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Thursday, 30 July 2009

August's ride

The next ride will be on Saturday 8th August. Mike Lewis will be leading us out to South Queensferry and Dalmeny, with a total distance of about 22 miles. The route includes a short stretch of rough track where it might be necessary to dismount and push. There will be a choice of a cafe or pub for lunch, or bring your own food if you prefer.
10.30, at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk (junction of Lauriston Place).
Cost and booking:
Free; just turn up.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

28miles to Ratho

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With just about our largest group ever (30+) we were led by Alan on a longer than normal ride to Ratho, via Balerno and back via Currie (see the map above). We had gorgeous summer weather - warm and sunny, without much wind, and even the power cut at the Bridge Inn (which meant that we diverted to the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena for lunch about half a mile away - apart from those with picnics who just went there for a cake) didn't cause any upsets. We had a couple of punctures but when one can stand around and chat and look at the view over the Forth Valley while it's being fixed, they weren't much of a hardship. Even with the longer route we still made it back into town before the shops shut (4pm), although some people took a shorter option and went home direct along the canal after lunch. When I was pedalling slowly up the long hill into Currie I half-wished that I'd taken that option too! We had some lovely long downhill stretches to balance the ups though - my top speed was 32.7mph at one point - luckily there were no speed cameras nearby.

July 2009 to EICA, Ratho