As featured in Cycling Weekly (15.9.16), “Ride with …” feature.

Welcome to the website of Porto-Velo, a cycling club based in the Portobello area of Edinburgh

Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, Portovelo has reluctantly cancelled all organised group rides for the time being, in line with the approach taken by Cycling UK (in turn following Government advice). Monthly social evenings have also been cancelled, in line with Government advice to avoid pubs.

The text below reflects what we would normally offer, and what we hope to return to as soon as the current crisis is over and official advice is changed:

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

All rides will return by lunchtime, usually around 1pm. 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.

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

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

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+, 100Km for the Inters); and there’s also our annual “weekender” where we visit a new area and explore unfamiliar roads.

Other Rides
During the summer months, we organise weekday evening training rides on Thursday evenings, leaving from the Bandstand with distances of 35 to 40 miles.
There are a few club members also organising Gravel / Trail rides throughout the year who always welcome some company.
There are also occasional family/leisure rides, aimed primarily at parents and children, on quiet roads or off-road tracks.

Social evenings
We meet up on the last Wednesday of every month, at 8.30 pm, in a local pub.  Everyone’s welcome to join us, whether you’ve ridden with us before or just want to find out more.

Other activities
We have also organised bike maintenance classes, track taster sessions, film nights and contributed to community events.

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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