1st May 2014

Upcoming Bike Co-op Supported Rides

Find out about some of the rides we are supporting in the vicinity of our shops from as far north as Aberdeen to Sheffield and Manchester in the south, via Newcastle, Leeds and Edinburgh, over the next few months.

Edinburgh Festival of CyclingEdinburgh Festival of Cycling (EdFoc) 2014 12-22 June 2014

Edinburgh has prided itself in being described as The Festival City since the launch of our International and Film Festivals in the 1940s, followed in subsequent decades by The Fringe, The Book Festival, the Science Festival and so on, till we got to 2013 and the launch of a nine-day Edinburgh Festival of Cycling (EdFoc).

With its inclusive programme, the inaugural Edinburgh Festival of Cycling offered something for cyclists of every niche and all ages, whether you were a complete bike nut or just mildly curious.

EdFoc was such a success, its bold, ambitious organisers are putting on an Edinburgh Festival of Cycling this year, which will run from 12 to 22 June.

EdFoc 2014 promises an even more diverse line up of bike rides, films, workshops, talks, try-outs, classes and so on, which you can read about here.

Alternatively, you can pick up one of EdFoc’s nice, wee, back-pocket-sized programmes at our Bruntsfield or Canonmills Edinburgh shops.

LepraEdinburgh – St Andrews LEPRA Ride – Saturday 14 June 2014

The fact that this will be the 34th annual LEPRA Ride is proof of its enduring popularity – and the quality of its scenic route from Edinburgh to St Andrews Ride.

All funds raised on this 68-mile charity fun ride go to LEPRA. To quote LEPRA’s chief fundraiser, Ros Kerry:

‘I find it so moving that the Edinburgh – St Andrew riders use their legs, their hands and their eyes to raise money for leprosy sufferers, who are deprived these basic faculties by a disease which LEPRA is committed to eradicating.’

Because this charity survives on the tightest budget, the LEPRA ride has never had the capacity to take online bookings. Until now.

That’s right. For the first time ever, you can sign up for the 2014 Edinburgh to St Andrews Ride online – so you have no excuse not to this year.

Xtra MileXtra Mile Triathlons and Duathlons – May to October 2014

Once again, our shops in Manchester, Leeds or Sheffield will be offering free mechanical assistance at Xtra Mile Triathlons and Duathlons. If you are thinking of adding a run and/or a swim to your ride, Xtra Mile have eight years experience putting on class events that work for both elite athletes and absolute beginners. Check this year’s full Xtra Mile programme.

Tour o' The BordersTour o’ The Borders 10 August 2014

We are delighted to have accepted an invitation to be the bike shop partner, offering free mechanical support on the 2014 Tour o’ The Borders. Already established as a spectacular 77-mile sportive, staged on a challenging, beautiful route beginning and ending in Peebles, this year’s event will be on totally closed roads, making it even more memorable.

Great North Bike Ride

Great North Bike Ride – Sunday 24 August 2014

Join 2,000 riders including a fair few Bike Co-op staff on the gorgeous Northumberland coastal route of the North East’s biggest charity bike ride. As ever, we will be offering free mechanical support along the route. Registration is a very reasonable £25, considering you will be presented with a lovely cycling jersey and a medal at the Tynemouth finish.


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