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Cycle Fun Days Kick Start Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival

 DSCF5164.jpgCycle coaching, bike hire, mini bike tracks, skills loops, barbecues and other accessible cycling activities will be on offer at two family focused free Cycle Fun Days that will kick start this year's Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival this weekend (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June 2012).

Both events are aimed at encouraging locals and visitors of all ages and abilities to have a go at cycling whilst, at the same time, promoting the huge range of opportunities there are for on and off road cycling in Highland Perthshire.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: 'Opening the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival with cycle fun days is a fantastic idea, which will give families the chance get on their bikes and get involved in a number of ways. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the 2012 festival will most certainly appeal to both novices and experienced riders alike with a strong programme of events, workshops and coaching sessions attracting visitors from the local community and further afield.'
On Saturday 5 May Progression Bikes will run the Dunkeld Cycle Fun Day, being staged opposite the Atholl Arms, Dunkeld from 11:00 to 16:00.  A range of cycle coaching and bike maintenance workshops will be mixed with have a go sessions on a new cycle course and pump track and a cycle obstacle course.  There will also be some great discounts on bike kit in the Progression Bikes shop on the day. There will also be a barbecue to refuel all of the hungry cyclists.
Emma Burtles from Highland Perthshire Cycling, organisers of the Highland Perthshire Cycling said:  'There has never been a better time to discover or perhaps re-discover cycling, whether for leisure or to get to the places you need to get to.   With so many benefits for the economy, health and environment we should all be doing it, a lot more.'
'The Cycle Fun Days that have been organised this weekend to get the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival underway are the perfect opportunity for all of the family to get on a bike in a warm and friendly environment and, most importantly, discover how much fun you can have on a bike.'
DSCF5217.jpgThe Highland Safaris two-wheeled Cycle Fun Day is being staged in Dull, newly twinned with Boring in the USA, on Sunday 6 May from 10:00 until 17:00.  The highlights of this multi activity cycle day include an opportunity to try out a new range of Scott mountain bikes, a guided single track ride starting at 2500 feet, a time trials competition on a one kilometre skills loop, a selection of funny bikes to have a laugh on and bike maintenance from Dr Bike, just in case.  Cyclists can refuel with a barbecue whilst watching some awesome mountain bike footage on a giant screen.
Adam Flint, from Progression Bikes, said:  'Our cycle fun day and The Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival, as a whole, are fantastic examples of local businesses and communities in the area supporting the promotion of cycling in the area. With more and more cyclists coming to Highland Perthshire for events such as Etape Caledonia it's great to see everyone getting on board!'
This year's Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival has a diverse programme of (mainly) free road and mountain bike events, aimed at cyclists of all ages and abilities, that will be staged across the region from Friday 4th to Sunday 13th of May.  The busy roster of DSCF5180.jpgraces, guided rides (with local enthusiasts both on and off road), skills sessions, workshops, women's events, a schools programme, family fun days and cultural events all culminate in the legendary Etape Caledonia Sportive weekend. For accommodation availability. and l;ook under accommodation.
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Cycle Friendly Community Award

Highland Perthshire the Cycle Friendly Community.

Highland Perthshire received one of the top five awards at the annual Cycling Scotland Conference Awards in Glasgow as the 'Cycle Friendly Community' as a result of the work done by the Highland Perthshire Cycling group.

Cycling Scotland's Chairman Bill Wright said, "There is so much excellent cycling work now happening across Scotland, that we had 5 categories this year, attracting the highest number of entries to date. We are delighted to award the 'Cycle Friendly Community Award' to Highland Perthshire Cycling for all the work they have done in the last 12 months from their highly successful cycling festival through to local initiatives including the local schools and youth groups."Cyclefriendaward221111-300.jpg

Emma Burtles the Highland Perthshire Cycling Coordinator, who is based in Aberfeldy said, "I am absolutely delighted to receive this award on behalf of Highland Perthshire Cycling. We are a very new group only having been formed 2 years ago, we have come a very long way in a short time." She continued, "I would like to thank everyone who has put in lots of voluntary hours in making the many events that Highland Perthshire Cycling organise, happen."

The Cycling Scotland citation states; " The winning entry in the Cycle Friendly Communities Award had really embraced the concept, making it a stated aim of the project to create a cycle friendly community in their target area. Using a hugely successful cycling festival as the focal point, the scheme expanded with a range of projects including initiatives to take local schools through the Cycle Friendly School award. Operating youth clubs linking to Scottish Cycling's Go Ride programme, helping local businesses be more cycle friendly to attract more customers, developed disabled and special needs cycling events with adapted bikes, producing route cards and securing funding for forthcoming cycle signage."

 For more information on the Highland Perthshire Cycling or to pass on details, please contact Emma Burtles

Photo  - Bill Wright Chairman of Cycling Scotland, presenting Emma Burtles the Highland Perthshire Cycling Coordinator, with the Cycle Friendly Community Award at a ceremony in Glasgow.

Cycling in Highland Perthshire

Cycling in Highland Perthshire, Pitlochry, Rannoch, Aberfeldy

This year Highland Perthshire Cycling as well as running the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival will also be at the Scottish Bike Show on 16th and 17th April, in Glasgow promoting Highland Perthshire as a cycling destination in its own right.

The 2011 Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival is shaping up to be bigger than ever, events take place all over Highland Perthshire including Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Aberfeldy, Kinloch Rannoch. Most are Free of Charge aimed at kids, families, women and men.
3 New cycling Initiatives this year:-
1. Highland Safaris "Biketrax"
- Have a new 1 km track, designed with families in mind. Construction progressing well. 11am Friday 13th May - Official Opening by John Swinney MSP.
2. Skinny Tyres - Scot Tares is giving up his main job to focus on road cycling in Highland Perthshire. Road cycling in Highland Perthshire is some of the best cycling in Europe.
3. Progression Bikes in Dunkeld open during April, specialising in mountain bike coaching, bike hire, day trips, drop at the top of Craigvinean Forest being timed down, plus much more. Saturday 21st May is their Official launch day in Dunkeld.

Scottish Borders Cycling - would you believe they paid us a visit, to see if they could learn from Highland Perthshire, great to see that others think we are making an impact in cycling?

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