Introduction and club history

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 six students who are all mad about cycling and everything that goes with it.

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

Heriot-Watt Cycling Club is proudly supported by Bike & Spanner. Here members can receive 15% off parts, servicing and labour costs, and 10% off new bike purchases.

We have several bikes available to hire for £5 per day, subject to availability. 

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 weekend event comprising of at least a downhill race, often with a few fun extra races as well.

BUCS is the most relaxed and fun racing you will ever get to do on a bike, which makes it perfect for beginners and experienced riders alike. There is no pressure to do well and it's the best chance you will get to give racing a try and meet hundreds of like-minded students from around the country.

Road and track    

For 2019/20 we have relaunched the road and track side of the club. We will be gauging interest in both regular road rides and velodrome visits throughout the first semester! Keep up to date through our social media

  • Social media platform for organising group rides
  • Opportunity to race in BUCS and SSS Cycling events

Where to find us!

We maintain an active presence on Facebook and Instagram, give us a like/follow!

For information on upcoming rides and socials visit our Facebook group and join to get all the latest news 

How do I join the club?

To join the club, head along to the reception at either the Oriam Reception or you can join online.

Membership for the Cycling Club is £20, but as with all clubs, it is necessary to join Oriam first, either in full or as a non-facility member (save >£100!) as agreed in 2016.

If you would like to find out more information then contact us on the details available on this page.

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. Opening times are Tuesdays and Thursday, 11.00-16.30. For more information please contact

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