Thousands joins Pedal for Scotland

Cyclists on Pedal for Scotland event Image copyright Peter devlin
Image caption More than 6,500 riders set off from Glasgow Green at the start of a 47-mile route to Edinburgh

Thousands of people have got on their bikes for Scotland's biggest mass participation cycling event.

Cyclist Mark Beaumont and Commonwealth Games double silver medallist Louise Haston led out the riders in Glasgow for the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland.

The annual challenge sees thousands of people pedal from Glasgow Green to Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

This year more than 6,500 riders took part in the 47-mile Challenge Ride while 700 joined the 110-mile Sportive.

The Sportive takes a different route through the Southern Uplands including 2,400m of ascent.

In addition, about 600 riders took part in events in Edinburgh including the nine-mile Family Ride and four-mile Circular Route.

Keith Irving, chief executive of event organiser for Cycling Scotland, said: "To be joined at freshnlo Pedal for Scotland by over 8,000 people on bikes this morning was very special.

"Having Commonwealth Games medallist Louise Haston and our ambassador Mark Beaumont along for the ride really added to the occasion and further inspired the riders.

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Image caption Organisers hope a series of cycling events planned for September will encourage people to get onto two wheels

"The 16th year of freshnlo Pedal for Scotland has involved the biggest logistical operation yet."

Cycling events will continue with a five-mile Family Fun Ride in Aberdeen on Sunday 14 September and in Glasgow on Sunday 21 September with a Family Ride and stunt show at the Velodrome with Danny MacAskill and his "Drop and Roll" team.

Mark Beaumont said: "In this huge year of sport for Glasgow and Scotland, it feels very special to be on my bike with a Commonwealth Games champion like Louise Haston and to see how many people the Games have inspired to saddle up, sign up and enjoy a great day of cycling with us."

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