Medal winner James gears up to open bike festival

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Organisers are pulling out all the stops to make this year’s ED’s Cycle Festival a major success with attractions for all the family to enjoy.

The week-long festival kicks-off on Sunday, June 16, in Etive Park, Bishopbriggs, and will be opened by Commonwealth Games medal-winning cyclist James McCullum.

James competed in three Commonwealth Games - Manchester in 2002, Melbourne in 2006 and Delhi in 2010, where he clinched the bronze medal.

He will be supporting 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 during the festival.

Mark Kiehlmann, founder of ED’s Cycle Co-op, said: “There is such a passion for cycling in Bishopbriggs and East Dunbartonshire.

“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.”

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s development and 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”.

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 part in any that take your interest.

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