19th February 2015

Something to look forward to

Upcoming rides and cycling events supported by Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op

Wooler Wheel

Little more than a one hour drive from Edinburgh or Newcastle, Wooler is a perfect base for exploring the scenic and deserted roads that crisscross the Cheviot hills that straddle Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Wooler WheelWooler Wheel is a not-for-profit community organisation that makes the most of the inspiring terrain on their doorstep by organising rides that achieve the trick of being very well organised while also being cheerful, friendly, inclusive, informal and comparatively inexpensive. Their 2015 programme features the following three British Cycling-approved sportives: each one supported by our Newcastle shop mechanics.

Wooler Wheel Big ‘Un 200km Sportive – Saturday 25 July 2015

If you’re the type of rider who’s just getting into your rhythm once you’ve notched up 100km, you’re a candidate for Wooler Wheel’s brand new challenge for 2015 – the 200km (130 mile) Big ‘Un, which involves the complete circumnavigation of the High Cheviot range.

The Wooler Wheel Classic 100km Sportive – Saturday 3 October 2015

When Wooler Wheel put on their first sportive in October 2012, one rider was moved to post ‘If Carlsberg did sportives…’ A classic ride was born. This sportive follows pretty much the original, inspiring, traffic-lite route, which is long and hilly enough to be a challenge, yet doable for the averagely fit rider.

Why not sign up for all three rides?

Join the WW300 Mile Club.

For info on all these rides visit the Wooler Wheel website.

the-big-ride-11The Big Ride
Edinburgh to London, 1-9 August 2015

Riding from Edinburgh to London on bicycle-friendly Sustrans National Cycle Network routes is a great adventure in its own right.

Doing it with around 1,000 people to raise money for MECA (the Middle East Children’s Alliance) is even more noteworthy. Especially when you discover that MECA is dedicated to delivering humanitarian aid (such as clean water!) to children in war-ravaged Palestine.

Here’s how Big Ride organiser Dermot MacWard describes his vision for the event:

We’re planning for 1,000 cyclists to join us in one of the largest mass participation cycling events of its kind in Britain. If you do nothing else this year – dust off your bike, pump up your tyres and oil your chain for a fabulous week of pedalling and help the people of Palestine.

For full details, visit The Big Ride website.

Tour o the BordersTesco Bank Tour O’ The Borders
Sunday 9 August 2015

The Tour O’ is the Scottish Borders’ only closed roads sportive. Not only that, a fair few sportive veterans have told us that the Tour O’ is their favourite.

It was indeed a superb event in 2014 – see our blog. For 2015 the route has been tweaked so it will now go by St Mary’s Loch and the two reservoirs, Talla and Megget, to make it even more stunning.

Never experienced a closed road bike ride? Trust us, the absence of motorized traffic adds a fabulous new dimension to a long bike ride.

Never done a 120km /74 mile ride before? Neither has the event’s media manager, Fi. Inspired by the enthusiasm of the riders completing last year’s Tour O, Fi has signed up for the 2015 ride. Read her entertaining training for tourotheborders blog about Fi’s journey from sofa to sportive. Then sign up for the ride yourself.

Given the ride’s Border location, we plan to have mechanics from both our Edinburgh and our Newcastle shops, offering free mechanical assistance on the day.

great-north-bike-rideGreat North Bike Ride
Sunday 30 August 2015

The GNBR is a lovely 91km / 57 mile ride on the mostly quiet Northumbrian coastal roads from Seahouses to Tynemouth to raise funds for the Chris Lucas Trust for research into cures for childhood cancer. Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op has laid on free mechanical support for this hugely popular (around 2,000 cyclists) since we opened our Newcastle branch in 2003. If you are up for a good distance, superbly organised ride and you enjoy good crack and fine scenery register here.

cyclefestCycleFest Edinburgh
19-20 September 2015

As far as we can recollect, CycleFest will be Edinburgh’s first ever cycling festival under one roof (the Corn Exchange). The full programme is still to be finalised but it’s already shaping up to be an event every cyclist of any age can enjoy. See bikebiz article.

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