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Thursday, 20 November 2008

December's Ride: Saturday 13th

Our ride this month will be a nice easy run out to Balerno, returning by way of Riccarton. With the winter weather and short daylight hours in mind, this will be a slighly shorter ride than usual. Lunch will be at an indoor cafe, with the usual option of a picnic for those who prefer. Veronica Gallagher, who will be leading the ride, is planning to get us back to town around dusk, and so strongly advises us to bring lights.

Caveat cyclist
This month's route is a change to our original plan, which was to visit Dalkeith Country Park. This is because the park is now closed for the winter. Please keep in mind that, in general, any route or destination that we announce in advance is for guidance only, and is not written in stone. There's always a possibility that a ride will be changed or curtailed, at the leader's discretion, depending on the weather, the number of people who turn up, and other factors. For that reason, we ask all riders to meet at the start point rather than try to pick up the ride at some point along the way.
We'll aim to visit Dalkeith Country Park in the spring.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Saturday, 8 November 2008

November's Ride Report

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Our ride today was all within the city limits. Sometimes we aim to do a route to a place, like next month's planned route to Dalkeith Country Park, or September's trip to the Cousland Smiddy, while other times it's good just to get out and investigate different paths around the city. Today we generally avoided the "main bike routes" out of town and discovered some interesting paths in the North of the city. We had lunch at the newly-opened Morrison's supermarket in Pilton, and made our way back along the Forth and through Leith and Lochend.

Mike Lewis was cameraman today so I'll post a link to the photos when they're available, or check the "20-milers on Flickr" link to the right.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

20 miles without pedalling

20 miles without pedalling

Pictured are Dr Chris Oliver and Jo Hilton, regular 20 milers. Chris & Jo went to Bhutan in the Himalayas for a kayaking, rafting, trekking and Mountain biking holiday this October 2008. They were driven for two hours to the top of the Chelela Pass outside Paro, Bhutan.

The descent was for 36Km (20miles) from the top of the spectacular Chelela pass at 3988 metres to the valley floor at about 1900metres. For the entire descent of twenty miles, which took just over an hour no pedalling at all was required!