As featured in Cycling Weekly (15.9.16), “Ride with …” feature. Affiliated to Cycling UK.
Welcome to the website of Porto-Velo, a cycling club based in the Portobello area of Edinburgh
Update May 2021: Portovelo rides are expected to resume from Sunday 23 May as mainland Scotland moves to level 2 restrictions.
We have three 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 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.
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.
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 also occasional family/leisure rides, aimed primarily at parents and children, on quiet roads or off-road tracks.
Pre-lockdown, we met up on the last Wednesday of every month, at 8.30 pm, in a local pub. During lockdown, some Zoom socials were organised. Check the Calendar page for information of any forthcoming social evenings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- read about us in the Portobello Reporter
- come and meet us on one of our social evenings
- add a comment on our Contacts page