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With over 600 members, Edinburgh RC is one of the biggest and most successful cycling clubs in the UK. We are involved in all types of cycling, including road, track , triathlon and mountain-biking. Joining the club is easy, and we welcome new members of all ages and ability. For younger riders, check out the Juniors section.

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Dunrermline Road Race  / Jack Murray Junior

Dunrermline Road Race / Jack Murray Junior

Saturday saw Andrew and I representing the junior team as we headed to the Dunfermline Road Race,...
The Junior Tour of the Mendips

The Junior Tour of the Mendips

A junior ERC team was sent down last weekend to the 2nd round of the National Junior RR series,...
Haglöfs Open 5 Coniston

Haglöfs Open 5 Coniston

I was chasing the rain by going to a very wet Lake District for the weekend. I raced the final...
Clothing Sales and Survey Results

Clothing Sales and Survey Results

Milan, Paris, Morningside or Porty – do you wear your clothes or do our clothes wear you?...
Gordon Arms Hilly TT 2014

Gordon Arms Hilly TT 2014

So there will be no tales of heroic podium placings here , but I'll write it anyway... I really...
Online entry now available for Ingliston Series

Online entry now available for Ingliston Series

Online entry now available at British Cycling for our five race series: ...
Fat Lads Flat Chance - WOSCA Series

Fat Lads Flat Chance - WOSCA Series

From Gifford to Fenwick in Ayrshire for two of the Junior team on Sunday.   And on a v....
Gifford RR - E123

Gifford RR - E123

Following on from Andrews report on his 3/4 race where he performed a good sprint and came away...
Gifford Road Race - Cat 3/4

Gifford Road Race - Cat 3/4

I was really looking forward to Gifford after my experiences at my first road race the previous...
Gifford RR 2014 Results

Gifford RR 2014 Results

Great result for the Junior Race Team in the B Race - Andrew Gourlay taking 2nd place Overall and...
ERC awarded lease for Meadowbank Velodrome

ERC awarded lease for Meadowbank Velodrome

ERC have been awarded the lease for Meadowbank Velodrome for this season (starting in April)...
Cadence Junior RR - National Junior Series round 1

Cadence Junior RR - National Junior Series round 1

I headed down to south Wales with my dad yesterday (23rd) for the first round of the junior...
Open 5 at Cannock Chase and (belated) Bowhill duathlon

Open 5 at Cannock Chase and (belated) Bowhill duathlon

I raced the March Open 5 at Cannock Chase with someone I only really met a few weeks before. We...
South Lanarkshire Classic

South Lanarkshire Classic

Next update from a v. busy weekend of racing. Rhys & Francis were in the inaugural South...
WLC Lang Whang Hilly TT 30

WLC Lang Whang Hilly TT 30

It was a busy weekend for ERC with road races, crits and the first round of the SXC series. Not...
SXC Round 1 Forfar

SXC Round 1 Forfar

After some good results in early season crit racing Sean and Anna (Flynn) switched their focus...
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What's on this week

Sat 19 Apr 2014

09:30RTTTRoad group rides

These are all comers rides also open to non club members and members of other clubs. (The 09:50 Development Ride is the only group with a designated run leader.) Edinburgh RC recommends that riders limit themselves to a maximum group size of 14. Larger groups should split - this allows for a more consistent training effort and safer riding. All runs start outside Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5BB - http://www.bing.com/maps/?lvl=15&where1=EH165BB,%20UK&FORM=MMREDR. There are ~ four groups, starting with the 09:30 (very popular with riders who favour the colour black & members of VC Edinburgh, Bicycleworks RT, Rapha, Velo Ecosse etc.) and getting progressively slower up to the 09:50 Development Ride. (If you get dropped don't worry - there should be a slower run coming along behind.) If the ride you choose is too slow, move up a group, don't make a road race out of it. Always ride safely and obey the Highway Code http://www.edinburghrc.co.uk/Safety The 9:50am Development Ride will be led by a run leader and is aimed at riders who are not used to riding in a group. If you plan to undertake this ride it is very important that you read the guidelines on the FAQ part of this website,This ride is NOT for complete novices and you must have a road worthy bike and be able to cover 40 miles plus at about 15 mph to take part. For more information about the Saturday runs, please see the FAQ page: http://www.edinburghrc.co.uk/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=264&cntnt01lang=en_UK&cntnt01pagelimit=10&cntnt01returnid=95 Please ride safely and predictably, with consideration for your fellow riders, and above all within the rules of the road. The club's reputation rests with all of us. Individuals take part in any group rides at their own risk. Edinburgh RC and its club members accept no responsibility for the safety of anyone participating in group rides, and no liability in the event of an accident.

10:00MTBMTB Pentlands Hills

Our weekly jaunt into our local playground. May be cancelled in bad weather, if in doubt phone before setting out. Leaders are assigned approximately quarterly in advance. Today should be: (Martin Crompton 07760 126434) Metcheck weather forecast for the Pentlands: http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/HOBBIES/cycling.asp?zipcode=EH13 Individuals take part in any group rides at their own risk. Edinburgh RC and its club members accept no responsibility for the safety of anyone participating in group rides, and no liability in the event of an accident.

14:00TRIJuniors run

This is the run portion of the run and swim sessions for 8-16 year olds who are interested in training and competing in triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon. The sessions are held at Dalkeith High School. If you are interested, please contact Jo Phillips jo72.phillips@yahoo.co.uk to register.

15:00TRIJuniors swim

This is the swim portion of the run and swim sessions for 8-16 year olds who are interested in training and competing in triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon. The sessions are held at Dalkeith High School. If you are interested please contact Jo Phillips jo72.phillips@yahoo.co.uk to register. Unfortunately we do not have the coaching resource to teach swimming, so children will need to be competent swimmers, specifically be able to swim 4-5 consecutive lengths freestyle of a 25m pool.

Sun 20 Apr 2014

09:30TRIurban trail run

Morning run through roads, paths, and gentle hills in and around Edinburgh city centre. We'll meet at the Commonwealth pool at 9:30am, in the parking lot near the entrance, and start the run shortly after. The run will be about 13-15km, suitable for a range of abilities, and most suitable for road running shoes. Run leader is Elise.

10:00RTTTRoad Ride

The ERC Sunday run leaves from the Tusitala Restaurant, 47 Buckstone Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 6QJ You can find the location here: http://tinyurl.com/bvpfzx6 The start time is the time the run leaves - so please aim to arrive at least 5 minutes ahead of that time. The Sunday run normally averages around 17 mph and is aimed at riders training to race or reasonably fit recreational cyclists. Riders are assumed to be self supporting and, while the group might have a cafe stop, this is not guaranteed, and riders should carry adequate food and drink. The group will always stop for punctures etc, and will aim to accommodate a reasonable range of abilities, but those significantly slower than the general pace of the group should be prepared to navigate their own way home. Routes vary from week to week, going East, South, or West, and usually sticking mostly to more minor roads. Distance varies according to season and weather, but is typically 50 to 70 miles, although shorter options are usually available. RUN PREPARATION Riding in a group has many advantages but it also places certain responsibilities on each rider. Punctures, mechanicals etc, whilst often bad luck, can be less of a trial if certain precautions are taken before the run Make sure your bike is safe - check your chain, brakes, wheels, rims and steering. Also ensure that nothing is loose (especially mudguards) or liable to fall off. Check your tyres - worn tyres are the single biggest preventable cause of punctures. Multiple punctures, apart from being a pain, won't endear you to other riders waiting for you on a cold day! Make sure you know how to fix a puncture - practice beforehand if you need to. EQUIPMENT REQUIRED You are likely to need the following equipment: * An appropriately serviced bike * At least one, but preferably two, spare inner tubes. * A working pump * Puncture repair kit - for those awful days when two tubes aren't enough. * Tyre levers * A multi tool - to adjust gears etc * Other optional tools e.g. chain breaker * Even in winter hydration is important, so each rider should carry a drinks bottle * Money - for the cafe stop * Waterproof * Solid carbohydrate source eg banana, raisins, jelly babies Individuals take part in any group rides at their own risk. Edinburgh RC and its club members accept no responsibility for the safety of anyone participating in group rides, and no liability in the event of an accident.

10:00RTTTRelaxed Road Ride

A more relaxed ride leaving Tusitala at 10am prompt. This is ideal for club members moving on from the Saturday 09:50 Development Ride but already experienced with group riding. Members wanting a longer more relaxed social day out will also be very welcome. By popular demand the relaxed social ride now takes place twice a month, winter weather allowing. See the diary for details but generally these organised rides are scheduled for the first and third Sundays of each month starting this January (2014). These rides are led by experienced ERC members with route and distance determined on the day. Gareth George, Edinburgh RC Vice President For further information email Gareth312@me.com

Mon 21 Apr 2014

19:00TRITRI Swimming

Coached swimming at the Portobello Baths. Beginners are very welcome to join the development lane for more specialised coaching.
Non-members are welcome to try out before they join the club. Cost is £15 for all-you-can-swim for 2 months (£20 for members who did not volunteer at an event or for swim sub collection last year), or £3 per session for drop-in and just £1 drop-in for Juniors.
We should all aim to get to the poolside at 6:55pm to start at 7pm sharp. We have to have a 5 minute changeover period between us and the next club. Edinburgh Leisure wanted this to be 10 minutes, so they will be monitoring us to make sure we are all out of the pool by 7:55pm sharp.
For information on races, how to enter, how to get there, how to join the club and Triathlon Scotland just ask the coach or any other members: we are a friendly bunch.

20:30TRITRI Swimming

We have 3 lanes in the 50m pool.
Cost is £15 for all-you-can-swim for 2 months (£20 for members who did not volunteer at an event or for swim sub collection last year), or £3 per session for drop-in and just £1 drop-in for Juniors.
For information on races, how to enter, how to get there, how to join the club and Triathlon Scotland just ask the coach or any other members - we are a friendly bunch.

Tue 22 Apr 2014

20:30TRITRI Swimming

Location: EH11 2AL
Coached swim session - Beginners are very welcome to join the development lane for more specialised coaching.
Non-members are welcome to try out before they join the club. Cost is £15 for all-you-can-swim for 2 months (£20 for members who did not volunteer at an event or for swim sub collection last year), or £3 per session for drop-in and just £1 drop-in for Juniors. For information on races, how to enter, how to get there, how to join the club and Triathlon Scotland just ask the coach or any other members we are a friendly bunch.
Currently club swimmers park either in the surrounding side streets (if they can find a space) or in Somerfield car park (on Dalry road). The general consensus is that it isn't a problem parking there for 2 hours at that time of the evening. There is also railing space outside Dalry baths for locking bikes. I would advise getting there early the first week if you are driving.

Wed 23 Apr 2014

19:00TRITRI Running

This is a tri-specific session suitable for all abilities, and lead by Alister Russell. Meet in the Meadows on the South side by the playground.

20:00TRITRI Swimming

Coached swim session - Beginners are very welcome to join the development lane for more specialised coaching. 8pm start should allow members to compete at Kirky and then get a swim in later.
Non-members are welcome to try out before they join the club. Cost is £15 for all-you-can-swim for 2 months (£20 for members who did not volunteer at an event or for swim sub collection last year), or £3 per session for drop-in and just £1 drop-in for Juniors.
For information on races, how to enter, how to get there, how to join the club and Triathlon Scotland just ask the coach or any other members - we are a friendly bunch.

Thu 24 Apr 2014

10:00RTTTRelaxed Road Ride

A more relaxed ride leaving Tusitala at 10am prompt. Following on from the success of the relaxed Sunday rides, a weekly ride for those who have the time midweek and need that extra bit of motivation that a group ride provides. Please come along and support this initiative starting from the Tusitala car park promptly at 10am. Gareth For further information email me - gareth312@gmail.com

Fri 25 Apr 2014

20:00TRITRI Swimming

We have 1 lane in the 50m pool.
Cost is £15 for all-you-can-swim for 2 months (£20 for members who did not volunteer at an event or for swim sub collection last year), or £3 per session for drop-in and just £1 drop-in for Juniors.
For information on races, how to enter, how to get there, how to join the club and Triathlon Scotland just ask the coach or any other members - we are a friendly bunch.
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ERC Promotions

Find out more about the events promoted by ERC: Gifford Road Races, Ingliston Crit Series, Winter Duathlon Series, Tour of the Meldons, Ian McCulloch TT, Spring Classic APR, Eastern Promise RR, Edinburgh 48 Races, Alistair Lees MTB TT, Club TT Series, Glenkinchie TTT2, Lothian Flyer RR,

ERC Awards List 2013

2013 Season Awards and Winners

Alpine Bikes Crit Series

Ingliston criteriumEvent information and results for the popular ERC criterium series

ERC Sunday run

It's not all racing! Find out more about our regular social Sunday group rides

Women's racing

We have one of the biggest women's club memberships in the UK. Find out more about racing with the ERC women

Club Roll of Achievement

Notable performances recorded by ERC members

Road Safety

Guidance on riding safely with ERC
Field and Lawn - Marquee Hire UK
Bolland and Burke - Edinburgh Chartered Accountants
Martin Currie Charitable Foundation
The Bicycle Works
Alpine Bikes
Thanks to the club sponsors for their support
ERC is a Club Mark accredited club