Monday, 2 May 2016
Length and pace
At 30 - 35 miles, our Extra rides are longer than our standard second-Saturday runs. We leave earlier, get back later, and go at a slightly faster pace. So please think carefully about whether this ride is right for you.
If you find our usual runs well within you capabilities, then you will have no problem with this one. But if you feel that our standard runs are at all demanding, then you might prefer to give this one a miss. Join us instead for our normal 20-mile ride the following week.
Place and time
For this Extra ride, we will start from our alternative meeting point at the Craigleith path junction (see here for directions). We will leave at 10 am - half an hour earlier than usual. I can't say for sure what time the ride will end, but I would expect it to be around 4 pm.
There are no cafés, pubs or restaurants in Blackness, so be sure to bring food for a picnic lunch. There is a small souvenir shop there, and this sells hot drinks, ice cream and a limited range of confectionery, but nothing more substantial. There are also toilets there.
Depending on progress and other factors, we might have an optional coffee stop near the end of the ride.
What if the weather is bad?
Light rain or a chilly wind won't put us off. But if the weather is particularly bad, we might opt for a shorter run with lunch in a café. We'll make that decision on the day.
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Once again, Edinburgh 20-Milers was well represented at the annual Pedal on Parliament. Around twenty of our members joined the thousands of cyclists who took part in the event. With George IV Bridge and the Royal Mile closed to motor traffic, we had a pleasant mile and half cycle from the Meadows to Holyrood, followed by a rally and speeches in front of the parliament building. With the sun shining at least some of the time, it was another enjoyable and successful event.
Friday, 15 April 2016
As usual, there will be a 20-Milers contingent for this event. I hope you will be able to join us. We will meet at 11.30, outside the Bicycle Works in Argyle Place, which is just south of the Meadows. (If you are coming from the north side of town, allow extra time to cross the Meadows, as the area is likely to be very busy.)
The ride is a colourful affair, so feel free to decorate your bike - and yourself - with balloons, flags, or any similar paraphernalia that will draw attention and let people know what it is all about. If you have a particularly loud bell or a hooter, that's all to the good.
The whole things will last about 90 minutes. Afterwards, some of us may decide to get some lunch and/or go for a short ride around town.
If you would like to come along, just turn up at the appointed time and place. There is no need to let anyone know in advance.
Saturday, 9 April 2016
Map trace: Jim
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Our next ride is on Saturday (9th). This will be our third attempt to do Glenn's "hidden Musselburgh" run, which we've had to cancel twice before because of icy conditions.
The ride will be just over 20 miles, mainly on quiet roads and well-surfaced paths, with a few gentle hills. Our lunch stop will be the pub in Whitecraig, where you can get various hot snacks and light meals.
As always, we'll meet at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk, in time for a 10.30 departure. There's no need to let us know if you plan to come: just turn up on the day.
Thursday, 31 March 2016
|Photo: Walter Baxter|
There will be 35 - 40 miles of cycling each day. We'll leave Edinburgh on the Saturday morning, taking an inland route via Pencaitland, Gifford and Garvald. On the Sunday, we'll return by way of North Berwick and the coast. You can expect a few hills on both days, but none of them as severe as those on our Peebles weekend last year. The pace will be similar to our normal monthly rides.
There are several hotels, B&Bs and guest houses in Dunbar, with a range of prices. You will be responsible for booking your own accommodation, but we will all meet up for a meal on the Saturday evening.
If you are interested in joining this ride, please let Glenn know. This doesn't commit you to anything. It's just to give us an idea of numbers, and also so that we can keep you informed of any changes in plan.
Please reply direct to Glenn Brearley, glenn.brearleyATTforestry.gsi.gov.uk (replace ATT with the usual AT-sign).
Saturday, 12 March 2016
Unlike our two previous rides, today's run proceeded according to plan. It was an overcast morning with a fresh breeze, but it was free of the hazardous ice that stymied our January and February outings.
Twenty-four of us – including several newcomers (welcome) - set off under the leadership of Michael Law. We ambled down Middle Meadow Walk, across Bruntsfield Links, and onto the canal at the Leamington bridge. Continuing the gentle pace, we left the canal at Harrison Park, then headed to Russell Road and Roseburn Park. Then came a couple of miles along the river bank towards Slateford. Somewhere on that stretch one of the riders had a puncture; a few of the group stayed to help him fix it, with the whole party re-assembling a short while later at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre.
After leaving the river in Currie, we crossed the Lanark Road, and took a series of back roads to the west gate of Heriot-Watt University, which was our planned lunch stop.
The cafeteria at the university is an ideal venue for a 20-Milers lunch. The staff are used to dealing with large numbers of hungry students and conference delegates, and were not at all put out by the sudden arrival of two dozen cyclists. And given that this was a Saturday and therefore relatively quiet, there was plenty of room for us to spread out.
Lunch finished, we left the campus by Gogar Station Road, and weaved through to Edinburgh Park. With most of the office buildings empty for the weekend, this area was looking particularly bleak, but at least we had the roads and paths to ourselves. By contrast, the Gyle Centre was teaming with Saturday shoppers.
The final leg took us past South Gyle Station and the Carrick Knowe golf course, then onto the Corstorphine railway path and so back to Roseburn and the Meadows. At just a smidgen more than 20 miles, it was another very successful ride.
(A special word of thanks to Neil Miller, who volunteered to stay with one of the group who was afflicted by a debilitating migraine, then helped her find her way home.)
Report and photos: Mike