For the first time this year, on Sunday 10th September, the Pedal for Scotland Big Belter cycle race will go via the Bathgate Hills. The Big Belter is a challenging ride of 93 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Full route available here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19167995 Around 1,000 cyclists are likely to take part on the day.
The official rest stop for the Big Belter is at St John’s Hall in Torphichen then the route continues on via Beecraigs Country Park. Riders are expected to reach Beecraigs between 10am and 4pm on the day, and Torphichen between 09.30am and 3pm – which means that the majority of riders will pass through around lunchtime.
Come along to Torphichen or Beecraigs and show your support by waving flags and cheering on the cyclists!
There is going to be lots going on in the historical village of Torphichen. Come and visit this quaint little place, home to the Torphichen Preceptory where William Wallace once visited. Make sure and get down early to secure your spot outside the Torphichen Inn to cheer on the passing cyclists. Enjoy quality food and drink and enjoy a stroll around the village.
Or why not head up to Beecraigs Country Park Visitor Centre and Café where you can see the competitors as they speed by. This recently refurbished centre offers wonderful panoramic views across the three Forth Bridges, a wonderful and well-priced cafe, an education centre and a playpark to keep the little one’s entertained. We are expecting it to be super busy so make sure to head up early.
Find out more about West Lothian & Cycling here.
Bus and Truck Transport: £20.
Transport can be booked for you and your bike either from Edinburgh to Glasgow Green on the morning of the event to get to the start line, or after the ride from Edinburgh back to Glasgow Green. You will be given a place on a bus while your bike will be transported in a truck. You will be given a ticket to collect your bike at the other end.
Tram Transport – £3 return
Transport for Edinburgh Trams can be purchased at time of registration via website