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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. 

Racing

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, with advice and coaching support.

Road Racing

Road race

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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. Team tactics play a big part in road racing, and a race will often finish in a dramatic bunch sprint. Edinburgh RC regularly field big team entries in Scottish road races, and the club promotes a series of local road races.

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. 

If you are interested in racing with the club, come along to some of our training rides and have a chat with existing members to find out more. Check the What's On? page for details of current club events.

The club provides dedicated coaching and financial assistance to members who demonstrate the commitment and ability to join the ERC Race Squad. Contact the road coordinator for more information.

Time Trialling

Edinburgh RC rider time trialling

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. We run a weekly club 10 mile TT from May to August, open to members. Riders of all abilities take part, and this is is an ideal introduction to cycle racing. Read the club TT page for more information.

Non competitive road events

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.

ERC members regularly take part in long distance Audax and Sportive events, in Scotland and also further abroad. 

More Information

Check the What's on? diary page for details of club activities.

Please read the Frequently asked questions page for answers to common queries, or contact the Road and Track Co-ordinator for more information.

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