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
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.
Distances for the Intermediate group are 50 or so miles at an average of around 14 mph.
No rider dropped.
Distances for the for the fitness group are 60 or so miles at an average of around 16 mph. No rider dropped.
Distances for the fitness-plus ride are up to 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 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.
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.
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: