Pedal for Scotland returns for our 19th year on 10th September 2017. Pedal for Scotland’s main event day will feature the 45 mile Classic Challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh and the colossal 93 mile Big Belter from Glasgow to Edinburgh using the first 20 miles of the Classic Challenge route. Stay tuned as we announce our Wee Jaunt rides over the coming months!
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Pedal for Scotland, organised by Cycling Scotland, is Scotland’s biggest bike event. Back in 1999, the first event attracted 400 riders. The event has grown increasingly popular with more routes, bigger challenges and more and more participants joining in year on year.
In 2015, on our 17th anniversary, around 10,000 riders took part over 6 rides across Scotland. Pedal for Scotland took place on 5th, 6th and 13th September with six rides to choose from catering for all ages and abilities. The event kicked off on 5th September, when Glasgow Green played host to the 6 mile Wee Jaunt Glasgow. On 6th September, Pedal for Scotland’s main event day featured the 50 mile Classic Challenge ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the colossal 110 mile ride Big Belter from Glasgow to Edinburgh via the stunning Southern Uplands, the 9 mile Wee Jaunt from Kirkliston to Edinburgh and the 4 mile Wee Jaunt circular route round Murrayfield. Pedal for Scotland then travelled to Aberdeen a week later on 13th September when the 6 mile Wee Jaunt Aberdeen returned to Duthie Park for a third year.
Support for the STV Children’s Appeal, official charity partner to Pedal for Scotland, grew in 2015 with a variety of riders including a Scottie dog called Hamish, a couple on a tandem dressed as ‘Big Man and Wee Yin’, the staff of Royal Bank of Scotland and many more helping to raise funds for children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. Bettering the total raised in 2014, the Pedal for Scotland team were proud to hand over a cheque for £112,45.56 to STV Children’s Appeal at their annual Live Show on 16th October.
Discover more about the event’s 15 year history.