The ERC Sunday run leaves from the Charwood Restaurant, 47 Buckstone Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 6QJ
You can find the location here:
The start time is the time the run leaves - so please aim to arrive at least 5 minutes ahead of that time.
The Sunday run normally averages around 17 mph and is aimed at riders training to race or reasonably fit recreational cyclists. Riders are assumed to be self supporting and, while the group might have a cafe stop, this is not guaranteed, and riders should carry adequate food and drink. The group will always stop for punctures etc, and will aim to accommodate a reasonable range of abilities, but those significantly slower than the general pace of the group should be prepared to navigate their own way home.
Routes vary from week to week, going East, South, or West, and usually sticking mostly to more minor roads. Distance varies according to season and weather, but is typically 50 to 70 miles, although shorter options are usually available.
Riding in a group has many advantages but it also places certain responsibilities on each rider. Punctures, mechanicals etc, whilst often bad luck, can be less of a trial if certain precautions are taken before the run
Make sure your bike is safe - check your chain, brakes, wheels, rims and steering. Also ensure that nothing is loose (especially mudguards) or liable to fall off.
Check your tyres - worn tyres are the single biggest preventable cause of punctures. Multiple punctures, apart from being a pain, won't endear you to other riders waiting for you on a cold day! Make sure you know how to fix a puncture - practice beforehand if you need to.
You are likely to need the following equipment:
* An appropriately serviced bike
* At least one, but preferably two, spare inner tubes.
* A working pump
* Puncture repair kit - for those awful days when two tubes aren't enough.
* Tyre levers
* A multi tool - to adjust gears etc
* Other optional tools e.g. chain breaker
* Even in winter hydration is important, so each rider should carry a drinks bottle
* Money - for the cafe stop
* Solid carbohydrate source eg banana, raisins, jelly babies
Individuals take part in any group rides at their own risk. Edinburgh RC and its club members accept no responsibility for the safety of anyone participating in group rides, and no liability in the event of an accident.