A LAST-minute siren call has been issued for Cycletta, recognised as the UK’s leading cycling series especially for women, which is scheduled to roll into Scotland later this month.
Entries for the women-only cycling event close on Monday 9th September at 9pm, and already organisers are expecting over 600 ladies to participate in this inaugural event, which will take place at the iconic Scone Palace in Perthshire on 15th September 2013.
The event series, which is backed by Olympian Victoria Pendleton CBE, and supported by Spice Girls’ Melanie C, there’s no shortage of girl power to pedal this series to success.
And with an estimated 1.2 million-plus Scots owning a bicycle, but only 18 per cent of them said to use it regularly, Cycletta is perfect for the novice female cyclist.
Commenting, Nick Rusling, CEO of event organisers, Human Race, said: “We’re really excited about the first Cycletta event in Scotland and with such a positive response, we’re sure there are a few more ladies out there who might want to take part and we don’t want them to miss out.
“The stunning Perthshire landscape enables us to offer course options to suit all abilities, not to mention the location of the start and finish line in the grounds of the historic Scone Palace, so whether you’re a regular cyclist or you’ve not been on a bike in years there’s a course option for you.”
Many of the participants in Cycletta Scotland will also be raising money for partner charity Macmillan Cancer Support. It was this opportunity that appealed to Sarah Doran (40) from Glasgow who signed up to take part earlier this year.
Sarah commented: “I’d always wanted to do Cycletta so when I saw it was launching in Scotland I signed up immediately. I’ve done a bit of cycling to work, and a little bit of road cycling, but this was the perfect opportunity for me to push myself a little bit more, see some of Scotland’s magnificent countryside and really get fitter this year.
“My mum was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and Macmillan Cancer Support were such a tremendous help to her and our whole family when she was ill, this is my opportunity to give something back.
“Mum has since fought off cancer twice and she’s a real inspiration to me. I’ve got my training plan and tips, thanks to the Cycletta website, and I just can’t wait to get started on both the fundraising and the training.”
Cycletta Scotland is open to ladies aged 12 and upwards and includes different distances starting from just 20km. They also have a bike hire option so there’s not even a requirement to own your own bike!
For those ladies wanting to set themselves a bigger challenge there is a Classic distance of 40 km and, for those who want to push themselves that little bit further, a Challenge distance of 63km.
Girls aged between 12 and 16 can also take part when accompanied by an adult, making it perfect for mother and daughter teams to participate, as well as Secondary school pupils, and even Girl Guide troops. The key message that organisers want to get across is that the event is open to all women, young and old, with or without a bike, beginner or enthusiast.
To register for Cycletta Scotland visit: www.humanrace.co.uk/cycletta – entries close at 9pm on Monday 9th September
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