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Auld Alliance Cycle Ride

Paris WelcomeEDINBURGH /DUNFERMLINE TO PARIS 2nd to 9th September 2008.

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh will send the cyclists away from The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 2nd September at 9am after receiving a bike from the organisers - the second running of the annual cycle event to Paris (France) will then see 30 participants cycling some 200 miles in 4 days.

The event organised by the charity Prenticevents aims to raise funds for Malawi (Ekwendeni Hospital and School) with two cyclists raising money for local charity Radio Forth's Cash for Kids.

The Rt Hon George Grubb Lord Provost said: "I wish all the riders the very best of luck as they prepare for this epic journey. Their dedication to these great causes is an inspiration and the fundraising effort will have an impact on many people."

The event was originally due to start on 23rd Sept and go via Dunfermline and Rosyth, but due to the closure of Superfast the event sadly has changed to sail from Hull this year.

Allan Prentice says "whilst very disappointed with the closure of the route, we hope to be back next year on another Rosyth Ferry .... this year we also lost a few riders, thus losing funds for charity and we would welcome public support."

The start at the Scottish Parliament at 9am means that the first leg will be to Little France ....before we start the journey to Hull.

The cyclists will travel via Zeebrugge and as last year will be met by the Burgermaster of Bruges, before overnighting in Lille, Peronne and Compiegne and arriving in Paris on Sat 6th.

The French authorities and British Embassy have been very supportive, arranging the civic welcomes and a police motor cycle escort through the boulevards of Paris to the Champs Elysees.

In 2007, the Paris police band welcomed the cyclists, so this year we are taking a Scottish Piper to give our hosts a taste of Scotland - Glenlivet whisky, Scottish and Newcastle beers and of course Nairn's Oatcakes, Burtons Shortbread and a few Tunnocks caramel logs....as well as Scots porridge oats.

Visit Scotland will supply information about Edinburgh, Fife and Scotland, so as well as supporting charity, the event promotes Scotland as a cycle destination.

The group of 30 this year includes police staff from Fife, Strathclyde, Tayside as well as Lothian and Borders and a retired Central police officer.

Fife Fire and Rescue is represented by two cyclists and the rest are a mixture from many walks of life ... but with one common aim to assist Malawi and complete a personal challenge.

The cyclists hope to meet the High Commissioner for Malawi in Paris or the Scottish Consul Colin Cameron ...and Colin says: in Malawi "Simoom Cambria -yendani bwino (thank you very much -travel well on your journey)".

The links between Malawi and Scotland go back many years - Auld Alliance builds on the ancient friendship between Scotland and France as well as helping the charities, aims to promote cycling routes in Scotland and promote Scotland generally in France and Belgium .

Donations can be made to Prenticeevents and by sending these to PO BOX 29173, Dunfermline, KY12 9UZ. Or by the web page www.prenticevents.com or via http://www.forthone.com


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