14,000 cyclists got out on their bikes over the weekend as part of a bumper weekend of cycling in Scotland. The freshnlo Pedal for Scotland and Sky Ride Glasgow mass participation cycling events, which are featuring as part of the year of Active Scotland, saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take to the streets alongside Graeme Obree and Lorraine Kelly.
6,000 cyclists took advantage of Glasgow’s traffic-free streets to cycle around the city for Skyride Glasgow. There was plenty of entertainment on and around the 10.6km route which took in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and sights including Glasgow Riverside, the new Riverside Museum, Nelson’s Monument, Glasgow Green and the People’s Palace.
Over 8,400 cyclists took part in freshnlo Pedal for Scotland. 7,285 people cycled the 51 mile Challenge Ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh and 900 people took part in the 100 mile sportive timed ride through the Southern Uplands. 250 cyclists were also given the chance to take part in the brand new Edinburgh Family Ride which incorporated the last nine miles of the Challenge Ride from Kirkliston to Murrayfield on a traffic free route. All three rides finished in Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium and took in some of central Scotland’s most picturesque landscapes.
TV presenter and Sky Ride Ambassador Lorraine Kelly, said: “Despite the weather it’s been a lovely day here at Sky Ride Glasgow and great seeing so many people, especially families, getting out on their bikes and enjoying cycling on traffic-free streets. I hope today has inspired everyone who got on their bikes to keep on cycling over the coming months as it’s not just about today. There are still plenty of opportunities to keep cycling in Scotland and I hope everyone continues to have fun on two wheels.”
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