All new family friendly Edinburgh Circular Ride announced on 7
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
Price: Child - £2, Adult - £4, Family
Ticket (up to 2 adults and 4 children) £9.
Aberdeen Ride announced! freshnlo Pedal for Scotland will
return to Aberdeen for a FREE family friendly ride on 14
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
"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
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
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
"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
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
Register here for freshnlo Pedal
2014 T-Shirts (£4.50 each)
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.
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GETTING YOUR BIKE READY FOR THE RIDE
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
• 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.