The Women’s Tour of Scotland has announced Scottish celebrity Gail Porter as an ambassador for their inaugural race which takes place between 9-11 August.
Gail was joined today in Edinburgh by local cyclists to support the event as it marked 50 days to go until the start of the race in Dundee on Friday 9 August.
Her ambassador role will support the three day long stage race, which is part of a sensational sporting summer for women’s sport in Scotland, which will inspire more people to get on their bike and enjoy cycling.
Speaking at the launch event, Gail said: “I am so happy to be working with the Women’s Tour of Scotland. It’s going to be a really exciting event and it’s absolutely fantastic for Scotland that we have such an important event for women’s sport taking place here.
“I love riding my bike. It’s one of the hobbies I really enjoy and it makes me feel so good. If there’s a way I can somehow help inspire others to enjoy riding their bike if they haven’t already given it a go, then that’s great.”
Darren Clayton, Women’s Tour of Scotland’s Managing Director said: “I am thrilled that Gail is coming on board to support us with the race. She’s an inspiring figure for so many people not just in Scotland but also across the world.
“The enthusiasm she has for cycling and advocating the benefits of riding a bike are so clear and it’s a massive support to us to have someone like Gail Porter helping us create a legacy of more cyclists in Scotland.”
Gail will be in Holyrood Park for the final day of the race on the Sunday 11 August to enjoy all the action, with organisers arranging a number of cycling activities for friends and families to get involved.
Cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities will be able to ride round the same 5.5km lap of Holyrood Park, as the professionals take on three times. There will also be various challenges for people to enjoy throughout the day, including an outdoor mini velodrome and a sprint hill for the more competitive cyclists!
The race route includes visits to Dunfermline, Glasgow and Perth among many other Scottish towns before the day’s final stage which will start and finish in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park on 11 August.