Pedal for Scotland Training Rides
Our friends at Sustrans have highlighted potential routes to kick start your training.
Week 1: Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway
About: Running from the heart of Glasgow to the beauty of Loch Lomond, this almost entirely traffic-free route follows parts of the disused Partick to Yoker railway from Glasgow to Clydebank, the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal through to Bowling and again an old railway into Dumbarton.
Week 2: Strathyre, Rob Roy’s grave and the Glen Ogle Viaduct, NCN 7, Stirling
About: This 25 mile section of NCN 7 running between Callander and the spectacular Falls of Dochart at Killin, is a delight to cycle for families and more experienced cyclists. The route is almost entirely traffic-free and offers unrivalled views across Loch Earn and Glen Ogle. Balquhidder is a short signed detour from the route – home to the grave of the celebrated Highland outlaw, Rob Roy. Traverse the spectacular Glen Ogle viaduct and descend through Acharn Forest to Killin.
Week 3: Coast and Castles North (Edinburgh to Aberdeen)
About: For people looking for more of a challenge on their bike, this an ideal route. The Coast and Castles North route begins in Edinburgh, crossing the Firth of Forth into the Kingdom of Fife with its beautiful countryside. It then follows the coast north passing through fishing villages and historic sites, such as Dunnottar Castle, on its way to Aberdeen.
Week 4: Lochwinnoch Loop Line
About: This is a great family-friendly traffic-free route with several train stations along the way making it easy to shorten a journey or take the train back to your starting point. The route starts at Paisley Canal railway station and follows the same route as National Route 75 until Johnstone. From there the railway path continues south-west to Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Kilbirnie.
Pedal for Scotland Led Rides
Bike Town in Rutherglen is providing monthly training rides to help you build up the miles in preparation for Pedal for Scotland.
For more information call on of the Bike Team on 0141 646 0123.
Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust
16 Farmeloan Road
The aim is to start the rides easy and build them up in distance each month with the ultimate aim of riding the Glasgow to Edinburgh Classic Challenge ride. By starting with roughly an hour long ride at around 10 mph and building this up each month, come September they reckon all will all find Pedal for Scotland a breeze.
Rides leave from the Stirling Cycle Hub
For more information contact:
Stirling Cycle Hub, Stirling Train Station, Goosecroft Road, Stirling, FK8 1PF, 01786 474160