Monklands to West Lothian Evening Cycle
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.