Look out the lycra and pedal for Scotland
LOOK out the lycra, check the brakes and pump up the tyres, it time to Pedal For Scotland and raise money for a good cause at the same time.
Now in its 18th year, Pedal For Scotland is the country’s biggest bike event and on 11 September, there are three different rides that will allow you to be part of it.
Choose from the 46 mile Classic Challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh, which last year saw 7,500 participants cycling between the two cities... or perhaps you need more of a challenge?
In that case the colossal 112 mile Big Belter from Glasgow to Edinburgh, via the stunning Borders, could be the ideal ride for you.
The route takes riders through the Southern Uplands and into Edinburgh passing through seven local authorities along the way.
It also incorporates the best sections of numerous Scottish cycle racing circuits, including the A77 10 Mile Time Trial, sections of the Moscow APR and the Strathaven Anderside Classic, taking in steep climbs around Muirkirk and undulating stretches across wild moorland.
Not for the faint-hearted, The Big Belter is a much more challenging ride for keen road cyclists.
Finally, there’s the far more gentle Wee Jaunt, a 10 mile traffic free route, starting in Linlithgow and finishing at the Royal Highland Centre.
To take part in any of the Pedal For Scotland rides, all you have to do is visit pedalforscotland.org and register for the challenge of your choice.
Money raised from the day goes to support the STV Children’s Appeal, now in its fourth year as the event’s official charity partner. The STV Children’s Appeal raises cash to help combat child poverty.