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Scotland’s greatest celebration of bicycle culture now in its 3rd year

Image: City of Edinburgh Council Libraries www.capitalcollections.org.uk

11th ~ 21st June 2015

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Welcome Edinburgh prides itself on being the City of Festivals, so it is only fitting that the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is a real showcase for all aspects of bicycle culture and the City. This year we are bringing you our strongest programme yet: With more rides, including the new Capital Trail and two new Audax rides. More films, including the première of ‘Inspired to Ride’ with a Q&A with one of the stars. Great talks: Shannon Galpin, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, on Pedalling a Revolution, and Emily Chappell, a cycle courier taking on the world. A powerful new drama ‘The White Bike’ by Tamara von Werthern, plus books, photographs, workshops, rides and more. Did I mention the rides? Whether you’re a hipster, commuter, racer, tourer or just enjoy a run along the prom, get involved and help us truly celebrate the bicycle in all its forms. Now, get on your bikes and spread the word on your social media channels by using #edfoc2015. Kim Harding, Festival Director.

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Thursday 11 June 07:00 - 09:00 The SEStran Commuter Challenge 14:00 Free range MTB; Bikepacking in perspective

Friday 12 June 20:00 That Emily Chappell: A cycle courier takes on the world 18:30 The White Bike: A play by Tamara von Werthern

Saturday 13 June

10:00 Me MySKELF & I

08:00 Capital Trail

14:00 Cycling and the Law

09:00 Edinburgh to St Andrews Cycle Ride 2015

19:00 Film – Inspired to Ride

19:00 Women’s Cycle Forum (WCF)

Thursday 11, Friday 12, Monday 15, Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 Le Tour: The Edinburgh Lochs & Castles Tour at 14:30 & 18:30 A three & half hour tour using the Edinburgh cycle paths network.

Tuesday 16 June 11:00 Family guided ride 13:00 You’ve had a cycling accident – what next? 18:15 An Evening at the Proms ride 18:30 ‘Fit to Ride’ workshop 18:30 Brompton Fold-Fest! 19:30 Very Beginner’s Bike Maintenance

Wednesday 17 June

Thursday 18 June

Friday 19 June

07:45 Spokes’ Bike Breakfast

10:00 The Brotique Pop Up Fixie Shop

10:00 The Brotique Pop Up Fixie Shop

14:00 ‘The Artist’s Route ‘

11:00 Family guided ride

10:00 Crags All Ability Bikes

19:00 Shannon Galpin: Pedalling a Revolution

Wednesday 17 Guided Cycle Tour to the Bridges at 10:00 Edinburgh Bike Tours

13:00 You’ve had a cycling accident – what next? 18:30 King of Kaimes Hill Climb & Barbecue 19:30 Fraser Cartmell Ironman triathlete 19:30 Very Beginner’s Bike Maintenance

14:00 At Home in the Bushes 19:30 Bike Films at Balerno Village Screen 23:00 The Edinburgh Night Ride Friday 19 Guided Cycle Tour to the Bridges at 10:00 Edinburgh Bike Tours


Sunday 14 June 10:00 Bike Curious Family Workshop 10:00 MY Adventure - Adult Commuter Course 11:00 Cycle Speedway ‘Come and Try’ Family Day

10:00 MY Adventure – Family Guided Cycle 10:30 Laid Back Sunday Tour / Try Out (Ligfiets Zondag)

Monday 15 June 10:30 Edinburgh Belles on Bikes & Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative 15:15 ride

18:00 Monday Mechanics 19:30 Spokes Public Meeting on Bike/ Rail

Saturday 13+20, Sunday 14+21 Le Tour: The Edinburgh Lochs & Castles Tour at 10:30 & 14:30

Saturday 20 June

10:00 Bamboo Bicycle Building Workshop

Monday 15 Guided Cycle Tour to the Bridges at 10:00 Edinburgh Bike Tours

Sunday 21 June

10:00 The Brotique Pop Up Fixie Shop

10:00 The Brotique Pop Up Fixie Shop

10:00 Learn, then Ride

10:00 Pentlands Pursuit MTB Treasure Hunt

10:00 Honest Toun Daunder 100 Km Audax

14:30 Women, Read and Ride on Tour

Every Day (self-guided) Explore Edinburgh’s Loops and Links - discover Edinburgh with free maps from Sustrans.

11:00 Honest Toun Dawdle 50 Km Audax

Throughout June - Mon to Wed: 10:00 – 20:00, Thu to Sat: 10:00 – 17:00

Pedalling Past: Edinburgh’s Cycling Heritage

A wealth of inspiring cycling events...


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Family 04. Explore Edinburgh’s Loops and Links 10. Me MySKELF & I 15. Bike Curious Family Workshop 16. Cycle Speedway ‘Come and Try’ Family Day 18. MY Adventure – Family Guided Cycle 24. Family guided cycle ride 34. Crags All Ability Bikes 40. Honest Toun Dawdle 50 Km Audax

Rides 06. Le Tour: The Edinburgh Lochs & Castles Tour 12. Capital Trail 14. Edinburgh to St Andrews Cycle Ride 2015 15. MY Adventure – Adult Commuter Course 19. Edinburgh Belles on Bikes & Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative – 15:15 ride 18. Laid Back Sunday Tour / Try Out (Ligfiets Zondag) 22. Guided Cycle Tour to the Bridges 25. An Evening at the Proms ride 34. The Edinburgh Night Ride 40. Honest Toun Daunder 100 Km Audax 40. Honest Toun Dawdle 50 Km Audax

Workshops 22. Bamboo Bicycle Building Workshop 23. Monday Mechanics 26. ‘Fit to Ride’ workshop 27. Very Beginner’s Bike Maintenance 32. The Brotique Pop Up Fixie Shop

Talks 08. Free range MTB; Bike packing in perspective 09. That Emily Chappell: A cycle courier takes on the world 10. Cycling and the Law 23. Spokes Public Meeting on Bike/Rail 25. You’ve had a cycling accident – what next? 28. ‘The Artist’s Route ‘ – Glasgow to Edinburgh Via Buckingham Palace and various stops in-between…. 30. Shannon Galpin: Pedalling a Revolution 33. Fraser Cartmell – the life of an Ironman triathlete

Art, Culture & Films 04. Pedalling past: Edinburgh’s cycling heritage 08. The White Bike: A play by Tamara von Werthern 11. Film – Inspired to Ride 34. At Home in the Bushes 39. Women, Read and Ride on Tour 35. Bike Films at Balerno Village Screen

Competition 06. SEStran Commuter Challenge 26. Brompton Fold-Fest! 32. King of Kaimes Hill Climb & Barbecue 38. Pentlands Pursuit – MTB Treasure Hunt

Come and try 39. Learn, then Ride

Other 16. Women’s Cycle Forum (WCF) 28. Spokes’ Bike Breakfast

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Throughout the festival

Explore Edinburgh’s Loops and Links 2015 Discover Edinburgh by bike using a series of Sustrans Scotland maps that highlight some of the many traffic-free paths across the city. These leisure rides are designed for those new to cycling, nervous of traffic, or accompanying young children – but even experienced cyclists might find an unexplored turnoff from their regular route. Maps available for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling and beyond on Sustrans Scotland’s Explore Edinburgh’s Loops and Links web pages, NB the special maps won’t be available until the Festival starts ;-)

www.edfoc.org.uk/loopsandlinks FREE

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Pedalling past: Edinburgh’s Cycling Heritage START 10:00 - 17:00 Thu-Sat

10:00 - 20:00 Mon-Wed

VENUE 17 C  entral Library,

George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG

This exhibition explores Edinburgh’s cycling heritage through historic photographs and other material from the collections of Edinburgh Libraries and Museums and Galleries. Exhibtion runs throughout June. We hope you will enjoy it. FREE




If you are interested in the image used on the cover of this brochure, it shows members of the Edinburgh University Cycling Club in George Street on the occasion of the Scottish Cycling Meet, Saturday 14th June 1884. Part of the Capital Collections of Edinburgh Libraries, and Museums and Galleries.

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Thursday 11 June

SEStran Commuter Challenge 2015

Le Tour: The Edinburgh Lochs & Castles Tour

START 0  7:00 - 09:00 VENUE 11 Finish at St Andrew Square

START 1  4:30 +18:30 VENUE 15 The Hub, Castlehill,

The aim of the SEStran Commuter Challenge is to show a range of ways to get to Central Edinburgh and the relative times they take. Participants will set off from four departure points around the city by car, bus, train, tram, bicycle, or jogging/walking and head for St Andrew Square for 8:15am, to see which mode is the fastest and causes the least environmental damage.

A three & half hour tour using the Edinburgh cycle paths network. This is a gentle ride with historical commentary and a break in the pub. We visit the Innocent Tunnel, Craigmillar Castle, Dr Neil’s Garden, The Sheep Heid Inn, Duddingston Loch, The Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Scottish Parliament and Our Dynamic Earth.

The departure points are: Ferrytoll, Ingliston, Straiton and Newcraighall (Park and Rides). Each will have a recognised start time and the earliest arrivals from each will receive a prize.

TICKETS Adults: £22 for bike hire and tour, £7 if you bring your own bike Concession: £20 for bike hire and tour, £6 if you bring your own bike. (Food/drink not included).

Come to the finish line before work and see which mode triumphs on each route.

To book please use the Le Tour Edinburgh website, or call/text 0741 564 0296. Tours start from The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh. Payment is taken on the day in cash or by credit card.

EH2 2AD

The Cycle Service will be on hand to tune up bikes. Electric & hybrid cars and drivers kindly supplied by the City Car Club. FREE

www.citycyclingedinburgh.info/SCC

EH1 2NE 

www.letour-edinburgh.com RUNS THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL

Weekdays 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 June at 14:30 + 18:30 Saturdays & Sundays 13, 14, 20, 21 June at 10:00 + 14:30

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Thursday 11 June

Free range MTB: Bikepacking in perspective

The White Bike: A play by Tamara von Werthern

START 1  4:00 VENUE 17 George Washington Browne

START 1  8:30 VENUE 20 Pleasance Cabaret Bar,

After attempts at losing toes during winter mountaineering and at breaking bones during downhill mountain biking, Swiss mountain biker Gian Liesch, mixed disciplines and took up bikepacking (cycle touring off-road). He now tackles technical 10,000 ft summits, riding across mountain chains in summer and winter and taking part in what’s possibly Europe’s toughest MTB race… only to find it’s not all about the bike, but about spending time in and with nature.

The White Bike: a dramatic reading of the new play by Tamara von Werthern. The White Bike addresses the issue of road safety by looking at the personal cost of road death. Being killed in traffic as a pedestrian or cyclist is such a random, senseless death that it could literally happen to anyone. The play is inspired by the case of Eilidh Cairns who was killed by a lorry as she cycled to work. It uses witness statements, personal recollections of family members and years of cycling experience on the streets of London to create a deeply personal portrait of a life cut short too soon.

Room, Central Library George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG

A talk with slides. FREE Spaces limited. Book through the EdFoC website.

60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ

This will be the first time the The White Bike is performed in its full length. TICKETS Adults £7, Concession £6. See EdFoC website for details. discount in combination with Emily Chappell

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That Emily Chappell: A cycle courier takes on the world START 2  0:00 VENUE 20 Pleasance Cabaret Bar,

60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ

A bike messenger with itchy wheels, Emily Chappell has spent the last three years cycling through some of the world’s most remote and inhospitable regions. After an 18-month crossing of Asia, which took her through the badlands of Baluchistan, the Taklamakan desert and the high mountain passes of Qinghai and the Karakoram, she now turns her attention to the American continent, and has just completed a winter journey from Anchorage to Seattle, riding on four-inch tyres through the snow and ice of the Alaska Highway, and camping out at temperatures as low as -40°C. www.thatemilychappell.com TICKETS Adults £8, Concession £6. See EdFoC website for details. discount in combination with The White Bike

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Friday 12 June

Me MySKELF & I

Cycling and the Law

START 1  0:00 VENUE 23 Crags Sports Centre/SKELF,

START 1  4:00 VENUE 17 G  eorge Washington Browne

10 Bowmont Place, EH8 9RY

Fun times for all the family at SKELF bikepark - explore trails, warm your legs up with the Hubstep pedal-powered soundsystem, burn it on the Braidwood Hill Chaser, max your time out on Covert Dirt’s portable pumptrack or simply chill round the BBQ courtesy of BBG. The Bike Station’s Dr Bike will also be in attendance. FREE



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Room, Central Library George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG

Cycle Law Scotland is Scotland’s first award-winning legal service dedicated to representing injured cyclists. Brenda Mitchell, CLS’s founder, has 27 years’ experience as a personal injury lawyer and is a passionate cyclist herself. She will talk about her experience of dealing with compensation claims for injured cyclists on a daily basis, where and why crashes occur, what the courts have decided and why. This is an interactive session so if you have any questions be sure to ask. FREE Spaces are limited. Book through the EdFoC website. www.cycling-accident-compensation.co.uk

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Film: Inspired To Ride START 1  9:00 VENUE TBC On June 7 2014, forty-five cyclists from around the world set out on the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race, following the famed TransAmerica Trail. Their mission was to cover 4,233 miles in one enormous stage race, traversing through ten states in a transcontinental adventure of epic proportions. Four cinematographers, cameras flying in the sky and GoPros galore give the audience an incredibly immersive experience of these cyclists speeding along the TransAmerica Trail while

revealing its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and captivating stories which dot this path of discovery. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Juliana Buhring - female winner of the TransAmerica Race 2014, female winner of the TransContinental Race 2013 & fastest woman round the world 2012. TICKETS Adults ÂŁ8, Concession ÂŁ6. Book through the EdFoC website.

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Saturday 13 June

Capital Trail START 0  8:00 VENUE 7 Portobello Beach

Start/Finish at The Tide Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, 56 Kings Road, Portobello, EH15 1DX

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Welcome the newest addition to the UK and international bikepacking calendar: The Capital Trail. The Capital Trail is a self-supported mountain bike time trial, starting and finishing on Portobello Beach in Edinburgh. This is not a race but a +200 Km independent expedition for everyone taking part. With about 6000m of climbing, including hike and bike sections, this is the perfect challenge for expert mountain bikers with bikepacking experience. All that will be provided is a breakfast, a GPS file and inspiration. You have to complete the entire route under your own power, without any support, using only commercial services that are available to all challengers.

through some very remote but beautiful places and shows you the best trails around Edinburgh. It features beaches, superb singletrack, Land Rover tracks, quiet roads, cycle paths and much more.

The route is quintessentially Scottish: tough, rugged and scenic at the same time, and although it doesn’t venture far from the city, the Capital Trail takes you

TICKETS ÂŁ15 (incl. breakfast) Registration: www.capitaltrail.eventbrite.co.uk

The inaugural ride will take place as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. There are no prizes, but all riders that complete the loop in less than 40 hours will be added to the ride records list. After the festival riders can post an individual time to be added to the records list. Entries for the mass start will be limited to 100 riders. For more information and a GPS file of the route visit www.fearlessandunique. wordpress.com/capital-trail


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Saturday 13 June

Edinburgh to St Andrews Cycle Ride START 09:00 VENUE 3 Inverleith Park, EH3 5NZ Each year around 1,000 cyclists participate in this ride which takes place over the 68 miles between Edinburgh and St Andrews. The ride takes a lovely route through the Fife hills, with well organised refreshment stops to assist you on your way. Now in its 36th year, the well-known Edinburgh to St Andrews Ride is great fun for all the family.

The deadline for registration online is Wednesday 10th June – however, you can still register in person from 8.00am on the morning of the event at the starting point. TICKETS Adult registration £10.00 Child/Concession registration £5.00 Return bus ticket £15.00 (with your bike) www.lepra.org.uk/Event/cycleedinburgh-st-andrews

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Bike Curious Family Workshop

MY Adventure – Adult Commuter Course

START 1  0:00 VENUE 27 S  ciennes Primary School,

START 1  0:00 VENUE 1 Cyclone: Gypsy Brae

10 Sciennes Road. EH9 1LG

West Shore Road, EH4 4NL

Do you know your trailer from your tagalong and your bike seat from your bakfiets? Would you like to transport your family by bike but just don’t know where to start – or are you looking to graduate from a bike seat to a trailer or a tandem? Worried a new addition to the family might put a crimp in your pedalling style? Come along and meet experienced cycling families to try out various solutions and get the real low down on cycling with kids. 10-12 at Sciennes Primary school, followed by a ‘kidical mass’ family ride around the Meadows.

Adult Commuter Course – Edinburgh is a fantastic city for cycling, especially for work. Join us on a fully accredited Cycling Scotland Commuter Course, where you will learn safe travel in traffic and have a fun journey in the city! FREE For further information, www.myadventure.org.uk

FREE See EdFoC website for details. 

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Saturday 13 June

Cycle Speedway ‘Come and Try’ Family Day

Women’s Cycle Forum (WCF)

START 1  1:00 VENUE 4 R  edbraes Park, EH7 4LQ

START 19:00 VENUE 21  Teviot Row House,

Cycle speedway racing takes place on an oval blaze track where four riders compete over four adrenalin-packed laps on bikes with no brakes and no gears! If you can ride a bike you can Cycle Speedway! Watch demonstration rides by members of thethe Edinburgh Falcons Cycle Speedway club and then have a go yourself. Children will be coached on riding cycle speedway bikes before taking part in practice training races. Bikes and helmets will be provided (but bring your own helmet along if you can). Long sleeves, long trousers/leggings and gloves strongly recommended. Under-fives will probably be too short for the smallest of our bikes but if you want to bring them along with a bike of their own then please do so and they can join in. This is Not a learn-to-ride-a-bike opportunity and all riders should be confident cyclists. No race experience is necessary. The sessions will be supervised by a British Cycling coach who holds a current outdoor first aid qualification. Spills are part of the thrills but rarely result in more than dirty clothes and a wee graze here and there. FREE www.edinburghfalcons.com

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13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ

Women are changing the narrative, and not just in cycling. After last year’s successful launch, the Women’s Cycle Forum is back for an evening of discussion, inspiration and networking open to all. This year we’ll be hearing from women from successful campaigns about how they ‘changed the record’ and make a difference to their worlds – and then consider together how we can build a better one of our own. Whether you ride a bike for transport, fun or sport, or work in cycling in any way, come ready to learn and to talk about what we can all do to make a difference across the cycling world. Come away inspired, informed – and challenged – to ‘build a better world’. TICKETS £5 via the EdFoC website and on the door.


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Sunday 14 June

MY Adventure – Family Guided Cycle

Laid Back Sunday Tour / Try Out - Ligfiets Zondag

START 1  0:00 VENUE 1 Cyclone: Gypsy Brae,

START 10:00 - 15:30 VENUE 26 L  aid Back Bikes,

West Shore Road, EH4 4NL

Bring the family to join us on an inclusive cycle along Cramond seafront. We can provide bikes to a range of ages, just get in touch first and we will sort it out! FREE For further information, www.myadventure.org.uk

28 Marchmont Crescent, EH9 1HG

Join a friendly, short ride to the coast with a chance to see and try out a variety of recumbent bikes, trikes, tandems and loadbikes/bakfiets on the Silverknowes promenade. Meet 10:00 for 10:30 departure at Laid Back Bikes. We’ll be set up at the Silverknowes Café (EH4 5ES) from 12pm where you can enjoy a snack between test rides. Mechanical support from The Bicycle Works. Lunch is not included but we will have free CEC Edinburgh cycling maps for everyone. You are welcome to bring your own bike and accompany the ride (free), or email laidback@blueyonder.co.uk to rent a bike for the day (£17 per bike / numbers limited / credit card or ID to be left). FREE

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Edinburgh Belles on Bikes & Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative 15:15 ride START 1  0.30 VENUE 28 Outside Commonwealth Pool

(corner Dalkeith Rd/Holyrood Park Rd), EH16 5BB

This two-part led ride around Edinburgh shows off the fantastic low-traffic roads and off-road path networks you can use to get around and about the city. You can join the ride for the whole 30 miles, or decide to stop after the first 15 miles – we’ll return to the start for lunch/ cake between the two halves.

Belles on Bikes is a developing network of women’s cycling groups across Scotland. The Edinburgh Belles have been providing informal, friendly and relaxed rides for the last year, with a membership of 200+ and growing. Find the Edinburgh Belles on Twitter @EdinburghBelles and Facebook. Bring: roadworthy bike, spare inner tube, water, snacks and money for the allimportant lunch/cake stop. Free Dr. Bike by the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative before the start. FREE Registration via EdFoC website

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Venues & Ride starting points

13 Russell Road ramp

2 Timberbush, Leith

14 Allan McDougall Solicitors

3 Inverleith Park

15 The Hub, Castle Hill

4 Redbraes Park

16 Edinburgh City Chambers

5 Griffen Fitness

17 Central Library

6 Leith Cycle Co

18 Run4It, Lothian Road

7 The Tide Art Gallery and Coffee Shop

19 Augustine United Church

8 Musselburgh (tbc)

20 Pleasance Cabaret Bar

9 Brotique, Queen Street

21 Teviot Row House, Bristo Square

10 Royal College of Physicians 11 St Andrew Square

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12 Corstorphine Scout Hall

1 Cyclone: Gypsy Brae

22 T he Cycle Service, West Richmond St


23 Crags Sports Centre/SKELF 24 Biketrax, Lochrin Place 25 Middle Meadow Walk 26 Laid Back Bikes 27 Sciennes Primary School 28 Commonwealth Pool (outside) 29 Bike Station, Causewayside 30 Currie RFC (Balerno) 31 St Joseph’s Centre, Balerno

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2014

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Monday 15 June

Bamboo Bicycle Building Workshop

Guided Cycle Tour to the Bridges

START 10:00 VENUE 29 T  he Bike Station,

START 10:00 VENUE 2 12C Timberbush,

Ever wanted to build your own bike from scratch? Well here is your chance! The Bamboo Bicycle Club are teaming up with the Bike Station to offer the you the chance to build your own bespoke bamboo bicycle.

This 5-hour, 42 Km cycle tour starts in the heart of Edinburgh’s port, Leith. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants for a pre or post-ride snack. We are heading on a beautiful route out of town to the north west, following the shoreline of the Firth of Forth towards the iconic Forth Road and Forth Railway bridges and the picturesque town of South Queensferry. We pass by Lauriston Castle, a sensitively-restored Edwardian stately home, cycle along the seaside promenade of Cramond, into the Dalmeny Estate and right past Dalmeny House, a gothic mansion set in wooded parkland housing a collection of 16th to 19th century art. Riding across the Forth Road Bridge is a fantastic experience. We may cross the bridge (time/weather permitting) hundreds of feet above the Firth of Forth in traffic-free safety. We’ll stop at South Queensferry for a snack (not included) then head back to town.

250 Causewayside EH9 1UU

Further details & contacts: Please see www.edfoc.org.uk TICKETS

TBC - TWO DAY EVENT

Leith, EH6 6QH

More information from Edinburgh Bike Tours. www.edinburghbiketours.co.uk TICKETS £40 - over 16 years old only.

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Also on Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 June


Monday Mechanics

Spokes Public Meeting on Bike/Rail

START 18:00 VENUE 1 Cyclone: Gypsy Brae,

START 19:30 VENUE 19 A  ugustine United Church,

West Shore Road, EH4 4NL

41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL

Want to know what is going to happen when the Dutch operator Abellio takes over Scottish rail networks? Come and hear about their plans for accommodating bikes on trains, bike parking at stations and other key ways in which cycling can be integrated. Presentations also by Transform Scotland, Borders Rail Campaign, and others. Join us for a lively evening of presentations, discussion, refreshments and a Spokes stall. Start the week at Cyclone: Gypsy Brae Workshop and fix, tune or just play with your bike. Get free hands-on expert advice and use of tools. Whether to learn how to fix a puncture, strip a hub or just drink coffee and eat cake whilst talking mechanics, the Monday sessions are open to all. There will be no sign-up or booking in advance, just turn up at Gypsy Brae on the day. The mechanic Mondays would be a good opportunity to do simple maintenance on your bike and learn new skills while at the same time getting to see a fantastic cycle track (Cyclone Bike track). Brought to you by My Adventure. FREE www.myadventure.org.uk Charges apply for parts if purchased.

18:45 doors open for chat, tea/coffee and Spokes stall. FREE

www.spokes.org.uk 

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Tuesday 16 June

Family guided cycle ride START 11:00 VENUE 2 12 Timber Bush,

Edinburgh EH6 6QH

A family-friendly 2 hour, 13 km (8 mile) cycle tour that starts in the heart of Edinburgh’s port, the vibrant and buzzing Leith. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants for a pre or post ride snack. Leith is where the Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed. We start with a short introduction covering the rules of the road and some safety tips. We then set off from Leith on the cycle track that was a railway line serving the docks in the past. We follow the Water of Leith cycle way to Canonmills, at one time the centre of Edinburgh’s milling industry. We leave the cycle way and go on a minor road past Edinburgh’s stunning Botanic gardens, established here in 1820 and well worth a visit. We cycle onwards through Inverleith Park along a splendid tree lined avenue with Fettes College ahead. We turn out of the park and back onto the cycle path, then returning gently downhill all the way to Leith. More information from Edinburgh Bike Tours. www.edinburghbiketours.co.uk TICKETS Adults £25 Children (4-15 years) £12.50

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You’ve had a cycling accident – what next?

An Evening at the Proms ride

START 13:00 VENUE 14 Allan McDougall Solicitors,

START 18:15 VENUE 13 R  ussell Road ramp,

19,000 cyclists are injured in UK reported road accidents annually. Many don’t claim compensation. Why not? What prevents them? Why is that bad for other cyclists? How would you go about making a claim? Legal expert Julie Harris will give you the low down in her short talk.

Had a rubbish day at work? Wind down with a ride along a route linking Cramond and Portobello. Mooted as the ‘Boardwalk’ route in the original Waterfront proposal, the remaining parts of this route should be a priority for improvement over the next few years.

3 Coates Crescent, EH3 7AL

Sponsored by Allan McDougall Solicitors. FREE

www.allanmcdougall.co.uk

EH12 5HY

For this short ride you’ll be in the capable hands of Liz Farnworth. The route is varied and takes in the trafficfree prom at Silverknowes with great views over the Forth to Fife. The middle section involves some road riding as we thread through historic Leith. The last section is mainly traffic-free on the recently improved Leith Links to Seafield path which leads to Portobello prom. To finish we’ll be heading up into Marchmont where participants are welcome to park their bikes and have a refreshment and snack at the Argyle Bar. Places are limited to 16 riders and all types of bikes are welcome. Please ensure your bike is in good shape. FREE



Places are limited. Email: laid-back@blueyonder.co.uk or text 07981 430159 to book your place.

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Tuesday 16 June

Brompton Fold-Fest!

‘Fit to Ride’ workshop

START 1  8:30 VENUE 24 Biketrax Cycle Shop,

START 1  8:30 - 20:00 VENUE 5 Griffen Fitness,

11 – 13 Lochrin Place, EH3 9QX

How fast can you fold a Brompton bicycle? Who will fold a Brompton bike in the quickest time? Come along to Biketrax, the Edinburgh Brompton dealer, to test your folding skills! Bikes will be supplied! Prizes will be awarded to the top three fastest times, with a trophy going to the person with the fastest time. Last year’s most rapid time was 10.82 seconds, by Becky Taylor, so get practising and try and beat it. Refreshments will be served for everyone who turns up, to fold or just to watch. FREE

www.biketrax.co.uk/

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3 Balfour Street, EH6 5BY

You look after your bike but do you look after the engine? This is an informative and interactive workshop led by personal trainer and keen cyclist Tracy Griffen, about how you can keep yourself in tip-top condition through effective nutrition and exercise. Healthy nibbles provided. Get fit to ride! TICKETS £10 Book with Griffen Fitness. Email: tracy@griffenfitness.com or call 07743 741 088 www.griffenfitness.com


Very Beginner’s Bike Maintenance START 1  9:30 VENUE 22 The Cycle Service,

50 West Richmond Street, EH8 9DZ

Don’t know your pedals from your pump or your stem from your saddle? Then this class is for you. We will start with names of parts of the bike and work from there, including how to safety check a bike and fix a puncture. Only 4 spaces per class, so get in touch to book.

Supported by SEStran

TICKETS £5 from The Cycle Service. Please note: Bookings will open on 1 June 2015. Tel: 0131 662 9243 Also on 18 June www.thecycleservice.co.uk

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Wednesday 17 June

Spokes’ Bike Breakfast START 0  7:45 VENUE 16 Edinburgh City Chambers,

253 High Street, EH1 1YJ

Spokes’ Bike Breakfast is free to all who arrive by bike. Watch out for details of a few rides to help you get there. Food and drink may run out so best to arrive early. There will be the usual range of stalls, speeches, security marking and servicing for your bike, to keep you entertained. It is also a great opportunity to meet and make friends among like-minded people. FREE

www.spokes.org.uk

Bike Breakfast Panorama © Rebecca Taylor

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‘The Artist’s Route ‘ – Glasgow to Edinburgh Via Buckingham Palace and various stops in between….

START 1  4:00 VENUE 17 George Washington Browne

Room, Central Library George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG

Born in Glasgow, Christine Thomson DA -The Papercut Artist, has held a passion for drawing all her life. From her first poetry illustration in primary five, to a pen and ink of her Raleigh bicycle as a GSA portfolio piece, to designing the Commonwealth Games papercut and the invitation to the Queen’s Baton Relay launch: The commemorative papercut for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is her latest piece…


Christine will illuminate her talk with examples of her illustrations and laser papercuts.

www.thepapercutartist.com

FREE Spaces limited. Book through the EdFoC website.

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Wednesday 17 June

Shannon Galpin: Pedalling a Revolution START 1  9:00 VENUE 10 Royal College of Physicians

of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, EH2 1JQ

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and activist Shannon Galpin was the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan, a country where women are not allowed to ride. Believing that bikes are a vehicle for social justice, Shannon has challenged gender barriers on her singlespeed mountain bike throughout Afghanistan as she sought to understand the cultural taboo that prevents girls for riding bikes. She has spent seven years working on various projects to empower women and girls and most recently has been supporting the first generation of women riding bikes as part of the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team and other small clubs. TICKETS Adults £8, Concession £6 Available via EdFoC website or on the door (unless sold out) www.shannongalpin.com

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Thursday 18 June

The Brotique Pop-Up Fixie Shop

King of Kaimes Hill Climb & Barbecue

START 10:00 VENUE 9 The Brotique, 39 Queen

START 18:30 VENUE 12 Corstorphine Scout Hall,

Street, EH2 3NH

Quintessential gentlemen’s store The Brotique invites its favourite cycling shops from around Edinburgh for a pop-up of Dr Bike sessions. Based within the city centre, The Brotique has a free drop-in service to get your bike checked as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. FREE www.thebrotique.co.uk Charges apply for parts if purchased. Also on 19, 20 & 21 June

Corstorphine Road (immediately West of Forestry Commission), EH12 7AR

Take on Edinburgh’s toughest brae to be crowned King or Queen of Kaimes Road in Corstorphine. Whether competing or spectating, there’s a barbecue for all after the action has taken place at the Race HQ – designed to be fun for spectators and racers. Sign on from 18:30-18:45, first rider off 19:00. Barbecue from 20:00. Prizes for King, Queen, Prince and Princess (Juniors). Also prize-draw for all competitors. No licence required – open to all abilities. Entries/tickets from Hart’s Cyclery. www.harts-cyclery.co.uk TICKETS Race & BBQ £8, BBQ Only £5

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STOP PRESS POSTPONED TO AUTUMN 2015

Cycle Chic Fashion Show START 18:30 VENUE 0 TBC

Edinburgh’s first Cycle Chic Fashion Show, in association with the Social Tailor. There are Cycle Chic Fashion Shows around the world, so we thought wouldn’t it be cool to have one in Edinburgh? After all, if Dublin can do it why not Edinburgh? Check EdFoC website for updates

Fraser Cartmell - the life of an Ironman triathlete START 19:30 VENUE 18 Run4it, 108-110 Lothian

Road, EH3 9BE

Multiple Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Champion Fraser Cartmell talks about his experiences of professional triathlon racing. The talk will cover topics such as planning your race schedule, training, nutrition, and dealing with disappointing results. There will also be a short QnA session at the end. TICKETS £5, Concession £4 See EdFoC website for details. www.run4it.com

Image © Jason Mrachina

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Friday 19 June

Crags All Ability Bikes

At Home in the Bushes

START 1  0:00 - 15:00 VENUE 23 Crags Sports Centre/SKELF,

START 1  4:00 VENUE 17 G  eorge Washington Browne

A great opportunity to find a bike or trike that works for you, whatever your ability. This year we’re welcoming adapted cycling specialists Get Cycling CiC from York. They’ll be bringing a range of machines including tandems, trikes, a quadricycle, a handcycle and a wheelchair transporter. Add to this Get Cycling’s friendly and knowledgeable staff and we reckon you won’t have a better chance to find out just what is possible under your own power or with assistance. This range will be augmented with a couple of recumbent trikes from Laid Back Bikes. Look in and enjoy a day of cycling diversity. Snacks from Donald – well known for his catering at Southside Community Centre.

A twenty minute talk from Thompson Crowley, the author of the travel book ‘At Home in the Bushes’. Enjoy his tales about the joys of cycling, the rush of the road, the wonder and awe of the scenery that passes you by, and how cycling and wild camping can save the world.

10 Bowmont Place, EH8 9RY

Room, Central Library George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG

FREE Spaces limited. Book through the EdFoC website.

Starting from the Crags Community Sports Centre (accessible toilets), this is an event open to all, but the bikes will be sized for adults or teenagers. There will be a variety of adaptable bikes and trikes available. Keep up to date on the Crags all ability bikes Facebook page. Supported by Laid Back Bikes and SEStran. FREE

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Bike Films at Balerno Village Screen START 1  9:30 VENUE 31 B  alerno Village Screen,

St Joseph’s Centre, Balerno, EH14 7DZ

Danny Macaskill’s ‘The Ridge’, a ten minute short – sure you may have seen it on YouTube but have you seen it on the big screen? This will be followed by the main feature: “Rising from Ashes”. A feature-length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds, both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. FREE - FUNDED BY DONATION Screenings are free to attend but are funded by donation. Please reserve tickets in advance on the Balerno Village Screen website. www.balernovillagescreen.com/

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Friday 19 June

The Edinburgh Night Ride START 2  3:00 VENUE 6 Outside Leith Cycle Co,

276 Leith Walk, EH6 5B

Ever wondered what it’s like to cycle through the night, on quiet roads? The ride (approx. 60 miles/100 km) takes place around the summer solstice, with groups accompanied by experienced ride leaders. We’ll be making our way along a new mystery route through scenic East Lothian at an easy pace, with a rest stop and refreshments around half way, before heading back into town to finish with breakfast. Leith Cycle Co. will again provide mechanical support. In its first year, the ride was described as a ‘magical experience’ despite the downpours, the second year was dry and we were told it was even better, so we are doing it again. For the last two years this ride has sold out well in advance, early registration is recommended if you want to guarantee a place. TICKETS £25 (includes two meals). Over 16 years old only. See EdFoC website for booking details. Supported by

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Image © JuliaL via Flickr


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Saturday 20 June

Pentlands Pursuit – MTB Treasure Hunt START 0  9:00 VENUE 30 C  urrie RFC, Balerno,

EH14 7AF

Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering bring you a challenge of strategy, fitness, navigation and luck. 30 checkpoints, 30 sqkm, up to 3 hours to collect as many as you can. No fixed route, you decide where to ride and how far to go. Ride solo or as a pair. Cake & Soup included. Family Event (under 16s with adult supervision). Registration opens 08:30 TICKETS £20 entry on the day (or in advance for a discount Adult/standard £18, Concession £9) See website for details www.smbo.org.uk

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Sunday 21 June

Women, Read and Ride on Tour START 1  4:30 VENUE 25 Middle Meadow Walk, at

crossroads with North Meadows Walk, beside NCN Marker Love bikes and books? We do, too! Come and join us for a literary tour of Edinburgh by bike, celebrating cycling writing by women. The ride will cover no more than 5-6 miles by bike, and there will be some readings, conversation and a very good chance of cake‌ All welcome! FREE See EdFoC website for details. Cake not included!

Learn, then Ride START 1  0:00 VENUE 27 Sciennes Primary School,

10 Sciennes Road. EH9 1LG If you want to get out and ride but lack confidence, or are not sure how to start, come and join us for a friendly and accessible cycling session. Designed for the female novice or non-cyclist, this relaxed workshop (10:00-12:00) can be tailored to those attending, aiming to build confidence and develop skill level. The session will be run by a qualified female cycle trainer and then followed by a led ride around the Meadows or nearby area. We can provide a bike, so just come along and give it a try! Part of Women on Wheels. FREE Spaces limited. Registation required. See EdFoC website for details.

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Sunday 21 June

Two great Audaxes to choose from... Honest Toun Daunder 100 Km Audax

Honest Toun Dawdle 50 Km Audax

START 10:00 VENUE 8 Musselburgh

START 11:00 VENUE 8 Musselburgh

We are pleased to announce not one but two new Audax rides, the 50 km Honest Toun Dawdle and the 100 Km Honest Toun Daunder through East Lothian. If you have never tried an Audax before, these are an ideal introduction to this challenging form of non-competitive cycle sport, as they are relatively short in Audax terms (where several 100s of Km are ‘normal’ distances). The rides are unsupported in that you make your own way, there are no signposts or mechanical support but there will be some experienced cyclists on the route to help, if required. The challenge is to complete the distance within a predefined time limit, which requires a minimum speed of 10 Km/h (including any stops you choose to make along the way). Both events will start and finish in Musselburgh, where refreshments will be provided upon completion. Starting and finishing in Musselburgh the 100 Km will start at 10:00 and the 50 Km at 11:00. ENTRY FEE £10 individuals, £20 family Further information on the events and how to book will appear on the EdFoC website around early May. www.aukweb.net

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EDINBURGH FESTIVAL OF CYCLING JUNE 2015...

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The EdFoC team The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling brought to you by, Edinburgh Festival of Cycling - board members: Kim Harding, Caroline Brown, Ulli Harding and Gregor Angus. With the assistance of Markus Stitz and Ged Walls. Programme design & layout by Vantage Creative Solutions. Printed in Scotland by www.jtcp.co.uk on 120gsm Edixion Challenger Offset.

General Information

Booking information and contact details are provided for each event in the programme and on www.edfoc.org.uk. For rides, please contact the relevant organiser with any specific ride-related questions you may have. All rides’ end times are approximate and will of course depend on the speed of the group. Events are listed in date order, from the start of the festival, Thursday 11 June, right through to the end on Sunday 21 June. Please note the printed programme may be subject to change. Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Ltd.

Probably the best place in Edinburgh to get your bike fixed! The Bicycle Works offer a professional, friendly and efficient cycle repair service. Whatever you ride, we’ve got the skills to keep it on the road!

cannot be held liable for such changes to the programme, please check online at www.edfoc.org.uk to ensure you have the latest information. Also, extra events (too late for the printers) will be added to the online programme. If you have any questions about accessibility to venues, please email us at info@edfoc.org.uk and we will check individual venues for you. If there is an event you’d like to see in 2016, why not get in touch and be part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling?

EDINBURGH BIKE FITTING

If you’re uncomfortable on your bike, looking for a new one, or want an edge over the competition we can help. Edinburgh Bike Fitting is Scotland’s premier bike fitting service. Our fitter is accredited by Retül and holds two degrees in sport science, having worked with cyclists of all abilities, from beginners to national champions. 28 - 30 Marchmont Crescent Edinburgh EH9 1HG T: 07411 195119

Tel: 0131 228 8820 29-30 Argyle Place, Edinburgh EH9 1JJ Mon-Fri: 08.00-20.00 | Sat-Sun: 10.00-18.00

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Urban Arrow.

Your two wheeled family car. Switch on to the fully integrated, award winning range of cargo and family bikes from Urban Arrow. Equipped with a Bosch 250w crank drive motor you’ll be able to safely carry your children, shopping or luggage with the real feel of cycling, no sweat. The Family Elektro (or Cargo) builds on the best of Dutch ‘bakfiets’ design and adds a whole range of neat touches. This tough, versatile machine can take what any city throws at. Release the built in parking lock, rock off its convenient kick stand and choose any route you like - including the steepest hills.

The enclosed Bosch system has four power settings with a lithium battery locked away under the seat. Power use is highly economic and a full battery easily covers a day of start-stop city use. Built in lights and computer make this one of the most complete family/load bikes around. Top your Urban Arrow off with a secure box cover or a rain tent and you have a truly versatile machine. Enjoy the user-friendly, low maintenance NuVinci gearing hub with infinitely variable settings. Choose hydraulic disc brakes for extra stopping power Take a test spin at your local dealer soon. See web for details.

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Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2015 Programme  

48 page booklet covering the cycling related events taking place in Edinburgh between 11th June and 21st June 2015. The Edinburgh Festival o...

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2015 Programme  

48 page booklet covering the cycling related events taking place in Edinburgh between 11th June and 21st June 2015. The Edinburgh Festival o...

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