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

Saturday 10th December 2016 : 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 18th December : EasyCycle Solstice Ride
An additional EasyCycle ride to mark the winter solstice. This will be a short informal ride of 12 - 15 miles, which will be taken at a gentle pace with plenty of stops. EasyCycle 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 18th December : 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 December : Christmas Morning Ride
A short ride of about 12 miles, taken at a relaxed pace. The route will include bike paths and quiet roads in and around the city centre. The ride will finish near the Meadows by 13.00 at the latest. Note that there will be no café stop. This event is jointly organised by Edinburgh 20-Milers and EasyCycle. Meet: 10.30, at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk (junction of Lauriston Place) [map]. Cost and booking: Free and open to all. No need to book: just turn up. Further information: See the the 20-Milers Blog or the EasyCycle website, or email

Sunday 8th January 2017 : Spokes
Spokes rides are aimed at the averagely-fit cyclist who rides regularly and is comfortable cycling for a reasonable period at 10 to 12 mph. Today's run, which is provisionally planned to head out to East Lothian, will be about 35 miles. This is the annual "mince pie run": a short-ish day's cycling, ending at the leader's home for mince pies and hot drinks. The event will end after dark, so be sure to bring lights. Meet: 10.00, at the Usher Hall, Lothian Road [map]. Cost and booking: Free. The ride is open to all with no need to book, but for the mince pies, numbers are limited, so please book with Stuart in advance. Further information: Spokes, or contact Stuart Threlfall (0131 445 7073)

Saturday 14th January : 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.

Sunday 15th January : 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).

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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

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. Update (14/11/16): The adult event is now fully booked. Spectators are still welcome. For availability of places in the children's event, please check with the organisers.

Monday 23rd January : History of the Union Canal
A talk by Alan Forrester of the Scottish Waterways Trust on the social and industrial history of what is now one of the capital's most popular bike routes. Time and place: 19.30, at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, Lanark Road. Cost: £2 per person; free to members of the Water of Leith Conservation Trust. Further information: phone 0131 455 7367 or email

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