Challenge level: 3 out of 5
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EARLY BIRD OFFER: Book before the end of September to get 25% off your registration fee! Simply enter the code RTNEDCODE25 when registering.
Due to the phenomenal success of our inaugural Scottish cycle, we’re delighted to bring Women V Cancer Ride the Night Edinburgh back for 2020!
The new city, the magical sites (literally – Edinburgh is the birth place of the Harry Potter books) and our spectacular route, blew the tartan bonnets off our Ride the Nighters’ helmets and so in 2020, we're giving even more ladies the opportunity to experience the event.
Join hundreds of wonderful ladies in Scotland’s bonny capital city for a fabulous 50km or 100km cycle through Edinburgh at night, in support of Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
Kicking off from the gorgeous Queen Margaret University, we’ll get the party started with speeches, music and warm-ups.
Then it’s time to hop on your bike and cycle either a 50km or 100km route (you decide!) through the enchanting city. Together, you’ll paint the town pink with your hi-vis vests, vibrant accessories and that sparkling Women V Cancer spirit, as you pedal yourself to the peak for people affected by women’s cancers.
You’ll make a bunch of friends and pass loads of beautiful, historic landmarks, including the Royal Yacht Brittania, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle and many more, until you cross the finish line back at Queen Margaret University.
Over the last six years, thousands of inspiring women have cycled through London (and now Edinburgh!) at night and raised over £6 million for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. This year, we aim to raise another awesome £500,000 for our charities and make an even bigger impact in the battle against women's cancers.
Join our cause on this incredibly special challenge and help to save and support countless lives affected by cancer.
Please remember to register with the code RTNEDCODE25 before the end of September to secure your early bird discount!
Resources for our Ride the Nighters
Download your Ride the Night Edinburgh 2020 Training Plan here. *Please note, this is for the 100km distance, so if you're taking on the 50km, simply half the distances specified.
I had the absolute best night ever, loved it and have booked for London next year!Jenny Swan, Ride the Night Edinburgh 2019 participant
Check-in will open from 6pm 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 either a 50km or a 100km route around Edinburgh, depending on which you choose.
You can select your start time when registering (9.00pm, 9.30pm, 10pm or 10.30pm). 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.
We'll have fantastic Feedstations along the way (details tbc). Each of these will have water, hot drinks and snacks available, with gluten free and vegan 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 7am on Sunday morning, but no-one will be left behind as we’ll 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 and vegan options available), pink hi-viz cycling vest, Rider 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.
In 2020, you can choose to take on either a 50km or 100km distance and both routes will take in loads of Edinburgh's magical landmarks. You can bet they'll look even more spectacular at night with all their colourful lights.
We know you're eager to know where our brand new 50km route in Edinburgh will take us and we'll reveal the exciting details at a later date, as soon as they are finalised. We'll of course, make sure we incorporate loads of the landmarks that the 100km riders get to see.
Our 100km riders will follow the same awesome route we enjoyed so much in 2019, which you can see here.
If you know the geography of Edinburgh well, you'll see that we've incorporated lots of landmarks to enjoy along our way, including:
1. Edinburgh Castle
2. The Royal Yacht Brittania
3, Hollyrood Park, home to Holyrood Palace, Arthur's Seat, Hunter's Bog and St Anythony's Chapel)
4. Lauriston Castle
6. Blackford Hill and Pond
7. Covenanter's Memorial
8. Faside Estate
9. The Meadows
10. Bristo Square
This isn't even to mention the nine wizarding landmarks we pass. Let's not forget that Edinburgh is where JK Rowling lives and where she spent a lot of time writing and gaining inspiration for Harry Potter - and brought magic to the muggle world. Along our ride through the night, we'll see the cafe where JK worked on the earlier Harry Potter books, the hotel where she finished the final one (Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows), the graveyard which provided names of some key characters, the street that inspired Diagon Alley and many more. Check them out here.
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.
*Please note this route is subject to change
Ride the Night isn't designed for Olympic athletes - it's designed for women from all cycles of life looking for a challenge to train and get fit for. This year, we're also offering the 50km route, if you don't feel confident enough to take on the full 100km.
Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) - or, indeed, 50km (approx 31 miles) - at night is a challenge, but it's 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.
Download your free Ride the Night training plan here. *Please note, this is for the 100km distance, so if you're taking on the 50km, simply half the distances specified.
Please note that Ride the Night Edinburgh is hillier 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.
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 7 August 2020, 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 2020 - 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!
If you choose to fundraise together and 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 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.
Click here to see and apply for our Ride Maker roles - and please feel free to share with friends, family and the men in your life.
It's a fantastic way for the people around you to support the cause, if they can't commit to the challenge.
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, 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.
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.
“It is the first time that I have taken part in the Women V Cancer ride and from start to finish it was amazing. I have never been to such a well organised event, the staff and volunteers were amazing and the support from Halfords and the Road Angels absolutely brilliant.