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 2nd August 2015 : 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 August : 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 don't feel ready for a longer or more strenuous day out. (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 20 - 24 miles, which is 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. Lunch is usually at a café or pub, or bring a picnic if you prefer. Most rides end mid afternoon. Route and destination: Today's ride will be to Dalkeith. 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 August to Sunday 9th August : Mellow Velo Perthshire Weekend
A weekend of cycling in south Perthshire, taking in Glen Almond on the Saturday (35 miles), and Abernyte and Kilspindie on the Sunday (33 miles), and including a possible visit to Scone Palace. Hostel or B&b accommodation in Perth. Travel by train to and from Perth. Further information: See also the Mellow Velo website.

Sunday 9th August : CTC 40
A ride of about 40 miles, taken at a steady pace. These rides are aimed at cyclists who want something a little more demanding than the group's short rides but are not yet ready for their very long Wednesday or Saturday runs. There might be a café stop at some point during the day, but riders should bring food for a picnic 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 9th August : Balerno ride for Nepal earthquake victims
A 20-mile sponsored ride along the Water of Leith, from Stockbridge to Balerno and back, in aid of the Nepal Scotland Association's work for earthquake victims. Time and place: The ride starts at 14.00, from Saunders Street (by the main bridge and Sunday market in Stockbridge). It will finish at about 17.00. Further information: Advanced registration is not required, but those wanting to take part are asked to contact the organiser, Jean-Matthieu Gaunand (phone 0131 556 0441, email ).

Sunday 16th August : CTC Short
A moderate ride of 15 to 20 miles, lasting two to three hours, mainly on cycle paths and tracks. The group maintains a steady speed, with occasional short breaks. The ride should appeal to cyclists of average fitness. 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.

Saturday 22nd August : Edinburgh 20-Milers Extra
The third 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. Further information about today's route, meeting point and destination will appear here nearer the time. Cost and booking: Free; just turn up. Further information: Email See also the 20-Milers Blog.

Sunday 23rd August : CTC 40
A ride of about 40 miles, taken at a steady pace. These rides are aimed at cyclists who want something a little more demanding than the group's short rides but are not yet ready for their very long Wednesday or Saturday runs. There might be a café stop at some point during the day, but riders should bring food for a picnic 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 30th August : 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: Logan Strang (0131 346 7786, ), or see the EasyCycle website.

Tuesday 1st September : CTC Evening Ride
The last of this summer's CTC Tuesday evening runs. These are sociable rides of 20 to 25 miles, and will go at a moderate pace, with the possibility of a short pub stop on the way back. Most rides end around 22.00, or shortly after dark if earlier (be sure to bring lights). Meet: 19.00, at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road [map]. Cost and booking: The ride is free and open to all, but those attending more than a few CTC rides will be asked to join; membership information will be available on the night. Further information: Contact Alastair Sim (, 0777 898 2265), or see the CTC Lothians website. 

Sunday 6th September : Pedal for Scotland (Glasgow to Edinbugh) 2015
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 2014). 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. The 'classic challenge': Approximately 50 miles, mainly on quiet roads. This is the one that most participants choose. The 'big belter': An alternative 110-mile route through the Southern Uplands, aimed at the more serious road cyclist (but with the same start and end points and the same transport arrangements as the main event). The 'wee jaunt': A nine-mile ride from Kirkliston to Murrayfield on an almost traffic-free route, finishing at the same time and place as the other two rides; 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: Main route: £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, at a cost of £19 one way. More information: Phone 03333 207 015, email , or visit the Pedal for Scotland website.

Saturday 12th September to Monday 14th September : Coast and Castles Challenge
A three-day 200-mile ride from Newcastle to Edinburgh to mark the 15th anniversary of the National Cycling Network, and to raise funds for Sustrans. The route will take in the Northumberland Coast, the Tweed Valley and the Moorfoot Hills. The fee includes two nights B&B (based on two sharing), lunch and snacks en route, and first-aid and mechanical support. Cost: £265 per person, plus a minimum of £250 sponsorship. Further information and registration: See the event's web page, or email Kate Jones ().

Saturday 12th 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 don't feel ready for a longer or more strenuous day out. (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 20 - 24 miles, which is 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. Lunch is usually 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.

Sunday 13th September : CTC 40
A ride of about 40 miles, taken at a steady pace. These rides are aimed at cyclists who want something a little more demanding than the group's short rides but are not yet ready for their very long Wednesday or Saturday runs. There might be a café stop at some point during the day, but riders should bring food for a picnic 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).

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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 and Saturday 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. The main contacts for these rides are Philip Rankin (0131 334 4213, ) (for the Wednesday rides) and Jessie Harrington (0795 226 6110, ) (for the Saturday rides).

CTC Tuesday evening rides
These are moderately fast rides of 20 to 25 miles, running every Tuesday from 5th May to the 1st of September, starting from the Commonwealth Pool [map] at 19.00. Most rides include a pub stop. 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).

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 1st July 2015 to Wednesday 29th July 2015 : Bike workshops for kids
A series of free bike maintenance workshops run by Halfords. The aim is to show 7- to 11-year olds basic bike maintenance, including fixing a puncture, adjusting the saddle and putting a chain back in place. Basic bike safety is also covered. The workshops are on Wednesday mornings, from 11.00 to 12.15, at each of of Halford's three branches in the Edinburgh area (Seafield, Straiton and Hermiston Gate). Advanced booking required. Further information and booking: See Halford's website.

Saturday 1st August : Velodrome taster session
Organised by Edinburgh RC, this is a one-hour introductory session for those who want to try cycling "on the boards", on a steeply banked 250m track. It includes professional coaching on a track bike (fixed wheel, no brakes, no gears). Participants should be over 16, and should be able to ride at above about 14 mph in order to use the banked sections of the track. A bike will be provided, but you should bring your own helmet and your own shoes and pedals if you ride with clip-ins. Time and place: 10.00, at the Edinburgh Velodrome, which is at the east end of the Meadowbank Sport Centre in London Road. Cost: £10. Further information and booking: See the Edinburgh RC website or contact Phil Darby ().

Thursday 13th August to Sunday 30th August : Ventoux
A stage show charting the parallel lives of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, and their Tour de France race in 2000 - 'the greatest the world of cycling had ever seen'. Time and place: 13.55 daily, in the Demonstration Room, Summerhall. The show lasts one hour. Cost: £10 (£8 concessions), except for first two days when all tickets are £5. Booking and further information: Phone 0131 560 1581, or see the event's web page.

Tuesday 18th August to Sunday 30th August : Shakespeare by Bike
A season of performances by a group of travelling players who tour the UK by bike, carrying all their costumes and props with them. These shows are part of a 1,500-mile tour from London to Coupar Angus. Some of them will be performed in the Royal Botanic Garden (in the open air); others will consist of a 3-hour travelling performance, starting at the Bedlam Theatre, with the audience cycling along with the actors (about five miles). Further information: For times, dates, costs and booking information, phone  07733 266 553, email  , or see the group's website or the Edinburgh Fringe programme (listed under 'Handlebards').

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