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All new family friendly Edinburgh Circular Ride announced on 7 September!

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In addition to the staple 110 mile, 47 mile and 9 mile rides, we are delighted to announce that this year we are also offering a 4 mile family friendly ride for riders of all ages and abilities, starting at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

About: The Edinburgh Circular ride provides a fantastic (almost completely traffic-free) route leaving from and finishing at Murrayfield Stadium. Enjoy the experience of crossing the finish line inside Murrayfield Stadium with the rest of the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland rides.

Route:  A four mile circular route from Murrayfield Stadium on closed roads, quiet residential streets and cycle paths.

Start time: 9:30am, Murrayfield Stadium

Price: Child - £2, Adult - £4, Family Ticket (up to 2 adults and 4 children) £9.

Register here. 

Aberdeen Ride announced! freshnlo Pedal for Scotland will return to Aberdeen for a FREE family friendly ride on 14 September!

STV presenters Tyrone Smith and Laura Goodwin put in some pedal practise today with local children Max and Libby Forsyth ahead of taking part in freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Aberdeen Ride. 


This year the family ride, which is FREE to enter, will be held at Duthie Park and will cover a five mile traffic-free loop, perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities. There will also be an exciting event expo at the finish featuring a cycle stunt show, skills track, Nestrans GetAbout bike roadshow and more.

freshnlo Pedal for Scotland returns to Aberdeen on Sunday 14 September after great success at the initial event in 2013 which saw over 300 families sign up to cycle together along the Beach Boulevard.

Participants in the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland family ride can also raise money for children and young people in Scotland affected by poverty by supporting the event's official charity partner, the STV Appeal. 

To enter the ride please click here

Jennie Cook of the Des & Jennie Breakfast Show on Capital FM signs up for the Challenge Ride!

We're delighted to announce that Jennie Cook is going to be joining us on the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Challenge Ride this year. Jennie cycles to her Capital FM breakfast show every day, so we are sure she is up to the challenge!  Tune in to the show to hear all about her training.

Capital FM are also running a great competition on their site to win free ride entry and a brand new Decathlon bike! To enter follow this  link

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Global Cycling Superstar Danny MacAskill set to return to freshnlo Pedal for Scotland

Danny MacAskill will perform his new 'Drop and Roll' show at Glasgow Family Ride on 21st September


Scotland's very own premier street trials rider Danny MacAskill was performing his trademark flips and tricks outside the STV studios in Glasgow today, showing off his skills to local children to officially launch the 2014 freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Glasgow Ride.

The freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Glasgow Ride, in partnership with Decathlon, includes a four mile family friendly cycle ride followed by an action packed show at the Velodrome with Danny MacAskill's Drop and Roll show.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, the Glasgow Ride will take cyclists on a four mile circular route between the Emirates Arena and Glasgow Green, making use of the fantastic riverside cycle paths and segregated cycle lanes in the area. Entertainment and cycling activities will also be on offer at Glasgow Green.

Participants can raise money for children and young people in Scotland affected by poverty by supporting the event's official charity partner, the STV Appeal.

Visitors to the Velodrome will enjoy a range of cycling-based activities and demonstrations, including a unique opportunity to see the legendary Danny MacAskill team up with top trials riders and good friends, Duncan Shaw, Ali C and Fabio Wibmer, for their all new Drop and Roll Show.

Tickets are available now, including a limited number of family 'hub' standing tickets closest to the action which also include access to Q&A with Danny and exclusive prize giveaways.

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Danny MacAskill said: "This will be my second year at the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Glasgow Ride but the first with my new Drop and Roll tour, which is exciting for me. Hopefully the ride and our show will be inspirational and more people will get on their bikes and enjoy all that cycling has to offer."

Ian Aitken, Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland said: "Last year's event was a resounding, sell-out success with over 3,000 people taking part and coming down to see Danny perform. After a huge  summer of sport in Glasgow, freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Glasgow Ride will give people the opportunity to get on their own bikes and participate in a cycle ride suitable for everyone, all whilst soaking up the atmosphere at the Velodrome watching Danny's new Drop and Roll show "

 "In addition to the Glasgow event, the main freshnlo Pedal for Scotland ride will take place on 7September where participants can choose from the 47 mile challenge ride, the 110 mile sportive or the 9 mile family ride, all finishing up at the iconic Murrayfield Stadium."

Elizabeth Partyka of the STV Appeal said: "The STV Appeal is committed to supporting Scotland's children and we are really grateful to the riders taking part in this year's freshnlo Pedal for Scotland events and fundraising for the Appeal in the process. The Glasgow Family Ride is set to be a great day and we hope as many people as possible get on their bikes and raise money for children affected by poverty in Scotland."

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "I am delighted the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland bike ride is set to return for another year, this is a fantastic family event which encourages people of all ages to get on their bikes. The Scottish Government aims to get more people making active travel choices for their everyday journeys wherever possible, to improve health and the environment.

"We recently allocated an additional £7m of funding towards cycling and walking infrastructure as part of a wider package of measures on sustainable and active transport. This is in addition to the £20m announced last September.

"Cycling is a great way to stay active and hopefully this event will encourage parents and children to get on their bikes and incorporate active travel choices into their daily routines."

Mark Beaumont leads the way at Freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Launch

Adventurer is joined by cycling star James McCallum and young cyclist Keira Murtagh


Round the world cyclist Mark Beaumont officially launched the 16th freshnlo Pedal for Scotland today (14th May) with a little help from some biking friends.

Mark, who is an ambassador for the event and will be taking part in the classic 47-mile Challenge ride on 7 September, was accompanied by Scottish Cycling track endurance and road cyclist James McCallum along with one of the event's younger participants Keira Murtagh and her dad Stephen.

The event, in association with Decathlon, boasts a ride to suit all levels of cyclist. As well as the iconic 47 mile Glasgow to Edinburgh route, there are also shorter family rides in Edinburgh, Glasgow and a timed 110 mile sportive for the more experienced rider. Over 8,000 riders took to two wheels for the fifteenth freshnlo Pedal for Scotland last year.

The Challenge ride takes participants on a scenic route between Glasgow and the capital city along closed and quiet roads and cycle paths, finishing in style at Murrayfield Stadium. There are plenty of rest stops along the way with a free lunch in the grounds in Linlithgow Palace and some much welcomed home baking at Avonbridge.

Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, said: "This is a huge year for sport and in particular 7 September will be a huge day for cycling.  After a summer of watching some of the best athletes in the world, freshnlo Pedal for Scotland gives people the opportunity to get on their bikes and take part in cycling with thousands of other Scots of all ages and abilities." 

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "I am pleased to welcome back the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland bike ride which encourages people of all ages to get on their bikes.  The Scottish Government aims to get more people making active travel choices for their everyday journeys wherever possible, to improve health and the environment.

"We recently allocated £4.5m in grant funding to Cycling Scotland over two years for various projects including this important event which is in addition to the £20m announced last September towards cycling infrastructure. 

"Cycling is a great way to kick start a healthier lifestyle, it's fun and hopefully events like this event will encourage more people to choose cycling for shorter journeys and leave the car at home."

Mark Beaumont, who has recently returned to the UK following his round-the-Commonwealth trip with the Queens Baton Relay for the BBC, said: "This will be my fourth time taking part in the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland 47 mile Challenge ride. Every year I am struck by the huge variety of ages and abilities who come together to take on this brilliant route, from beginners and people returning to cycling to those who use their bikes on a daily basis. There is such a great atmosphere of camaraderie on the day and I can't wait to line up at the start for the 2014 event." 

Scottish Cycling athlete and Commonwealth Games hopeful, James McCallum, said: "Any event that encourages people to get out on their bikes is a great thing. The fact that freshnlo Pedal for Scotland also offers a tougher, timed 110 mile sportive route for the more experienced cyclist is a fantastic bonus and makes the event truly inclusive for all abilities. I am really looking forward to taking part in the sportive on the 7 September and cycling with hundreds of others."

Participants of freshnlo Pedal for Scotland can also raise money for children and young people in Scotland affected by poverty by supporting the STV Appeal, back on board as official charity partner for a second year.

The freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Challenge ride, Sportive and Edinburgh Family ride will all be held on Sunday 7 September. Dates for the Glasgow Family rides are due to be confirmed shortly.

Tunnock's Confirmed for 2014


Yes that's right Tunnock's will be supplying all registered riders with their moreish treats for the 2014 freshnlo Pedal for Scotland.

Register here for freshnlo Pedal for Scotland.

2014 T-Shirts (£4.50 each)

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If you would like to purchase at t-shirt from this year's event you can do so by selecting your size at the time of registration. This is #HOWIROLL


Here are some simple things which can be done to optimise your bike performance on the day:

• Degrease and oil the chain - Your chain should ideally be degreased after every ride, however before a long ride it is particularly important. Spray degreaser along the chain whilst wiping with a dry cloth, don't forget the cassette and crank too. Apply some oil to the chain before beginning the ride to facilitate smooth changing.

• Check your tyres - Due to the length of the ride, it is important to have the right bike and correct set up. The easiest bike is going to be a road bike, mainly due to the thin tyres creating less drag. Ensure tyres are pumped up to a high pressure, around 100psi. Mountain bikes are still fine, but the tyre pressure will vary between 30-40psi - just check the side of the tyre for the correct pressure, and ensure you have spare inner tubes.

• Setting up your bike - Whether road or mountain bike, another essential is getting the correct riding position, as this will be the most energy efficient for the ride.. A good way to measure this is having your knee with a slight bend(almost straight), when on the most downward part of the pedal, and to make sure your knees are not coming too high when in the uppermost part of the pedal. A more simple method is being on your tip toes (but still in control) when sitting on the seat.

• If possible check that your gears are cycling properly and changing smoothly (this is easier if you have a build stand), and that the chain is not rubbing on the derailleur.

• Tighten all bolts around handlebars, frame and wheels. Use a 15ml spanner to check the pedals are tight. A set of Allan keys is required for this.

• Check that brakes are tight enough to provide stopping power - but not so tight that the shoes rub on the tyre (which will be fully inflated). Be sure to check your break shoes for signs of wear and tear if your bike is not new.

Got a question about this year's event?

Download our freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Rider Information Brochure for 2014 here

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Cycle To Work

Cycling to work is a brilliant way to prepare for freshnlo Pedal for Scotland, but if your workplace facilities aren't up to scratch, why not point your boss in the direction of the Cycle Friendly Employer Award? The award is given to workplaces that provide the right facilities, incentives and promotion to encourage cycling to work. Find out more here.

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If you're bringing the kids along to freshnlo Pedal for Scotland, their cycling skills and confidence will be greatly improved if they've done their Bikeability Scotland training. Find out more here.

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