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Young cycling star kicks off Pedal for Scotland

Written by Fiona August 31 2012

Young Scot and track cycling supremo Charline Joiner has kickstarted a one week countdown to freshnlo Pedal for Scotland 2012. Charline, who is already a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, was at Linlithgow Palace, one of the most iconic and popular stops on the Glasgow to Edinburgh route, to encourage budding and experienced cyclists to sign up to Scotland’s largest bike ride.

Track star Charline Joiner

Track star Charline Joiner

Departing from Glasgow Green on September 9 and taking cyclists across the central belt to finish in style at Murrayfield Stadium, freshnlo Pedal for Scotland is a bike ride to suit various ability levels with two routes to choose from:

  • The classic freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Challenge Ride is a 47-mile ride between Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • The freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Sportive Ride was first introduced with great success in 2010 and following calls for additional challenges, the route has been made considerably harder for 2012. The 110-mile timed ride now features 2400m of ascent, taking a longer route between Glasgow and Edinburgh for a serious challenge.

Charline said: “I have ridden freshnlo Pedal for Scotland  in the past and it is a fantastic event. It seems that cycling is capturing the imgaination of the nation at the moment and this is the ideal opportunity for cyclists of all abilities to get involved. “

Organiser of the event, Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, commented: “With just one week to go until the riders set off, this year is looking to be our biggest and best yet. There’s still time for cyclists to sign up and enjoy a day of fresh air, exercise and fun with like-minded people in Scotland’s largest mass participation cycle.”

Supported by charity partner Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres for the fourth year, participants can also raise money for a good cause.

To register for the event, log on to

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