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Welcome 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the first recognised cycle ride - when Karl Drais rode his new invention to the pub. This momentous occasion needs to be celebrated, so it is only fitting that the 5th edition of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling showcases all aspects of cycle culture, including its rich history. The simple act of cycling can change lives and transform places, we have “Mr Guardian Bike Blog”, Peter Walker, talking about How Cycling Can Save the World, Rebecca Lowe pedalling against prejudice, Michael Hutchinson reflecting on 200 years on two wheels, and Cycologic: changing the world one bicycle at a time Amanda Ngabirano, the woman bringing Dutch style infrastructure to Africa. If you want to try out something new, how about a spin round the velodrome, testing an e-bike, a treasure hunt by bike, pootle between bookshops, or ride through the night? Kim Harding, Festival Director. @edfoc edfoc

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Thursday 8 June

Friday 9 June 10:00 Scottish Bike Touring Guided rides: Innocent Railway and Rosslyn Chapel

07:00 SEStran Commuter Challenge 2017 10:00 Scottish Bike Touring Guided rides: the Waterways of Edinburgh

12:00 All-ability Bike Centre open doors 14:00 Cycle 750 – Edinburgh to London, the Hard Way!

18:30 Fitness and Nutrition Hacks for Weekend Warriors

18:30 A year in the saddle, breaking Billie Fleming’s record

19:00 ERC presents Thereabouts 3

Tuesday 13 June

18:30 Women’s only bike clinic: Feel confident and safe on your bike 19:30 Very Beginners’ Bike Maintenance 20:00 Bikepacking Tibet and other adventures

10:00 Bike Curious Family Workshop 10:00 Meadowbank Velodrome Taster 10:30 Edinburgh Belles on Bikes ride

The Big Weekend Check the website for times and dates.

20:00 Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World

10:30 Real Cycle Tours: Edinburgh Seaside Tour

Saturday 10 June

Wednesday 14 June 12:00 All-ability Bike Centre open doors

Thursday 15 June

14:00 The Rickshaw Chronicles

07:45 Spokes Bike Breakfast

18:00 Night / Day MTB

10:30 Real Cycle Tours: Three Bridge Tour

18:30 King of Kaimes Hill Climb 2017 and Barbecue 19:30 Spokes Public meeting Tackling Road Danger

19:00 Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland’s Pecha-Caka 19:30 Very Beginners’ Bike Maintenance

Image: Rebecca Lowe

Sunday 11 June

Monday 12 June

Big Weekend Exploring by bike: debate

10:00 The Big Meander

Big Weekend Resilience. An Exploration

10:00 All-ability Bike Centre ride to the beach

Big Weekend 10:00 - 16:00 Bicycle Seismographs Workshop Big Weekend Pedalling against prejudice Big Weekend Unicycling across England

Big Weekend 10:00 - 16:00 Cycling in Virtual Reality

14:00 - 16:30 Women’s Read, Ride, Write Tour

20:00 The Freedom Machine: Woman’s Early Use of the Bicycle

Saturday 17 June

14:00 Cycling and the Law

11:00 Electric Bike Test ride day 2017

19:30 Balerno Village Screen presents: Bicycle Thieves

14:00 Mountain bike skills session

23:00 The Edinburgh Night Ride 2017

18:30 Re:Cyclists: 200 Years on Two Wheels

All BIG WEEKEND events will take place at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Big Weekend Going the middle distance:

Friday 16 June

14:00 Cycling and tram injuries in Edinburgh

15:00 Giro d’Italia: il Vino 19:00 Ride to the Sun 2017

Sunday 18 June 09:15 Ridequality epic 10:00 Backflips, Breakbeats and Burgers 10:30 Laid Back’s Sunday Ride and Park - a most diverse bike event TBC Cycologic: changing the world one bicycle at a time TBC Kayabike: give us wheels not wings

Family 13. Bike Curious Family Workshop 37. Backflips, Breakbeats and Burgers

Rides 05. Capital Trail 2017 05. Tour de Forth 07. Scottish Bike Touring Guided rides: the Waterways of Edinburgh 09. Scottish Bike Touring Guided rides: Innocent Railway and Rosslyn Chapel 15. Edinburgh Belles on Bikes & Edinburgh Bicycle Coop ride 18. All-ability Bike Centre ride to the beach 24. Real Cycle Tours Edinburgh Seaside Tour 26. Night / Day MTB 29. Real Cycle Tours: Three Bridges Tour 33. The Original Edinburgh Night Ride 35. Ride to the Sun 2017 36. Ridequality epic 37. Laid Back’s Sunday Ride and Park a most diverse bike event

Workshops 07.  Fitness and Nutrition Hacks for Weekend Warriors 15.  Bicycle Seismographs Workshop 17. Cycling in Virtual Reality 24. Women’s only bike clinic: Feel confident and safe on your bike 25. Very Beginners Bike Maintenance 30. Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland’s Pecha-Caka 34. Mountain bike skills session

Other 09. All-ability Bike Centre open doors 13. Exploring by bike: debate 27. Spokes Public meeting - Tackling Road Danger 29. Spokes Bike Breakfast

Talks 08. Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World 10. Cycle 750 – Edinburgh to London, the Hard Way! 10. A year in the saddle, breaking Billie Fleming’s record 14. Resilience. An Exploration - What, Where, How 16. Pedalling against prejudice: one woman’s journey through the Middle East 16. Unicycling across England C2C 17. Going the middle distance: tales of a tri-er 22. Cycling and tram injuries in Edinburgh 22. “Re:Cyclists: 200 Years on Two Wheels 23. The Freedom Machine: Woman’s Early Use of the Bicycle 25. Bikepacking Tibet and other adventures 26. The Rickshaw Chronicles 31. Cycling and the Law 38. Cycologic: changing the world one bicycle at a time

Art, Culture & Films 08. ERC presents Thereabouts 3 19. Women’s Read, Ride, Write Tour 31. Balerno Village Screen presents: Bicycle Thieves 35. Giro d’Italia: il Vino 38. Kayabike: give us wheels not wings

Competition 06.  SEStran Commuter Challenge 2017 18. The Big Meander 27. King of Kaimes Hill Climb 2017 and Barbecue

Come and try 14. Meadowbank Velodrome Taster 34. Electric Bike Test ride day 2017


Friday 3 + Saturday 4 June


4 Images: Markus Stitz

Friday 3 + Saturday 4 June

Capital Trail 2017

Tour de Forth Sportive


Times 9:00-17:00, 4 June VENUE 11 Ingliston Show Ground

0  8:00-20:00, 3-4 June (inc overnight) VENUE 6 Tide Café, Portobello Beach, EH15 1DX The Capital Trail is an Individual Mountain Bike Time Trial, the perfect challenge for experienced mountain bikers and bikepackers. Voted by as ‘Best New Trail‘ in 2015, it packs in ~6000m climbing over 150 miles and offers splendid views over the Lothians and Borders with an amazing variety of singletrack, Land Rover tracks, forest roads and quiet country lanes. Although it doesn’t venture far from the city, the Capital Trail takes you through some very remote and beautiful places. The route is designed to be ridden clockwise with an overnight stop. Riders do need to be prepared, and should see this as an independent expedition which promises plenty of rewards.

EH28 8NB

The route of the Tour de Forth charity cycle sportive (97.3 km) starts and finishes at Ingliston and goes around the River Forth, taking in the two bridges along the way. Challenge yourself on the hilly first half, but remember to save something for the return leg. This event raises money for Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids and Mercy Corps, with all funds raised split equally between these great causes. £25 (early bird) £35 (from May 1st) 16+

More information and entry at £20


Thursday 8 June

SEStran Commuter Challenge 2017 Times 0  7:00 - 09:00 VENUE 4 Finish at St Andrew Square, EH2 1AF The SEStran Commuter Challenge showcases a range of modes of transport for travelling into 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 on foot and head to St Andrew Square for around 08:00, to see which mode is the fastest and causes the least environmental damage. The four departure points this year are: Ocean Terminal, Ingliston, Straiton and Newcraighall, and the earliest arrivals from each start will receive a prize. Contact if you are interested in taking part, or come and watch the race to the finish line. The Costa Coffee will be open for hot drinks. Free


Scottish Bike Touring Guided rides The Waterways of Edinburgh

Fitness and Nutrition Hacks for Weekend Warriors


Times 18:30-20:00 VENUE 2 Griffen Fitness, EH6 5BY

10:00-14:00 Also Saturday 10, Monday 12, Wednesday 14, Friday 16, Sunday 18 VENUE 13 Haymarket Station, EH12 5EY Join Scottish Bike Touring at Haymarket Station for a ride along the Union Canal to the Water of Leith Visitor Centre. Spend some time at the centre before following the Water of Leith to the sea, finishing at Victoria Bridge. Distance: 10 miles Suitable for hybrid or touring bikes

Would you like to get out on your two wheels more often but lack time? This interactive workshop is a compilation of highly effective ‘hacks’, tricks and tips to keep you in shape in between bike rides. From simple strength exercises to stretches you can do at your desk, plus an in-depth discussion on fuelling techniques (nutrition) and hydration. Join us for this small interactive workshop with a Q & A at the end, and plentiful free healthy nibbles... £10



Thursday 8 June

ERC presents Thereabouts 3

Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World

Times 1  9:00 – 20:30 VENUE 18 Cameo Cinema, EH3 9LZ


Join us for a rare chance to see Aussie pro-cyclist brothers Lachlan and Gus Morton return to the big screen, with their film about cycling in Colombia. The film catalogues an epic ride through the brothers’ eyes, where they discover how and why Colombia has produced some of the world’s best cyclists.

Peter Walker is a political correspondent for the Guardian, and for the past five years has co-run its award-winning Bike Blog. His new book Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World explores how mass cycling makes cities and communities happier, healthier, more equal and built around the needs of human beings rather than speeding metal boxes.

All profits from this event will be split equally between Qhubeka, the South African charity that donates bikes to the less fortunate, and supporting the ERC Juniors’ squad. £10 Adult £6.50 Child

20:00-21:00 TBC

Peter will give a short talk about the book and its background and will follow this with a discussion session for questions and comment. £10 Adult £9 Concession


Friday 9 June

Scottish Bike Touring Guided Rides Innocent Railway and Rosslyn Chapel Times

10:00-15:00 Also Sunday 11, Tuesday 13, Thursday 15, Saturday 17 VENUE 7 Start and finish outside the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, EH99 1SP Join Scottish Bike Touring at the Scottish Parliament for a tour that follows the Innocent Railway out to Roslin and the chapel made famous by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code. Chapel entrance fee included in the price. Spend 1 hour at the chapel before heading back to the start.

All-ability Bike Centre Open Doors Times

12:00-16:00 Also Tuesday 13 (same time) VENUE 1 Bangholm Outdoor Centre, EH6 4RJ

Come along and see what we do at the Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre. Have a go on the adaptive bikes and find out how to get involved as a rider, a volunteer or how to organise group sessions Free

Distance: 28 miles Suitable for hybrids or mountain bikes ÂŁ35 Image: Andy Catlin


Friday 9 June

Cycle 750 – Edinburgh to London, the Hard Way! Times 1  4:00-15:00 VENUE 10 G  eorge Washington Browne

Room, Central Library, EH1 1EG

In 2016, Ken Reid rode from Edinburgh to London, the hard way, via Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff. As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, Ken did it on the back of a tandem! Ken is blind and was supported by a relay of volunteer pilots to get him round the British Isles. All the pilots were strangers to Ken at the start of the ride, and his story demonstrates the trust that blind people place in strangers every day. Come along to learn more about Ken’s epic journey, his fundraising for Talking Books, the wonderful people he met and the great experiences he had. Free

A year in the saddle, breaking Billie Fleming’s record Times 1  8:30-19:30 VENUE 15 A  ssembly Roxy, EH8 9SU Kajsa Tylen talks about breaking Billie Fleming’s distance record for most miles cycled by a woman in one year. In 1938 Billie Fleming set the first woman’s record for the most miles cycled in one calendar year, riding 29,603.7 miles (47,642.5 km) between 1st January and 31st December. When she died in 2014 aged 100, Fleming’s record was still unbeaten. Following the Billie Fleming Tribute Cycle Ride in 2015, Kajsa was inspired to make her own attempt on the record. She started on 1st January 2016 and surpassed Billie’s mileage on 24th November. Kajsa’s 2016 distance of 52,025.09 km (32,326 miles) has now officially been verified by Guinness World Records. £10 Adult £9 Concession


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Saturday 10 June Image: Rebecca Lowe

BIG WEEKEND events will take place on either Saturday 10 o We are trying something new this year - a weekend event with a packed programme full of talks, workshops and films throughout both days. Held at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, there’ll be something for everyone, children and families included. Come along for specific thing, a whole day or the whole weekend! Multi-event ticket deals will be available via the edfoc website. When going to print, there were still a few details to be confirmed - so please check online for the full weekend programme. The events listed here are in a random order.

The Big Weekend Enjoy a mixture of Free and THE BIG WEEKEND Paid events. spread across both Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June. Confirm day and time at

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or Sunday 11 June. See for updates.

Bike Curious Family workshop Times S  aturday 10:00-1200 VENUE 9 ECCI, High School Yards,


Is your family bike curious? Would you like to get cycling with your children but don’t know where to start? Or do you want to move from baby seat to trailer or tagalong? Our workshop will help you get pedalling with children on board! We’ll have experienced ‘cycling families’ on hand to give you some advice, and show you what you’ll need to get your child attached to your bike safely. You’ll be able to try out a range of equipment, from both front and back mounted baby seats to trailers and tag-alongs and even a cargo bike.

Exploring by bike: debate Times T  BC VENUE 9 E  CCI, High School Yards,


THE What does ‘exploring by bike’ BIG WEEKEND mean? Physical exploration of new routes and paths, mental exploration of your own boundaries, cultural exploration of the world, political exploration of particular themes. It’s really a discussion about what ‘adventure’ and ‘exploration’ means these days, when the world feels ever smaller, and how a bike can help you with that.

Tickets: TBC Muliti-ticket deal available



Saturday 10 June

BIG WEEKEND events will take place on either Saturday 10 o

Resilience. An Exploration Meadowbank Velodrome - What, Where, How Taster Times TBC VENUE 9 ECCI, High School Yards,



Times Saturday 10:00 - 11:30 VENUE 5 Meadowbank Velodrome,


Exploring human resilience using the example of cycling. Where does it come from? How can we get more of it? Are we really suffering? Can we all achieve more than we thought?

Edinburgh Road Club invites you to come and ride the 42 degree banking of Edinburgh’s own velodrome which was used for two Commonwealth Games and provided the training ground for Sir Chris Hoy.

Some of ultra-distance cycling’s leading practitioners participate in a panel discussion and share experiences, in person and through interviews filmed for this session with those who will be out on a big challenge and can’t join us.

Your British Cycling accredited coach will teach you to ride a fixed wheel bike safely around the smooth banking of the track. Each session will be tailored to the riders’ ability level and confidence, you may feel happy simply to soak up the atmosphere while riding at the base of the bowl or be thrilled at plunging at speed down the steep banking.

Ian Fitz, a Sheffield-based ultra distance mountain bike racer and Adventure Syndicate house-elf will tell his own story, with input from Lee Craigie, Emily Chappell, Kajsa Tylen and others. Tickets: TBC

Book via meadowbank-booking Bike hire included £10 Adults £7 10-16


or Sunday 11 June. See for updates.

Edinburgh Belles on Bikes & Edinburgh Bicycle Coop ride Times Saturday 10:30 - 13:30 VENUE 21 Outside the front of the Royal

Commonwealth Pool EH16 5BB

Bicycle Seismographs Workshop Times

Saturday & Sunday THE BIG 10:00 - 16:00 Drop-in WEEKEND session VENUE 9 ECCI, High School Yards, EH1 1LZ

Join the Edinburgh Belles on Bikes for a 10-15 miles led ride around some of the fantastic off-road cycle paths and backroads Edinburgh has to offer. We’ll return to the start for lunch and/or cake. The Edinburgh Belles have been providing informal, friendly and relaxed rides for the last three years, with a membership of 400+ and growing. Bring: roadworthy bike, spare inner tube (that fits your bike), water, snacks and money for the all-important lunch/cake stop.


Limited spaces, registration via EdFoC will open in May. Free


Saturday 10 June

BIG WEEKEND events will take place on either Saturday 10 o

Pedalling against prejudice: Unicycling across England one woman’s journey Times TBC through the middle east VENUE 9 ECCI, High School Yards Times T  BC VENUE 9 ECCI, High School


THE BIG WEEKEND An award-winning travel writer, Elsa Yards, EH1 1LZ Hammond has sailed from Samoa to Fiji, spent 51 days rowing alone on Rebecca Lowe cycled from London through the Pacific Ocean, carried out conservation the Middle East to Tehran. When she left, she work in the jungles of Borneo, and uniwasn’t fit; had never used panniers, and had cycled across England. no sense of direction. But for all her doubts, Back in 2004, having never spent more she was dedicated to the task at hand. Her aims were simple: develop enviably shapely than an hour on a unicycle, Elsa decided to attempt the Coast-to-Coast (C2C) calves; survive; and shed light on a region cycle route across the north of England long misunderstood by the West. on one wheel. She set off from the Irish Mostly she hoped to show, at a time of Sea one sunny day for a wild camping increasing prejudice and division, that the adventure across the Pennines to the bulk of the Middle East is far from the heady North Sea. The weather was terrible, the morass of violence and fanaticism many hills were plentiful, and the saddle became people believe. And that a woman could uncomfortable surprisingly quickly; but cycle through it safely. the gingerbread was delicious, the farmers Yet she remained tentatively confident. were friendly, and the punctures were And, thankfully, the gamble paid off. Not fewer than expected. only did she survive, but she was privileged Find out how long it took to pedal over to to discover an enchanting world of warmth, the North Sea, and which ‘you’ve lost your colour and compassion – a world far safer wheel’ jokes are definitely not original or and more familiar than she could ever have hilarious enough to yell from a car window imagined. at a passing unicyclist… Hear about Rebecca’s year-long adventure £10 Adult through Europe, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, £9 Concession Egypt, Sudan, Oman, the UAE and Iran. Multi ticket deal available Discover how she collapsed from thirst in the Sahara, was stalked by police in Egypt, hit the party circuit in Iran.

£10 Adult £9 Concession Multi ticket deal available



or Sunday 11 June. See for updates.

Going the middle distance: tales of a tri-er Times TBC VENUE 9 ECCI, High School Yards


In school sports Liz Richardson always got an A for effort, but a ‘could do better’ on the field. She accidentally discovered triathlon in her mid-30s, after joining a tri club to meet men. Triathlon was to become her enduring love from then on. Now in her 40s she has recently won gold and silver at the European Championships (age group races). She is a great example of what you can achieve and overcome with a bit of effort. In her talk Liz will describe her journey from non-athletic beginnings to the top of a podium at the European Championships. THE £10 Adult BIG WEEKEND £9 Concession

Cycling in Virtual Reality Times

Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 Drop-in session VENUE 9 ECCI, High School Yards, EH1 1LZ



Multi ticket deal available


Sunday 11 June

The Big Meander Times 1  0:00-17:00 VENUE 19 M  iddle Meadow Walk


The Big Meander is a unique and fun cycling event for those who are up for an adventure. The Big Meander will take you on a secret cycle route that will be revealed step-by-step as you explore the city. There will be some entertaining challenges to tackle on the way! This is a challenge not a race, and the winning team is not necessarily the fastest. The approximate distance will be around 50 km, but can vary depending on how much you meander along the way.

All-ability Bike Centre ride to the beach Times 1  0:00-13:00 VENUE 1 Bangholm Outdoor

Education Centre, EH6 4RJ

Join the regular Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre Sunday riders for a ride on the adaptive bikes, from Bangholm Outdoor Centre to Cramond Beach and back. Ice creams, cakes and coffees are waiting for those who make it! Bring your own bike or try one of the adaptive bikes. Free

This event is suited for solo cyclists but we would recommend cycling in teams of 2 or more. Don’t forget your camera, as you will be required to take pictures along the way! From £24 per person (includes refreshments)

Image: Andy Catlin


Women’s Read, Ride, Write Tour Times 1  4:00-16:30 VENUE 19 M  eet at top of Middle

Meadow walk, EH8 9LD

Join adventure cyclist Jenny Tough and creative writer Helen Boden for a cycle tour of Edinburgh with a difference. We’ll be riding, reading and writing our way around the city, stopping to check out a few independent bookshops and attempting to squeeze in a cake stop too. No writing experience is required, just a bike and a love of books! Everyone welcome, this is not a female specific event.


by cycling and the festival? Send us your short fiction and poetry about cycling and the bicycle for a chance to win a prize. We’re looking for original and well-crafted pieces that will help to communicate enthusiasm for cycling in all its forms, in any age. See EdFoC website for details.

Free - 16+




Venues & Ride starting points 1 Bangholm Outdoor Education Centre 2 Griffen Fitness, Balfour Street 3 Leith Cycle Co, Leith Walk 4 St Andrew Square 5 Meadowbank Velodrome 6 Tide Café, Portobello 7 Scottish Parliament (outside) 8 Edinburgh City Chambers 9 Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

10 Central Library, George Washington Browne Room 11 Ingliston Showground 12 Corstorphine Scout Hall 13 Haymarket Station 14 Augustine United Church 15 Assembly Roxy 16 The Cycle Service 17 Crags Sports Centre/SKELF 18 The Cameo Cinema, Tolcross 19 Middle Meadow Walk 20 Laid Back Bikes













21 Commonwealth Pool (outside) 22 Liberton High School 23 Balerno Village Screen, St Joseph’s Centre 24 Bitts Park, Carlisle * Ukrainian Club (late addition)


Principal Sponsor A Alpine Bikes, Stockbridge B Alpine Bikes / Tiso, Leith

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Monday 12 June

Cycling and tram injuries in Edinburgh

Re:Cyclists - 200 years on two wheels

Times 1  4:00-15:00 VENUE 10 C  entral Library, George

Times 1  8:30-19:30 VENUE 15 A  ssembly Roxy, EH8 9SU

Washington Brown Room EH1 1EG

Understanding of tram related injuries is poor despite the increasing number of cities developing tram systems. A retrospective review of all tram injuries presenting to NHS Lothian was undertaken by surgeons at the Edinburgh Orthopaedic Trauma Unit based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Professor Chris Oliver (@CyclingSurgeon) will describe 252 tram injuries and the treatment required. Results show that push-bike riders are very susceptible to tram related injuries with the vast majority of accidents not involving collisions. The injuries have significant resource requirements and cause both physical suffering and financial loss to those affected. Free

Somewhere in a German forest 200 years ago, during the darkest, wettest summer for centuries, the story of cycling began. Calls to ban it were more or less instant. Re:Cyclists is the tale of what happened next, of how we have spent two centuries wheeling our way about town and country on bikes – or on two-wheeled things that vaguely resembled what we now call bikes. Michael Hutchinson picks his way through those 200 years, discovering how cycling became a kinky vaudeville act for Parisians, how it became an American business empire, and how it went on to find a unique home in the British Isles. Re:Cyclists looks at how cycling became the sport, the pastime and the social life of millions of ordinary people, how it grew from its Regency beginnings and how it suffered through the 1960s and ’70s. At, the dawn of the 21st century it rose again, much changed but still ultimately just someone careering along on two wheels. Michael Hutchinson will be signing copies of Re:Cyclists at the end of the talk. £10 Adult £9 Concession Multi ticket deal available


The Freedom Machine: Woman’s Early Uses of the Bicycle Times 2  0:00 – 21:00 VENUE 15 Assembly Roxy, EH8 9SU Lena Wånggren, a Research Fellow in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, discusses the early history of women’s cycling. The advent of the safety bicycle and pneumatic tyres in the 1880s sparked a cycling craze and made cycling accessible to the middle and working classes. While the bicycle’s radical potential was soon taken up as a vehicle for class organisation by socialist campaigners, it also – and perhaps to a larger degree – became a symbol for female freedoms. Allowing women to travel unaccompanied, the bicycle provided a sense of freedom not experienced before. In 1896 no less than three guidebooks for female cyclists appeared, and the woman cyclist became a much debated figure in both the popular and medical press. This talk explores these women’s early uses of the bicycle, and the perceived dangers of women’s cycling. £10 Adult £9 Concession Multi ticket deal available


Tuesday 13 June

Real Cycle Tours Edinburgh Seaside Tour Times VENUE

10:30-13:30  articipants will be picked P up from their homes or accommodation

Real Cycle Tours offers guided electric bike tours of Edinburgh’s seaside at Portobello and to the iconic three bridges at South Queensferry. Personalised tours can also be arranged and you are welcome to join the tours on your own electric bike if you prefer. Price: TBC

Women - only bike clinic - Feel confident and safe on your bike Times 1  8:30-19:30 VENUE 19 Middle Meadow Walk,


This clinic will give you the skills to feel confident on your bike in both the city environment and out with a bunch. Spend an hour with elite cyclist Genevieve Whitson who will help you hone your skills with braking, cornering, descending and safety in traffic around the city. Learn how to save energy in a bunch, ride the best line and understand/get the right bike setup. If the weather is fitting, the clinic will be held outside, so please bring your bike along! There will also be the chance for Q&A regarding training & nutrition. Gen is an elite cyclist contracted to a Belgium road team and has raced all over the globe for close to 10 years. Gen also works as a rickshaw cyclist in Edinburgh to support her cycling and to give her legs and extra workout! £15 Adult £10 Concession


Very Beginners Bike Maintenance

Bikepacking Tibet and other adventures



19:30 - 21:00 Also Thurs 15 19:30 - 21:00 VENUE 16 The Cycle Service, 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.

20:00-21:00 TBC

Over the last decade Ed Shoote has ridden bikes all over the world and taken stunning photographs of his travels. In this visual feast of a presentation he will talk about trips as diverse as Tibet to Tenerife via Iceland. Ed will talk about his approach to equipment and kit, having learned the hard way that less is more

In November 2016 Ed returned for the third time to Central Asia,. In the foothills of the Himalayas he discovered a hidden corner of Tibet. Starting from the Chinese Only 4 spaces per class, so get in touch to city of Chengdu and its pandas, riding book, tickets from The Cycle Service. Please up to the heart of the Tibetan plateau as note: Bookings will open on 1st June 2017, winter approached. Ed will share some Call 0131 662 9243 to book your place. breath-taking photography of the vast £5 Buddhist monasteries set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, all presented alongside some entertaining stories from his ‘more interesting’ encounters along the way. From the culture to the infrastructure, this part of the world is changing fast and the picture on the ground is not always what you hear about in the news. As an ambassador for Apidura and Kinesis Bikes he will demonstrate the very latest kit he uses, all tried and tested on recent adventures. £10 Adult £9 Concession


Wednesday 14 June

The Rickshaw Chronicles

Night / Day MTB

Times 14:00 - 15:00 VENUE 10 Central Library, George


Washington Browne Room EH1 1EG

In his new book The Rickshaw Chronicles Jethro Gauld attempts to provide an insight into the little known world of the Edinburgh rickshaw driver. The tales in this book are drawn from the Jethro’s own experiences and those of other Pedicab drivers gathered while working on the ‘shaws. This book is about more than rickshawing, it is about the diversity of humanity that riders encounter and the unique viewpoint they have on society. Jethro’s talk will take you on your own gold plated virtual rickshaw tour, featuring all seasons, events and people you are likely to encounter on a night out, with no holds barred.

18:00 - 21:00 TBC

A dark trek around the Pentlands, taking in some of our favourite singletrack. Everyone of all abilities welcome! Things you’ll need: • A Reasonable Quality MTB in good condition. • Lights! Minimum 800 lumens on your head and a marker light for the rear and for the front. Ideally you’ll have a couple of lights; it really helps with depth perception in the dark. • A rear mudguard makes it a lot nicer to chase each other down the trails. It’s wet out there! Tickets: TBC


Image: Markus Stitz


King of Kaimes Hill Climb 2017 and Barbecue

Spokes Summer Meeting - Tackling Road Danger

Times 18:30-21:00 VENUE 12 Corstorphine Scout Hall


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 (with a ticket!) after the action has taken place at the Race HQ (see pin in map) – designed to be fun for spectators and racers. Prizes for King, Queen, Prince and Princess (Juniors). Also prize-draw for all competitors. For entry and to book BBQ tickets, email £5 BBQ tickets and free race entry

19:30-21:30 Doors open 18:45 for refreshments and networking VENUE 14 Augustine United Church EH1 1EL This year’s Spokes summer meeting will tackle the actual and perceived issues around Road Danger and how this impacts on cycling. Police Scotland will be updating us on their “Close Passing” initiative and other initiatives of concern for vulnerable road users. There will be several guest speakers and a chance for free-ranging discussion. Free


27 Image: Andy Catlin

Thursday 15 June

Images: Andy Catlin


Spokes Bike Breakfast 2017

Real Cycle Tours Three Bridges Tour

Times 07:45-9:30 VENUE 8 Edinburgh City Chambers


This year the Spokes Bike Breakfast will serve up to 400 hot breakfasts to all cyclists who arrive between 07:45 and 09:30. You are well advised to arrive early to pick up a roll. As well as a free breakfast, there will be around a dozen stalls on cycle-related matters including police bike security coding, basic bike fixing and chain cleaning, maps, advice on cycling and more.

Real Cycle Tours offers guided electric bike tours of Edinburgh’s seaside at Portobello and to the iconic three bridges at South Queensferry. Personalised tours can also be arranged and you are welcome to join the tours on your own electric bike if you prefer.


10:30-14:30 No venue. Picking customers up from their home or accommodation for the tours

Price: TBC

Key speakers will address cyclists briefly around 08:30. This year we have been promised healthy and vegetarian options, teas, coffees and juice. This is a well-attended annual event that has been organised by Spokes and hosted by the City of Edinburgh Council for over 35 years and it gets better every year! Free

Image: John Travers


Thursday 15 June

Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland Pecha-Caka Times VENUE *

19:00-21:00  he Ukrainian Club, EH7 5AB T

Want to practise your presenting skills in a safe space full of cake? Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland have come up with a novel networking event that will enable women to exchange ideas and experiences, deliver presentations to a supportive crowd and enjoy some home baking! Using the ‘pecha kucha’ presentation style, the evening will be a series of short talks on a range of cycling topics, plus an opportunity to meet other women that cycle in Edinburgh and beyond. Come prepared with your 20 slides, unprepared but wanting to share or just to imagine what it would be like taking the stage. We’ll be at the venue early so you can practise or get some help in putting together your 6 minutes of fame. Check out the EdFoC website for more details. Free


Friday 16 June

Cycling and the Law Times 14:00-15:00 VENUE 10 Central Library, George

Washington Browne Room, EH1 1EG

Jodi Gordon, Senior Solicitor at Cycle Law Scotland, Scotland’s award-winning legal service dedicated to representing injured cyclists, will discuss real cases studies, case law and common cycling accidents, show video footage and explain what to do in the event of a collision. She will also talk about Insurers and the role of Police Scotland in road traffic collisions. Finally she will explain why she believes presumed liability should be introduced for road traffic collisions in Civil Law and aims to persuade you to support the Road Share campaign for vulnerable road users. Jodi is a lively, engaging speaker and a keen cyclist/triathlete and there will be time for general debate and discussion. Free

Balerno Village Screen presents: Bicycle Thieves Times 1  9:30-21:00 VENUE 23 Balerno Village Screen

St Joseph’s Hall, Balerno Parish Church, Main Street, Balerno, EH14 7DZ

For the fifth year running Balerno Village Screen is partnering with the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling to bring you a night of cycling related films. Our main feature this year is Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette, in Italian with subtitles)- this landmark Italian neo-realist drama became one of the best-known and most widely acclaimed European movies, receiving a special Academy Award as “most outstanding foreign film” seven years before that Oscar category existed. Lamberto Maggiorani plays Antonio, an unemployed man who finds a coveted job that requires a bicycle. When it is stolen on his first day of work, Antonio and his young son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) begin a frantic search, learning valuable lessons along the way. Free (donations)


Friday 16 June

The ORIGINAL NIGHT RIDE 32 Images: Markus Stitz

The 5th Original Edinburgh Night Ride Times 23:00 - 08:00 VENUE 2+3 Outside Leith Cycle Co

and Griffen Fitness, Balfour Street, EH6 5BX

If you’ve never cycled through the night, on quiet roads, here is your chance to give it a try: 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 (~12mph rolling speed), with a rest stop and refreshments around half-way, before heading back into town to finish with breakfast. Leith Cycle Co will again

open from 22:00 for any last-minute needs and provide mechanical support during the ride. You can also book your bike in for discounted tune-up during the week before the ride (proof of registration required). In its first year, The Edinburgh Night Ride was described as a ‘magical experience’ despite the downpours, the second and third years were dry and we were told it was even better, and last year was the best yet - so we are doing it again. For more information and booking (over 16 years old only), see £27 16+


Saturday 17 June

Electric bike test ride day

Mountain bike skills session

Times 1  1:00-16:00 VENUE 19 W  here Middle Meadow Walk

Times 1  4:00-15:00 VENUE 22 Liberton High School,

Electron Wheels will be set up in the Meadows with a range of electric-assist bikes for the public to test ride. If you have wanted to see what all the fuss is about the e-bike revolution, come along and have a go.

British Cycling qualified coaches from Edinburgh Road Club will be running hour long sessions aimed at all riders. You may be a nervous beginner who wants to understand the basics of riding over technical ground, or you may want to hone your technique to be able to enter competitions. Our coaches will enable you to safely handle a variety of terrain.

joins the meadows, EH8 9LD


EH17 7PT

The session will be tailored to the level of the riders and will be split by ability. Bring your own off-road style bike. (Helmet required, gloves recommended) Book via track/meadowbank-booking and add a note to state your interest in mountain biking as opposed to track cycling ÂŁ10


Giro d’Italia: il Vino

Ride to the Sun 2017



15:00-17:30 TBC

Let WoodWinters independent wine merchants take you on the Giro d’Italia by alternative methods! Spoiler alert, there may be some wine involved. £25 18+

19:00 (overnight into Sunday) VENUE 24 Britts Park, Carlisle, CA3 8UZ We’ll Ride to the Sun again in the spirit of Sol Invictus! Ride to the Sun is an overnight solstice adventure, cycling from Carlisle to Edinburgh (Cramond beach) overnight, 100.5 miles, chip shop stop en route, bacon sarnies served at the end. Everyone who does it loves it. 500 riders last year. Join the fun… and FREE BEER served at the finish – Register your interest here www. Free

Image: © Campagnola S.r.l.


Sunday 18 June

Ridequality Epic Ride Times 9  :15 - 17:00 VENUE 19 The Meadows (where all the

paths meet), EH8 9LD

Ridequality - together we improve. Cycling is often highly male-dominated at club and competitive level. The introduction of female-only events such as the Rapha Women’s 100 provides a great opportunity to remove the initial intimidation and comparison against men. However, there are many clubs that want to encourage and support women to take up club riding without resorting to women only events. Inclusion is better than isolation. After the success of the first event in 2016, the ride will leave the Meadows at 9:30am. Groups of riders of varying speeds will be led between checkpoints ( aka cafe stops) over a distance of either 100 or 130 km, giving you the opportunity to challenge yourself. Groups will be staying together on the flat and re-group at the top of climbs so no- one will be left behind. Places can be booked via a link on the EdFoC website, with bookings opening in May. Free

36 Image: Chris Hill

Backflips, Breakbeats and Burgers Times 1  0:00 -14:00 VENUE 17 The Skelf Bikepark,

Bowmont Place, EH8 9RY

Summer wouldn’t be the same without a bit of bike action, so we’re hosting a family friendly event at the Skelf Bikepark. There’ll be food laid on, live music, prize giveaways plus challenges on & off the saddles; including craziest costume, ride-a-bike mass start and a Heritage Trail sharing a bit of the history of the Braidwood site. Fun for all the family… you’d be mad to miss it. Free

Laid Back’s Sunday Ride and Park - a most diverse bike event Times 1  0:30 - 14:30 VENUE 20 Laid Back Bikes, EH3 9PH -

arriving Akva from 12.30

Do you own a reclined bike or trike? Maybe even a tandem or cargobike? If so, meet us for a 20 mile ride around Edinburgh. Afterwards park up your bike at Akva beside the canal at Fountainbridge. There you can relax and see how far the bicycle has come in the 200 years since Karl von Drais invented the Laufmaschine. We’ll have a couple of machines to try out after lunch and brochures showing what we sell. This ride will be taken at a ‘not too slow pace’. Please ensure your bike (and yourself) are both in good working order! To book this ride please contact: Free. Refreshments not provided.


Sunday 18 June

Cycologic: changing the world one bicycle at a time Times VENUE


One woman’s unstoppable desire to change the world for the better has recently been put into a short film by a group of talented directors; but worry not, it is definitely not short of inspiration! We will be screening Emilia Stålhammar, Elsa Lövdin and Veronica Pålsson’s film “Cycologic” which shows Amanda Ngabirano’s tireless journey to make Uganda more bicycle-friendly. This will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion with Amanda Ngabirano and one (or more) of the film makers. Tickets: £10 Adult £9 Concession


Kayabike: give us wheels not wings Times VENUE


Mattia Trabucchi’s second film is a documentary which explores the life, hopes and dreams of a kids and their BMX coach training in a South African township, as they wait for competition day. Throughout the process they will learn much more than just how to pedal. They live in Kayamandi, a suburb of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The name means “nice home” in the Xhosa language, from khaya meaning “home” and mnandi meaning “nice”. Tickets: £10 Adult £9 Concession Multi ticket deal available for both events.

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Cyclist portraits: Steve Morgan/Sustrans


of residents think more people riding bikes would make Edinburgh a better place to live and work Bike Life report 2015

Help us make this a reality. Join us on our journey to make it easier for people to walk and cycle: /SustransScotland


Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. Proud to support the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2017. Sustrans is a registered charity in Scotland (SCO39263) and in England and Wales (326550).





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

General Information Booking information and contact details are provided for each event in the programme and on www. 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 8 June, right through to the end on Sunday 18 June. Please note the printed programme may be subject to change. Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Ltd. cannot be held

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This years front cover celebrates the 200th anniversary of the first recognised cycle ride when Karl von Drais rode his new invention to the pub. The cover was created by Andy Arthur, a freelance digital illustrator from Edinburgh, Scotland. He likes to use bold, bright colours and clean, geometric shapes in his illustrations but most of all he like to convey a sense of fun and humour. He is inspired by classic illustrated poster advertising from the 1950s and 1960s and to this he adds the inspiration from what he enjoys in life; bicycles and bike culture. For reasons best known to himself, he works under the moniker of the Magnificent Octopus. If you would like to know more about Andy and his work Andy and his work you can find more at

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Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2017 Programme  

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