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What are the Saturday road rides like?

Apr 3, 2007
What are the Saturday road rides like?

Information about group rides

Saturday Road Runs

These are all comers rides also open to non club members and members of other clubs. (The 09:45 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.

Runs start from Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road, EH16 5BB. There are four groups as follows :

09:30 - the fastest group - for those who are training to race

09:40 - for experienced club riders

09:45 - for experienced club riders, but at a more sociable pace

09:45 - Development ride - for new members and newcomers to group riding
Learn more about the 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 please don’t disrupt the pace, move up a group next week

Always ride safely and obey the Highway Code

09:30 - open to all comers and popular with riders from many clubs.  This is for riders who are training to race.  This ride often averages in excess of 22mph and the route can vary, though often heads down the coast or via Gifford.

09:40 - the most popular run, aimed at experienced club riders.  This group follows a standard route along the coast and takes the form of a chaingang. The group will split at Dalkeith into self organised smaller groups of 12-14.  Average speed during the chaingang is typically 20-22mph.

09:45 - similar to the 9:40 group but at a slightly slower pace.  There is often also a hilly group which forms at Dalkeith and takes an alternative route at a relaxed pace.

09:45 Development Ride - this is the run for riders new to ERC and those who are thinking about joining. An experienced club member will lead the ride and you will practice group riding techniques often including a “through and off” chaingang.  You will also learn local calls and signals.  The route will vary each week and is a great opportunity to explore new roads and lanes.  Note that if the weather forecast looks particularly bad (risk of snow, ice or high winds) then the ride may not take place - and if so the run leader will place a message here.

Afterwards, riders from all groups meet up in various cafes around Marchmont and Bruntsfield.  Please join us for a chat and some cake!

While the ride is not for complete novices, all are welcome and no-one will be left behind.  However, you should expect to ride for 2.5 to 3 hours at between 14 and 16mph, and be prepared to ride in close formation.  If you are unsure whether the ride is for you, there are several other groups which organise rides around Edinburgh.  They are listed here.


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 brakes, wheels, rims and steering.

Also ensure that nothing is loose (especially mudguards) or liable to fall off. A lubricated chain etc is also a good idea.

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.


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 - 2/3
  • A multi tool - to adjust gears etc
  • Other optional tools eg chain breaker
  • Even in winter hydration is important so each rider should carry a water bottle.
  • Personal first aid - plasters, antiseptic wipes etc
  • Money - for the cafe stop
  • Waterproof
  • Carbohydrate drink
  • Solid carbohydrate source eg banana, raisins, jelly babies

Please ride safely and predictably, with consideration for your fellow riders, and above all within the rules of the road.

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.


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