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Following the phenomenal success of Ride the Night London, and massive demand for a second city, we’re delighted to launch our first ever Women V Cancer - Ride the Night Edinburgh in 2019!
Our flagship Women V Cancer challenge has extended its wings to the bonny capital of Scotland and we could not be more excited!
Thousands of Ride the Night Edinburgh challengers will unite to cycle 100km through this magical city at night to support three amazing women's cancer charities, Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
Brightening up the night with a bright pink boost, we’ll kick off at the gorgeous Queen Margaret University, just across the road from Musselburgh train station on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Making the most of the university's wonderful grounds, we'll start the night with motivational speeches, music and warm-ups. Then, alongside thousands of other incredibly inspiring women from all cycles of life, you’ll ride a circular route and pass many of Edinburgh’s historic landmarks, including the Royal Yacht Brittania, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle and many more, crossing your finish line back at Queen Margaret University.
Over the last five years, thousands of women have cycled through London at night and raised over £6 million. With a second city in 2019, we hope to get even more of you involved so we can make an even bigger impact in a cause that grows ever more critical.
So be part of something incredible and join a team of "Bravehearted" women for the first ever Ride the Night Edinburgh. You’ll have to be quick - spaces for our debut event are going to fill up in a flash!
Want some more info? Here are some handy resources for Ride the Night 2019:
Download your free Ride the Night Edinburgh info pack
Download your Ride the Night Edinburgh info pack here.
Get your Ride the Night Edinburgh 2019 sponsorship form
Download your Ride the Night Edinburgh sponsorship form here
Get your free training plan
Download your Ride the Night training plan here
Get the Ride the Night Edinburgh 2019 poster
Download your Ride the Night Edinburgh 2019 poster here
Set up your JustGiving account
Set up your JustGiving account for Women V Cancer Ride the Night Edinburgh 2019 here
The night was amazing! A HUGE thank you too to the marvellous marshals who remained cheerful and helpful.Sally & Friends
Check-in will open from 6 pm and the first group of women will set off at 9pm. We start and end at the gorgeous Queen Margaret University, just across the road from Musselburgh train station on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and get you all feeling the power as we kick off the night with motivational speeches, music and warm-ups. We also have refreshments, mechanics, stalls and support here, so by the time we start, you’ll not only have registered: you’ll be raring to go! Take this time to relax and make new friends, before you're called to your start wave. You’ll probably also want to make the most of the fantastic photo opportunity, with thousands of you all dressed up in pink and crazy outfits.
We set you off in groups of seventy-five women at two minute intervals to take on the 100 km route around Edinburgh. You can select your start time when registering (9.00 pm, 9.30 pm, 10 pm or 10.30 pm). Each start wave has a limited number of spaces and as this is our first ever Edinburgh ride, these are likely to fill up super fast, so please register now to secure your preferred start time. There are three rest stops along the way. Each of these will have water, hot drinks and snacks available, with gluten free options as well, plus first aid support, bike mechanics and toilet facilities. Remember, Ride the Night is not a race! Women V Cancer is non-competitive to the core and there are no event timings. Faster cyclists may complete Ride the Night in five hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to nine hours. The cut off time is 7 am on Sunday morning, but no-one will be left behind as we’ll have a sweeper van behind the final group of cyclists. Ride the Night is not a race and there are no event timings. We anticipate that faster cyclists will complete Ride the Night in 4 hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to eight hours. The cut off time is 7 am on Sunday morning, but no-one will be left behind as we will have a sweeper van behind the final group of cyclists. There is free parking for all participants at the start/finish point at the Queen Margaret University. There won't be any changing or showering facilities so please come prepared in your cycling clothing.
The more money raised by participants on the challenge, the higher the percentage of funds that will directly support those affected by women's cancers!
Minimum sponsorship target
We provide a fully signposted route, marshals, water and snack stops, a supper before the ride starts (with gluten free options available), pink hi-viz cycling vest, cycle number, medal, roaming bicycle mechanics and first aid support etc. The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the three charities. You are therefore encouraged to exceed the minimum fundraising target.
The route for Ride the Night Edinburgh 2018 will be revealed later on in the game as the challenge date draws closer and once we have confirmed where our rest stops will be. As with Ride the Night London, you’ll follow a circular route, starting and ending at the same place and passing many of Edinburgh’s mesmerising landmarks.
Please note that Ride the Night Edinburgh will be hillier than our ride in London, simply due to the nature of Edinburgh's terrain, so when preparing for the challenge, do make sure to incorporate some hilly rides into your training.
Cycling 100 km (approx. 62 miles) at night is a challenge but something that is definitely achievable with a reasonable amount of training. A number of the women who will take part in this exciting challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. Women V Cancer Ride the Night Edinburgh is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, all whilst raising funds for three amazing causes.
We will e-mail you training guidelines to help you get fit for the challenge but if you can't wait, you can download your free Ride the Night training plan here.
Please note that Ride the Night Edinburgh is likely to be more hilly than our ride in London, simply due to the nature of Edinburgh's terrain, so when training for the challenge, do make sure to incorporate some hills in your practice rides. Also, please don't neglect your strength training as these are particularly important for tackling hilly terrain.
We're afraid men can't participate in this Women V Cancer challenge. However, they are more than welcome to join the cause as a Ride Maker (a.k.a Ride the Night volunteer). We'll have a range of roles for both men and women, from supervising the bike racks to helping out at registration or the rest stops and more.
If you or someone you know is interested in helping out, please get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com.
You need to bring your own bike and a cycling helmet is essential. It is also essential that you have front and rear lights fitted on your bike. Please bring spare batteries too. We provide bike mechanics but do ask that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike, should you get a puncture on the challenge.
The cycle route is all on road – therefore we recommend using a road or hybrid bike. If you plan to use a mountain bike we would advise fitting road tyres for the challenge. You are also more than welcome to use an electric bike. We recommend that your bike is serviced before the challenge to minimise the chance of any mechanical problems. Please ensure you book your bike online well in advance.
It is vital that you follow the Highway Code throughout the challenge. Please note that there will not be road closures on this challenge.
The route is well lit and on quieter roads wherever possible - however once you arrive in central Edinburgh there will be traffic and you should be confident to deal with this. We recommend that you don't ride alone at any part of the challenge.
We also ask that you respect the local residents along the route and keep noise levels to a minimum. There will be a safety briefing online and a short safety briefing prior to setting off on the night of the challenge. It is very important that you are visible to road users. We will provide you with a Women V Cancer Ride the Night hi-viz vest to wear on the challenge. It is essential that you have working front and rear bicycle lights for the duration of the challenge and that you bring spare batteries for them. It is recommend that you wear additional hi-viz clothing.
There will be bike mechanics at the start of the challenge, at all of the rest stops and roaming mechanics along the route. We recommend servicing your bike before the challenge and that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike.
We've had quite a few of asking if you need to do anything to get the money on your JustGiving page to the Women V Cancer charities - and the good news is, you don't as it's all done automatically!
As long as you have raised £199 on JustGiving by Friday 17 May 2019, your place is confirmed on the ride and you'll receive your final details, including your rider number, in the post two weeks before your challenge.
IMPORTANT: please make sure you set up your JustGiving page for Women V Cancer Ride the Night Edinburgh 2019 - otherwise, the funds you raise won't go to the Women V Cancer charities and we won't be able to confirm you on the ride!
As long as you have raised £199 on JustGiving, your place is confirmed on the ride and you'll receive your final details, including your rider number, in the post two weeks before your challenge.
If you haven’t managed to pay your £199 in yet and need an extension or you have any other problems – please don’t worry, it's not too late to be confirmed. Please e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively call us on 01590 646410 and we'll be able to help you. :)
If you have chosen to fundraise together and have set up a joint JustGiving account that covers two or more people – please e-mail us the link to the page and the full names of the people the page is for. All funds paid onto your JustGiving page are automatically sent to Women V Cancer, so you do not need to do anything else.
The £199 minimum sponsorship target for Ride The Night is per individual, regardless of whether you’re in a team or not. So if you have a team of five people, that means each of you needs to raise £199, so if you’re fundraising together, your team would need to raise a minimum of £995.
We have public liability insurance. However we cannot insure your bicycle on this challenge, so please make sure your bicycle is covered on your home contents insurance or that you take out a specialist bicycle cover.
If you don't reach your fundraising target you a can either top up the additional funds yourself or simply forfeit your place on the challenge and lose your registration fee.
Of course! We'll have a range of Ride Maker (aka volunteer) roles for both men and women, from supervising the bike racks to helping out at registration or the rest stops and more.
If you or someone you know is interested in helping out, please get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com.
Ride the Night Edinburgh both starts and finishes at the Queen Margaret University on the outskirts of Edinburgh, just across the road from Musselburgh train station. There are a number of hotels nearby, including rooms at the university itself, where you can stay before and/or after the challenge. We do advise for you to book your accommodation as soon as possible, as with thousands of you lovely Ride the Night-ers staying in the same area, these are likely to be booked up quickly. View the accommodation at Queen Margaret here.
With Musselburgh train station literally just across the road, your start/ finish venue will be easy to get to and from as well! Please note, train services from Musselburgh start from after 10am on the Sunday.
There will also be ample free parking for all participants at the Queen Margaret University.
Ride the Night Edinburgh will both start and finish at the gorgeous Queen Margaret University, which lies on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
With Musselburgh train station literally just across the road, your start/finish venue will be easy to get to and from via train. Please note, train services from Musselburgh start from after 10am on the Sunday. For more information, please visit the Queen Margaret University website here and/or the Scotrail website here.
There will be ample free parking for all participants at the Queen Margaret's University. For those of you driving to Ride the Night Edinburgh, please see the below driving directions:.
Accessing Queen Margaret's by vehicle
Cars can access the campus via a sliproad off the A1 southbound, between the exit for Newcraighall/Craigmillar and the Old Craighall Roundabout. Please note that the access by car is not permitted via Whitehall Farm Road (by Musselburgh Station).
Exiting campus by vehicle
There's only one exit from the university campus, which will take you back onto the A1. You should follow the road to the Craighall Roundabout, where you will be able to exit as necessary. The roundabout will allow connections to the east, west, south, into Edinburgh city centre and anywhere northbound.
For more information, please visit Queen Margaret University website here.
“Last night was amazing- even with the weather! Very well organised and the volunteers were fab! Thank you!