Scotland gears up for cycling events

Tour of Britain

Next month Scotland will host the Grand Depart of The Tour of Britain, showcasing the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway as the perfect stage for the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and largest free-to-watch live sporting event. 

The Scottish leg of The Tour of Britain takes place on Sunday 11 September and cyclists of all abilities are invited to ride in the tyre tracks of the professionals by taking part in this year’s Tour Ride which happens a week before the main event on 04 September.

The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride gives people the unique opportunity to experience the route one week before the professionals whilst raising funds to fight the most common cancer in men in Scotland. You will ride under the official gantry with full support throughout the route, well-stocked feed and drink stations and goody bags at the finish.  There is still time to get involved so sign up now!

During the Tour Ride, cyclists will follow the official route of The Tour of Britain, ride under official gantry with full support on route, well-stocked feed and drink stations and goody bags at the finish.  There are still some places available so get signed up now!

Also spinning into action on Sunday 11 September, the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland will see thousands of cyclists riding from Glasgow to Edinburgh.  With both a 51 mile and 100 mile route mapped out between the west and east coast cities, as well as a three mile family ride  so families with young children  can take part too, there is something on offer for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

The blue ribbon 51 mile event takes in some of Scotland most scenic routes, with refreshment breaks every ten miles and a free lunch at the beautiful Linlithgow Palace. For those participating in the three mile family ride, there are a range of additional activities including music and entertainment to ensure a great day out for all the family.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said, “Cycling in Scotland is continuing to grow in popularity - both recreationally and competitively. We have seen the number of cycling events supported through our funding increase in 2011, the year of Active Scotland, which is wonderful and trend we hope to see continuing.”

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