Whether you are an experienced racer, a novice looking for an introduction to competitive cycling, or just enjoy riding your bike, Edinburgh RC has something to offer you:
Club members take part in regular weekly training rides, and there is a non-competitive social Sunday ride where club members explore the roads around Edinburgh. Check the What's On? page for more information.
Perhaps you're wondering whether to try racing? Trust us - it's the most fun you can have on two wheels! Edinburgh RC have a long tradition of competition success, including Scottish and British championship medals. The club has a large number of members regularly racing at all levels of competition, from novice to expert, and many qualified cycle coaches. If you are new to cycle racing we can help introduce you to this exciting sport. The club leads regular weekly training rides for those interested in racing. Find out more about the ERC Race Team.
In a time trial, riders compete against the watch. Normally, a time trial is a solo competition, but some races are for teams of 2 or more riders. The winner is the fastest rider over a set distance, or the rider who covers the greatest distance in a fixed time. The most popular time trial distance is 10 miles. You do not need any special equipment to take part in a time trial - any sort of bike will do. Edinburgh RC have a long tradition of success in time trials, and our members are regular competitors in the Scottish time trial series. ERC run a weekly club 10 mile TT from May to August. Riders of all abilities take part, and this is is an ideal introduction to cycle racing. Anyone is welcome to turn up on the night and have a go! Check the What's on? page for details.
In a road race, all the competitors start together, and the winner is the first rider to cross the finish line. Road racing is tactical, fast paced and exciting, with riders making attacks and forming break-away groups as they attempt to outwit the other competitors. A road race will often finish in a dramatic bunch sprint. Edinburgh RC regularly field some of the biggest team entries in Scottish road racing, and the club promotes the local Cycling Scotland road race series. Although road racing may appear daunting to newcomers, handicap road races provide a good introduction to the sport. In a handicap road race, riders are grouped by ability, slower groups starting with a time advantage over the faster groups.
Bute time trial image by ufopilot
Ingliston circuit race image by Camilla Adams
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