Scotland’s very own premier street trials rider Danny MacAskill was performing his trademark flips and tricks outside the STV studios in Glasgow today, showing off his skills to local children to officially launch the 2014 freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Glasgow Ride.
The freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Glasgow Ride, in partnership with Decathlon, includes a four mile family friendly cycle ride followed by an action packed show at the Velodrome with Danny MacAskill’s Drop and Roll show.
Suitable for all ages and abilities, the Glasgow Ride will take cyclists on a four mile circular route between the Emirates Arena and Glasgow Green, making use of the fantastic riverside cycle paths and segregated cycle lanes in the area. Entertainment and cycling activities will also be on offer at Glasgow Green.
Participants can raise money for children and young people in Scotland affected by poverty by supporting the event’s official charity partner, the STV Appeal.
Visitors to the Velodrome will enjoy a range of cycling-based activities and demonstrations, including a unique opportunity to see the legendary Danny MacAskill team up with top trials riders and good friends, Duncan Shaw, Ali C and Fabio Wibmer, for their all new Drop and Roll Show.
Tickets are available now, including a limited number of family ‘hub’ standing tickets closest to the action which also include access to Q&A with Danny and exclusive prize giveaways.
Danny MacAskill said: “This will be my second year at the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Glasgow Ride but the first with my new Drop and Roll tour, which is exciting for me. Hopefully the ride and our show will be inspirational and more people will get on their bikes and enjoy all that cycling has to offer.”
Ian Aitken, Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland said: “Last year’s event was a resounding, sell-out success with over 3,000 people taking part and coming down to see Danny perform. After a huge summer of sport in Glasgow, freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Glasgow Ride will give people the opportunity to get on their own bikes and participate in a cycle ride suitable for everyone, all whilst soaking up the atmosphere at the Velodrome watching Danny’s new Drop and Roll show “
“In addition to the Glasgow event, the main freshnlo Pedal for Scotland ride will take place on 7September where participants can choose from the 47 mile challenge ride, the 110 mile sportive or the 9 mile family ride, all finishing up at the iconic Murrayfield Stadium.”
Elizabeth Partyka of the STV Appeal said: “The STV Appeal is committed to supporting Scotland’s children and we are really grateful to the riders taking part in this year’s freshnlo Pedal for Scotland events and fundraising for the Appeal in the process. The Glasgow Family Ride is set to be a great day and we hope as many people as possible get on their bikes and raise money for children affected by poverty in Scotland.”
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “I am delighted the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland bike ride is set to return for another year, this is a fantastic family event which encourages people of all ages to get on their bikes. The Scottish Government aims to get more people making active travel choices for their everyday journeys wherever possible, to improve health and the environment.
“We recently allocated an additional £7m of funding towards cycling and walking infrastructure as part of a wider package of measures on sustainable and active transport. This is in addition to the £20m announced last September.
“Cycling is a great way to stay active and hopefully this event will encourage parents and children to get on their bikes and incorporate active travel choices into their daily routines.”
All freshnlo Pedal for Scotland events are organised by Cycling Scotland with funding from Transport Scotland.
For more information or to register please visit www.pedalforscotland.org