A HOST of STV stars saddled up and started their training for freshnlo ‘Pedal for Scotland’.
Weather presenter Sean Batty, sports presenters Caroline Henderson and Raman Bhardwaj, and STV North news reader Louise Cowie came together in Glasgow to mark the STV Appeal being announced as the official charity partner for the 2013 event.
Celebrating its 15th years in 2013, freshnlo Pedal for Scotland takes participants on an iconic route from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
And cyclists taking part will now have the option to raise money for the STV Appeal 2013, which works alongside experts from across Scotland to change perceptions and attitudes towards child poverty and invest in solutions.
Every penny donated to the STV Appeal stays in Scotland and the first £1million raised will be matched by the Scottish Government.
Sean Batty, STV weatherman, said: “I wouldn’t describe myself as a cyclist at all, but each year my challenges for the STV Appeal have had some involvement of cycling.
“In 2011 I cycled nearly 130 miles from Stornoway to Lochboisdale on South Uist, and then in 2012, took up the challenge of cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh along the cycle route.
“I’ve been able to do both of these trips with just a little training so it shows that everyone can get involved in a cycling challenge like this and it’s a great way to get fit.”
He continued: “The cycling challenges have always given me a great boost and I always feel great after I have completed them.
“This is your chance to get that same feeling by taking part in freshnlo Pedal for Scotland cycle along with myself and a few of my colleagues from STV and thousands of others.”
To welcome the STV Appeal, event organiser Cycling Scotland has announced it is extending the early bird entry deadline until February 14th, allowing participants two extra weeks to take advantage of the reduced entry fee for Scotland’s largest bike ride.
Until the deadline date, entry to the Challenge ride is £21 (full price £26) and entry to Sportive is £32 (full price £40).
To register for freshnlo Pedal for Scotland 2013, please visit www.pedalforscotland.org