The festival is rapidly approaching and is now only 11 days away. I took the chance to have a final ride along one of the routes I shall be offering-The Waterways of Edinburgh.
I left Haymarket station and headed up to what is billed as Edinburgh’s best kept secret, the Canal basin.
After navigating some canal works, which will in all probability still be in place during the festival, I got back on the canal and headed for the Water of Leith visitors centre. This is the first stop on the tour and riders can browse publications and have a snack if required.
I then headed down the WoL which meanders its way from the foot of the Pentland Hills to Leith and the Firth of Forth making its way through the city and past many attractions such as Dean Village, Murrayfield and Stockbridge.
Come and join me try some other event at EdFoC.
SBT will once more be guiding two rides at EdFoC. This years rides are Innocent Railway and Rosslyn Chapel a 30 miler on cycle paths and some roads with time to take a tour of the Chapel. The second tour is The Waterways of Edinburgh this will be covered in another post..
This is s great ride and it’s sometimes hard to believe that you are in the middle of Scotland’s capital as you pedal through woods and parkland. The route also takes in some of the River Esk way. Leaving Roslin you follow another old railway that has been converted to pathway and head back towards Auld Reekie. You cross the a lattice work viaduct engineered by the same man responsible for the Tay rail bridge!! Needless to say I didn’t stay on it long!
As we head back into Edinburgh Salisbury Crags come into view and we pick up the Innocent Railway for another chance to go through the tunnel or over it!!
Tours start and finish at the Scottish Parliament at 1030 see EdFoC website for details and check out the other great events taking place.
I hope you have had a good festive season and are looking forward to getting out on your bike for some tours in the coming months.
What have I been up to since the end of the “season”? After a few hard months on the road I gave my bikes some TLC. Removed chains and cassettes, renewed handlebar tape, checked tyres and pressures and brakes. The difference was amazing no more clunky changing a fresh look and feel to the bars and reliable stopping power! I was still riding them and taking part in other activities to avoid starting the new season suffering from the Ullrich effect. Off the bike I was attending yoga and pilates classes and running occasionally.
The website got a new look and I was posting on the facebook almost every day. Tours are no longer listed by date rather the client picks the day and date, gets in touch with me and I will either confirm or suggest alternatives.
I put some advertising in place on Facebook and in Cycle magazine. This has resulted in a booking for the Island Adventure tour. A favourite of mine!
I have also been experimenting with some new dishes and snacks. I have found the basis for the recipes on the internet or in books then just tweaked them a little to suit my taste or the produce available. The first recipes will be in the February edition.
This years plans are beginning to take shape and some will be finalised when the Calmac timetable is released. Keep your eye on FB and the website for new tours this year and for old favourites.
SBT is hoping to be at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling in 2017 with a new “mystery” ride on offer.
That’s all for this first edition of the monthly blog.
My first EdFoC was to end as it had begun, on a grey, dry and calm day in the company of Jules and Martyn. The route today was taking us down to the shore at Leith, along the South side of the Forth, across the Forth Road Bridge and onto the Fife Coastal Path which we would follow to Kirkcaldy.
We waited at the Parliament for a third rider who had expressed an interest but with a no show we left about 10 mins late and headed for London Road. Our route took us through relatively empty city centre streets down to the shore eventually leading to Cramond foreshore. The route then went through Dalmeny estate and South Queensferry and over the FRB. It was interesting to see a section of the bridge being hoisted into position.
We headed down into North Queensferry for a tea break and a seat by the shore before continuing east on the Fife Coastal Path. Jules and Martyn handles the mixed surfaces of the FCP well and in no time we were winging it along Kirkcaldy prom and up the the train station. Well done JUles and Martyn.
No rain today unfortunately no riders either. Headed out on the Forth and 3 bridges route to try a cycle path I had not used before so not a totally wasted day! Bumped into a friend of mine who is now into hand cycling.
Two confirmed riders for tomorrow with another possible we shall have to wait and see.
As I pedalled down the Royal Mile in the worsening rain I held little hope that the expected rider, Alice, would turn up for today’s Innocent Railway and Pentlands tour. I was really surprised when not 1 but 2 riders approached me to go on the tour. After introductions we set off on the road to the cycle path through Holyrood park and towards Innocent Tunnel.
Although wet there was no wind and the air temp was mild so the day could have been worse. We set out at quite a pace and in no time were using the Facilities in a Dalkeith café and tucking into hot drinks and some food. After a brief dry out we set off again, a little easier pace through Dalkeith and out towards Auchendinny and Glencorse.
Coming down the cycle path by the A702 Alice took a little spill but was up in no time and pedalling towards Flotterstone and the Pentlands Park.
When we approached Maidens Cleugh it was evident that the rain had taken a toll on the path and we decided to walk up to the summit. The descent was taken carefully as was the road down into Currie.
The rain had now stopped and the temperature gauge at the counter at the canal basin informed us that it was 15 degrees! I left two wet, muddy and happy ladies by the quayside as I headed to Haymarket for my train to Kirkcaldy.