|The Camps Viaduct. On Saturday's ride we will be cycling|
over the top of this imposing structure.
Distance and pace
Please keep in mind that our Extra rides are longer than our usual runs and go at a faster pace with fewer breaks. This one will be 35 - 38 miles. If you find our normal rides well within your comfort zone, you should have no difficulties with this one. But if that's not the case, you might prefer to give this one a miss. Try a few shorter rides first, then come back when your fitness level improves (we have several more Extras planned for the coming months).
Despite the faster pace, we will still try to keep the ride "sociable", with our customary friendly atmosphere.
We will have our lunch break in the beautiful Almondell Country Park. Note that there is no catering of any kind in the park, apart from the visitor centre which sells vending-machine drinks and a limited range of confectionery, so be sure to bring food for a picnic lunch. There are toilets in the park (and we will have an additional comfort break mid morning.)
The ride and picnic lunch will go ahead as planned even if the weather is poor. A light drizzle or gusty wind won't put us off. But if conditions are really atrocious, we might choose a shorter route and a café for lunch.
Meeting time and place
Regardless of the weather, the ride will start from the Craigleith path junction (see here if you need directions).
Please gather at the meeting point from about 10.00, and be ready to leave at 10.15 sharp.
We will probably be back in town around 16.00. We won't necessarily return to Craigleith; we will probably pass Murrayfield, Roseburn Park and the southern end of the Roseburn Path on the return leg.
I hope to see you either this coming Saturday or one of our other rides.