With so many cycling events being organised all over the country, you’re spoiled for choice.
To help you choose one that will suit you, here’s our pick of the crop, based on the events we support and rides that Bike Co-op members have ridden and would recommend to our friends.
Saturday 23 April 2016
With Scottish Parliamentary elections round the corner, there’s no better time to vote with our wheels to lobby our parliamentarians to make Scotland a more cycle-friendly country.
Even if you don’t normally do demos, we defy you not to feel empowered when you freewheel down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the company of hundreds of fellow cyclists.
Saturday 14 May 2016
Borderlands has a number of unique features.
- The full 170k route is half in Northumberland, half in the Scottish Borders.
- If 170k with 2,300m total ascent sounds a bit far, 100 and 70k routes are also available.
- There’s a special 30k route for children (a first for British Cycling sportives, initiated at the original 2014 Borderlands ride)
- Although it’s not a closed-road sportive, Borderlands is the next best thing.
- The route is mostly on very quiet B-roads along the Tweed Valley and into the Cheviot hills.
- Not going to the expense of road closures keeps the entry fee reasonable (£15-£30 depending on distance).
- Feed stations.
- Mechanical support from Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op
14-30 May 2016
Two weeks of riding and good times in the Tweed valley – what’s not to love?
29 May 2016
One of this country’s toughest one-day cycling events, this 102 mile/162 km sportive takes up three ski roads: Glenshee, The Lecht and Cairngorm. I (the bike co-op’s Ged) was so impressed by both the route, and the honesty of the organiser’s disclaimer, I’ve signed up for it. The disclaimer goes:
We don’t do lots of flags or banners or branding, goody bags, free t-shirts, free bidons, flyers for charities or people trying to sell you stuff… in-fact any free promotional crap you don’t need or want.
You will NOT get a medal. You are a grown adult and probably experienced cyclist. Medals are for 5k fun runners or people who finish top three in a proper race.
We spend your money giving you a damn good day with great feed stops, lots of assistance and a massive party at the top of Cairngorm.
4-5 June 2016
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup – Fort William
Sunday 5 June 2016
The Tour de Forth has been around in various formats over the years. The 2016 version sounds especially promising.
- Beginning and ending at Ingliston, Edinburgh, the organisers are promising a more scenic route on quieter roads than previous chapters.
- This year’s 97.3km route follows an intriguing loop that takes you west to Kincardine Bridge, then east via Culross in Fife to the Forth Road Bridge and back to Edinburgh.
- Funds raised will go to Edinburgh-based charity, MercyCorps, who have been doing amazing work supporting hundreds of thousands of displaced families in Syria since 2012.
9-19 June 2016
EdFoc, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, has been listed as one of the UK’s best cycling festivals by The Guardian and Total Women’s Cycling. Now in its 4th year, EdFoc 2016 promises a diverse programme with something for everyone, including rides, talks, workshops and films.
Saturday 11 June 2016
Now in its 36th year, Edinburgh to St Andrews is Scotland’s longest-established annual charity ride for good reasons. It’s a really good bike ride on mostly lovely roads for the great cause of raising money for LEPRA.
We’re proud to have laid on mechanical support for this ride since its inception in 1981. If you would like to read an impartial review of the 109 km / 68 mile Lepra ride, read this review by a regular Edinburgh – St Andrews rider.
17-19 June 2016
One of Canonmill’s mechanic Dougie Hay’s favourite events, we’ll leave Mackmedden to describe their festival.
‘Cream o’ the Croft is an amazingly chilled out weekend of camping, mountain bike racing for all ages and abilities, live music, street performers, gourmet food and drink and a host of fun activities ranging from a pedal-powered cinema to a giant water slide! Think of Cream o’ the Croft as your favourite mountain bike Enduro, food and drink festival, beer festival and family-friendly music festival all rolled into one.’
17-19 June 2016
Whilst the Peak District-based Eroica is best known for its famous Sunday ride, which is restricted to cyclists on pre-1987 bikes, Bike Co-op people who attended last year’s event said it was one of the best 3-day festivals (cycling or otherwise) they had ever attended. See blog
7 August 2016
From its friendly organisation to the quality of its route, and from its sense of occasion to the fact that it’s not too huge, there’s a growing consensus that Tour-O (as it’s affectionately known) is Scotland’s most enjoyable closed-road sportive. What we wrote about TourO two years ago in this blog remains true. We’re confident the 2016 version will be even more memorable for the following reasons.
- You will be riding in good company. This year’s ride ambassador will be Graeme Obree – Scotland’s most charismatic cyclist and the man who Chris Hoy still refers to as his hero.
- Acknowledging the difficulties of offering mechanical back-up from a hire van on closed roads, Tour-O are bringing in Shimano pro mechanics to sweep the route on motorcycles to help ensure swift support on the off-chance you require it.
- As part of our support for this ride, sign up for Tour-O and your name will go into the prize draw we are running each month up to July 2016 to win a £100 gift voucher. Congratulations to our March winner, Amy T from Edinburgh. Your voucher’s in the post.
Sunday 14 August 2016
This women’s-only sportive welcomes all levels of cyclist by offering a choice of three distances – each with a distinct Yorkshire flavour.
- ‘By eck that wa ard’ 166 km ride
- ‘Rite gud’ 97 km ride
- ‘Cuppa tea an a piece a cake’ 48 km ride
- Feed stations
- Mechanical support
Sunday 28 August 2016
Like the 11 June Lepra Ride, the GNBR Great North Bike Ride is a go-at-your-own-pace charity ride for a great cause – this time, the Chris Lucas Trust for research into cures for childhood cancers.
Much of the 91km / 57 mile route straddles the lovely Northumberland coastline from Seahouses to Tynemouth, so a great day out is pretty much guaranteed, backed up with the free mechanical assistance we’ve been offering on every GNBR since we took over our Newcastle shop in 2003.
17 September 2016
As we’ve come to expect from the merry Muckmedden people, a funduro is a mountain bike enduro with the emphasis on fun.
Saturday 1 October 2016
A beautiful 100km circuit of Glendale, Northumberland, with a 50 km option,
this is called the Classic because it follows pretty much the inspired original sportive route Wooler Wheel mapped out in 2013.
22 October 2016
Based in the fair city of Perth, this is rare opportunity to ride an enduro while wearing fancy dress.
26 November 2016
Macmedden’s final family-friendly fun enduro of the year offers a choice of events from a kids’ mini enduro to a night ride for adults (well, for over 12s).