Over 700 female cyclists crossed the start line for Macmillan Cycletta Scotland this morning, embracing Scotland’s glorious Autumnal weather and setting off on a variety of courses ranging from 20km – 100km from the inspirational grounds of Scone Palace in Perthshire.

Getting off to a fast paced start, the UK’s leading cycling series for women was led from the front by Commonwealth Games cyclist Charline Joiner, who completed the 100km with the second fastest time in the category with 3hrs 42 minutes and 44 seconds. The 70km route was led out by Britain’s Number 1 Slalom Skier, Charlie Guest, who took the second top time in the category with a time of 2hr 26min 45secs. The 40km route was led out by TV presenter Cat Cubie, who also took the top time of 1hr 41min 9secs.

Backed by Series Ambassador, Olympian Victoria Pendleton CBE, the event was formally opened by Liz Grant, Provost of Perth & Kinross.

Commenting on the event, Liz Grant said: “There was a real buzz around the grounds of the palace today and it was fantastic to see the second ever Macmillan Cycletta Scotland event get such a great turnout. It was a real honour to mark the start of the event and watch everyone spin off into the Perthshire countryside on two wheels.”

Following the success of this morning’s event which saw more than 700 participants cross the start line, ladies can check out www.humanrace.co.uk/cycling for details of next year’s event. Nick Rusling, CEO at event organisers Human Race, said: “We are absolutely delighted with how well the event went this weekend. Everyone was in good spirits in the grounds of Scone Palace and it was fantastic to see so many ladies crossing the finish line with proud smiles. Feedback has been extremely positive with everyone commenting on the stunning scenery on the route and the glorious atmosphere. “We’d like to extend our thanks to Macmillan Cancer Support, Perth & Kinross Council, and the many sponsors involved in the event who contribute to ensuring it is a fantastic experience for cyclists. He added: “We are already in planning for next year’s event and are excited about the future of the Macmillan Cycletta series in Scotland.

Cycletta is now firmly established as the UK’s leading cycling event for women and we expect sign up for 2015 to be very strong indeed.” Official charity partner of the Macmillan Cycletta Series, Macmillan Cancer Support, had a few hundred cyclists raising funds at Sunday’s event.

Liz Hemming from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We have loved being a part of this amazing event and seeing all the cyclists cross the finish line. We’re especially proud of all the cyclists who have completed today’s challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.” For more information visit: www.humanrace.co.uk/cycletta

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