Group Rides

Group Rides


Where do we ride from?
Our club rides run every Saturday leaving from the XCite Leisure Centres in Linlithgow, Bathgate and East Calder at 9am. The routes and distances vary every week and can range from less than 30 miles for our Cruise rides, up to around 70 miles for the other groups.  We cater for all ages and abilities (under 16s must accompanied by a parent or guardian). 

  1. Cruise ride is suitable for those with some on-road experience who can cover ~25miles at 12-14mph.  This ride has a strict no drop policy and rides move at the pace of the slowest rider so is a great entry level ride. There is a designated ride champion and the ride maximises use of quiet local roads. There is usually a coffee stop mid-ride or at the end of the ride. 
  2. Inbetweeners is suitable for those who want to cover ~40 miles at ~15mph. This ride has a no drop policy and there is sometimes the option to join the cruisers. There is a designated ride champion and the ride is on a mix of roads. There is a coffee stop mid-ride or at the end of the ride. 
  3. Club ride is a faster ride of up to 5miles at ~17mph. The coffee stop is usually at the end of the ride.

When do we ride?
Club run details are posted up every week on Facebook. Social media is also a great way of letting us know you are coming along for the first time. For those not on social media, drop us an email on instead, and for those not on email, send us a letter at……..just kidding 😉

We aim to keep the website as up to date as possible, but its best to follow us on social media to stay informed of the latest schedules and you will also be able to familiarise yourself with the routes.

New to group riding?
If you are new to riding in a group we recommend watching the video below to understand the basics, and some of the group riding etiquette. For those in doubt, group rides are not races, and should not be ridden as such.

You should accept responsibility for your own conduct and safety (including the safety of your bicycle and other equipment) during Club activities. You are responsible for your safety, individuals take part in any group rides at their own risk. West Lothian Clarion and its club members accept no responsibility for the safety of anyone participating in group rides, and no liability in the event of an accident. We strongly recommend that you take out appropriate third party insurance, such as that available with British Cycling membership.

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.”

Eddy Merckx