CTC Lothians and Borders
A member group of Cycling UK
Welcome to Lothians and Borders CTC
We are a member group of the national charity Cycling UK whose purpose is to encourage and support cycling across Scotland and the UK. Whether you’re new to cycling, an experienced rider or indeed a current member, this is the site for you to gain access to up to date information on the club’s activities. The club offers a variety of opportunities to get out on organised cycle rides with an emphasis on participation as part of a group and consideration for all riders. Rides take place all year round and include short after-work summer rides, longer 40 to 80 mile mid-week and week-end rides. Whatever bike you have – tourer, MTB or hybrid, you’ll be welcome on our rides; we just ask that your bike is roadworthy and, for the benefit of other riders in the group, in wet weather conditions be fitted with mudguards. You need not be a member of Cycling UK to come along on our rides to start with, just turn up and you will be made most welcome. If you wish to become a regular rider we do ask you become a member of Cycling UK. To join please go to http://www.cyclinguk.org/join See our Upcoming Rides and Riding Guidelines pages. To receive email notifications of upcoming rides around Edinburgh and the Lothians and other information, join the CTC Edinburgh Yahoo Group.
I was a member of the Grampian CTC group before I moved to Edinburgh almost ten years ago. I immediately joined the Edinburgh group and found them to be a similar friendly bunch of people to those I had known from Aberdeen. Weekend runs out into the local countryside were an excellent introduction to the towns, cafes and attractions of the Lothians and Fife. On shorter runs around Edinburgh it was a great way to discover cycle paths and quiet roads around the city. One of the delights of Cycling UK is that wherever you go you can be sure of finding a local group of like-minded cycling friends.
CTC member Maureen Young
The Edinburgh club encouraged me to cycle more regularly, become fitter and meet a great bunch of people. I had cycled on and off for years and I thought of myself as a “cyclist” but only when I signed up, did I really got going. It took a while to block off my diary to make sure I made the rides but now I fit my other activities around our cycles! I know Edinburgh and the Lothians so well now. Also Fife. The ride leaders are very supportive and there is always a back marker to help you out. Everyone is very welcome – we have great laughs and even if there is a puncture or a “mechanical”, we all muck in and it doesn’t take long to fix. A great club.
CTC member Gordon Robertson
I had been under the impression that all cycling clubs were very serious and the cycling was fast and furious. As I found out this is not the case with the Edinburgh CTC. I was hunting for a social friendly group that would allow me to increase my cycling miles and my fitness in a relaxed manner. 3 years ago a friend suggested that I try the CTC in Edinburgh, this was exactly what I was looking for. Cycling with the CTC in the Edinburgh area has given me the confidence to tackle several distance cycling challenges. In addition I have made lots of good friends and enjoyed numerous amazing days on the bike.
CTC member Alison Johnston