10th July 2017

UK Cycling Events worth doing in 2017


With 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 Co-op members have really enjoyed and would recommend to our friends.


8-18 June 2017


supported-by-edinburgh-bike-coopEdFoc is an 11-day annual festival of all things cycling in Edinburgh so, naturally, we have sponsored it since its launch in 2013 – and not just because it’s based in our home city. Active Traveller rated it one of the top ten cycling festivals in Europe! Check the EdFoc website for the full programme which should be finalised by late March.


Thursday 15 June 2017 in Edinburgh


supported-by-edinburgh-bike-coopThis is perhaps the least taxing cycling event you can attend but it’s none the worse for that. Here’s what happens. You cycle to Edinburgh City Chambers between 7:45 and 9:15. The council will reward you with a free breakfast, while a squad of Bike Co-op staff will be on hand offering our free bike chain lube and clean service.

The Spokes Bike Breakfast is part of EdFoc – the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. If you’re a regular, please note the date change. The Bike Breakfast is on a Thursday this year, not on a Wednesday as it has always been in the past.

Eroica Brittania, Peak District

16th – 18th June 2017

Eroica Brittania

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 the 2015 event said it was one of the best 3-day festivals (cycling or otherwise) they had ever attended.


Saturday 17 June 2017


supported-by-edinburgh-bike-coopNow in its 37th year, Edinburgh to St Andrews is Scotland’s longest-established annual charity ride for good reasons. It’s a really good bike ride through some lovely countryside 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 account of the 109 km / 68 mile Lepra ride, read this review by Mike Lewis, a regular Edinburgh – St Andrews rider.

Mike makes the point that, like the Wooler Wheel and the Tour O The Borders, the Lepra ride stands out for its exceptional food stops. You’ll think you’ve gone back in time 50 years (in a good way) when you’re charged so little by the Kinross Round Table to enjoy their soup and sandwiches, or the superb home baking laid on by the Women’s Institute at Freuchie. (Just don’t ask for an espresso to wash it down. You’ll have a cup of tea.)

Last but not least, unlike many so-called charity rides, ALL the money raised, including the £20 booking fee, goes to Lepra. Register for the ride by 31 May and this fee is reduced to £15.

The Edinburgh – St Andrews Ride is part of EdFoc – the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling


23-25 June 2017


supported-by-edinburgh-bike-coopDescribed by Enduro Mountainbike Magazine as ‘Delightfully Unique and Riotous Fun!’ and subtitled Scotland’s Family Friendly Mountain Bike Festival, Eliminator is a unique event based in Newburgh, Fife, offering enduro racing, camping, kids’ races, a beer festival, a bouncy castle, a farmers’ market, glamping, a water slide and more.


Sunday 27 August 2017


Like the 17 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.


2 September 2017


We’ll leave the Mucmedden mountain bike massive to describe their Funduro in their own words.

‘Funduro is a word invented specifically for this course as there is no other word that better describes it. The trails at Forfar Funduro are such a great laugh you will reach the bottom of each stage gagging to ride them again and the course is compact enough that you’ll get to ride each stage twice and get your flow on! Lucky Muckers…’


Sunday 3 September 2017


supported-by-edinburgh-bike-coopFriendly atmosphere. Seamless organisation. A route that is consistently bonnie and frequently stunning. A ride that has a sense of occasion without being too huge and intimidating. Legendary Forsyth of Peebles veggie macaroni pies at the food stops. There’s a growing consensus that Touro (as it’s affectionately known) is Scotland’s most enjoyable closed-road sportive.

What we wrote about Touro three years ago in this blog remains true (except it now has an even better route, described by Cycling Active magazine as ‘a masterpiece of route planning’ in this article.

As part of our support for Touro, if you sign up for it your name will be automatically entered into a prize draw we are running each month up to August 2017 to win a £100 Bike Co-op gift voucher.

Tour of the Borders is the final event of the year from Tweedlove – the lovely people who are putting on dozens of rides from March through to September. Tweedlove are clearly on a mission to make the lovely town of Peebles the bicycling centre of Britain. See Tweedlove’s whole programme.


Saturday 7 October 2017


supported-by-edinburgh-bike-coopA beautiful 100km circuit of Glendale in the north of Northumberland, with a 50 km option, this is called the WW Classic because it follows pretty much the inspired original sportive route Wooler Wheel mapped out in 2013.

Although it’s not a closed road event, the Wooler Wheel Classic has a similar vibe (without the additional cost) thanks to the route being so traffic lite.

Almost as important, given how we cyclists fuel our rides, the WW Classic features the same Great Northumberland Bread Company flapjack food stops and gourmet meat pie / vegetarian lasagne / mushy peas finish as 13 May’s WW Borderlands.


21 October 2017


Because it’s close to Halloween you’ll be encouraged to participate in this Perth-based event in fancy dress.

‘The only enduro in the world where you can see a penguin throw down some tailwhips.’ Enduro MTB Mag. Read on.


25 November 2017


Making full use of the trails created on Callendar Estate over the past few years this special event for younger riders includes a balance bike ride for kids under 6 and a Mini Funduro for kids between 6 and 11, which Muckmedden described as follows:

‘With chip-timing and four timed stages on flowing trails (suitable for 16+ wheels) this is undoubtedly THE most fun your child will ever have at a bike race.  Each timed stage is connected by an untimed transition and parents can chaperone their kids around the course if they wish.’

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2 comments on “UK Cycling Events worth doing in 2017

  1. Miriam on

    Hi Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative Group,
    I wanted to write to you as we are running a cycling event – The Big Meander – as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling and I thought it might be of interest to your readers.
    The Big Meander is a treasure hunt style of a bike ride, covering an approximate 50km meandering route around some of the city’s hidden gems. Our event is not a die-hard lycra clad race, but more of a fun festive day out. At each of our carefully chosen stops, participants will receive some good grub, drinks, as well as receiving a challenge and a clue to the next destination.
    The winning team is not necessarily the fastest… points will be awarded for time, original and stylish attire as well as challenges.

    At the finish, there will be a chance to catch up with other participants, winners and prizes will be announced from Meander Apparel and other cycle related giveaways. 

    There will be a staggered start between 10 am and midday, with teams leaving every 15 minutes. Participants must complete The Big Meander by 6 pm when winners will be announced. 

    Numbers are restricted to 100 for this event, and we encouraging teams to get together to enjoy the ride with your friends.  We guarantee some good grub and beverages at the stops all included in the ticket price.
    Full details can be found at – https://www.facebook.com/events/118639272026597/
    Sign up on the EdFoC website – 
    If you think this might be of interest, we would be delighted if you could list us in your events section of your blog.  If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
    Kind Regards,


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