Nine-year-old to take on 110-mile bike challenge

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A nine-year-old Bishopbriggs girl will attempt to ride complete a 110-mile cycle challenge tomorrow (Sunday, September 7).

Beatrix Kiehlmann is all set to take part in the Pedal for Scotland Sportive event.

The Sportive is organised by Cycling Scotland and makes it’s way from Glasgow Green to Edinburgh’s Murrayfield, taking in the Southern Uplands, climbing almost 2,000m . . . more than twice the height of Ben Lomond.

Beatrix said: “This is a huge challenge and one that I really want to achieve.

“I’m so looking forward to the finishing line and celebrating with my family and friends, many of whom are also riding the 50 mile Pedal for Scotland Challenge Ride.

“I’ve done that for the past three years and wanted to try something different, especially in this year, Glasgow 2014.”

The Glasgow 2014 games have been an inspiration for children across Scotland and Beatrix took part in the Glasgow Green Festival, including a virtual race against Usain Bolt.

She watched with excitement the cycling events, including the road race and time trials. However, the highlight for Beatrix was being presented with her own winners medal by three times Commonwealth medallist Jenny Davies, at the local East Dunbartonshire Cycle Fair in June.

Beatrix, primary 5, is a keen cyclist and has been riding to nursery and primary school for the past six years, although that’s only one mile each way.

Beatrix lives in Bishopbriggs where all seven primary schools are Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly schools, the only town in Scotland where this has been achieved.

She is also a member of the Falcons Cycling Club in Bishopbriggs, who train on Saturday mornings and encourage children to realise their dreams while having fun on their bikes.

Jenny Daves, three times Commonwealth medallist said:“When I heard Beatrix was going for the 110 mile Pedal for Scotland Sportive I was pleasantly surprised.

“What a massive challenge and goal for anyone, never mind a 9-year-old!

“I wish Beatrix the best of luck in her challenge and hope she continues to role model the drive, determination and enthusiasm it takes to get to the finish line in an event like this. I’ll be cheering Beatrix on all the way!”