You may have tried (or just thought about) a day trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Some people have even been both ways in a day! There’s a choice of routes – along the Canals or by road (like the annual Pedal for Scotland ride).
This summer you could try the 5 day, 200 mile, scenic version. Sustrans in Scotland is organising the “Clyde-Tae-Forth” ride as a “pedal-powered adventure”.
Riders will set off from the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow on 9th of June and cross the Tay and Forth – as in “Clyde-Tae-Forth”… They will arrive in Edinburgh just in time for the Bike Week Film Festival.
Participants will be able to ‘trailblaze’ proposed routes between Perth and Kinross. After each day’s ride there will be talks and presentations from leading environmental and wildlife organisations, including a guided woodland walk with the Forestry Commission Scotland.
Clyde-Tae-Forth will also pass two of the Scottish schemes included in Sustrans’ Connect2 project, which won the Big Lottery Fund’s The People’s £50 Million contest in December 2007. In Glasgow riders will see the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, a half-finished walking and cycling bridge over the M8 motorway in the centre of the city, and in Perth the ride will stop at the site of a new walking and cycling bridge over the River Tay which will connect Perth and Scone.
John Lauder, Sustrans National Director for Scotland, is keen for people to join the ride and “see Scotland in a different light”. He said: “The Clyde-Tae-Forth ride is a fun way for people to explore the landscape, heritage and culture of this region of Scotland – with stunning views from the saddle guaranteed. It’s going to be an exciting ride, especially with the added adventure of trailblazing a possible new route and visiting the Connect2 schemes to see the real difference better facilities for cyclists and walkers will make.”
The event is expected to be extremely popular and with only 100 spaces for the full five day ride, cyclists are “urged to register early”. Each overnight stop is £30, which includes ride organisation, maps, camping accommodation, a light breakfast, luggage transfer and a special edition ride t-shirt. Those not wanting to take part in the full ride are welcome to join in for day rides – the cost is £10 for a guided ride, map and special edition ride t-shirt.
Booking for Sustrans’ Clyde-Tae-Forth ride closes on 28th May 2008. Anyone interested in booking a place on the full ride, or joining in for a day section, contact Sustrans’ Events Team on 0117 915 0125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.