Weekend of Cycling Possibilities

Posted by chdot on June 26, 2008

The great thing about cycling is that (assuming you have a bike!) it can be done anytime, (almost) anywhere, on your own or with others.

This weekend there are several things to take part in or watch (this is a small selection).

On Friday evening you could go along to the foot of The Mound (by the galleries), just before 6.00 to see if anyone has turned up for Critical Mass. Edinburgh’s involvement in this monthly, International, random event has been slight in recent months. It’s a shame more people don’t feel the need to celebrate cycling once a month – but that’s Edinburgh for you!

Saturday morning -10am-12:30 – it’s the Edinburgh Racers “drop in sessions” at Meadowbank Velodrome “all welcome” (if you are under 16). “The Racers have bikes and equipment to lend out so you don’t have to worry about not having the right bike.” This happens every Saturday until September (as long as it’s not raining!)

On Sunday there are two different things on offer. There’s the monthly TryCycling ride. The destination is the delightful Spylaw Park – start at Argyle Place. This month (for the first time) there will be two rides. Regular or more experienced rides will set off at a characteristically modest TryCycling pace. Genuine ‘novice or nervous’ riders will get a special introductory talk and brief ‘skills training’ session from Darren Mirfield before the ride.

A ride around Holyrood Park may appeal instead. Anytime between 10.00 and 1.00 you can turn up for the Big Bike Ride – raising money for Childline. You might even meet Gail Porter!

Don’t forget to take some photos – they could win the Flickr competition.

One Response to “Weekend of Cycling Possibilities”

  1. jacquiephelan said

    The TryCycling ride to Spylaw might have affected more than just me…I met Ines Villa, a transplanted Spaniard studying ‘Maths’ and re-aquainting herself with the bike after an 8 year ‘amnesia’ period (adults can have them…long stretches without cycling).
    I know that (even though I don’t live here) I will be friends with her forever.
    Thanks to everyone : Darren, Mags, and Chris, for fomenting a small revolution in this town.
    It was also nice to meet the pediatric nurse with twinfants, her PhD hubby and oh yes, Martha, Neil and the regulars.

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