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• DIFFICULTY: intermediate due to the distance • DISTANCE: 34 miles (55 km) with 900ft (270 m) climbing • OVERVIEW: We'll keep our usual average rolling speed on the flat of 10-12 mph (not on the uphill obviously!). While the route mostly follows quiet roads and separated paths, there is some cycling along busier roads. This ride is best suited for those who are reasonably fit and confident with some riding in traffic. There are some hills but nothing too steep or long, and a good opportunity to have a go if you've not done too many slightly longer rides recently. Having said all of this, it'll still be a relaxed ride and nobody will be left behind, as usual! *** PLEASE ARRIVE FOR 9.55 AT THE LATEST, WE WANT TO GET GOING BY 10:00 ***We've had quite a lot of no-shows or late cancellations recently, which is not fair on the ride leaders and riders, and especially if there is a waiting list - Please keep your RSVP up to date if you have a place and can no longer join the ride*** • IMPORTANT: If there is a forecast for atrocious weather, the ride will be shortened/cancelled/postponed - please check the Meetup site before setting off in the morning! • SURFACE: While much of the ride is on tarmac, we will use the Pencaitland and Haddington railway paths (recently resurfaced gravel path), and the gravel paths around the Musselburgh ash lagoons. So really narrow road tyres will be rather uncomfortable, and it's likely to be muddy in places with all the recent rain, and the predicted showery weather during the coming week • BIKE: Your bike needs to be in good working order, especially gears and brakes. • ROUTE - Now revised due to Half marathon road closures Fisherrow - Whitecraig - Pencaitland path - West Saltoun - Haddington - Haddington railway path - Seaton - coastal route back to Fisherrow return via Gladsmuir, Penston, Elphinstone. Leaving from one of our familar starting points at Fisherrow harbour, we join the Esk path towards Whitecraig and along the Dalkeith railway path towards Smeaton Bing (smaller hills, probably the steepest of the day). We'll join the Pencaitland path at the western end and follow it all the way to the eastern end near Glenkinchie distillery, where we pop out onto quiet lanes. We'll roll through West Saltoun and Samuelston, trending mostly downhill, and past the Agnes Burns monument just before Haddington. We'll stop for lunch in Haddington. From Haddington, we follow the cycle path alongside the A199 to Gladsmuir, then onto a farm track mostly downhill to New Winton. We will take some minor roads to Elphinstone where we rejoin the Pencaitland and Esk paths to the start. *************** Some stuff to remember: • Appropriate clothes for the day (could be cold or wet, or roasting hot), multiple layers are best • Spare inner tube that fits your wheelsize/tyre- do not forget! • Will you need sun screen? • Snacks and water, if you think you need any • Money for tea/coffee/cake or lunch:-) • Please keep your RSVP updated and remove yourself from the list if you can no longer make it, as a courtesy to others, if there is a waiting list. Thanks!
**Please read the description before signing up for this ride! It is pitched as intermediate level and has some hills. Not for beginners due to gradients and mix of terrains!** Ride Description:- Difficulty: Intermediate as there are quite a few (gentle) hills, with a short gravelly/unpaved bit through Craigmillar Castle Park (not technically difficult). Distance: 20 miles/33 km with 300m/1000 ft climbing. Route: Mostly on cycle paths and quiet back roads with a couple of short sections on busier roads. Surfaces: Mixed. Mostly tarmac but it can be a little muddy on the short stretch through Craigmillar Castle Park, there is also a bit of gravel path. All tyres should be OK, even skinny tyres, just ride according to the conditions. Route map: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/2687025682/ Join Alexs and Stella for a ride along some new-ish off-road paths and links (mostly tarmac), exploring some of the lesser known suburbs and villages of Edinburgh and surroundings on our way to Roslin. We'll start off from the Commonwealth Pool, head down the Innocent path and follow the signs for the designated quiet route through Craigmillar to the Royal Infirmary. From here will join the newly created Wisp cycle path that meanders up towards Danderhall with some nice views over the city and towards East Lothian. At the top we cross over a busy road (The Wisp) and head through Danderhall and some of the new estates popping up around Shawfair, to the old Newton Village church. Soon afterwards we join another new-ish cycle path that takes us onto the Roslin railway path. The lunch stop will be Dolly's Tea Room in Roslin or if it is busy, the pub across the road. The return route retraces the railway path to Lasswade Road and then via some backstreets through Gilmerton and eventually rejoining the cycle path at the Royal Infirmary towards Craigmillar Castle Park. There is a nice wee climb here to the entrance to the park :-) Cycling through the park we will be on some gravel paths until we come out onto the tarmac shared use path at Peffermill. From here we will go through the Kings Haugh Industrial Estate to join the Innocent Railway Path and return to the start at the Commonwealth Pool. **Please keep your RSVP up to date if you have a place and can no longer join the ride. Oh and keep an eye on Meetup before setting off in the morning, in case we have to cancel or make changes at the last minute. Thanks!*** Some stuff to remember: • Appropriate clothes for the day (could be cold, wet or sunny ), multiple layers are best • Spare inner tube that fits your wheelsize/tyre- do not forget • Snacks and water, if you think you need any • Money for tea/coffee/cake or lunch:-)