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Monday, 3 September 2012

September's forthcoming rides

Next ride (Saturday 8th September)
Logan will be leading our ride this coming Saturday. This will be our normal "second Saturday" outing, but it will be a little longer than usual - about 24 miles. It's not a particularly difficult route, but there will be one steep climb, just before lunch.
We'll be taking an attractive route along bike paths and quiet roads to the west of the city. As well as some pleasant country lanes, we're promised fine views of the River Almond, Cammo Park, Edinburgh Airport and the Gogar tram depot.
Our lunch stop will be at Craigie Farm. There's an excellent cafe there, where we can get soup, baked potatoes, salads, and the like. For those who prefer to bring their own food, there are picnic tables and a lawn behind the cafe.
Note that the morning section of the ride will be longer than the afternoon, which means the lunch stop will be fairly late. So adjust your appetite accordingly. After lunch we'll be heading to Cramond and the Silverknowes Esplanade. Those who want a slightly shorter day will have the option of going straight home from Cramond Brig (but you'll have to find your own way).
The meeting time and place are the same as ever: 10.30, at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk. As with all our rides, there are no formalities of any kind, and no need tell anyone in advance that you're coming.
20-Milers Extra (Saturday 22nd September)
Two weeks after the above ride, we will be having another of our Extra rides - probably the last one this year. These rides are longer and faster than our normal runs, but are still sociable and un-pressured.
For this month's Extra ride, we'll be heading over the Forth Road Bridge and along the Fife coast to Aberdour. I'll send you more details nearer the time. For now, you might like to note the date, the earlier start time (10.00), and the fact that we will be meeting, not at the Meadows, but at the three-way junction of the Roseburn, Blackhall and Telford paths, near Sainsbury's in Craigleith. (At the green Y in the paths here: http://goo.gl/maps/iUGQ9)

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