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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NEWS: The cycle path over the Slateford Aqueduct is closed until late February. For more information, including a suggested alternative route, see here.


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Forthcoming rides

Sunday 26th February 2017 : 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 5th March : Spokes
A moderately-paced ride of 40 to 45 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 16.30, but you are advised to bring lights in case of delay. 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 11th March : 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: Details of today's route and lunch stop will be posted 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.

Saturday 18th March : Mellow Velo East Lothian Ride
A ride from Musselburgh to Humbie, with lunch at the Humbie Hub. The outward route will be via the Pencaitland Railway Path, returning by Newtongrange and Newbattle; about 40 miles round trip. Time and place: The ride will leave from the Burgh Café, High Street, Musselburgh. Meet there at 09.30 if you want a coffee; the ride will start at 10.00. Cost and booking: The ride is free with no need to book, but you should let the organisers know in advance if you want a place for the lunch. Further information: Email or see the Mellow Velo website.

Sunday 19th March : 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 26th March : 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 April : 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. With the return of British Summer Time, today's ride will be a little longer than of late, ending 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 April : 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: Details of today's route and lunch stop will be posted 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.

Saturday 8th April : Mellow Velo Vale of Leven Ride
A 38-mile ride from Dalreoch (near Dunbarton) to Stirling, via the Vale of Leven, Balloch, Balfron and Cambusbarron. Most of the route is on firm surfaces, with no major hills but lots of gentle ups and downs. Travel to/from start/end points by train (outward from Waverley at 07.52 or 08.20; returning from Stirling 17.07, 17.37 or 18.07). Further information and booking: Email or phone  01506 670401 between 10.00 and 22.00. See also the Mellow Velo website.

Wednesday 10th May to Sunday 14th May : St. Columba's Celtic Challenge
A 200-mile charity ride from Edinburgh to Iona, in aid of St. Columba's Hospice. The registration fee includes four nights accommodation, all meals and refreshments, all ferry fares, the services of tour guides and support vehicles, and return transport to Edinburgh at the end of the ride. Cost: £175 per person, plus a suggested sponsorship target of £1,200. Registration and further information:  See the event's web page, or contact Alex Sharp by email () or phone (0131 551 1381).

Saturday 3rd June : Bethany Sportive
This popular sportive is a charity event aimed at the "serious amateur" cyclist. It aims to raise funds to help homeless and vulnerable people (£14,000 was raised last year). The ride is non-competitive, but each rider will be individually timed, with all times being published on the Bethany website after the event. There will be food and water stations offering refreshments along the routes; those wanting something more substantial should bring their own food. The event is limited to 400 riders. Routes: There is a choice of three routes. The Super Challenge is a 102-mile circuit of the Scottish Borders and the Moorfoot Hills; this is a demanding route, with 8,000 feet of ascent. The Challenge route is a (slightly) less strenuous 72-mile option, taking in the River Tweed and Gala Water valleys. And the Taster Challenge is a shorter 30-mile circuit, intended for riders who prefer not to try either of the longer options; under-16s are welcome on the Taster Challenge if accompanied by a responsible adult. Time and place: Riders will set out at two-minute intervals between 08.00 and 09.30 (between 09.30 and 10.00 for the Taster Challenge), from Lasswade Sports Centre, Eskdale Drive, Bonnryrigg, (which is about eight miles from the centre of Edinburgh). Riders are expected to complete the route by 17.00. Cost: £39 entry fee for the two longer routes, £26 for the Taster Challenge, plus sponsorship money in all cases. The fee will be waived for the first 50 entrants who undertake to raise at least £100 in sponsorship.  Registration and further information: See the event's website, or contact Caroline Reed (phone 0131 561 8930, email ).

Saturday 17th June to Sunday 18th June : 'Ride to the Sun' - Carlisle to Cramond
An informal overnight ride to (approximately) coincide with the summer solstice. Riders will leave Carlisle between 20.00 and 22.00 on the Saturday evening; they will cycle at their own pace, aiming to reach Cramond in time to see the sun rise at 04.30. The route is just over 100 miles, mainly on quiet roads, and includes a 7-mile climb from Moffat up the Devil’s Beef Tub. There will be a kebab-and-pizza stop in Moffat and hot drinks at Cramond. Important: The ride is completely unsupported, with no sweeper vehicle, mechanical support or first-aid. Riders are entirely responsible for their own safety and the road-worthiness of their bikes, and for getting themselves home in the event of breakdown or accident. Cost and booking: The ride is free with no formal registration required. However, the organisers ask that you let them know you are coming so that they can plan the catering arrangements. More information: Contact Fraser Maxwell or Gary Cameron () or see the event's website.

Saturday 17th June : Edinburgh to St Andrews (Lepra) Ride 2017
The annual charity run to St Andrews in aid of leprosy relief. This is a demanding 68-mile ride through the Fife countryside, with more than a few hills to climb en route. But there's a great atmosphere, and you'll get a wonderful sense of achievement when you finish. You ride at your own pace, either alone or in the company of others, enjoying excellent scenery and superb refreshment stops along the way. A repair van and first-aiders accompany the ride. Time and place: The ride starts at 08.45 from the west gate of Inverleith Park. Cost and booking: Advanced registration required. £15 per person (£10 concessions). Transport back to Edinburgh is £20 for a rider and bike.  Further information: Click here for full details of the St. Andrews ride, including an overview of the route, how to register, and the organisers' contact details.

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Regular weekly rides

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

Thursday 6th April 2017 : Spokes Election Hustings
A public meeting, organised by Spokes, ahead of this year's local government elections on 4th May. Candidates from all the main political parties (Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP) will explain their parties' policies on cycling and related issues. The meeting will then split into small groups, with each group having the chance to question each of the candidates individually. The meeting is free and open to all. Time: Doors open 18.45 for coffee, stalls and informal chat. The meeting starts at 19.30. Place: Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge. Further information: Email , phone 0131 313 2114 (answering machine), or see the Spokes website.

Thursday 8th June to Sunday 18th June : Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2017
A series of events to celebrate cycling throughout the city. Last year's programme included over 70 individual events, including family bike rides, sightseeing tours, films, plays, workshops, talks, discussions, contests, and even a speed-dating session. Details of this years' events will appear here when available.

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