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Sunday, 13 May 2012

June's rides

Next 20miler ride is Saturday 9th June, 10.30am in the usual place.
I'll be leading the ride, and heading out to Ratho Climbing Centre (which has a cafe and picnic area). Exact route still to be plotted but there will probably be some short stretches on rough-ish tracks, and some short stretches on busy-ish roads - but both only short!

There will also be a 20-miler evening ride, on Wednesday 27th June. Starts 7pm, on Middle Meadow Walk as usual. See http://www.cycling-edinburgh.org.uk/ for more information nearer the time.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

May ride to Dalkeith Country Park

Despite the copious amounts of rain over the last couple of days, today we were lucky with a day of sunshine although there was a bit of wind.
Twenty-one people turned out for this ride, led by Ken, to Dalkeith Country Park. We started by heading East, via Holyrood Park, Fishwives' Causeway, Portobello and a pause at the Bandstand in Joppa, then on through Musselburgh (I noticed for the first time that there is a useful underpass under the main road beside the river in the centre of Musselburgh - must use that next time rather than trying to cross the road!) and up the Esk to Whitecraigs, where we entered the Dalkeith Country Park by a back gate.

We had a very sunny lunch in the courtyard - many people had brought packed lunches (especial thanks to Iain for sharing his home made soup!) and the rest bought sandwiches etc. at the cafe. They even got free top-ups of tea and coffee, which is a rare and wonderful thing. We admired the sow and her pile of multicoloured piglets, and the chickens scratched and bathed in the dust.

After lunch we left the park by a different route - a rougher surface (with lots of puddles after the week's rain) but still easily rideable, and out by the back gate near the A1. From there we had a straightforward ride back along Route 1 (Innocent Railway etc.) and were at Middle Meadow Walk around 3pm.
Photos on Facebook which might work but I'm not sure about permissions! 

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Saturday, 5 May 2012

30miler ride to Blackness Castle

Map from last Saturday's longer ride out to Blackness Castle via the Hopetoun Estate. Report to follow...

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