06 Aug Pedal For Scotland
Pedal For Scotland hits Glasgow
Fancy jumping on your bike this September and riding from Glasgow to Edinburgh with a bunch a of friendly folk? Even better, fancy raising money for a fantastic charity while you do it? Well, we’ve got you covered!
Celebrating its 19th year, Pedal for Scotland is an annual event that’s guaranteed to give you a laugh and inspire you to keep moving. There are three levels of ride on offer; The Classic Challenge, The Big Belter and the Wee Jaunt. The event’s official charity partner is the STV Appeal, so you’ll be helping gather much-needed funds for people throughout Scotland if you take part too.
Keep reading to find out more and hear our top tips for success at this year’s Ride.
The Classic Challenge
This one’s an old favourite. It’s a 50-mile journey that’ll take you from Glasgow to Edinburgh along closed roads, making it super safe. You can take part as an individual, with friends, or even get together a team from work and enjoy some quality time together away from the office. People aged anywhere from 10 to eighty have completed the route in the past and, with only one major hill, even gym-dodgers like us could take a crack at it!
The Wee Jaunt
This one’s for families who want to stick together on the ride and is the perfect active day out. The starting line is situated in the beautiful town of Linlithgow and the route is just 10 miles – enough to get those muscles pumping and make sure the wee ones don’t tire too much.
The Big Belter
For all you serious riders out there, the Big Belter will have you working up a sweat over a 100-mile route. Again, it’ll take you from Glasgow to Edinburgh, with the first 25 miles using the same roads as the Classic Challenge, so you can start off with friends and family then make your way to some steep ascents to really push yourself to the limit. It’s the perfect reason to get in shape this summer!
Our Top Tips
First thing’s first, you’ll need a hearty breakfast to start the day off right and get those essential calories pre-ride. At the Albion Hotel, you’ll be treated to a range of fresh pastries and fruit juices and a full, Scottish breakfast with all the protein you could hope for! Plus, there’s tea and coffee on tap to warm you up before you set off – September is a changeable month, so you could be riding in anything from blazing sunshine to a frost! Plus, it’s an early start on the day of the event, with Big Belter participants setting their wheels in motion as early as 6:45 AM, meaning you’ll need a place to crash the night before. Our hotel is just a 15-minute ride from the starting line – the perfect distance to warm you up before the big push!