Glasgow cyclists given 'unique' opportunity to enjoy traffic-free roads in free event

Glasgow cyclists are to be given the 'unique opportunity' to enjoy city centre roads traffic-free as well as take on challenges in a new free event.

Ford's RideGlasgow event is set to give families and keen bikers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to travel past some of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks. The four-mile route includes Glasgow Green, Trongate, Merchant City and George Square.

More seasoned cyclists will also be able to try their hand at the infamous 14% gradient Montrose Street incline which featured at the UCI Cycling World Championships last year. Cyclists have a choice of two distances to tackle: a full Urban Hill Climb up the 200m length of Montrose Street, and a Wee Urban Hill Climb of half the distance.

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It will begin at the intersection of George Street and Montrose Street and Scottish Cycling will time individual’s efforts from the bottom to the top of the climb. The smaller challenge, suitable for children and those looking for a less competitive experience, will take place at the same time.

No registration is required for either event which is due to take place between 10am and 1pm on Sunday, June 9. The rest of the route will be available from 10am till 4pm on the day and feature family friendly festival zones at Glasgow Green and George Square.

Free Led Rides have been organised from the north, south, east and west of the city to take people into the city to enjoy the FreeCycle route under the guidance of experienced ride leaders. These are family-friendly rides and anyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

Anyone interested in joining a Led Ride should arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the departure time for a briefing by the ride leaders and bike check.

Led Rides start

North (09:30 departure) : Springburn Station G21 4TP (in partnership with JG Cycles and its cycling club).

East (09:30 departure) : Emirates Arena, 1000 London Road, Glasgow G40 3HG (in partnership with Glasgow Green Cycle Club ).

South (09:30 departure) : Queen's Park, 120A Queen's Drive, Glasgow G42 8QN (in partnership with BikeForGood ).

West (09:00 departure) : Drumchapel Cycle Hub, 195 Drumry Road East, Glasgow G15 8NS (in partnership with Drumchapel Cycle Hub ).

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Lisa Brankin, Chair & Managing Director of Ford Britain & Ireland, said: "Ford is pleased to sponsor the new Ford RideGlasgow FreeCycle. Through our Park the Car initiative we promote thinking twice about using your car for short distances – and cycling is one of the alternatives we promote. We hope that Ford RideGlasgow FreeCycle will encourage more people to engage with cycling across Glasgow and Scotland."

Bailie Annette Christie, Glasgow Life Chair and City Convener for Culture, Sport and International Relations, said: "We’re committed to supporting people in Glasgow to enjoy cycling’s many benefits to physical and mental health and enhance their lives. The development of cycling-related activity in our communities is a priority, to encourage and enable more people – regardless of background, age, or ability – to get on a bike for recreation, sport and travel.

"And we’re fortunate Glasgow not only boasts a world-class velodrome that can be used by those learning to cycle as well as elite riders, but also has many great community cycling hubs and groups that help overcome barriers to take up cycling and offer activities for both beginners and experienced cyclists. "

Entry to the Ford RideGlasgow FreeCycle is completely free. You can register in advance at www.fordrideglasgow.co.uk or just turn up on the day to enjoy the ride.

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