There are likely to be extra numbers of cyclists out on the paths and streets of Edinburgh this weekend either going to, taking part in or going home from one of the three cycling events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, as well as overnight in between.
First off is the Edinburgh Sky Ride. This one is for everybody and is a mass participation bike ride for everyone on roads closed to cars around Holyrood Park and Arthurs Seat. The route is 5.2km and you cycle it as many times as you want, or just a couple of times before taking in the entertainment and activities being laid on. The Skyride is from 10am to 4pm, you can either just turn up or register in advance.
Next up, overnight Saturday/Sunday is the Edinburgh Night Ride, a 50 mile ride around Edinburgh. This is strictly a charity fundraising event, with registration on line. The route starts at Holyrood Park, before taking in Musselburgh, Newhaven, Calton Hill, the city centre and Grassmarket, before finishing at Holyrood Park once more.
And then on Sunday is the big event – the annual Pedal for Scotland bike ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh, which finishes at Murrayfield Stadium. For anyone from Edinburgh taking part, coaches leave Murrayfield first thing Sunday, so expect lots of cyclists heading there via many of the paths that lead to that part of town. The route takes in some of the cycle paths, so expect a lot of one-way traffic from mid-morning onwards as the first riders start arriving.
There are two rides – the 110 mile sportive and the more sedate 47 mile challenge ride. For the less adventurous, or for those with smaller legs, there is also the nine-mile family ride, which takes in the last section of the route from Kirkliston.
Is anyone planning on doing all three? That’s a potential non-stop cycling en masse from 10am Saturday until 4pm Sunday!