ABOUT

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, 24th September 2020:) Portovelo Sunday rides resume on 27th September, and will operate in compliance with Scottish Cycling and Cycling UK guidance. For further details, see the Covid-19 page.

See below for the results of a recent member survey:

Sunday rides
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 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.

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

Fitness
Rides of 60 or so miles at a moving average of around 16 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+, 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 also occasional family/leisure rides, aimed primarily at parents and children, on quiet roads or off-road tracks.

Social evenings
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.

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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