The wheel deal

Get on your bike for cy­cling event

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health - Kenny Smith

Healthy ‘n’ Happy’s Bike Town ini­tia­tive is sup­port­ing cy­clists from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to pre­pare for Pedal for Scot­land, the an­nual Glas­gow to Ed­in­burgh cy­cling event, with a se­ries of monthly train­ing rides.

April’s guided ride cov­ered 20 miles and each month un­til Au­gust the dis­tance will in­crease by five miles, pace will be around 10-12mph.

The routes will in­clude on-road cy­cling, so those in­ter­ested should be pre­pared for some cy­cling on the roads. Hills are to be ex­pected, but there is no need to sprint up them, they can be tack­led at the cy­clist’s own pace.

Each train­ing ride is led by qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced ride lead­ers.

Jim Ewing, Bike Town devel­op­ment worker, said: “Whether you de­cide on the Clas­sic Chal­lenge of 47 miles or are up for the Big Bel­ter at 110 miles, we’re re­ally happy to part­ner with Cy­cling Scot­land to pro­vide monthly train­ing rides and ride lead­ers to en­cour­age and sup­port lo­cal cy­clists tak­ing part in this na­tional cy­cling event, the big­gest of its type in Scot­land.”

This year Pedal for Scot­land takes place on Sun­day, Septem­ber 6.

Pedal for Scot­land is Scot­land’s big­gest bike ride and is or­gan­ised by Cy­cling Scot­land. Back in 1999, the first event at­tracted 400 rid­ers. The event has grown in­creas­ingly popular with more routes, big­ger chal­lenges and more and more par­tic­i­pants join­ing in year on year.

In 2014, on the 16th an­niver­sary, over 10,500 rid­ers took part over six rides across Scot­land. Event par­tic­i­pants helped raise over £110,000 for the STV Ap­peal, top­ping the £105,000 to­tal in 2013.

CamGlen Bike Town is an ini­tia­tive from Healthy ‘n’ Happy Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Trust help­ing peo­ple living in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen to cy­cle more.

It pro­vides ad­vice, sup­port and ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a Dr Bike ser­vice to safety check your bike, guided rides plus cy­cling with con­fi­dence and bike main­te­nance cour­ses. The ini­tia­tive is funded by the Cli­mate Chal­lenge Fund, Clyde Gate­way and Cy­cling Scot­land.

To con­tact Bike Town email bike­town@healthyn­happy.org.uk or call the of­fice on 0141 646 0123.

Visit http://ped­al­forscot­land.org/ to reg­is­ter for Pedal for Scot­land.

Cy­cling plan Lo­cal cy­cle ses­sions are be­ing held ahead of Pedal for Scot­land

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