Do the green thing and take part in this year’s Pedal for Scotland bike ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh, get fit and raise funds for the environment, all at the same time. Friends of the Earth Scotland is one of the nominated charities in the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland cycle challenge 2011. Sign up to one of the rides and start training now, and don’t forget to let us know that you have chosen Friends of the Earth

Scotland as your charity.

foes bike ride 2010
Riders in the FoES Fife Challenge 2010.

Cycling and fundraising for the environment is fun, healthy and rewarding. Niall McCluskey participated in our 2010 cycle ride in Fife and has also signed up to do pedal for Scotland for us this year. Niall said: “I thoroughly enjoyed doing the sponsored cycle run for Friends of the Earth Scotland last year. It was immensely rewarding to raise money for such a good cause.

“I am really looking forward to this years Glasgow to Edinburgh run as it will help me to get fit again. I also will be pleased to raise more funds for Friends of the Earth Scotland. I would encourage others to participate in the event this year as it is certain to be a lot of fun.”

Quick start

If you want to get going right away, here’s a quick guide how to get involved raising funds for the environment while riding your bike.

  1. Register for your place on Pedal for Scotland’s website.
  2. Pick Friends of the Earth Scotland as your chosen charity.
  3. Let us know you have registered by filling in the form on this web page.
  4. Get your helmet on, on your bike and start training.

Three ride levels

Pedal for Scotland offers three different ride levels. There’s the classic 51 mile Glasgow to Edinburgh Challenge Ride. This year you are likely to be part of 9,000 cyclists, making it the biggest event of its kind. For the more enthusiastic and serious road cyclist, there’s a 100 mile Sportive Ride, through the Southern Uplands and down into Edinburgh passing through seven local authorities. Finally, there’s an option to get the whole family on their bikes with shorter 9 mile rides in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, a perfect option if you are riding with younger children.

I want to know more!

Well, you can! Go to our Pedal for Scotland page and find out why it’s worth cycling for Friends of the Earth Scotland, how much we expect you to fundraise, and how to do it with Virgin Money Giving. We’d love to have you on board as a cycling fundraiser – if you have any questions regarding this, leave a comment below or call Vicki Bradley on 0131 243 2700.