The Clas­sic Chal­lenge

Rutherglen Reformer - - Special Feature -

The nine-mile event is ideal for new­com­ers to cy­cling, those who have not been in the sad­dle for a while and fam­ily groups.

It starts from Kirk­lis­ton Leisure Cen­tre at 9.30am and fol­lows an al­most traf­fic-free route to Mur­ray­field Sta­dium, where all the other Pedal for Scot­land rid­ers also fin­ish. En­try is £5 for kids and £8 for adults. The most popular ride is the 47-mile Clas­sic Chal­lenge from Glas­gow to Ed­in­burgh. The ride starts at 7.30am at Glas­gow Green and fol­lows a mix­ture of closed roads, quiet back roads and cy­cle paths to Ed­in­burgh. From the fin­ish at Mur­ray­field Sta­dium, cy­clists can board pre-booked trans­port back to Glas­gow.

The chal­lenge does re­quire some train­ing be­fore­hand but there will For rid­ers look­ing to push to­wards their lim­its, the 110-mile Big Bel­ter is a great choice. The ride uses the same start and fin­ish points as the Clas­sic Chal­lenge but takes a dif­fer­ent route be­tween the two cities.You’ll ride south from Glas­gow through seven lo­cal author­ity ar­eas in the beau­ti­ful South­ern Up­lands of Scot­land. The route takes in the best sec­tions of nu­mer­ous Scot­tish cy­cle rac­ing cir­cuits, in­clud­ing the A77 10-Mile Time Trial.

There are some stiff climbs around Muirkirk, Ayr­shire, and un­du­lat­ing stretches across wild moor­land be­fore you head north into Ed­in­burgh. The trans­port ser­vice, at a cost of £19, will serve Big Bel­ter rid­ers, too. The start is at Glas­gow Green at 6:45am and en­try for the ride is £45.

be rest stops with free re­fresh­ment ev­ery 10 miles along the route and a free lunch at the Lin­lith­gow Palace. En­try is £28 for adults and £19 for con­ces­sions. Trans­port is an ad­di­tional £19.

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