What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in meeting up with some like-minded people for (non-serious) cycling. On-road, off-road or anywhere else with some (serious) café stops thrown in. Any distance in the Edinburgh area - Lothians and Borders, Fife and beyond. Beyond could mean weekend trips to the Highlands or Yorkshire or even Mallorca. Most rides though will be on road and around the 40 to 50 mile mark, but that will depend entirely upon the organiser who sets up the ride. 15-30 or up to 100 miles plus is good too.

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Whole Lauder Hills

Needs a location

Starting in Lauder, this is a 50 mile loop through varied Borders countryside. including moorland, woods and rolling hills. The route is based on the shorter version of the annual 'Tour de Lauder' charity ride.
**It's not that hilly! ** There are a couple of biggish hills, one just after leaving Lauder in the morning, and the other after passing through Stow in the afternoon. The entire route is on surfaced roads.
Average speed will be around 12-13 mph. No one will be left to ride on their own.
Distance: 50 miles. Height gain: 3,900 ft.

Start time
Be ready to ride at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting place
B6362 Stow road, near the corner of A68, Lauder and B6362 Stow Road.

Directions and parking

  • Heading south on the A68, turn right into the B6362 Stow Road.
  • After you've entered B6362 Stow Road, there is roadside parking on your left.
  • I will aim to get there early, so look out for a dark blue VW van.

Route
https://www.strava.com/activities/7598729584

Toilets
The Avenue, Lauder, open from 9 a.m. Coins required.
https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/directory_record/11941/lauder_the_avenue

Lunch stop/food
The lunch stop will be Caddon View cafe, Innerleithen (coffee, soup, toasties, etc.) It is around 25 miles into the ride,
Bring snacks and water bottles as usual.

Other:

  • If the weather forecast is poor, the ride will not go ahead
  • If you have to cancel for other than something totally unforeseen, please do so as soon as possible so that someone else might be able to take your place
  • If you have any questions, please message me:[masked]
  • I will message participants a few days prior to the ride
  • If you have lights for your bike please bring them in case there's a delay getting back
  • Please make sure you have emergency contact details in your phone or bike bag, or both

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By signing up and participating in this run, you agree that for safety, courtesy and cycling etiquette reasons you will have read the guidance and good cycling notes for group riding as described in:
a. VeLothian Member Responsibilities.
b. VeLothian Group Rides Guidance and Basic Etiquette.
c. VeLothian Warning Calls and Hand Signals for Group Riding
These are pinned to the Message Board under the 'More' tab.

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Deuchrie Dod Dawdle

Needs a location

A relatively short ride - just under 40 miles, starting and finishing in Haddington and heading out to the back roads of the east side of East Lothian. Some hilly terrain and challenging in bits, but the climbs are rewarded with some beautiful views and some lovely countryside. That far out, there are not many options for coffee stops, though a detour to Gifford on the way back might be possible. But take enough food and drink for the ride.

Road bikes only. The slowest will always be waited upon.

I can share the gpx if anyone wants it. Route here: https://www.komoot.com/tour/935067232?share_token=apdg5kjzuzvw5VH4Jr742uXUh2ycTcbHNrTYwVRzzXrC9YB0OT&ref=wtd

Ride Information
Distance: 40 miles
Bike: Road bike.
Minimum speed - around 13-14mph

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By signing up and participating in this run, you agree that for safety, courtesy and cycling etiquette reasons, you will have read the guidance and good cycling practice notes for group riding as described in:

  1. VeLothian Member Responsibilities.
  2. VeLothian Group Rides Guidance and Basic Etiquette
  3. VeLothian Warning Calls & Hand Signals for Group Riding

These are pinned to the Message Board under the “More” tab.

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