inverclyde, the club is well placed to offer the local community the chance to get involved and improve their fitness be that purely leisure or towards personal achievement in competitive cycling.
Inverclyde Velo would encourage all cyclist to join British Cycling to ensure they have some sort of 3rd party cover in the event of an accident.

Club Weekly Schedule (Summer)
Tuesday Night – Time Trial (TT)
Start 19:00 Levan Point, Gourock - 10mile route to the interchange at Spey Road, Inverkip and back to start point

Wednesday Night – Training Run
Meet 19:45 Eldon St Co-Op, Greenock – 20-30mile route taking in Inverkip and Loch Thom

Thursday Night – Australian Pursuit Race (APR)
Start 19:00 Levan Point, Gourock – Route generally the same as the TT, however may vary due to circumstances

Saturday Morning – Group Ride
Meet 8:00 Eldon St Co-Op, Greenock - 40mile loop taking in Bishopton, Houston, Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm

Sunday Morning – Group/Training Ride
Meet 9:00 Hunters Place, Greenock – Generally a 60mile loop taking in Kilmacolm, Kilbirnnie and Largs

In addition to the above, members regularly arrange group rides through social media out with the times/days noted.
13 Feb 2019 : 16:02 by Alastair
As the TT season comes to a close, the hill climb season starts. There are, stragely, those who actually enjoy doing hill climbs and pay to take part in such events. If you're one of them and a glutton for punishment, or think "how hard could that be? c'mon, it's only a pesky little hill", then get yourself along to the bottom of the Lyle hill on Tuesday the 10th at fort matilda bridge for 6:15. This will continue on the following Thursdays and Tuesday (12th, 17th and 19th). If after all that you think you've got what it takes, then get yourself registered for the GTR return to life charity event (28th September @ 10am) on the same course. To register for this, you will need to sign up via the CTT website.
05 Sep 2019 : 12:46 by Alastair
The annual Sportive of Kinross is fast approaching and this is an early event with the Velo colours on display. 2019 will be the second time the boys have taken to this Sportive.

Team Captain, Paul McCrorey decided upon entering this event that the club should be 'In for a penny, in for the pound' and tackle Kinross's new Black Route.

The Black Route is the longest event of this particular Sportive with 88miles/142km with testing climbs that will accumulate to 5774ft/1760m. These undulating roads with very steep hills is going to zap the legs from the boys, however recently they have been training hard and are currently adapting their usually training schedule for these climbs which on paper wont be easy.
Kinross

The first 25km wont be a stretch in the park it will be a testing opener with undulating roads before the team tackle the first major obstacle.

Leslie to Lomond is a 3.3km road reaching a peak of 310m with avg gradient of 6%, ouch thats gonna hurt before the boys even get to some of the steeper climbs


After reaching the peak the lads will saviour and catch their breath on the fast 5km descent to Faklands to be faced again with the next 40km of rolling, undulating roads during this section the boys will probably stop and recharge the energy levels with the first feed station at 50km.

Hopefully they wont have wasted too much energy, with 70kms of hard testing roads already in their legs the boys will need to stay together and help and encourage everyone along on this section of the Sportive, as they are now faced with ~30km of difficult climbs,descents and climbs again and all this begins with what is known to locals as Dragon Hill.

Dragon Hill will be a stern test for any seasoned amateur with 3.03km of avg 6%, that sounds great on paper however this MONSTER of a hill has inclines ~20% so is likely to zap everyone's legs leaving everyone holding on to that last once of breath before tackling the next 9.2km of avg 0% yes that will make it sound flat.... but its anything other than flat

Path of Condie to Glenfarg is ~9.2km of serious climbing, undulating hills with sections peaking 261m above sea level with inclines ~10%. after this 10km they are then face with more rolling terrain before reaching the second and final feed station.

Last but no means least the final hill climb of the day belongs to Dunning Common, according to the Sportive-Kinross website this will be their 'TIMED' hill climb of the day, yes you read that correctly, after 105km of serious climbing and testing undulating hills here we have the TIMED hill climb race!!, I think this hill will be to survive, not race but will anyone have the LEGS (haha) to challenge themselves and race up this climb.
The current STRAVA KOM for the 5km hill avg 5% is at 11.27min, wont image any of us challenging that time on this Sportive.....

Once Dunning Common has been ascended and peaked then is the enjoyable and thankful descent of the final 20km back to Kinross Headquarters.

Hoping the weather gods are kind so that this event can be enjoyed and not loathed.. however will the boys have time to learn about the Witches and Dragons of this ancient area!!!

Kinross1
06 Mar 2019 : 12:17 by GFoley
The latest club kit order has arrived and is being distributed to members who ordered new clothing items,

Additional clothing has been ordered for club stock, details of items,size and cost can be found under the club clothing sub-section.

Anyone wishing to purchase any of the items listed please contact me by whatever method suits.

Robert McCready
[Submitted by ROBERTO]
13 Feb 2019 : 16:32 by ROBERTO
The club training will be put to the test on the 8th of September as we all put in our efforts to get the fastest times with our team mates on the annual Georgetown Cup.
Each club will put forward as many members as it can (with at least 8 riders) to try and get the lowest overall combined time for the 8 fastest riders of each club.
The times will then be used to work out the fastest club at the event.

Whilst this is all going on, there will also be the flying scot bike show, with owners proudly showing off their flying scot bikes with the aim of winning best bike in show.
Some owners will even race their flying scot in the event. Overall a great day racing and mingling with other clubs and talking about bikes.

If you're interested in taking part in the event, get yourself along to https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/16557 and get yourself signed up!
Closing date for sign-up is the 28th August.

Hope to see you all there!
15 Aug 2018 : 09:51 by Alastair