for freshnlo Pedal for Scotland 2013
freshnlo Pedal for Scotland is Scotland's biggest bike ride. If
you need some motivation to get back on your bike, want to get in
shape, or just fancy a great day out with friends, family or a team
from work, then sign up today.
With three rides to choose from, there's an event to suit
everyone, whether you're new to cycling or a keen road cyclist.
(£26 adult, £16 concessions) The classic 47 mile Glasgow to
Edinburgh ride uses a mixture of closed roads, cycle paths and
quiet streets to take thousands of riders across the country,
taking in Scotland two largest cities via stunning counrtyside with
refreshment stops roughly every ten miles.
(£40) The 110 mile Sportive ride take riders from Glasgow to
Edinburgh on a much more challenging route through the Southern
Uplands for serious road cyclists.
(£5 child, £8 adult, £19 family ticket) For those new to cycling
or families with younger children, there's also the Edinburgh
Family Ride which gives riders the opportunity to cycle the last 9
miles of the Challenge Ride route.
STV's Raman Bhardwaj and Sean Batty team up for freshnlo Pedal
STV presenters Raman Bhardwaj and Sean Batty have enlisted the
help of world champion cyclist Graeme Obree as they gear up for
this year's freshnlo Pedal for Scotland.
The duo will be raising cash for this year's STV Appeal, which is
the new charity partner of the annual cycle challenge on September
8, which is sponsored by freshnlo.
Participants have a choice of four courses, from the classic
47-mile route from Glasgow to Edinburgh to the freshnlo Pedal for
Scotland Sportive, a 110-mile timed ride taking in the Southern
There are also shorter family-friendly courses in Glasgow and
Former one-hour record holder Graeme Obree said: "I have taken
part in freshnlo Pedal for Scotland many times over the past 15
years and it has been great to see the ride develop into the big
event it is today."
STV weather presenter Sean Batty said: "In the last two years of
the STV Appeal I've clocked up nearly 200 cycling miles, with my
Western Isles Challenge in 2011 and the Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle
last year, so hopefully I won't need too much advice from Graeme
Sports presenter Raman Bhardwaj added: "This will be my first time
taking part, so it's been great getting some expert cycling tips
from Graeme who is one of the best in the game."
STV weatherman Sean Batty attends The Scottish Bike Show with
freshnlo Pedal for Scotland and the STV Appeal 2013
Organisers of the third annual Scottish Bike Show are already
looking ahead to 2014 after pulling in thousands of visitors at the
Having previously called the SECC home, organiser Rowan Mackie
moved the event east to the newly-built Commonwealth Games hub. The
new larger space resulted in Scotland's biggest bike show yet.
More than 60 exhibitors took over the Emirates Arena, the Sir
Chris Hoy Velodrome and sprawled into the car park outside.
The velodrome was open to members of the public to have a free
go. The 15-minute sessions were fully booked throughout both days.
Its popularity is reflected in the figures: since opening in
October, 18,000 people have used the track. That's 200 every
Among those clipping in to a bike for a few laps of the iconic
wooden bowl was STV Weather presenter and keen cyclist Sean Batty.
"I had a brilliant day at The Scottish Bike Show on Sunday
and even got to have a go on the Velodrome track which was
thrilling but a little scary.
"I've already signed up for the freshnlo Pedal for
Scotland challenge in September to raise money for the STV
Appeal, and it was great to meet other people who are taking
part and encourage them to raise money for children in Scotland
affected by poverty."
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