Lepra’s cycling event of the year is almost upon us and we’re so excited to have you ride alongside us peddling against poverty.

The Edinburgh to St Andrew’s bike ride has taken place since 1979 and raised over £477,767. This year we’re hoping that we’ll see the grand total raised reach £500,000 and we thank you for being a part of that. It’s also important to us that you stay safe and have fun so here you’ll find all the latest information and updates about the event as well as some top tips and road safety pointers.

Prepare for the big event

What to bring with you

  • Your Lepra T-shirt which can be purchased in advance here
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Sun cream
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat
  • Puncture kit
  • Water

Preparing your bike

It's important to ensure your bike is in good working order before the event. This allows for a quick and efficient start to the ride.

  • Are the tyres pumped?
  • Are the breaks working correctly?
  • Is your seat comfortable?
  • Are your lights working?

For more top tips about preparing for the event take a look at the top tips from the Colchester Cycle Store.

On the dayEdinburgh to St Andrews quote


Registration opens from 8am on the 11th June, and the actual ride starts at 8:45am. Please allow plenty of time for registration. 

The route

The route takes riders across the Forth Road Bridge up to Loch Leven and the Lomond Hills and over the Eden Valley capturing the best views of the east of Scotland before riders cross the finish line in St Andrews.

There will be opportunities to stop for refreshments on the route; one of these stops will be hosted by the Ladies at Freuchie based at the foot of Lomond hills in the region of Fife. Here they will be serving a wide range of home-made goodies. Find out more here.

Full details of the route can be provided by Ros Kerry on request:

E. RosK@lepra.org.uk
T. +44 (0)1968 682369

Road safety

You are responsible for your own road safety throughout the event. Children who are not used to cycling on their own should be accompanied.

To ensure a safe ride, please take note of the following:

  • Leave enough space between you and the cyclist in front
  • If riding two abreast, leave enough space for the outside cyclist to drop back
  • Do not ride two abreast on narrow roads or where there are blind corners
  • Try to avoid sudden breaking or changes in direction
  • Do not race
  • Do not cycle more than two abreast
  • Do not ride through red lights unless directed to do so by a Police Officer
  • Take special care on the steep descent from Celish Hills, especially after the hairpin bend

What to do if you breakdown

If you breakdown and need help, flag down the Edinburgh Bicycle Repair Van which will be cruising the route.

If you breakdown on a traffic-free section, please either walk to one end or the other.


For minor injuries i.e scrapes and bruises, we have a First Aid Car who can help where needed. However, for more serious accidents please phone for an ambulance and ensure someone stays with the injured person.

Refreshments on the roadEdinburgh to St Andrews quote

There are a number of places for you to get refreshments throughout the event:

  • Ice cream - there will be an ice cream van located at the top of Celish Hill
  • Lunch - Kinross Round Table will be selling soup, rolls and refreshments at Millbridge Scout Hall, Kinross for lunch
  • Afternoon Tea - hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and homebaked goods will all be available at Freuchie Parish Church in the afternoon

After the event

The finishing point is at the Bow Butts (near the beach) in St Andrews. This is where the information stand will be located. The stand will be open from 1pm-8pm. For those that have sponsored Lepra, completion certificates will also be available at the stand.

Transport back 

We offer a return bus transportation for either the Saturday night or Sunday morning. You can purchase your ticket here.

Buses will be leaving at 7pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday - loading starts an hour before departure so please allow plenty of time. 


This is a great event to raise money for Lepra and help with our fight against leprosy. You can do this by creating a fundraising page on our website here, or through Just Giving. Alternatively, why not download a form and collect cash sponsorship?

Download sponsorship form