BT make the right call with Pedal for Scotland Gold Team Challenge

A team of cyclists from BT go for Gold as they launch Pedal for Scotland’s Gold Team Challenge

Staff from BT’s Edinburgh office got on their bikes today (11 August) to launch the Pedal for Scotland Gold Team Challenge.

The annual Glasgow to Edinburgh bike ride, which regularly attracts 10,000 riders, is back for its 18th year on 11 September 2016 and teams of three or more can opt for a dedicated Gold entry where they can take advantage of a host of extra benefits including fast track start line and feed station lanes, baggage transfer and showers at the event village.

Team BT will be starting from Glasgow Green on 11 September and heading off on the 46 mile Classic Challenge ride which will see thousands of riders cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh, sampling the famous home baking at Avonbridge and lunching in the stunning grounds of Linlithgow Palace along the way.

Pedal for Scotland, organised by Cycling Scotland and funded by Transport Scotland, offers rides suitable for all ages and abilities. In addition to the iconic 46 mile Glasgow to Edinburgh Classic Challenge, riders can choose the epic 112 mile Big Belter or the family friendly Wee Jaunt, which takes in the final 10 miles of the Classic Challenge route.

All three rides will finish in the prestigious Royal Highland Centre where Pedal for Scotland Gold Teams can take advantage of free showers and dedicated Gold area, or simply relax and unwind in the event village and enjoy the festival atmosphere.

Team BT is raising money for children and young people living in poverty across Scotland through the STV Children’s Appeal, the event’s official charity partner. Last year participants raised over £112,000 for the Appeal, with this year’s total aiming to be even higher.

Brendan Dick, Director BT Scotland, a keen cyclist himself, said, “BT volunteers in Scotland spent more than 3,330 days supporting charities and community groups last year. The 24,190 hours of volunteering is estimated to be worth more than £1 million annually. I’m proud that our team of enthusiastic volunteer cyclists are undertaking this challenge to raise funds for STV’s Children’s Appeal, which does such a great deal of good for young people in communities across Scotland. We wish all the best to everyone taking part in the challenge.”

Nathan Kaczmarski of event organisers, Cycling Scotland, said, “Pedal for Scotland’s Gold Team Challenge is a great opportunity to experience the event as a team, while taking advantage of some great added benefits including fast track start, baggage transfer and entry to the exclusive Gold suite at the event village. By raising money for the STV Children's Appeal, riders will also be supporting valuable projects across the country for young people living in poverty. Those entering on behalf of their workplace will also receive support from our Cycling Scotland team to work towards the Cycle Friendly Employer Award.”

The Pedal for Scotland Gold Team Challenge is available on the Classic Challenge and Big Belter routes and costs £55 for the Classic Challenge and £74 for the Big Belter, with at least £5 (minus admin fees) going to the STV Children’s Appeal. Teams can register online at www.pedalforscotland.org.

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For media information, please contact Vicky Tibbitt
Tel: 0141 229 5350, 07701 289257, vicky@cycling.scot

Notes to editors:

1. Pedal for Scotland Gold Team Challenge
The Pedal for Scotland Gold Team Challenge rider package is Pedal for Scotland’s with some added benefits, available to teams of three or more riders.

The Gold Package includes the following enhancements:

  • Free exclusive tee shirt (different colour to the main one)
  • Personalised business contact from event organisers, Cycling Scotland
  • Exclusive Bike Mechanic at the start
  • Fast Track Registration and Start Lane
  • Baggage transfer to Edinburgh
  • Feed station fast track queueing at Avonbridge and Linlithgow
  • Exclusive experience at finish with food and drink provided
  • Photos of team at start and/or finish
  • Exclusive bike parking and access to showers and changing at the finish
  • Opportunity for business logo to feature on event website and on Gold Team Board at the finish
  • Exclusive raffle at the finish

The price will be £55 for the Classic Challenge and £74 for the Big Belter, including £5 donation to STV (less transaction fee).

2. Pedal for Scotland
Pedal for Scotland is organised by Cycling Scotland, the lead organisation for cycling promotion in Scotland. Cycling Scotland, with grant funding from Transport Scotland, promotes cycling as a healthy lifestyle choice, a sustainable transport mode and as a significant contributor to Scotland’s tourism economy. Cycling Scotland is fully committed to playing a central role in assisting the Scottish Government and its partners and stakeholders to achieve the vision set out in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland. Cycling Scotland also delivers Bikeability Scotland which is like the modern day cycling proficiency, with a few differences. Bikeability Scotland is designed to give children the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on today’s roads. Visit www.cycling.scot for more details.

Cycling Scotland is a recognised Scottish Charity no. SC 029760.

3. Pedal for Scotland was established in 1999 as a way to encourage more people to cycle. Cycling around 50 miles in a day demonstrates the considerable distances it is possible to achieve by bike, and encourages people to leave the car at home for short journeys.

4. Pedal for Scotland event is delivered in partnership with 8 local authorities and support services such as Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and the St Andrews Ambulance Association.

5. Transport Scotland
Transport Scotland is the Scottish Government’s national transport agency responsible for aviation, bus, freight and taxi policy;  coordinating the National Transport Strategy for Scotland; ferries, ports and harbours; impartial travel services; liaising with regional transport partnerships, including monitoring of funding; local roads policy; major public transport projects; national concessionary travel schemes; rail and trunk road networks; sustainable transport, road safety and accessibility, and the Blue Badge Scheme. Transport Scotland is an Executive agency accountable to Scottish Ministers. http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/

6. STV Children’s Appeal
The STV Children’s Appeal is committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. The money raised by the STV Children’s Appeal helps make a real difference in the lives of Scotland’s children and young people by providing practical help like food and warm clothes; creating opportunities for training and employability; and enabling social and emotional support for those who need it most.

 In its first four years the Appeal has raised over £8.2 million. This has allowed us to make 297 big and small grants to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 37,000 children.

The charity was launched in 2011 by The Hunter Foundation and STV.  In 2013, The Wood Foundation pledged its support to the Appeal for projects in the North East.

Every single penny raised by the STV Children’s Appeal stays in Scotland and 100% of donations are spent on the children who need it most, as all overheads are met by STV and The Hunter Foundation. In 2015, the Scottish Government once again committed to match fund the first £1m raised.

STV Children’s Appeal fundraising packs can be downloaded from www.stv.tv/appeal.

STV Appeal SCIO SC042429

7. Heart

Heart is the UK’s biggest commercial radio network with nine million listeners.  Under the strapline ‘more music variety’, Heart plays familiar feel good music that listeners love, from artists like Bruno Mars, Olly Murs, Pharrell, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams and Take That.  Heart presenters include Emma Willis, Stephen Mulhern, Jamie Theakston, Emma Bunton, Jenni Falconer, Jason Donovan and Mark Wright. In February 2016, brand new station Heart extra launched bringing Heart Breakfast with Jamie and Emma to the whole country and playing non-stop feel good music throughout the day. Heart is available on 96-107 FM, DAB digital radio, at heart.co.uk, on the Heart app, on Sky channel 0111, Freesat channel 733 and Freeview channel 728. Source: RAJAR / Ipsos-MORI / RSMB, period ending 3rd April 2016.

8. Daily Record
The Daily Record and Sunday Mail joined forces with Scottish and Universal Newspapers in late 2011 to create the nation's biggest publishing business: Media Scotland.

The Record and Mail, along with S&UN's market leading portfolio of local titles, including the Ayrshire Post and Stirling Observer, reach 1.5million readers every weekday and 1.1million readers on a Sunday.

Together with our commercial websites, including Road Record and ScotCareers, we command a digital audience of 3.4million unique users online a month (figure for May, 2012).

Media Scotland's newspapers and websites are read by two out of three Scots.

The Daily Record and Sunday Mail are published by Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd and are part of Trinity Mirror plc, the UK's largest newspaper publisher.

Registered office: Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA.

9. Sustrans
Sustrans is a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. 

Sustrans works with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people can choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and enjoy better, safer spaces to live in. All over the UK, we make a positive difference to people's lives. 

Sustrans helps people think about and change the travel choices they make. Through our work to create better walking and cycling links, including the National Cycle Network, they provide the space to make sure sustainable travel is not just a choice: it's the most obvious and convenient option. 

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BT volunteers in Scotland spent more than 3,330 days supporting charities and community groups last year. The 24,190 hours of volunteering is estimated to be worth more than £1 million annually. I’m proud that our team of enthusiastic volunteer cyclists are undertaking this challenge to raise funds for STV’s Children’s Appeal, which does such a great deal of good for young people in communities across Scotland. We wish all the best to everyone taking part in the challenge.
Brendan Dick, Director BT Scotland
Pedal for Scotland’s Gold Team Challenge is a great opportunity to experience the event as a team, while taking advantage of some great added benefits including fast track start, baggage transfer and entry to the exclusive Gold suite at the event village. By raising money for the STV Appeal, riders will also be supporting valuable projects across the country for young people living in poverty. Those entering on behalf of their workplace will also receive support from our Cycling Scotland team to work towards the Cycle Friendly Employer Award.
Nathan Kaczmarski of event organisers, Cycling Scotland