Pedal to the metal for Angus Cycles

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An Arbroath-based cycle initiative screeched into the final at the first Sports Business Innovation Awards.

Angus Cycling Hub will have to wait until the glittering awards ceremony at Glasgow Science Centre on March 11 to find out if they have scooped the title in the category ‘best innovation in community sport’.

The awards, run by Sporting Chance Initiative (SCI), will recognise and reward the very best and most innovative businesses and individuals in the Scottish sport industry.

Scott Francis, Angus Cycle Hub, says; “Through an innovative use of local resources and volunteers, we have developed a sustainable model that will continue to promote cycling. We are therefore delighted and honoured to have been nominated for this prestigious award.”

The cycle hub is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting and developing cycling in the Angus region. The hub developed a mobile cycling and mountain bike skills coaching which toured local schools to help make them accessible to young people who may otherwise not get the chance to try them out.

Spotting the lack of infrastructure and pathways for people in the region, Angus Cycles developed and built an innovative and bespoke 25 metre portable wooden skills course. Coupled with the provision of bikes, coaches and training equipment the team have promoted the health and environmental benefits of cycling with events and coaching throughout 2014. The project culminated with the Angus Cycling Festival in September. A cycle-fuelled weekend encouraged 530 participants to take part in 11 events and races and covering a total of 8,528 km. The festival had an estimated economic impact of just under £10,000 to the local Angus economy.