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Message from our sponsor Fettle

Need to get your bike serviced? Our friends at Fettle are offering 10% off labour* for MOT’s, FULL and SOLID fettle services with a code EDFOC10. Simply add it at the end of the checkout on fettle’s mobile app, website or at one of their workshops and save up to £15 on bike servicing!

Fettle, the UK’s most progressive bike repair network, is dedicated to offering hassle-free servicing and complete peace of mind for all riders. If you’re in Edinburgh, why not experience their top-notch service for yourself? Visit them at 109 Dundee St, EH11 1AW.

Fettle are here to reinvent repair; to shake up previous practices; to put the ‘service’ back into servicing; and lead bike maintenance into a new era – for all types of rider.

Combining old school expertise with tech innovation, cyclists simply book in their bike or e-bike online or through the easy-to-use app. Users have the choice to drop their bike off at one of six convenient bike workshops or otherwise, fettle will pick up, service, and deliver the bike back to their owners – simple!
Fettle is here to keep the UK’s riders, riding.

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It’s Happening!

With this year’s printed programmes (all 10,000 of them) due to arrive this afternoon, we can definitely say that “It’s Happening!” the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is back!!

EdFoC last ran in its full form in 2019, then COVID-19 rather go in the way, but now we are back and this year the festival will run from Friday 31st May to Sunday 9th June. Want to know what is going to happen? See our event board and event calendar pages.

The cover image of the printed programme for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2024. The image show a stylised view of the Meadows in Edinburgh with a person walking and a person riding a bicycle on a path between trees

Volunteer programme distributors needed

Volunteer programme distributors needed

Now that the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is back with a full 10-day programme after a five-year break, we need you to help us distribute the 10,000 printed programme booklets across Edinburgh and beyond. The map below shows how far and wide programmes were distributed in 2019.

Here is how it works
* pick up bundles of the programme
* take them to places such as cafés, bike shops, libraries, sports centres, work places, dentist’s waiting rooms, etc. and ask if you can leave a few (normally 10-20, but some places will be happy to make more).
* tells the EdFoC team where you have left them and how many (there’s an online spreadsheet we’ll give you access to). We then put a pin in the interactive 2024 map to help people find a copy.

This is a great opportunity to get out and ride your bike with a purpose 😉

Interested? Please get in touch.


EdFoC Needs You: The image is based on the famous recruiting poster, a moustachioed man with a peaked hat points out at the viewer. The words "EdFoC Needs YOU" are displayed below his face.

#IWD2024 and #WorldBookDay

A celebration of International Women’s Day and World Book Day

As today is International Women’s Day and yesterday was World Book Day, we thought we would celebrate some of the fantastic women who have been a part of the festival over the years with a book grid.

Photo of a book grid showing the covers of books written by women who have been a part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

The books were laid out in random order. From top left – Kate Rawles The Life Cycle, Sarah Outen Dare to Do, Jenny Tough Solo, Jenny Graham Coffee First, When The World, Rebecca Lowe Slow Road to Tehran, Jenny Tough Keep the Sea to the Right, Emily Chappell What Goes Around, Kate Rawles The Carbon Cycle, Emily Chappell Where There’s a Will, Juliana Buhring This Road I Ride, Ishbel Holmes Me, My Bike and a Street Dog Called Lucy, Shannon Galpin Mountain to Mountain, Emma Jones cover designer of the EdFoC printed programme 2019, Jooles Walker Back in the Frame, Lee Craigie Joining the Dots, Lee Craigie Other Ways to Win, Karen Darke Quest 79, Karen Darke Boundless, Tough Women an anthology edited by Jenny Tough, and Anna Hughes Eat, Sleep, Cycle.

There have been many, many, more wonderful women who have played a part in the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling over the last 12 years, but these are just the books that came to hand at EdFoC HQ this morning. And there will be many more to come, watch this space!

Call for events 2024

Call for events for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2024

We are putting together the programme for the eighth Edinburgh Festival of Cycling (#EdFoC2024) and invite you to get involved. If you would like to run an event as part of the Festival, please get in touch. This year, EdFoC has been extended to include an extra weekend and runs from Friday 31st May to Sunday 9th 2024. We are open to suggestions of any types of events that fit within the aims of the Festival.

Unlike some cycling festivals, The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling doesn’t just revolve around the sports side of cycling (although we aim to cater for sports cycling in all its forms as well). There are so many sides to cycling – from transport to sport, from leisure activity to cultural icon – all of which the Festival sets out to celebrate, including a wide range of cultural, sporting and fun events for all ages across the city. Basically, if it involves wheels, pedals (although pedal-less balance bikes are also welcome) and human-powered cycling, or references these, we will consider it for inclusion.

If you would like to submit one or more events for inclusion, please use the form below. For informal enquiries, please send us an email via the form below. The closing date for the printed programme is 17:00 on Friday 22th March 2024, but we’d really appreciate earlier approaches  ;-).

Running any festival costs money and EdFoC is no different, so we have to charge an event listing fee. These fees are to help cover the costs of the programme production and festival promotion (in 2019 this cost us over £4,000). The fee level is the same for listing in the printed programme and on the website, or in the online programme only. If you charge people to take part in your event, the listing fee is £35 per event. If your event is free to take part in, the listing fee is £15 for each event.

EdFoC-event-booking-form-2024 and return it to us by e-mail (see below)

    EdFoC is on Mastodon

    This website has now joined the fediverse with ActivityPub, to broadcast a wider audience. So if you are on Mastodon or any other federated platform, you can now follow us at @edfoc. However, please note that the software running this automated feed is new and maybe a bit buggy.

    Something to note though, only new posts going forward will be available in the fediverse (i.e. after this one) and anyone who follows this site, will only see new posts we publish from that moment on. You will never see previously-published posts in your Home feed. This process is very similar to subscribing to a newsletter. If you subscribe to a newsletter, you will only receive future emails, but not the old archived ones.

    Hope this is of interest to at least some people. It is possible that in the future, that as more platforms join the fediverse, (Meta, the owner of Instagram and Threads, is talking about it) you will be able to follow from those too.

    EdFoC Needs You: The image is based on the famous recruiting poster, a moustachioed man with a peaked hat points out at the viewer. The words "EdFoC Needs YOU" are displayed below his face.

    We need you – do you want to be part of the team?

    We need you – do you want to be part of the team?

    If you are reading this, you may have noticed that the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Ltd (or EdFoC to its friends) hasn’t run an entire festival since 2019. This has partly been due to things beyond our control, such as the global pandemic, but it has also been due to the team behind the Festival running out of steam.

    A bit of background – as can be seen from the About page, the company has a small number of directors (ideally, this should be a minimum of four, but this has slipped) and a few additional volunteers. None of the team are paid to date, and all the modest profits made from running the Festival have been ploughed back into running the Festival. If there were sufficient funds in the future, this could change.

    Who do we need?

    Currently, the company requires at least two new directors to maintain a quorum, and the Festival as a whole needs people with new ideas who are also willing to commit to turning those ideas into reality. The Festival must also find more funding sources; even before the pandemic, sponsorship was tight.

    Once we have got the Festival core team back to full strength, we will also need people who want to get involved but may not be able to commit a significant amount of time. We will have space for you, as there are always things that you could get involved with.


    If you are interested in helping the Festival get back on its feet, please send us a message via the contact form, briefly outlining what you can offer, your background, any specific skills, and what you would like to get out of being a part of the team. We will get back to you and arrange a meeting to discuss.

    We are 10, Happy Anniversary to us!

    We are 10, Happy Anniversary to us!

    The company that runs EdFoC, Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Ltd, was first incorporated on the 11th of February 2013. Since then, we have successfully run eight festivals, each more than a week long. We have been named as “One of the top 10 cycling festivals in Europe”, and had tremendous feedback from our supporters.

    Edinburgh Festival of Cycling