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VIDEO: Famous Glasgow faces encourage city cyclists to get on their bike for Ride Anywhere Week

A host of famous faces from across Glasgow have joined forces to encourage people onto their bikes for Ride Anywhere Week.

The city-wide initiative aims to get people of all ages and abilities in the saddle for their own fun and fitness.

Open Goal podcast host and footballer Si Ferry and three-time Olympian Lee McConnell joined STV presenter Laura Boyd, Glasgow Warriors and Scotland fly-half Duncan Weir and Clyde 1’s Cassi Gillespie at a launch event at Glasgow Green for a fun-filled Wacky Races event with hilarious results.

The five Glasgow-based celebrities all have a keen interest in cycling and lent their support to the week-long event established by Love to Ride Glasgow, an online platform where users log rides, set goals and enjoy their cycling journey alone or as part of a group.

Famous faces launch the event at Glasgow Green (Pic: Jeff Holmes)

Ride Anywhere Week takes place from March 21 to 27 and the people of Glasgow are encouraged to pledge to ride for a chance to win prizes ranging from a three-month gym membership with Glasgow Life to a free bike service, tickets for the UCI BMX World Cup 2022, gift voucher for Glasgow Climbing Centre, a Ooni Fyra pizza oven and more.

Ferry said: “Cycling is genuinely one of the most enjoyable exercises there is. I’ve always loved cycling and it really helped me and my family during lockdown as there wasn’t much else to do.

“My advice to everyone would be just get on your bike – Ride Anywhere Week will give you all of the information you need to feel confident and ready to ride.”

Boyd added: “Now, more than ever, it’s so important for us all to enjoy outdoor activities after being stuck in doors for so long. Not only is cycling good for our physical health, but also for our mental health.

“I would really encourage everyone to get involved in the incredible Love to Ride Glasgow’s Ride Anywhere Week and to top it off – be in with the opportunity to win some thrilling prizes!”

Riders can choose their own pledge to ride and will then have a week to complete it. The pledges include:

  • Ride for health and fitness – there are a lot of reasons to enjoy a bike ride, find out more about the most tangible ones that will help you feel happier and stronger and live longer.
  • Ride for transportation – to work, to school, to the store – start making any journey from A to B by bike.
  • Ride for adventure – whether it’s to ride somewhere new or bikepack for the first time, enjoy a pedal-powered adventure.
  • Ride with kids – saddle up and enjoy a bike ride with your kids this week. It might seem complicated, but we can help you roll out together.

Angus Rodney, Business Development Coordinator at Love to Ride, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Ride Anywhere Week to Glasgow. Whether you are new to cycling and looking to gain confidence, wanting to explore new routes, or replace your car journeys, Ride Anywhere Week will support you to get on your bike.

“Glasgow is the perfect city with cycling routes, advocacy organisations, and clubs.”