Event information

Why Ride the Poppyscotland Sportive?

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.

Join us at this award-winning Sportive and help us provide life changing support to our Armed Forces community.  Raise £100 and you will receive fundraising advice from our team as well as a free cycling jersey! Join us out on one of the three routes and help ensure that the veterans in Scotland living with mental health, employability, housing or poverty problems receive the support they need.

All cyclists can opt to raise money for Poppyscotland – join Team Poppy and help provide life-changing support to our Armed Forces community #teampoppy

2018 Rider Notes

Click here to download the 2018 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.

2018 Event Information:

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

Price: £35 (no price increase in 5 years)

Entry Includes:

  • Choice of 3 stunning routes
  • Special 2018 Centenary finisher’s medal
  • Electronic timing
  • Mechanical support
  • Sweeper service
  • Feed and water stations along the route and at finish
  • King and Queen of the Mountain – timed climb

2018 is a particularly significant date in British history, marking the centenary of the Armistice and the end of WW1. This year, sign up and take part in the Poppyscotland Sportive and stand with us during this momentous centenary year to show that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

This is our 5th anniversary – all previous events have sold out!

“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

Date & time:

Sunday 30th September 2018
Registration opens 07:00hrs
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 09.00.

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.


Three different routes provide a real challenge for riders of all abilities.
For more information on the routes, please click here.

New for 2018 – Going over the top!

Become King or Queen of The Heugh! Fifteen miles in, all 3 routes tackle ‘The Heugh’ climb. Just past North Berwick there’s a short, sharp climb. You will gain just under 100ft in a fifth of a mile. Your time for the climb will automatically be recorded with the King or Queen of The Heugh winning a money can’t buy experience! Will you have the energy to go for it?

Prize details:
Our King or Queen of The Heugh (and their families) will receive a day out at Edinburgh Castle including lunch and dinner in the Officer’s Mess and a tour of the Castle.  You will also meet the Queen’s pony, The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s famous mascot Cpl Cruachan IV and his companion Nightcap. You will also have the opportunity to help groom and dress Cpl Cruachan for private photos.



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

  • Saturday 29/09/18 – from 14.00hrs until 18:00hrs
  • Sunday   30/09/18 – 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

Tea and Toast:

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

Sportive cycling jersey:

Order one of our popular Sportive poppy jerseys for only £35.
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 refueling.

Feed stations are at:

Feed Station 1 – all routes – East Linton (The Mart)
Feed Station 2 – long route only – Duns (Berwickshire High School)
Feed Station 3 – all routes – Gifford (The Avenue)

Bike repairs:

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.


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?
k.harding@poppyscotland.org.uk or e.mather@poppyscotland.org.uk

If all the tickets are sold out, is there a wait 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 sponsoring the event

For providing food at our feeding stations!

For providing our mechanic service  

Musselburgh Road Cycling Club
For their long term support of the event

For event photgraphy

Two Wheeled Marshall Group
For providing event marshals


Also, we would like to thank:

  • Arnold Clark
  • The Mart, East Linton
  • Berwickshire High School Duns
  • 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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