Great Cumbrae, 01 August, 2016

Once again Handcycling Edinburgh will be joining forces with our colleagues from the West but this time it’ll be for a ride around the island of Great Cumbrae on the 1st of August.


We’ll me meeting our friends from Ride 63 and Clyde Muirshiel, Castle Semple in Largs before taking our handbikes across on the ferry to head around the island of Great Cumbrae. From the ferry terminal, we’ll follow the coastal road along a 16 km/ 10 mi journey with a maximum elevation gain of approximately 20 metres.


The ride should be fairly gentle and suitable for riders that are able to take on the 10 mile route. Dotted primarily with farmland and a golf course, the ride poses to be quite scenic as we head around the island before passing through the town of Millport before finally returning again to the ferry terminal.


Start time is TBA but if you are interested in joining us, please send us an e-mail at


See you on the road!

Coaching at Emirates Arena: 27 July, 2016

Upcoming coaching sessions with Jane Egan.

Following on from our last coaching session where we covered drafting, pacing, and cornering at speed, Handcycling Edinburgh will be participating in another training session with British Paratriathlete, Jane Egan.

After having spent half a day on the 1 km closed-loop, car free circuit, we will be joining some of our handcycling colleagues from the Glasgow area. We’ll be teaming up with members of Ride 63 with help from Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to add another level to our riding skills/

The next coaching session will be held at The Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, also known as the Emirates Arena, on 27 July.

Coaching topics will be announced on the day. Keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you’d like to come along by sending us an email at



SIS hill climb

Made it to the top

Recently, Spinal Injuries Scotland hosted a barbeque and sporting event at Castle Semple, Clyde Muirshiel Park that Neil and Ken headed out to, and where we met up with Mike. It was a great day out and a chance to do a bit of cycling, try some kayaking, sailing, and power boating, and meet some fantastic people. The barbeque was mighty tasty as well, and well worth queueing for in the light rain.


There were a number of folks who hadn’t tried handcycling before and who had a shot on the bikes available at Castle Semple while Neil, Mike, and Ken talked about our experiences and gave some tips to the new riders. We also had some great support from some of the other keen riders on the west side who came out for the day.


One of the highlights though, was the early morning ride that Neil and Ken took. On a crisp morning, the two of us headed out from Castle Semple heading up the hill to Muirshiel Visitor Centre. Our previous road training paid off as we headed out through Lochwinnoch to head for the hills.


It wasn’t long before those hills kicked in too, and what a workout it was. The first gentle climb was a just a warmup until we turned right on to the main road and the hill just got steeper. But it was no match for our arms and we kept on going. As the village thinned out and the grassy hills came into view, we kept putting the power on. Occasionally we’d have a bit of a downhill run but it was just enough to get some speed for the next climb. Meandering through the bends past the on looking cows and sheep  we managed to power to the top of the climb to the Muirshiel Visitor Centre.


Having triumphantly reached the top, we replenished out energy stores, snapped a picture and prepared for the descent. The initial gentle descent soon turned into a roaring blast, with unbelievable speed. So much so that you can only see it when you contrast the times: 50 minutes of climbing, for 3 minutes of descent, but both were so worth it!