About Our Club

Heriot-Watt Cycling Club (previously known as Mountain Biking Club) caters to a wide variety of disciplines and skill levels. The club is run through the Sports Union by a committee of four students who love bikes and are partial to a post ride pint.

Since our merger with the road and track cycling club, we now cater to even more interests than in previous years.

We do regular socials, including our annual mini-mega kids bike race. Our excellent social secretary prides himself on his lawnmower starting techniques on the dance floor and his encyclopaedic knowledge of Edinburgh pubs.

Heriot-Watt Cycling Club is proudly supported by Midnight Bass. Members can receive discounted entry to Edinburgh’s best club nights, at the Bongo Club.

Our Instagram account is the best way to keep up to date with our shenanigans- @heriotwattcycling – Please get in touch with any questions.

Alternatively send us an email on cycling@cw80

Our club charter

We aim to provide the following service to all our members:

1. To provide students with the chance to develop their skills within the sport.

2. To provide a full calendar of events to cater for the needs of the sport members.

3. To provide an opportunity for members to gain a worthwhile social experience through the sport.

What does a typical season involve?

Mountain Biking

Weekly organised mountain bike rides to the world class locations we have nearby, with free transport provided by the university.

At least one weekend residential trip per semester to further afield locations. In the past this has included Fort William, Aviemore, the Lake District and Wales.

Our main event of the year is the student championships (BUCS), which is a friendly weekend event comprising of at least a downhill race, often with a few fun extra races as well.

Another annual highlight is SUBS, our riding and social weekend with our friends and counterparts from other Scottish Universities, previously we have travelled to Dundee for this as well as hosting the event in Edinburgh.

The level of riding in our club is super high at the moment – with two riders in the top three at the Scottish student champs last year!

Road & Track    

We have a new road secretary and are really pushing the road biking side of the club this year. We hope to have a full calendar of rides on the excellent lanes at our doorstep in addition to joint rides with other universities and track sessions.

Previously members have travelled to the UCI road world championships in Yorkshire and this year we hope to attend some British Cycling races as well as BUCS.

Riding in a group is a great way to stay motivated during the winter. High quality chat during coffee breaks is possible but not guaranteed.

Please get in touch if you are interested in joining.

Bike Bothy

Oriam now coordinates the University Bike Bothy service, where you can hire bikes or have your own serviced. There is a selection of road and mountain bike to hire at weekly, monthly and semesters costs at a heavily reduced rates. For more information please contact e.oliphant@hw.ac.uk