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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Last updated: 27th June

Forthcoming rides

Sunday 3rd July 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 9th July to Sunday 10th July : Mellow Velo Northumberland Weekend
A weekend of cycling in Northumberland, with overnight "bunk room" accommodation (five-person shared room) in Alwinton (£20 per person plus £5 for breakfast). Travel by Borders Railway to Tweedbank on the Saturday, returning from Alnmouth on the Sunday. There will be 55 - 60 miles of cycling on the first day, and about 40 miles on the second. Possible places to visit en route include Howick Gardens, Hulme Priory, Alnwick and Craster.  Further information: See also the Mellow Velo website.

Saturday 9th July : 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.

Saturday 16th July : Edinburgh 20-Milers Extra
The third of the group's Extra rides for this year. These are longer than the usual 20-Milers runs, and go at a slightly faster pace. Details of today's route, meeting place and lunch stop will appear here nearer the time. For general information about the group, email or see the 20-Milers Blog.

Sunday 17th July : 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 31st July : 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 7th August : 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 13th 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 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.

Sunday 11th September : Pedal for Scotland (Glasgow to Edinbugh) 2016
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 nine-mile ride following the same route as the final section of the Classic Challenge (exact route still to be confirmed). 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.

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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

Monday 15th August 2016 : Alasdair Fotheringham - The 1988 Tour de Farce
A talk by Alasdair Fotheringham, author of The End of the Road, about the scandal that hit the 1988 Tour de France and "how the fascinating Festina Affair left cycling on its knees." This is an Edinburgh Book Festival event. Time: 20.45. Cost: £12 (£10 concessions). Further information and booking: Book Festival website, or phone 0845 373 5888.

Friday 26th August : Mark Beaumont - The Scot Who Cycled Africa
A talk by Mark Beaumont on his 50-day ride from Cairo to Cape Town, "bringing Africa vividly to life through his exhausting two-wheeled adventure". Beaumont is the Scottish cyclist who broke the round-the-world record and who has also cycled the length of the Americas. This is an Edinburgh Book Festival event. Time: 18.45. Cost: £12 (£10 concessions). Further information and booking: Book Festival website, or phone 0845 373 5888.

Friday 26th August : Chris Boardman - Chewing the Handlebars
Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman discusses his book Triumphs and Turbulence, and how "his success brought personal pain as well as inspiring a winning generation, including Bradley Wiggins." This is an Edinburgh Book Festival event. Time: 10.00. Cost: £12 (£10 concessions). Further information and booking: Book Festival website, or phone 0845 373 5888.

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