SCOTTISH sports stars are embarking on a cycling challenge to raise £ 1 million to help the homeless.
Sir Chris Hoy and Al Kellock will don their lycra for the Break the Cycle campaign.
Organized by Social Bite, the event on September 4 marks the second in two years and anyone is invited to cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
Sir Chris Hoy said: “I’ve been a proud supporter of Social Bite for a number of years now, from the very first sleep-out event in 2016 through to the first Break the Cycle event last year.
“The work they do is inspiring and has such a positive impact on so many people’s lives so it’s always great to help out in whatever way I can.
“I had great fun in 2021 cycling with all the other fundraisers and can’t wait to return again this September for what promises to be an even bigger and better event for a great cause.”
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Cycling enthusiasts can join Team Hoy and complete the 60-mile cycle with Sir Chris Hoy from the Velodrome, while rugby fans can join Team Tom Smith with Al and other rugby stars.
They will leave Glasgow Warrior’s Scotstoun stadium and ride across the city to join an expected 1,000 participants in the cycling challenge to Edinburgh.
Al Kellock said: “I’m thrilled that myself and Glasgow Warriors are supporting Social Bite with its Break the Cycle campaign which does so much to help support people who need it most.”
Ten per cent of all fundraising from Team Tom Smith will be donated to a trust that has been set up by the Scottish Rugby community in aid of the former British and Irish Lions prop’s family, after he tragically passed away in April 2022.
Al added: “I would encourage Scottish Rugby fans to join me in setting off from Scotstoun Stadium all the way to BT Murrayfield and I’m really looking forward to raising as much money as possible for the cause as well as supporting the creation of a trust for Tom Smith’s family after his tragic passing. ”
Josh Littlejohn MBE, CEO and Co-Founder of Social Bite, said: “Break the Cycle is back this year, bigger and better and thrilled to have Sir Chris and Al on board to once again help us raise much-needed funds to break the cycle of homelessness.
“The funds raised at Break the Cycle will help us support people across the country who have experienced homelessness, whether that’s through supporting people to find a safe place to call home, empowering people to get a job, or by providing free, fresh food to people who are homeless or in food poverty. ”
If 60 miles seems a stretch, participants can try 20 miles or 3 miles in new routes so that everyone can have a good time for a good cause.
As well as the physical event in September, fundraisers can take part in a virtual 60-mile cycle challenge to suit each individual, using any mode or method.
The route will end at Murrayfield Stadium, where fundraisers, friends and families can relax with some refreshments and enjoy performances from a range of local acts.
Josh added: “With our new routes this year, the support of our famous faces getting involved, and what promises to be a real festival feel at the finish line at BT Murrayfield, we’re in for a really exciting event. Sign up to join this year’s Break the Cycle to raise vital funds to end homelessness. ”
To find out more, sign-up, or donate, please visit: breakthecycle.co.uk