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Date: 20th June 2011

 The SEStran Two Capitals Cycle Ride marked its fifth successful year on Sunday, with a record 450 participants. 

Many riders took part to raise funds for one of the event’s nominated charities; Kingdom Kids and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. Others simply enjoyed the 25 mile ride from Dunfermline Glen to Edinburgh’s Victoria Park.

SEStran Chair Russell Imrie said: 

“The ride went off without a hitch and thankfully we had a fine dry day. Just right for a day’s cycling”.

“Once again participation has risen. This time  from 350 to 450 riders – securing the SEStran Two Capitals Cycle Ride’s position as the biggest all-abilities event of its kind in South East Scotland. Next year we will aim to break the 500 barrier.”

“An increasing number of people are now seriously considering cycling as a form of transport for shorter journeys, for healthy exercise and just for fun”.

“By taking up cycling you can stay fit, get where you are going – often more quickly than you could by car - with no parking problems and help reduce traffic congestion into the bargain”.

Tumong Edwards, Community Fundraiser for Maggie's Fife added:

“I want to say a huge thanks to Prentice Events for organising the Two Capitals, SEStran for funding, Kingdom FM for promoting and of course everyone who participated to raise funds in aid of Maggie’s”.   

“It was great to meet people who were taking part for their own special reasons – some because they have had cancer, others because they are still living with the disease and someone because her father is living with cancer and gets so much out of visiting Maggie’s – I can’t think of a more fitting thing to do for your father on fathers day!  It was a lovely day all round.”

Kingdom FM presenters; Ian Gilmour, Darren Stenhouse, Ali McLaren, Garry Pettie,  Vanessa Motion & Naomi Cornwall all completed the 25 mile course from Dunfermline to Edinburgh.

OverDrive Presenter, Darren Stenhouse, said:  

“The whole Kingdom FM team had a great day taking part in the SEStran 2 Capitals bike ride this year. For some of the team it was their first time taking part and I’m sure that we’ll be signing up again for next year’s event as soon as it’s announced”.  

“As a keen cyclist it was great to see so many families take part and hopefully everyone who undertook the challenge of cycling from Dunfermline to Edinburgh will continue to enjoy the fresh air and health benefits that two wheeled transport can provide.

SEStran Two Capitals event Organiser, Allan Prentice, of Prentice Events, added :

" It was fantastic to see so many new and many old faces with some doing the event for the fifth time and others as first timers, this truly all the family event attracted as we hoped from fives to sixty-fives , all out on their bikes enjoying cycling and many helping others in the process”.

“We look forward as the biggest family cycle event in Scotland to growing again  next year with our principle backer SEStran and our charity partners Kingdom FM and Maggie’s , roll on 2012!!!!!!!!

"For further information, please visit the SEStran Two Capitals Cycle Ride website at www.twocapitals.org or contact:

Andrew Dougal, SEStran Communications Officer

T: 0131-524-5161

M: 07889-010-291

E: Andrew.dougal@sestran.gov.uk

Or

Allan Prentice, Director, Prentice Events

M : 07818-002-366

ENDS

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, Clackmannanshire East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian, Edinburgh, Falkirk and Fife.


Notes

  • The Two Capitals Cycle Ride is sponsored by SEStran in partnership with Kingdom FM and organised by Prentice Events http://www.prenticeevents.com . Kingdom Kids and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres are the events nominated charities.
 
  • The cycle ride attracted some 350 cyclists in 2010