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

Sunday rides
“Fitness-plus”, “fitness” and “intermediate” rides leave the bandstand at the east end of the Prom at 8 am (March – November) or 9 am (December – February) every Sunday and return by lunchtime.  Distances for the fitness-plus ride are up to 70 or so miles at a moving-average of around 18 mph; for the fitness group, 60 or so at an average of around 16 mph, and for the intermediate group 50 or so at an average of around 14 mph
; all rides are shorter (and a bit slower) in the winter.

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

With all Sunday rides, routes vary and mostly stick to quieter roads; there is always a cafe stop. Each ride is led by an experienced cyclist who manages the pace to ensure no-one gets left behind.

Other rides
During the summer months, we organise weekday evening training rides. 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 and 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

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