Event information

Why Ride the Poppyscotland Sportive?

The Poppyscotland Sportive has three fantastic routes. There’s something for everyone! Starting in Prestonpans, you can decide which challenge to take.

Beautiful East Lothian appeals to families, cycling groups, friends and individuals alike – with plenty of flat terrain and a few challenging hills, the peaceful rolling countryside and quiet roads allow for glorious vistas of the surrounding scenery.

Riders can take on the Poppyscotland Sportive challenge for many reasons: to achieve their own personal goals, raise money and support the Armed Forces community in need or to be part of the third best Sportive in Scotland (as ranked by Sportive.com in 2017), which is famous for its friendly and welcoming volunteers and participants.

Fundraising is not mandatory but it is very welcome and if you raise more than £100 in sponsorship, we’ll give you a Poppyscotland Sportive cycling jersey for free!

Join Team Poppy and help provide life-changing support to our Armed Forces community #teampoppy

“Great cause. I am really pleased that 100% of entry fee goes to Poppyscotland and that is why I keep coming back each year”

Thanks to our partners, Fred. Olsen Renewables, every penny of registration and fundraising comes to us!

Price: £35 (no price increase in 6 years)

Entry Includes:

· Choice of three routes
· Electronic timing
· Mechanical support
· Food and water stations
· Coffee available before you start
· Tea and toast at the finish
· King and Queen of The Heugh timed climb
· Sweeper service
· Poppyscotland Sportive necktube

100% of your registration fee goes to Poppyscotland to help us support members of the Armed Forces community and their families

“This was brilliant! My first event and felt part of the community of Poppyscotland as well as the cyclists, which kept me going to a good result”

Keep in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #teampoppy

Sunday 29th September 2019

Start times:

· Long Route      – Between 07:30hrs and 08:00hrs
· Middle Route – Between 08:00hrs and 09:00hrs
· Short Route    – Between 08:00hrs and 09:00hrs

PLEASE NOTE – all riders must start by 09.00am – we can’t let any riders start after this time.

Time to complete the course:

Our sweep convoy will follow cyclists along all 3 routes route at a fixed speed of 10 mph for the short and medium and 13 mph for the long

· Short route       : 5 hours to complete finished 14:00 at latest
· Medium route : 7.5 hours to complete finished 16:30 at latest
· Long route       : 8.5 hours to complete finished 17:30 at latest

This includes 30 mins built in for stops.

Once the last wave of cyclists has left the start, our sweep convoy will follow cyclists along all 3 routes route at a fixed speed of 10 mph for the short and medium and 13 mph for the long.

Cyclists who fail to maintain this minimum average speed and are therefore overtaken by the sweep car are out of the ride. In this instance, cyclists will be asked to submit their timing chip to the sweep staff before continuing. This acts as an acknowledgement that they are no longer part of the event, and that the event infrastructure such as medical support and feed stations will no longer be available to them.

Same routes as 2019. Three different routes provide a real challenge for riders of all abilities. Routes are available in downloadable GPX format or Garmin Connect.
For more information on the routes, please click here.


15 miles in, all three routes tackle ‘The Heugh’ climb. Just past North Berwick there’s a short, sharp climb. You will gain just under 100ft in 0.2 of a mile. Your time for the climb will be automatically recorded and we will award a prize for the King or Queen of The Heugh.

Will you have the energy to go for it?

You will be able to register, pick up your rider number and timings chip at the following times:

· Saturday 28/09/19 – from 14.00hrs until 18:00hrs
· Sunday 29/09/19 – from 07:00hrs until 08:30hrs


Registration is situated at Prestonpans Community Centre which is also where our event starts.

Prestonpans Community Centre
Preston Road
EH32 9QS

Parking is available in:

· Preston Lodge High School – 1 min cycle to start of race
· Wallyford park and ride – 11 min cycle to start
· Existing on street parking in Prestonpans

*Please note, Prestonpans Community Centre and Prestonpans Group practice medical centre car parks will be closed on event day.

2019 Rider Notes:
Click here to download the 2019 Rider notes. Please ensure you read the notes in full and contact us if you have any queries.

Medical form:
Click here to download the medical form. Please bring the completed form with you when you register.

Tea and Toast:
The community centre cafe will be open before and after the event for light refreshments – tea, coffee and toast.

Any registered Sportive participant can get 10% off a bike service at Leith Cycle Co on Leith Walk, Edinburgh – just show your ‘confirmation of registration’ email in the shop for your discount. 

Poppyscotland Sportive cycling jersey:

New Design for 2019!

Order one of our popular Poppyscotland Sportive cycling jerseys for only £35.

To buy your new Poppyscotland Sportive cycling jersey, Click Here!

2019 Sportive Jersey

· Short sleeve club cut cycling jerseys
· Full length robust SBS hidden zip
· Club Cut (more relaxed fit)
· 3 rear pockets plus reflective piping for extra visibility
· Silicone gripper around the hem
· Upgraded cool drying fabrics with vented mesh side panels
· Italian inks for zero fade
· Unisex Fit

If you raise more than £100 in sponsorship money for Poppyscotland, we’ll give you one for free!

Feeding Stations:

Each of our stunning routes has 2 feeding stations (long route has 3).
Water is also provided at these stops for refilling and refuelling.

Feed stations are at:
Feed Station 1 – all routes – East Linton
Feed Station 2 – long route only – Duns
Feed Station 3 – all routes – Gifford

Poppyscotland Sportive sponsors Bramik Foods, who provide the food at all three feeding stations, are offering a 20% discount for Sportive riders – just use the promo code SPORTIVE2019 when ordering online


Bike repairs and mechanical support:

Please make sure your bike is serviced and road ready before the big day itself!

Any last minute bike repairs will be ably attended to by our friends at Leith Cycle Co, who will be at Prestonpans Community centre from 7am. These angels on wheels also provide our mechanical service.

First Aid:

There will be a number of medics available on the day for minor injuries.

One will be stationed at East Linton feed station
One will be stationed at Gifford feed station
One will be based at Prestonpans community centre

If you have an accident or witness anything serious happening, please immediately dial 999. Our medics are for minor injuries only. In the case of an emergency, the usual rules apply and riders must contact emergency services.

Mechanical Support:

There will be a bike mechanic stationed at each of the feed stations, and they will also be at Prestonpans at the start and finish.

Starbucks Coffee:

We are very grateful to Starbucks Fort Kinnaird who will come and provide coffee to all our riders before the event – for a donation! Starbucks have been supporting the Poppy Sportive for many years, serving coffee from 7am to wake up our riders!


This is a Sportive, by definition a non-competitive long distance cycling event.
Timings are only for each individuals own personal information.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Call Katriona or Erika on 0131 557 2782
or Email  events@poppyscotland.org.uk

If all the places are sold out, is there a waiting list?
Yes, we will operate a waiting list, just drop us a line with your details

Is there minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No riders under 16 years old on the day of the event permitted.

Thank you to our event supporters:

For providing food at our feeding stations!

For providing our mechanic service  

For event photography

Two Wheeled Marshall Group
For providing event marshals

Also, we would like to thank:

· Arnold Clark
· The residents of the Avenue, Gifford
· All our wonderful Sportive volunteers!
· Prestonpans Community centre staff

The Poppyscotland Sportive is organised, managed and delivered by a team of dedicated volunteers and staff, ensuring that we keep event costs low and plough every penny we can back into our welfare services.



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