Cycling Edinburgh

Organised bike rides in and around Edinburgh


Welcome. On this page, you'll find details of all organised bike rides in or near the Scottish capital. These rides are run by local cycling clubs, groups and individuals, and are mostly free and open to all. If you like the idea of cycling in congenial company with a knowledgeable leader, you're sure to find a run here that's right for your experience and level of fitness.

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Forthcoming rides

Regular weekly rides

Other bike-related events

 

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Forthcoming rides

Sunday 4th September 2016 : Spokes
A moderately-paced ride of about 50 miles. These rides are aimed at the averagely-fit cyclist who rides regularly and is comfortable cycling for a reasonable period at 10 to 12 mph. Most rides include a longish lunch stop at a pub or café, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Today's ride should end around 17.00. Meet: 10.00, at the Usher Hall, Lothian Road [map]. Cost and booking: Free, no need to book. Further information: Spokes, or contact Stuart Threlfall (0131 445 7073)

Saturday 10th September : Edinburgh 20-Milers
An easy-to-moderate ride, suitable both for occasional cyclists and those with a little more experience. These runs are a good choice for riders who are comfortable pedalling 15 - 20 miles in a day, but might not feel ready for a long strenuous day in the saddle. (If you haven't cycled for a while, or are unsure of your abilities, consider starting with EasyCycle instead; their runs are listed elsewhere on this page.) Most rides are around 20 miles, and are taken at a "sociable" pace (8 - 9 mph over the day, which is not so fast that you can't keep up a conversation). The routes favour bike paths and quiet roads where possible. There is usually a lunch stop at a café or pub, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Most rides end mid afternoon. Route and destination: Today's ride will take in Newcraighall, Whitecraig, the Pencaitland Railway Path, Falside Hill and Musselburgh. The total distance will be about 25 miles, with some moderate hills and a short stretch of rough track where riders may have to dismount. Meet: 10.30, at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk (junction of Lauriston Place) [map]. Cost and booking: Free; just turn up. Further information: Email See also the 20-Milers Blog.

Saturday 10th September to Sunday 11th September : Mellow Velo Forest of Bowland Weekend
A weekend of cycling in the Lune Valley and the Forest or Bowland (the "Switzerland of England"), with overnight accommodation in Kings House YHA hostel in Slaidburn (with the possibility of private rooms). Travel by train to Lancaster on the Saturday (trains leave Edinburgh at 08.12 and 08.52), returning from Lancaster on the Sunday at 17.14 or 18.09 (later trains are also available). There will be about 30 miles of cycling each day, with one particularly steep climb on the Saturday and lots of shorter ones on the Sunday. Further information: See also the Mellow Velo website.

Sunday 11th September : Pedal for Scotland (Glasgow to Edinbugh) 2016
WARNING: Read this before you register for this ride. This year, Pedal for Scotland will start and end in Ingliston - not Edinburgh. Buses to Glasgow will leave from Ingliston in the morning, and the ride will end in Ingliston in the afternoon. Riders will have to make their own way to/from Ingliston, which is nine miles from the city centre via the busy Glasgow Road. Bikes may be taken on Edinburgh trams from Haymarket to Ingliston Park and Ride, but these must be booked in advance (for today only). No other transport will be available between Ingliston and Edinburgh. Scotland's largest charity bike ride, in aid of children's charity, STV Appeal. The annual ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh attracts riders of all ages and abilities (over 10,000 took part in 2015). You ride at your own pace, either on your own or in the company of others. Several rest and refreshment stops are provided along the way. There are three separate rides, as follows. Classic Challenge: Approximately 50 miles, mainly on quiet roads. This is the one that most participants choose. Big Belter: An alternative 110-mile route through the Southern Uplands, aimed at the more serious road cyclist. This has the same start and end points and the same transport arrangements as the main event. Wee Jaunt: A ten-mile ride, starting in Linlithgow and following the same route as the final section of the Classic Challenge. This option is especially suitable for young children and less experienced riders.  Registration: Advanced on-line registration required; go to the event's website (see below) and follow the 'Book Now' link for your chosen ride. Costs: Classic Challenge: £28 (£19 children and concessions). Big Belter: £45 (no concessionary rate). Wee jaunt: £8 (£5 children and concessions). These fees are all in addition to sponsorship money. Transport: Transport for bikes and riders is available from Edinburgh to the start point in Glasgow in the morning, or back to Glasgow in the evening. The cost is £20 for rider and bike. More information: Phone 0333 300 3485, email , or visit the Pedal for Scotland website.

Saturday 17th September : Edinburgh 20-Milers Extra
The last of the group's Extra rides for this year. At about 30 - 35 miles, these are longer than the usual 20-Milers runs, and go at a slightly faster pace. Today's ride will take in the Forth Road Bridge to the Fife Coastal Path, with a lunch stop in Aberdour. Bring your own food for a picnic by the beach, or aim to pick up a snack in the nearby café. Meet: 10.00, at the Sustrans marker in Craigleith (if you don't know where that is, see this blog post). Cost and booking: Free; just turn up. Further information: Email See also the 20-Milers Blog.

Sunday 18th September : CTC Long
A full-day ride of 40 - 60 miles, taken at a reasonably fast pace. Most rides include a café stop for lunch. Meet: The meeting point for these rides varies, and is only confirmed a few days in advance, on the group's message board. Cost and booking: Free; just turn up. Further information: CTC Lothians, or contact Maureen Young (0131 661 3325).

Sunday 25th September : EasyCycle Short Ride
A short informal ride of 12 - 15 miles, which will be taken at a gentle pace with plenty of stops. These rides are especially suitable for less experienced riders and those who haven't cycled for a while. The route will mainly be on bike paths and quiet roads, and will try to avoid steep hills. There will be a pub or café stop at lunchtime, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Meet: 10.30, in front of Peter's Yard café, Middle Meadow Walk. Cost and booking: Free. No need to book; just turn up. Further information: Jim Cameron (0131 466 6156, ), or see the EasyCycle website.

Sunday 2nd October : Spokes
A moderately-paced ride of about 50 miles. These rides are aimed at the averagely-fit cyclist who rides regularly and is comfortable cycling for a reasonable period at 10 to 12 mph. Most rides include a longish lunch stop at a pub or café, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Today's ride should end around 17.00. Meet: 10.00, at the Usher Hall, Lothian Road [map]. Cost and booking: Free, no need to book. Further information: Spokes, or contact Stuart Threlfall (0131 445 7073)

Saturday 8th October : Edinburgh 20-Milers
An easy-to-moderate ride, suitable both for occasional cyclists and those with a little more experience. These runs are a good choice for riders who are comfortable pedalling 15 - 20 miles in a day, but might not feel ready for a long strenuous day in the saddle. (If you haven't cycled for a while, or are unsure of your abilities, consider starting with EasyCycle instead; their runs are listed elsewhere on this page.) Most rides are around 20 miles, and are taken at a "sociable" pace (8 - 9 mph over the day, which is not so fast that you can't keep up a conversation). The routes favour bike paths and quiet roads where possible. There is usually a lunch stop at a café or pub, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Most rides end mid afternoon. Route and destination: For details of today's route and lunch stop, please check back here nearer the time. Meet: 10.30, at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk (junction of Lauriston Place) [map]. Cost and booking: Free; just turn up. Further information: Email See also the 20-Milers Blog.

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Regular weekly rides

CTC Tuesday evening rides
These are moderately-paced sociable rides of 15 to 25 miles, running every Tuesday from 3rd May to the 30th August, starting from the Commonwealth Pool [map] at 19.00. Rides sometimes include a pub stop on the way home. The rides usually finish after dark, so be sure to bring lights. No need to book: just turn up. Contact: Alastair Sim (, 0777 898 2265).

Full-day CTC rides
As well as their frequent Sunday rides (listed in the section above), CTC have longer runs every Wednesday throughout the year. These are moderate-to-fast rides of 50 to 70 miles, aimed at reasonably fit cyclists. The starting times and meeting points vary, so please check the current rides list on the CTC web site, or contact Philip Rankin (0131 334 4213, ). Note that the group no longer has regular Saturday rides.

Edinburgh RC
This group has rides every Saturday and Sunday. These are fast rides, aimed at serious cyclists who are interested in cycling at speed in a group and those training to race. Further information: Edinburgh RC (email: ).

Note: The above groups welcome non-members on their rides, but those who cycle with them regularly will be asked to join.

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Other bike-related events

Wednesday 10th August 2016 to Sunday 4th September 2016 : Consultation on Plans for Quiet Routes
Edinburgh Council is currently seeking the views of local cyclists on proposed improvements to the Quiet Routes network in McDonald Road (Route 20) and between Gilmerton Road and Hay Avenue (Route 61). Details of both sets of proposals, including maps and an on-line survey, can be found here and here. The closing date for comments is 4th September.

Thursday 1st September to Friday 30th September : 'Love to Ride' Cycle Challenge
A free-to-enter city-wide competition aimed at encouraging more people to try cycling. Companies, departments and other workplaces will compete against each other to see which can get the highest percentage of their staff to cycle at least once, for ten minutes, during the month of September. Prizes will be awarded to workplaces and individual cyclists. If you are already a regular cyclist, you can win a prize by encouraging others to take part. Prizes include a hand-built bike, cycling clothing and accessories, food packs, rail tickets, and more. For full details, including on-line registration, see the Love to Ride website.

Saturday 24th September to Sunday 25th September : Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2016
A chance to visit buildings of historic or architectural importance that are usually either closed to the public or charge an admission fee. This annual event is not specifically aimed at cyclists, but bike users will find it particularly easy to nip around the city and take in as many of the attractions as possible. All the buildings involved will have free admission for one or both days of the weekend, and most will offer behind-the-scenes tours, exhibitions, talks or other special activities. More information: Pick up a Doors Open Day brochure from your local public library or the Tourist Information Office in Princes Street, or visit the Cockburn Association's website.

Sunday 25th September : Car-Free Sunday
Cars will be banished from a limited number of residential streets in various parts of the city, to make way for community events, markets, concerts and play streets - and to demonstrate the benefits of a car-free environment. The streets involved are yet to be decided. More information will be posted here when it becomes available.

Thursday 10th November : Spokes Public Meeting
A meeting on the theme of "benefiting business through cycling", with expert speakers from Edinburgh Council, the Chamber of Commerce, a bike business and one of Edinburgh's largest employers. This will include a discussion and questions on the commercial and economic advantages that cycling could bring to the city, such as a healthier workforce, lower travel and delivery costs, a "people-friendly" environment, and opportunities for innovative new businesses. It is against a background of the £1 billion City Region Deal: a bid by Edinburgh and other local councils for investment in "infrastructure, skills and innovation" that could give a boost to both cycling and business "to their mutual advantage". Time and place: Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge. Coffee, stall and chat from 18.45; meeting starts at 19.30 and ends 21.30. The meeting is free and open to all. Further information: email , phone 07501 381018, or see this page on the Spokes site.

Sunday 1st January 2017 : Edinburgh Triathlon 2017
The Edinburgh Triathlon is a competitive event, but one that's open to everyone: serious triathletes and fun-runners alike (about a half of all participants are running a triathlon for the first time). Relay team entries are welcome. Those taking part will face a 400-metre swim (eight lengths of the Commonwealth Pool), an 11-mile cycle ride (three times round Arthur’s Seat), and a 3½-mile run (once round Arthur’s Seat). There is a separate duathlon for 8 – 15 year-olds; this involves two short runs and a two-kilometre bike ride, all on closed roads. The event is open to spectators. Venue: The event starts and finishes at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road [map]. The kids' event starts at 11.00, the main race at 12.00. More information: John Whittaker (0131 454 0900), or see the event's web page.

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