Next Spokes Ride

The next Spokes Ride will be on Sunday 6th May 2018.

Forecast is dry, light cloud. Max Temp 14°C Westerly Wind.

Meet 10:00am at on Lothian Road outside the Usher Hall.

Destination West Lothian. Mainly flat ride, with few inclines but not too many. Distance about 35 mi. Pub Lunch, so please use the Contact page to notify me.

Please check your bike before the ride, i.e. tyre pressure, chain and brakes. Bring some money for lunch, emergencies and possible café stops or post ride refreshments. Don't forget snacks to keep your energy levels up and a drink to consume en-route.
Don't forget to bring a small toolkit to fit your bike and a spare inner tube in case you get a puncture. It is much easier to replace the tube than to repair a tube, especially if you have a slow puncture.

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Tree Lined and Friendly

A lovely day. A little breezy, but not too cumbersome. A true early autumn day, so the route we took was deliberately tree-lined. Enjoy the sun shining through trees, summer was saying goodbye. A reasonable turnout on a day while cool, felt pleasant. It stayed dry and bright.

Summer's a Hanging on in

The main aim was "not the canal path", so once beyond Cramond Brig, we headed for the coast. A bit fast along the Kirkliston road meant I had to regroup everyone. We lose 2 people because of this. From here we cycled at a modest pace up the hill to Dalmeny and on to the Railway path to S. Queensferry. the path is pleasant to ride since it has been tarmac'd, and, welcome for mosts cyclists, downhill. Not too fast, just right. Under the Forth Road Bridge and along the coast to Hopetoun House, following NCR 76. This is fine, but the kissing gates are a bit of a pain for a group of cyclists.

As we came up from Abercorn, the sun shone through the trees, summer seemed to still be here, although it is a deception. We know the year turns, and winter is inevitable, but it is nice. The peace is shattered by the busy A road, which we have to follow for a wee while, before turning off on to a country road. Hedges too high to see over. Why there is a cyclists dismount sign where the single track railway crosses the road, I don't know. there are traffic lights to ensure you don't meet someting coming in the opposite direction. No anti-cyclist monster crept up on us. The gates were open, so no trains were expected.

Reaching Philpstoun, we crossed over from the route we had taken a few weeks before in the Round Forth bike ride. Ignoring the canal path, we carried on up the road to the B road and whizzed down the hill in to Linlithgow.

A cool lunch stop

Lunchtime in the garden was cool, with free tea/coffee provided, and a guided tour around the garden. Lots of chatter, but that is the norm. A long lunch break ending when we really must start returning home.

Experience the Landscape

After lunch we head south and up, firstly to Dark Entry, an old road converted in to a shared path for walkers and cyclists, which we followed, turned left up another hill. As we waited here for the slower cyclists to catch up, I mused on the Ochil Hills. They look like a huge wave about to come crashing down. Once regrouped, we carried on up the hill for a quick stop at the Scottish Korean War Memorial to let everyone get their breath and a quick photo opportunity. Once rested, we continued the climb to pass Cairnpapple Hill, another climb, and then the rollercoaster.

From here the road is rolling, with the emphasis on the down. Momentum, and the occasional quick spin of the pedals, was enough to get up the occasional uphill. Racong down to West Mains, one water bottle was lost, and quickly retrieved by a slower cyclist and given back to its owner. Then through the Wilderness, a flatter road, in fact a very slight incline, but as we have climbed steeper today, no one notices. A quick bit of Llama spotting, or are they Alpacas?? Once through the Wilderness, a slight up hill to West Binny before the rush down to Ecclesmachen. A steep descent this. If the road was a roller coaster, this is the bits that gives the thrill at the end of the ride. Cyclists whooping, and passing one lone cyclist, rolling eyes, travelling up the hill. Here got up to 58.9 kmh. I should really take the mudguards off the bike if the weather has been dry, might have gone faster.

Bing it

We're now back to normal altitude. the road still goes down, but not in any dramtic fashion. The orange and green bings are lit by the afternoon sunshine as we whizz along the country road and then the winding road through the bings to Niddry. As we got to Kirkliston something was stirring, well rumbling. A decision was made, we need a break with something to eat and drink, and it was still mid afternoon. A stop at Craigies was agreed. It was here that some cyclists left the ride, opting to get home early. Had they stayed, they would have witnessed the consumption of the largest piece of chocolate cake in the world.

Warm Regards,

Explore, Dream, Discover

Ride Statistics

Distance:       71.9 km (44.7 miles)
Average Speed:  18.5 kmh (11.5 mph) (Max 59.6 kmh)
Time on bike:   3 hours 53 minutes
Total Climbing: 766 m (2513ft) Max. 251m
Max. Temp.:     12 deg C (54 deg F)

Route Description

Start: Usher Hall
Out: Roseburn, Sileverknowes, Barnton, Cramond Brig, Dalmeny, S. Queensferry, Hopetoun House, Abercorn, Old Philpstoun, Philpstoun, Park Farm, Linlithgow
Return: Linlithgow, Beescraig Country Park, The Scottish Korean War Memorial, Cairnpapple, The Wilderness, West Binny, Ecclesmachan, Niddry, Kirkliston, Craigies, Cramond, Barnton, Silverknowes, Roseburn
End: Dalry Road

Interactive Route Map

The map belows shows the route that we took on the October 2009 Spokes Ride to Linlithgow.

Linlithgow Ride Altitude Profile


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