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Introducing Haymarket Hub our Accommodation Partner for 2019

Introducing Haymarket Hub our Accommodation Partner for 2019

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling has teamed up with the Haymarket Hub hotel to offer festival attendees a discounted booking rate of 15% off their accommodation.

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling - Haymarket Hub Official accommodation partner 2019

June is an extremely busy time of year for Edinburgh as a variety of events are also taking place across the city which does mean hotel prices rise. In respect of this we have teamed up with the Haymarket Hub as an accommodation partner to offer attendees a discounted booking rate.

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The Haymarket Hub is a cyclist friendly hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city and on the direct line from London’s Kings Cross and a short 30-minute tram ride from Edinburgh airport. The hotel is a perfect place to relax after a long day of cycling and sightseeing. Each room provides free Wi-Fi, Sky TV, a complimentary personal smartphone which provides free data, free UK and international phone calls as well as city news, events and maps. Power showers and indulgent toiletries are provided enabling you to fully revive and recharge, ready for an evening out in Edinburgh city. Your bikes can be stored at the hotels bike rack which is located at the rear of the building.

Don’t Miss Out!

Use the instructions below to redeem your 15% discount

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Please Note: This Discount Is Subject To Availability

Call for events 2019

Call for events for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2019

We are putting together the programme for the seventh Edinburgh Festival of Cycling (#EdFoC2019) 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  Thursday 6th June to Sunday 16th 2019. 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 15th March 2019, 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 (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 take part in your event, the listing fee is £25 per event. If your event is free to take part in, the listing fee is £10 for each event.

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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.

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

EdFoC programmes in the wild

The distribution of printed programmes for this year’s Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Events has now started, to help you find them we have created this handy map for you. As more programmes are distributed the map will update (although this might take a day or two), along with information on when and how many programmes were left at each location. If you would like to suggest a location where we should leave more programmes for people to pick up or would like to offer to help with the distribution, please get in touch.

Cycling and other Edinburgh Festivals

Cycling and other Edinburgh Festivals

As you may know there are a few other festival in Edinburgh, so here are a few of the cycling events on offer.

First off something a little different, The Bike Station has an a small exhibition celebrating 50 Years of Flying Scot bicycles. It is free, just drop in during opening hours.

There are some fantastic talks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, these include:

  • Chris Hoy: Sensational Cycling. Grab your bike and get down to this event to meet one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes, Chris Hoy, as he introduces his magical cycling adventure series, Flying Fergus. Join Chris and his writing and illustration team, Joanna Nadin and Clare Elsom, for a fantastically fun, fast-paced event.
  • Elly Blue: Getting To The Hub Of Cycling And Society. The social bicycle revolution keeps on spinning with Oregon’s Elly Blue leading the field. Offering a new perspective on how we get around, her Bikenomics includes a shocking comparison between cities which invest in a two-wheeled future and others that don’t. For those who already ride their way through life, this will bolster their beliefs; those who don’t will have their eyes truly opened.
  • Dervla Murphy & Jennifer Tough: Staying On Your Bike. Moving about on two wheels has never been more popular but few would undertake the endurance tests which Dervla Murphy and Jennifer Tough have put themselves through. Murphy recalls the great journeys she’s cycled, including Dunkirk to India and across Cuba, while Tough was captivated by the idea of peddling around the entire Baltic Sea coastline, where she encountered perfect beaches and less than perfect driving.
  • Juliana Buhring: The Cycle Of Life For A Record-Breaker. Feats of human endurance never cease to amaze and enthral. In 2012, against all odds, Juliana Buhring became the first woman to circumnavigate the world on a bike, after very little training and with barely any financial backing. Now a Guinness World Record holder, Buhring tells us about her upbringing, which is both fascinating and shocking. Saddle up for a classic Book Festival ride.

In addition there are great shows as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, these include:

  • In Conversation With… Graeme Obree. Described by Sir Chris Hoy as a ‘genius’, Graeme is a cyclist, parent, writer and broadcaster. Graeme has never held a driving license and commutes regularly on his bike. A regular contributor on TV and radio, often on cycling or mental health issues, Graeme is the author of two books: his autobiography The Flying Scotsman, made into the 2006 biopic starring Jonny Lee Miller as Obree, and his acclaimed training manual The Obree Way. Graeme is an accomplished speaker, regularly addressing audiences from all walks of life, including corporate groups, schools and cycling clubs.
  • Bikeology. Journalist, television presenter and best-selling author Ned Boulting brings his acclaimed ride through the world of cycling to the Fringe for the first time, for 3 shows only! From the humble commuter to the winner of the Tour de France*, Boulting takes an off-centre look at what it means to ride a bike, drawing on his own underwhelming adventures in the saddle and his 15 summers spent hurtling around France in pursuit of the sport’s biggest names. All two-wheeled life is here! *Ned Boulting has never tested positive for performance enhancing substances.
  • The HandleBards: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their beautifully bonkers production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, their critically acclaimed show is back by popular demand in the Botanic Garden, with riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter. Bring a picnic, bring some friends and enjoy this magical show in the great outdoors
  • The HandleBards: As You Like It. The world’s first cycling theatre company, the HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe, at the peak of their 1500 mile adventure, for this bicycle-powered production with riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter. Bring a picnic, bring some friends and enjoy this wild show in the great outdoors!

If you know of any more that we have missed please let us know. Keep on Pedaling!

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…

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:

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
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