Wee Jaunt Edinburgh bike ride in brand new Linlithgow start

Pedal for Scotland’s Wee Jaunt Edinburgh bike ride will start at Linlithgow’s Peel for the first time this year.

STV’s Live at Five presenter Hayley Matthews and her son Harris (5) were in Linlithgow to launch the stunning new start venue for the Wee Jaunt Edinburgh bike ride – part of the Pedal for Scotland series of events.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, the 10 mile Wee Jaunt Edinburgh will start at The Peel beneath the beautiful backdrop of Linlithgow Palace and will take in the final section of the 46 mile Classic Challenge on closed roads on 11thSeptember 2016.

Hayley and Harris will be riding the route and raising funds for children and young people in Scotland affected by poverty by supporting the STV Children’s Appeal, Pedal for Scotland’s Official Charity Partner. Wee Jaunt participants will also be able to raise money for the Appeal. Last year’s participants raised over £112,000 for the charity, supporting projects across Scotland including a number in West Lothian and the East of Scotland.

Live at Five presenter Hayley said, “The Wee Jaunt Edinburgh is set to be a fantastic day out and I’m really looking forward to taking part with Harris. All of the Pedal for Scotland events are a great way to raise money for the STV Children’s Appeal and help the kids that need it most.” 

Keith Irving, Cycling Scotland chief executive, said, “The Wee Jaunt Edinburgh promises to be a fun-filled day for all the family, and an excellent introduction to travelling by bike, be it for work, school or pleasure. With a great new route starting in Linlithgow, riders – young and old – will be able to cycle on closed roads for 10 miles to a new finishing line event village at the Royal Highland Centre.”

The Wee Jaunt Edinburgh is just one of several Pedal for Scotland events taking place throughout 2016, including two other Wee Jaunt rides in Glasgow and Aberdeen, the 46 mile Classic Challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh and the 112 mile Big Belter. Family friendly Wee Jaunt rides will give even more people a chance to be part of Scotland’s biggest bike event, regardless of age or ability.

Find out more and register online for the Wee Jaunt Edinburgh at www.pedalforscotland.org.

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For further media information please contact:

Vicky Tibbitt, Communications Officer, Cycling Scotland

0141 229 5350 / 07701 289257

vicky@cycling.scot

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Pedal for Scotland

1. Pedal for Scotland is organised by Cycling Scotland, the lead organisation for cycling promotion in Scotland. Cycling Scotland is the national cycle training, promotion, events and engineering organisation for Scotland. With grant funding from Transport Scotland we are working to establish cycling as an acceptable, attractive and practical lifestyle option. For more information, please visit www.cyclingscotland.org. Cycling Scotland is a recognised Scottish Charity no. SC 029760.

2. Transport Scotland is the national transport agency for Scotland, delivering the Scottish Government's vision for transport. Find out more at www.transportscotland.gov.uk

3. Pedal for Scotland was established in 1999 as a way to encourage more people to cycle. Cycling up to 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 eight local authorities and support services such as Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and the St Andrews Ambulance Association.

http://pedalforscotland.org/

Cycling Scotland

Cycling Scotland is the nation’s cycling organisation. Working with others, we help create and deliver opportunities and an environment so anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely.

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

For more information please visit www.cyclingscotland.org

STV Children’s Appeal
The STV Children’s Appeal is committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. The STV Children’s Appeal works closely with Scotland's leading experts in the field of child poverty, sharing knowledge and expertise with both small community groups and national charities on their experiences of addressing the challenges of child poverty in Scotland. www.stv.tv/appeal   

The STV Children’s Appeal has helped over 30 projects in the Glasgow local authority and over 150 projects in Scotland, all providing help and support to children and young people affected by poverty.

STV Appeal is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, number SC042429.

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07701 289257

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The Wee Jaunt Edinburgh is set to be a fantastic day out and I’m really looking forward to taking part with Harris. All of the Pedal for Scotland events are a great way to raise money for the STV Children’s Appeal and help the kids that need it most.
Live at Five presenter, Hayley Matthews
The Wee Jaunt Edinburgh promises to be a fun-filled day for all the family, and an excellent introduction to travelling by bike, be it for work, school or pleasure. With a great new route starting in Linlithgow, riders – young and old – will be able to cycle on closed roads for 10 miles to a new finishing line event village at the Royal Highland Centre.
Keith Irving, Cycling Scotland chief executive