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SADDLE UP SCOTLAND; CHAIN GANG CYCLISTS ON MISSION FOR CHARITY 7500 get on their bikes as riders join jaunt from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Byline: CLARE JOHNSTON c.johnston@dailyrecord.co.uk

MORE than 7500 people got on their bikes yesterday to Pedal for Scotland.

Among those pushing off at the Glasgow Green start line for the 46-mile ride to Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre were Transport Minister Humza Yousaf and former X Factor finalist Nicholas McDonald.

More than 6200 riders took part in the 46-mile Classic Challenge, while 550 braved the 112-mile Big Belter, which takes a different route through the Southern Uplands.

Another 900 people rode the family-friendly Wee Jaunt, joining the Classic Challenge riders for the final 10 miles from Linlithgow to the Royal Highland Centre.

Several STV stars, including weatherman Sean Batty, took part to help raise money for the STV Children's Appeal.

Keith Irving, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, said: "I look forward to continuing the cycling buzz at the Wee Jaunt in Aberdeen on Sunday."

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CHEERS Riders take a break at Linlithgow pit stop

ON TOW Little lad gets a helping hand on route

HIT THE ROAD Riders head from Trongate in Glasgow

GREEN FOR GO The route began at Glasgow Green

STARTING LINE Cycling Scotland's Keith Irving, STV's David Farrell, X Factor's Nicholas McDonald, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, STV's Sean Batty, TV auctioneer Natasha Raskin and STV's Jennifer Reoch

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Date:Sep 12, 2016
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