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Edinburgh 48 Races


Short-course off road racing in the heart of Edinburgh for all ages. The course is based on grass and prepared tracks in Craigmillar Castle Park and is suitable for cyclocross and MTB bikes.

2014 News

Unfortunately we have been unable to find an organiser for the series this year, so there will be no 48 series in 2014. If you are interested in helping to organise this event next year, please contact us.

What are the Edinburgh 48 MTB races?

Scottish Cycling MTB guru Paul Newnham came up with the idea for

"a Grassroots Mountain Bike Challenge open to all, a race that people can ride to (rather than drive) and a way to get fit but in a fun way"

For youth riders aged 10-14 there is a separate 24 minute race, whilst Youth A racers get to race with seniors for 48 minutes. For all youth riders the races provide a transition to the Peebles Dirt Crit Series.

The Course

The 1.7 Km course is based on grass and prepared tracks in Craigmillar Castle Park. The course is not highly technical and can be done on a cyclocross bike as well as MTB.


  • 18:00 Sign on
  • 18:00-18:30 Practice
  • 18:30 24 minute Race for Youths 10-14
  • 19:15 48  minute Race for Youth As and Seniors


Access to the race HQ and circuit will be signed from the Recycling Centre road off Old Dalkeith Road.


Competitors are encouraged to cycle to the event where possible.

Please note there is NO PARKING for competitors at Craigmillar Castle or the Mains of Craigmillar.

There is ample parking along Glenallan Drive on south side of Inch Park accessed from Gilmerton Road, (This is the road used for ERC Juniors sessions and the ERC Youth Cross Race). Glenallan Drive is a dead end but there is pedestrian access through to Old Dalkeith Road opposite the Recycling Centre Road. Please take care crossing Old Dalkeith Road at this point.

There is limited parking at the following locations near Old Dalkeith Road.

  • Inch Park accessed to right of Old Dalkeith Road going south
  • Bridgend Farm accessed to left of Old Dalkeith Road going south

Map showing nearby parking options and access to the race site

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