ABOUT

Established 2012. Featured in Cycling Weekly, “Ride with …“, 2016. Affiliated to Cycling UK.

Welcome to the website of Portovelo, a cycling club based in the Portobello area of Edinburgh

Sunday rides
We have four groups leaving the bandstand at the east end of the Prom at 8 am (March – November) or 9 am (December – February) every Sunday, year-round.

All rides return by lunchtime, usually around 1 pm. Routes vary and mostly stick to quieter roads; there is always a cafe stop. Winter rides (December to February) are shorter and a bit slower. See the FAQ page for more information on the groups.

Intermediate
Rides of 50 or so miles at a moving average of around 14-15 mph.
No rider dropped

Intermediate+
Rides of 55 or so miles at a moving average of around 15-16 mph.
No rider dropped

Fitness
Rides of 60 or so miles at a moving average of around 16-17 mph. No rider dropped.

Fitness+
Rides of 70 or so miles at a moving average of around 18+ mph. Group may split.

Challenge rides
Each year, we organise at least one longer “century” ride for each group (usually a 100 mile ride for the Fitness-plus and Fitness groups, 100 km for the Intermediates); and there’s also our annual “weekender” where we visit a new area and explore unfamiliar roads.

Other rides
During the summer months, we sometimes organise mid-week intermediate rides and/or evening training rides at fitness pace, leaving from the Bandstand with distances of 35 to 40 miles. There are also occasional family/leisure rides, aimed primarily at parents and children, on quiet roads or off-road tracks. Check the Calendar page for details of all forthcoming rides.

Social evenings
We meet up on the second Thursday of every month, at 8.30 pm, in a local pub.  All are welcome, whether you’ve ridden with us before or not.

Other activities
We have also organised bike maintenance classes, track taster sessions, film nights and contributed to community events. During lockdown, we organised individual time-trials (on Strava segments) and Zwift indoor-training sessions.

For more info about Porto-Velo, our aims and activities, you can:

  • read our F.A.Q.s page, or check the Calendar page for details of upcoming events
  • like us on facebook (portoveloclub)
  • follow us on twitter @porto_velo (please note the underscore)
  • e-mail us on info@porto-velo.com
  • read about us in the Portobello Reporter
  • come and meet us on one of our social evenings
  • add a comment on our Contacts page

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