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Mike Hall RIP

There was sad news from Australia last night, Mike Hall the world-renowned ultra-distance cyclist died after being hit by a car whilst competing in the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race. Mike’s untimely death is a great loss to the ultra cycling community, including many friends of EdFoC, our hearts go out to all of them. Two members of the EdFoC team met Mike at EuroBike last year and we were hoping that he would be a part of the Festival this year. We are deeply saddened by his death, rest in peace Mike, you are already missed.

If you would like to help Mike’s family in this difficult time, TCR rider James Hayden has set up a Justgiving crowdfunder.

Mike Hall RIP

There is a fitting tribute here.

Writing & Riding

We are thinking of holding an EdFoC Creative Writing Competition, Writing & Riding, so we are calling all writing cyclists and cycling writers – send us your poems and short fiction about bicycles and cycling, for a chance to win (well we will work something out) and to have your work published by EdFoC. We’re looking for original and well-crafted pieces that will help to communicate your enthusiasm for cycling in all its forms, to people of any age.

Rules, there’ll have to be some form of guidelines, probably something along the lines of word limits – 40 lines poetry (and max 3 poems per entrant). Short story fiction, around 1,000 words max – esp as judges’ time is likely to limited.

Let us know what you think…

Feedback from EdFoC 2016

Feedback from EdFoC 2016

We have finally gotten round to analysing the feedback from EdFoC 2016 and thought we’d share the highlights with you. A big thank you to all those who took the time to fill out the survey. We are pleased to see that you clearly liked the Festival, with 82% saying that it was Excellent or Very Good, 14% rating it Good and only 4% saying it was Poor.

Comments about the festival included:

“well done! Do it again!” and “Great fun for all!”

We’d just like to say a big thank you to all who gave us feedback.

So what did people think of the individual events? Here are a few of the comments:

An evening with Julian Sayerer

Excellent – “Much more varied than I was expecting, jumping from politics, to touring the world to courier work in London. Made it all the better and quite easily convinced me to buy his books on the spot”

Belles on Bikes & Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative Ride


Bike Curious Family Workshop

Very Good

Bikey tales of adventure – Jenny Tough

Excellent & Very Good – “I feel a lot of cycle-touring talks are usually a case of the converted preaching to the converted. As someone who has never been on a long trip, it was truly inspiring to hear someone talk about how easy it was to do with no previous experience.”
“Well done and the wee film was a nice touch”

Cycle Speed Dating

Excellent & Very Good – “I met some really nice people, the venue was good and well hosted”
“Nice relaxed environment”

Cycling and the Law – Cycle Law Scotland

Very Good – “Presentations and speakers great. Good content. Venue a little too squished” [sorry about that, was more popular than anticipated]
“Very interesting presentation, would have liked a bit more time for discussions at the end.”
“Good interesting programme, well presented.”

Essential Yoga for Cyclists: Union Yoga


King of Kaimes Hill Climb

Very Good – “Low key event with the correct amount of craziness to make it an attractive option”
“Great fun for all”

Ligfiets Zondag

Excellent – “Ideal opportunity to try a different form of cycling”

Meadowbank velodrome taster sessions

Excellent – “Completely amazing, weather ended up being perfect, phil [of ERC] got us up and running no problem. One of the most fun things I’ve done”

Mind is the ride with Jet McDonald

Excellent & Very Good – “Jet was an excellent choice by the festival programmers. More than anything, talks like this are very inspiring, especially if you had ever considered (ro dreamed about) similar experiences. Although it wasn’t a full house at all, there was a lot of engagement in the Q&A part, which shows how inspiring these events are.”

One pedal at a time – one woman’s journey to the top – Genevieve Whitson

Very Good – “Very interesting and show the dedication required outwith British Cycling envelope.”

Original Edinburgh Night Ride

Excellent & Very Good – “It gets better and better. Very well organised. A pleasure.”
“Cycling during a mild and still quite light June night with others on a mystery tour with pre-arranged stops and meals at a non-competitive pace is absolutely fab!”

Pantani – the accidental death of a cyclist [and other films at Balerno]

Excellent & Very Good – “Cinema ‘staff’ all very welcoming on arrival, free beer was a lovely gesture, audience were appreciative and civilised, all three films were excellent, it was a very enjoyable event, thank you!”
“Excellent programme and presentation and value”

Ride to the Sun

Excellent – “Fantastic atmosphere, well done to the organisers”

Spokes Bike Breakfast

Excellent & Very Good – “Great veggie breakfast and free maintenance”
“Well done to organisers of this one!”
“Free breakfast, chain cleaned, bike ID applied by police, and lots of other stalls! … What’s not to like? Apart from the dreich weather, but at least it wasn’t raining!”
“It was a nice event and opportunity to meet other people.”

Spokes public meeting on cycling and health

Excellent & Very Good – “Good format. But then it’s been tested often 🙂 ”
“Interesting content, but preaching to the converted? … Good to see event well attended … Good to see gender mix panel. (No all male panel)”

Very Beginners Bike Maintenance

Excellent – “I really enjoyed the bike maintenance class. Hannah [of Cycle Service] was enthusiastic and answered all questions as if they weren’t daft. I looking forward to getting stuck into maintaining my own bike now!”

Women’s learn then ride

Excellent – “I was somewhat skeptical about how useful this was going to be given I’d ridden bike in past (albeit a very long time ago) … however, [it has] been very useful in helping users think about balance, and good tips (and practice) on road procedure. Very encouraging for all participants, and helpful on getting us enthused, and importantly getting us linked into ‘Edinburgh Belles‘ and ‘the festival’.”

Womens Cycle Forum Scotland launch

Excellent & Very Good

Call for events 2017

Call for events 2017

We are in the process of organising this year’s Edinburgh Festival of Edinburgh (#EdFoC2017) and we would like you get involved too, so we are putting out a call for events. If you would like to run an event as part of the #EdFoC2017 which will run from Thursday 8th June to Sunday 18th 2017, we would like you let us know. We are open to suggestions of events of any kind which 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 catered 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, with a wide range of sporting, cultural and fun events for all age groups, across the city. Basically if it involves wheels, pedals (although pedal less balance bikes are also welcome) and human powered cycling, or references it those things, it will be consider for inclusion.

If you would like to submit an event or events for inclusion please use the form below. The closing date for inclusion in the printed programme is 6th March 2017, but earlier is better 😉

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 (last year 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 be part of your event, the listing fee will be £25 for each event. If your event is free to take part in, the listing fee will be £10 for each event.

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Organisers phone number, will not be published

Please give your event a title

Please give a description of your event, including any ticketing information. We recommend that this listing be around 300 words.

Please select the venue where your event will be held. If the venue you are using is not in the list, please create a new one.

You can add a featured images for your event (optional)

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By submitting this form you agree to pay the Event listing fees set out below.

The fee level is the same for listing in the printed programme & on the website, or in the online programme only.

If you have a charge people to be part of your event, the listing fee will be £25 for each event. If the event is free to take part in, the listing fee will be £10 for each event.

If your event is accepted as a part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, you will be sent an invoice for the fee payable. Your listing will not be published until payment has been received.

You also confirm that you will carry out an appropriate risk assessment before the event, and will be able to show a written risk assessment of your event. Also that you have the appropriate level of Public Liability Insurance to cover your event.

Or download this docx and return it to us by e-mail (see below)

Give us feedback and win prizes!

Give us feedback and win prizes!

Now that the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2016 is over we need your feedback, tell us what you though of the Festival this year and help us to make it event better next year. We have created two surveys for you to fill in, one for individual events (just five questions so it is really quick and easy), and a survey to cover the whole festival. As an incentive we are offering entry to a prize draw to all those who complete the surveys.

We have some really great prizes on offer these include: LIMITS power meter worth £250, Cycloc Hero bike storage solution, a copy of Bikepacking by Laurence McJannet, and much more.


LiMiTs Power meter

The LIMITS power meter is a new invention which is designed to fit between the pedal and crank arm removing all compatibility issues normally associated with the frame, crank arm and pedal. The design ensures you do not need to replace any of your existing components. LIMITS can be installed by you in minutes with easy software upgraded as enhancements are made as well as quick and easy replacement of batteries. The power meter can connect to any smart phone via Bluetooth or any ANT+ compatible wireless cycle computer able to display power. Designed in Scotland.

EdFoC 2016 now on!

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2016 is now on, we hope that you will join us! Sadly not all of our friends can be there Juliana Buhring who is about ride the Race Across America (RAAM) supported by Emily Chappell. Juliana and Emily first met and became friends at the festival last year.

Also missing is Markus Stitz, who last year created the Capital Trail as part of the festival. Currently Markus is cycling single speed around the world, and although he can’t be with us he did send this message from Iran:

Red Dwarf meets Urban Arrow

At the weekend EdFoC was invited to the Bikes vs Cars Future Vehicle Showcase at the Edinburgh International Science Festival to show our Urban Arrow cargo bike. We we very please by the level of attention it got, even if some riders were a wee bit wobbly at first.

Robert Llewellyn trying out an Urban Arrow cargo bike, thanks to James Nikitine for the video.

What the video doesn’t show is just how quickly Robert over came the initial wobbles and was able to ride the bike with ease. However, the manic giggling does give you a sense of just how much fun it is to ride. If you’d like to find out what it is like to ride an Urban Arrow cargo bike, ours is for hire.

Programme distribution #EdFoC2016

The distribution of printed programmes for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2016 (#EdFoC2016) has started, and will be continuing for some time. This list is a work in progress and will be continuously added to, so far programmes have been left at the following locations:

This list will grow and may already be out of date as we have a busy group of volunteers out and about delivering more. If you would like to help by delivering programmes or by suggesting somewhere that might like to stock them, please get in touch.

SEStran is proud to sponsor Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2016

We at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling are delighted that, for the third year in a row, the South East Scotland Regional Transport Partnership (or SEStran for short) is one of the major sponsors of this year’s Festival. A spokesperson from SEStran told us:

SEStran is proud to sponsor Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2016. SEStran is one of seven Regional Transport Partnerships in Scotland, covering the South East region. Its role is to develop and deliver the Regional Transport Strategy, which includes improving active travel and public transport infrastructure. Consistent with our Regional Transport Strategy, SEStran is currently progressing initiatives to improve cross-boundary cycle routes across the South East of Scotland. SEStran looks forward to seeing everyone out on their bikes during the festival.

Our Transport Partner

We are pleased to announce that this year the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling will have a new transport partner, Urban Arrow.

There is more to running a festival than just turning up at a few events, there is always lots of stuff to move about, such as the 10,000 programmes which are about to be printed. Over the last couple of years, this has been something of a logistical headache, although one made easier last year by the loan of a cargo bike from Laid Back Bikes. This year we have negotiated with Urban Arrow to provide us with one of their bikes at a preferential rate and are buying it with the help of the Energy Saving Trust.

The Urban Arrow, with its modular design, is one of the most versatile cargo bikes around. Although we are buying it in the family configuration, we may well buy a cargo box at a later date. When the bike is not in use for EdFoC business, we intend to make it available for hire at a competitive rate, which is part of the reason that we went for the family version.

Urban Arrow Our Transport Partner

We did also consider other cargo bikes, such as the Danish Bullitt (of which there are a couple already in Edinburgh), and the German Riese & Müller Packster and Load. However, in the end we decided that Urban Arrow suited our needs best and offers the best value for money. If you would like to try out an Urban Arrow for yourself, our bike is available for hire (when we are not using it).

Urban Arrow Our Transport Partner

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