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Date: 06th May 2011

The third annual SEStan Megacycle has broken its own record with over 400 entrants signing up for the 20 mile ride between Penicuick and Musselburgh Race Course.  

The event, which is sponsored by SEStran as part of its campaign to promote cycling for health and as a form of transportation for shorter journeys, has quickly become a favourite among cyclists in Midlothian and East Lothian..

The ride follows a 20 mile route along mostly traffic free roads, tracing the former railtrack from Penicuik to Dalkeith, then following the River Esk to the Forth, finishing at the new Stable Pavilion adjacent to Musselburgh Racecourse.

SEStran Chair Russell Imrie said:

“We were hoping for sunny weather and, in the event, had blue skies all day. I am sure that this helped encourage many novice cyclists to get on their bikes and give the SEStran Megacycle a try. It’s a beautiful ride, following the River Esk down to the Forth along mostly traffic free roads. Ideal for beginners, as well as families and anyone who just fancied a bike ride in the sunshine”.

“With 400 plus entrants the Megacycle has definitely come of age and is now a firm fixture in South East Scotland’s cycling calendar”. “All-ability cycling events like this are an important way of getting people involved. If we want to keep the region moving, the more people who take up cycling as a form of transport for shorter journeys the better”.

Event Organiser, Quintin Young, who founded the original Megacycle added :

We were bowled over by the level of interest and at one point found ourselves actually running out of t-shirts in some sizes.”. 

“We will continue to build upon this years success to encourage as many people as possible to consider taking up cycling”.  

Iain Reid, East Lothian Council Cycling Officer said :  

“The SEStran Megacycle provides the opportunity for group cycling at a leisurely pace for all standards and ages on what is a very interesting, safe  and scenic route and this year we had the added bonus of a sunny, dry day”. 

“ It came as no surprise that the numbers participating for this family orientated social cycling event are up on last  year and I am already looking forward to the May 2012 event and even more cyclists”.

For further information, please visit the SEStran Megacycle website at www.sestran-megacycle.co.uk  or contact:

Andrew Dougal, SEStran Communications OfficerT: 0131-524-5161M: 07889-010-291E: Andrew.dougal@sestran.gov.uk

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SEStran - South East of Scotland Transport Partnership - is one of seven new Statutory Regional Transport Partnerships (RTP) created by the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 and is a partnership of eight local councils covering the Borders, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.