Whether you are a keen rider, cycling every day, or just like to take a leisurely ride through the local cycle paths and countryside surrounding St Andrews, there is a place for you at the University of St Andrews Cycling Club. Trips are tailored to suite all abilities and the regular rides are great fun - and a perfect opportunity to have a break from academic studies.
The Club meets every Wednesday at 1:30pm and every Saturday at 11am outside the Sports Centre, with rides catering for both mountain bikers and road cyclists. Both rides are open to all, and range in time depending on ability. There is no limit to how many people can turn up. The club also have trips around Scotland every few weeks, usually taking about 10-15 people. Generally, trips consist of a full days riding at one of many areas in Scotland and Northern England; Glentress, Fort William, Torridon, Skye, Laggan Wolftrax, and the Lake District.
The club also has a range of bikes available to hire, free for club members and a small charge for non-members. We have road bikes in a range of sizes and two mountain bikes. We advise booking bikes in advance if you want to come on rides, see our Facebook group for further details.
The club also has a weekly social, usually in Drouthy Neebors on South Street. The details are posted regularly on our Facebook group. The socials are a great way to meet people in the club in a casual environment.
|Wed||1:30 pm||Sports Centre|
|Sat||11:00 am||Sports Centre|
Recreational Sessions & Racing
The road rides go out on Wednesday and Saturday and are tailored to the ability of those on the ride. There are a great variety of roads around St Andrews, whether you want a hill ride or a flat ride we can cater for anything. The club competes in the Fife midweek time trial league, along with the East of Scotland road race series and many other local races. The club also sends riders to British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and Scottish Student Sports (SSS) events throughout the year. Last year the club competed in a Varsity cycling event against Edinburgh University. However, racing is not all the club aims for, we want to encourage people to enjoy riding bikes and experience the stunning landscape around St Andrews.
Mountain Biking/Off Road
For the twice weekly we have a great range of mountain bike trails within a short cycle from the town including the Fife coastal path which goes from East sands and continues south along the entire coast of Fife. While some sections are quite technical, the trail provides stunning views of the coastline and the town as it navigates the undulations of the coastal cliffs. To the north along the coast a short road cycle gets you to the mature pine forest of Tentsmuir. The trails here are very mellow and are great for taking in the scenery. The forest is managed by the RSPB so along with the southern coastal path, the forest is great for spotting wildlife including, on the coastal fringes, grey Seals!
If you're only able be out for a quick 45min cycle then we have created a great xc loop with varying technical challenges around the nearby Dukes golf course.Our most frequent MTB ride takes you to the forest of Kemback which is about 20mins cycle away up the Strathkinnes high road.
The club's mountain bikers compete in the Enduro World Series and the Scottish Enduro series. We always send a big group to the BUCS downhill race as it is both a great race and good spectating. The club also enters some riders to the SSS cyclocross championships.
Outreach & Charity
Members of the club volunteer for a couple of hours every two weeks for the St Andrews bike pool, repairing bikes.