Bike fest was a wheel success

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Hundreds of children and local residents enjoyed a fantastic day of cycling, sports, skills and thrills in Bishopbriggs.

ED’s Cycle Co-op held a superb Commonwealth Cycle Fair in Etive Park - supported by East Dunbartonshire Council - with more than 500 children taking part in a variety of activities during the day.

The fair was opened by East Dunbartonshire’s Provost Una Walker, who welcomed everyone to the event.

Commonwealth sprint cyclist Jenny Davis helped to bring some of the magic of the Glasgow 2014 games to Bishopbriggs.

Jenny, three-times British Team sprint silver medallist, supported young riders with tips on race nutrition and the mental strength required as an athlete, as well as helping little ones have great fun participating in cycling activities.

Jenny spoke to youngsters and awarded all the first, second and third-place medal winners with their prizes, sponsored by Buff and MuleBar.

ED’s Cycle Co-op has paid tribute to East Dunbartonshire Council, Good Moves Bishopbriggs, Buff and a host of other sponsors whose support ensured the event was again free for all those attending.

Councillor Alan Moir, East Dunbartonshire’s Convener of Development and Regeneration, said: “We were delighted to again support the Cycle Fair and hope it continues to go from strength to strength.

“Well done to everyone at ED’s Cycle Co-op for another successful cycle promotion event.

“I’m sure all the youngsters who attended enjoyed their day and hopefully will be inspired to keep cycling.”

Highlights included cycle stunt shows, skills course, races, a smoothie bike, live music, sports tasters and Fairtrade stalls.

Organiser Mark Kiehlmann said: “It was an honour for ED’s Cycle Co-op to have the support of a former and current Commonwealth athlete, who has many demands on her time right now.

“Jenny is an inspirational athlete and we are certain it will galvanise our current riders and help encourage more local residents, young and old - especially girls - to get back on their bikes for their own health, a more cohesive community and better environment for all.”

Jenny said” “The enthusiasm of Mark and the whole ED’s Cycle Co-op team is infectious and their achievements are remarkable for a community-based organisation.”