Monday, 27 May 2019
We've got our first Extra ride of the year this coming Saturday (1st June). These Extra rides are longer and faster than our usual runs, but we try to maintain the same friendly and unpressured atmosphere. If you are comfortable with our usual pace, you should enjoy these longer outings. But if you sometimes struggle to keep up, or haven't cycled for a while, you might prefer to give them a miss.
This week's ride
For our ride on Saturday, we will be heading to somewhere that we have never visited before as a group: the historic Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway. Apart from its historical interest, the station there promises to be a good place for our lunch stop. It has picnic tables for those who like to bring a packed lunch (or you can pick up a sandwich in the Tesco next door). There is also a large café that serves soup, sandwiches, baked potatoes and home-made cakes and scones.
The ride itself will be about 38 miles. We'll head out via Kirkliston, Niddry Castle and a short stretch on the canal, then drop down to Blackness and a new coastal path that will take us into Bo'ness. For the return, we'll keep to the coast, via the Hopetoun Estate and South Queensferry. Most of the route will be on well-surfaced tracks and roads, with just a few stretches that might be a bit rough. There will be a few hills, but no killers.
Note that most of the mileage will be in the morning, with a late lunch stop, so adjust your appetites accordingly.
Meeting time and place
For this ride, we'll meet at our alternative meeting point at the Craigleigh path junction (see here if you need directions). We'll set out at the earlier time of 10:15. As this is quite a long ride, we'll aim to leave punctually. It's difficult to know exactly when the ride will finish, but I think we should be back at the start point some time between 4 and 5 pm.
What if the weather is bad?
An occasional shower or a light drizzle won't put us off. But if the weather is particularly bad, we might opt for a shorter ride (but the meeting time and place will remain the same).
As with all our rides, this one is free and open to all. Just turn up if you would like to join us.
Friday, 17 May 2019
Here is an overview of the rides planned for June 2019. I'll post more information about each of these nearer the time.
Saturday 1st June. Our first Extra of the summer. These rides are longer and faster than our usual runs. We start a little earlier, finish a little later, and go at a slightly faster pace - but always with the same sociable atmosphere. For this first ride, we'll be heading west, starting at 10:15 from the Craigleith path junction.
Saturday 8th June. Our normal "second Saturday" run, starting as usual at 10:30 from Middle Meadow Walk. We'll be heading to Dalkeith.
Friday 21st June. An evening ride to celebrate the summer solstice. Meet at 19:00 at Middle Meadow Walk.
Saturday 29th June. Our second Extra of the season, heading east. We'll let you know the meeting time and place nearer the time.
In addition, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling takes place in June. This consists of around 40 cycling-related events, including talks, workshops, cultural events, film shows and several rides. I've posted details of a few of these on www.cycling-edinburgh.org.uk. You can pick up a copy of the full printed programme from local bike shops, leisure centres and public libraries.
Saturday, 11 May 2019
The question, "where is everyone?" summed up today's ride. It's late enough in the year for riders and bikes to have come out of winter hibernation; the sun was shining - we even got to eat lunch sitting outside in the pub beer garden and an interestingly different route was on the cards. But we still had a low turnout for a ride in May. Perhaps the fact that a couple of climbs and a reasonable amount of off-road riding lie ahead had kept some riders away. One rider was unfortunate to have a chain snap and one fell after hitting an hidden grate cover. The chain was repaired and the faller was shaken up, but uninjured.
Map trace: Sorry, none this time
Monday, 6 May 2019
Glenn will be leading our ride this coming Saturday (11th). We'll be heading east, taking in Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Tranent and Falside.
Please note that this ride will be a little longer and more difficult than our usual "second Saturday" outings. It will be about 26 miles, including a couple of steep hills and a few stretches on rough tracks. It should be perfectly do-able for most of us, but please keep this warning in mind.
Our lunch stop will be the Craig House hotel in Whitecraig. This is a Brewers Fayre pub, offering a basic menu of hot and cold dishes. The pub has a large garden, and there are also one or two places nearby suitable for those of us who prefer to bring our own food. Note that most of our mileage will be in the morning, with the lunch stop on the late side.
The meeting time and place are the same as always: 10:30 at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk. I can't say for sure what time the ride will finish, but, given its length, it is likely to be a little later than usual.
We've now fixed the dates of our first two Extras of the summer. These will take place on 1st June and 29th June. I'll send you details of each of these events nearer the time.
The evening rides season has now started. CTC have a ride every Tuesday evening, while our own Jim Cameron has one every Thursday evening. See www.cycling-edinburgh.org.uk for details. We have also pencilled in a ride for the evening of 21st June to coincide with the summer solstice.
Finally, please note that Lepra's annual Edinburgh to St Andrews ride will not take place this year. I don't have an further information about this. Lepra says that the event will return in 2020.