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Round the world adventurer Mark Beaumont teams up with Sustrans to help cyclists plot escapes closer to home

Joseph Delves
16 Jun 2017

Initiative highlights the bicycle adventures that can be found just outside Scotland’s towns and cities

Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is encouraging urban cyclists in Scotland to make use of its network of cycle routes to explore the sites and locations just outside of the country’s cities. Promoting everyday leisure cycling routes they've enlisted the help of former round the world cycling record holder Mark Beaumont to highlight the many landmarks which are frequently only a short bike ride from the centre of town.

Beaumont is currently in training for an attempt to regain his record for fastest circumnavigation of the globe by bike.

He aims to cycle the 8,000 miles in 80 days, knocking 43 days off the current Guinness world record, and more than halving his previous time.

In the meantime though Beaumont is also championing the case for cycling adventures on a smaller scale.

‘You don't need to cycle around the world to become an adventure cyclist. There are so many everyday pedal-powered adventures on our doorsteps,’ he explained.

‘We wanted to showcase familiar places from a different perspective and also to discover new journeys by bicycle.

'Even in an hour or two you can explore superb routes, all you need is two wheels and an open mind.’

Born and still based in Scotland the ultra endurance rider has a host of routes to choose between when he’s exploring closer to home.

‘Our National Cycle Network is our second most valuable walking and cycling asset in Scotland,’ said Scottish Government Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

‘Our first, of course, is the people who make over 63 million annual trips in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.

'I would encourage everyone to find out where their nearest NCN route is and give it a try for shorter journeys and for longer days out with family and friends.

'Being active and having fun at the same time is a wonderful way to spend your day especially if it can be part of your daily routine,’ the minister added.

Highlighting trips around Glasgow, Stirling, Edinburgh and Falkirk the Sustrans National Cycle Routes covers 2,300 miles of on and off road paths.

You can find out more on the Sustrans site: sustrans.org.uk/everydayadventures

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