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Jun
21

Monklands to West Lothian Evening Cycle (36864)

Event Overview

Join us for another relatively easy, flat evening cycle ride as we traverse the central section of the Sustrans Route 75 cycle path which runs all the way from the Firth of Clyde in the west to the Forth in the east.

This linear run of around 16 miles will follow sections of route 75 between Coatbridge and Bathgate, much of which originally followed old railway track until the re-opening of the Airdrie - Bathgate line in 2010. Following this, the cycle path was rebuilt on a new course alongside the railway to a very high standard, muc...

Join us for another relatively easy, flat evening cycle ride as we traverse the central section of the Sustrans Route 75 cycle path which runs all the way from the Firth of Clyde in the west to the Forth in the east.

This linear run of around 16 miles will follow sections of route 75 between Coatbridge and Bathgate, much of which originally followed old railway track until the re-opening of the Airdrie - Bathgate line in 2010. Following this, the cycle path was rebuilt on a new course alongside the railway to a very high standard, much of it an excellent tarmac surface. Therefore the ride will be suitable for all types of cycle (road, hybrid or mountain bike) and largely traffic free.

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What to bring

Apart from your bike, food and drink, remember the following:

Spare inner tube and tyre levers

Also any special tools that your bike needs.

Eye protection

Impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.

Clothing

Choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles for standard pedals.

Cyclist's helmet 

Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet on events.

Cycling water bottle

If you don't have one, you will only be able to drink when we stop and may get dehydrated. 

Food & Drink

Please have something to eat before the ride and bring snacks and a drink to keep you going during the ride. We may include a pub stop in Bathgate the end.

Meeting & Times

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Getting to and from the Event

By Rail

Coatbridge Sunnyside is served by frequent trains from Edinburgh Waverley (four trains per hour) and Glasgow Queen Street Low Level (six trains per hour). The latest trains you should aim to catch are the 17.37 from Waverley or the 18.08 from Queen Street. Bear in mind that trains are usually busy at this time and you should arrive in plenty time to get you and your bike on-board. If travelling from Glasgow you might find it easier get you and your bike on board the train west of the city centre (e.g. at Charing Cross, Partick or Hyndland).

By Road

Coatbridge is located on the A725 a couple of miles from the M8 motorway. There is a car park available at the station which is free for rail users.

After the ride

In the evenings, there are trains from Bathgate every 30 minutes back to Coatbridge, Glasgow or Edinburgh.


Event Reference No:
36864