5th May 2018

Cycling Events Worth Doing in 2018

Cycling Events

Cycling events are great fun, great for motivation, great for raising money for charity. Great for so many reasons! And luckily, there are so many cycling events being organised all over the country, you’re spoiled for choice. To help you choose the events that might suit you best, here’s our pick of the crop, based on the events we support along with rides that Bike Coop members have really enjoyed and would recommend to our friends.


Tour De Forth: 3 June

Taking place on World Bicycle Day, this event takes a 97.3km route around the River Forth via the Forth Road and Kincardine bridges. Raising money for Cash for Kids and Mercy Corps, this annual event is a must-do for many cyclists. Expect some cracking views, great banter and a few hills on the return leg!

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Edinburgh Festival of Cycling: 7 – 24 June

Back for the sixth year, this festival celebrates all aspecting of cycling in and around Edinburgh. There are loads of events to enjoy but a few we recommend are:

A History of the World in 100 Dérailleurs: 10 June

Our very own ex-coop member Mike Sweatman gives a talk around derailleurs and how they’ve changed cycling over the years.

Spokes Bike Breakfast: 13 June

Join around 350 fellow cyclists for a free breakfast as well as stalls offering discounted products, bike checks, bike marking and we’ll be there too offering a FREE bike chain lube and clean service. You could also win prizes including a gift voucher from us!

Edinburgh Belles on Bikes Ride: 17 June

Ladies, join the Edinburgh Belles on Bikes for a 10-15 mile ride around off-road cycle paths and backgrounds.

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Edinburgh to St Andrews: 16 June

Take part in this 68 mile cycle with up to 1,000 other cyclists. A great event to take part in on your own, in a team or with your family.  All funds raised go to help beat Leprosy. Plus, you don’t need to worry about getting a puncture as we’ll be there to help you and your bike out!

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© Lepra – Edinburgh to St Andrews ride

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Skye Sportives: 25 Aug

If you’re looking for an excuse to visit Skye and get to see her dramatic landscape, this is it! You’ll cycle past The Old Man of Storr, Trotternish Penisula and the Cullin Mountains. The scenery doesn’t get more dramatic than this!

 ©VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved.

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Great North Bike Ride: 26 Aug

One day, 2,000 cyclists, 60 miles! Ride from Seahouses along the beautiful North Northumberland coastline to Tynemouth Priory and Castle while raising funds for the Chris Lucas Trust. We’ll also be there providing mechanical support.

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Posted by Great North Bike Ride on Monday, January 1, 2018

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Tour O’ The Borders: 2 Sep

Take part in either a 74 mile (120km) or 56 mile (88.8km) cycle on closed roads through the stunning Scottish Borders. Although it’s not a race, each rider will be timed so you can try and beat your personal best or target time.

Tour O The Borders

Showing 120km in 60 seconds, here's a preview video of the beautiful Touro route to get you fired up for a summer of two wheeled action. If you've not signed up yet head over to www.tourotheborders.com #tourotheborders #touro #bikevalley #roadbike

Posted by Tour O The Borders on Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Wooler Wheel: 6 October

Choose between the 50km and the 100km routes and cycle a circular tour through stunning scenery and challenging climbs of Northumberland. The route is signposted so no need for a GPS and there are food and drink stations around the routes too if you need to refuel. And if you have any bike trouble, we’ll be there to sort you out.

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Edinburgh Cycle Fair: 21 October

Expect competitions, exhibitions, advice and demos on all things cycling. Of course, we’ll be there too!

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UK Let’s Ride

Enjoy fun and accessible traffic-free routes through the streets of cities up and down the country. It doesn’t matter what kind of bike you ride, how fast you go or how old you are. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s for everyone! Here are the rides nearest to our shops:

Edinburgh: 24 June

Newcastle: 29 July

Leeds: 2 Sep

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Cycling Events: Some tips before you start

cycling events | bike maintenanceTake a look at our blog so you can make sure your bike is event ready.

Entering an event is the perfect excuse to get some new cycling clothing to make sure you’re extra comfy (and looking good!).

Need a bit of advice about bike maintenance or modifications, accessories or even choosing a brand new bike? Pop in to your nearest shop for expert and friendly advice.



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