COUNTDOWN TO DUNDEE CYCLATHON
With less than two weeks to go until the Dundee Cyclathon, bikers are being urged to sign up soon for the city's biggest family-friendly sporting event.
Event organisers the Rotary Club of Claverhouse hope hundreds of cycling enthusiasts will join them on Sunday, September 11 for the annual 26 mile cycling challenge now in it's 15th year.
With the nation still basking in the glow of Olympic cycling success, Ian Balgowan, the event's co-ordinator, hopes to make 2016 a bumper year for the Cyclathon and Marie Curie, their nominated charity.
Ian said,"The Dundee Cyclathon is suitable for all ages and abilities, it's not a race. If you have a bike and you're looking for a fun day out with family or friends, this is the event for you.
"The Cyclathon is very safe and well organised but we really want folks to sign up soon so they can make use of the free bike check offered by Nicholson's Cycles and minimise the potential for any mechanical hitches on the big day."
Yesterday (Sunday, August 28) Marie Curie nurse Heather Inglis borrowed a bike from the well-known Dundee store for a practise run around Camperdown Park, the start and end point of the event which circumnavigates the city.
Colin Murray of Nicholson's said,"We have a small team offering a breakdown service on the day but really we'd prefer to make sure that bikes are fit for purpose well before the event and save on any unnecessary upset on the day."
This year world cycling ambassador Mark Beaumont and Dundee United have added their backing to the event which to date has raised more than £250,000 for various local charities.
Petra McMillan, a patron for 2016's beneficiary Marie Curie and who is taking part herself, believes the Dundee Cyclathon has the potential to make a significant impact on end of life nursing care in Tayside this autumn.
"Every penny cyclists raise will stay in the same 'DD' postcode area this autumn to 'buy' free high quality hands on nursing care at home for individuals with a range of terminal conditions, including cancer.
"With just £20 'buying' one hour of care, the Dundee Cyclathon could really help us deliver more care to individuals who ask to be at home at the end, close to the people and things that make them feel most comfortable."
Entry costs are £12 for an individual, £20 for a family or £35 for a team of four. To find out more, or to enter, visit www.entrycentral.com/Cyclathon or call Ian Balgowan on 07952 537249.
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