Posted on: 29 May 2013
Article by: Mark Kiehlmann
Commonwealth Games medalist, James McCallum, will open ED’s Cycle Festival on Sun 16th Jun, Bishopbriggs. James competed in three Commonwealth Games, Manchester (02) Melborne (06), winning a bronze medal and Delhi (10), so he is familiar with competition at the highest level and now inspires children across the country with Champions in Schools.
James will also support ED’s Cycle Co-op launch a new Scottish Cycling Go Ride club, which caters for riders ages 8 – 16 years olds. They will be taking names of interested children and adult helpers at the Cycle Festival.
Craig Burn, Scottish Cycling’s Chief Executive said:
“Over the last 10 years, cycling in this country has grown from a minority pastime to become one of the UK’s fastest growing sports. Right across the UK we have seen a sustainable increase in the number of people taking part in cycling and as a result Scottish Cycling’s membership has grown by 109% in the last four years!
Scottish Cycling has been working hard to develop youth cycling in Scotland, and it’s great to see the launch of another Go-Ride club.”
Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of the Council’s Development & Infrastructure Committee, said:
“ED’s Cycle Co-op is setting the standard in community cycling promotion and we are delighted to have worked successfully with them on many events in the past.
This latest partnership, with the national governing body for sports cycling, is an exciting development for future cycle promotion locally.”
East Dunbartonshire Council is developing plans for the legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and this new sporting initiative will have it’s part to play.
ED’s Cycle Co-op are also looking forward to the possibility of another international sporting event in the not to distant future, as Glasgow is one of only three candidate host for the 2018 Youth Olympics (TBC 4th July).
Mark Kiehlmann, founder of ED’s Cycle Co-op said:
“There is such a passion for cycling in Bishopbriggs and East Dunbartonshire, with a number of adult clubs in the area, we want to be able to provide a pathway for young riders to progress to the highest levels of competitive cycling. Positive role models like Sir Chris Hoy, the UK’s greatest Olympian, Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and local hero James McCullum have contributed to the current enthusiasm for cycling.
“It is entirely possible that some of our members could represent their country at the 2018 Youth Olympics.”
Full details of all the events taking place across East Dunbartonshire can be found on our website www.eastdunbartonshirecyclefestival.org.uk where you can register to take park in any that take your interest.