Riverside Show presenters, David Farrell and Jennifer Reoch, swapped the studio for a saddle today (4th August) to launch the family friendly Wee Jaunt Glasgow bike ride, taking place on 5th September as part of Scotland’s biggest bike ride, Pedal for Scotland. The pair was joined by Calvin (3), Jack, (3), Isabelle (7) and Alasdair (4).
The Wee Jaunt Glasgow is a six mile ride starting in Glasgow Green. It follows a traffic free riverside route taking in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Commonwealth village. Riders can then enjoy an array of entertainment at Glasgow Green.
David and Jennifer will be taking part on 5th September 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 also have the opportunity to raise money for the Appeal. Last year’s participants raised over £110,000 for the charity, supporting projects across Scotland including a number in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
Jennifer Reoch said, “The STV Children’s Appeal is committed to supporting Scotland’s children and I’m really excited to be taking part in Pedal for Scotland this year to support this amazing cause. There are events to suit all levels of experience over the weekend and the Wee Jaunt is a great way to get involved with your friends and family and raise money for children affected by poverty in Scotland.”
Derek Mackay MSP, said, “The Scottish Government is providing an additional £150,000 to Cycling Scotland to extend the variety of bike rides, and increase the number of road closures as part of this year’s Pedal for Scotland. Since Pedal for Scotland began, it has grown enormously and this year we will see again record levels of participants in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. I wish everyone who takes part an enjoyable day out. ”
The Wee Jaunt Glasgow is accompanied by three other Wee Jaunt rides as part of the Pedal for Scotland series. Ranging from 4 – 6 miles, Wee Jaunts in Edinburgh, starting in Kirkliston, Murrayfield and Aberdeen will give even more people a chance to be part of Scotland’s biggest bike event, regardless of age or ability.
Cycling Scotland Chief Executive, Keith Irving, added, “The Wee Jaunt Glasgow 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. It’s the perfect introduction to the next day’s Classic Challenge ride from Glasgow Green to Edinburgh, letting people of all ages and abilities enjoy cycling that weekend. The ride will take place on traffic free routes, allowing participants to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Scotland’s biggest bike event.”
Entries for the Wee Jaunts, along with the Classic Challenge, Big Belter and MadeBrave Team Challenge rides, are now open. Register at www.pedalforscotland.org.