The wheel deal
Get on your bike for cycling event
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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