Daily Record 21st November 2017
West Lothian cycling club launch fundraising calendar in bid to create a traffic free circuit for riders
A West Lothian cycling club has launched a fundraising calendar that has been given the seal of approval by Sir Chris Hoy.
West Lothian Clarion Cycle Club is launching its fundraising calendar in a bid to create a traffic-free circuit for riders.
The 2018 cycling calendar – featuring 13 striking illustrations – has been produced by the cycling club, as part of a fundraising campaign to help get the circuit built in Linlithgow.
West Lothian Clarion are asking cyclists to buy the perfect stocking filler with all proceeds donated to the West Lothian Cycle Circuit community fundraising target of £25,000.
The calendar was the brainchild of Clarion members Matthew Ball and Garry Marshall.
Matthew said they were inspired to create the calendar after working on the club’s magazine.
He explained: “Garry and I have been producing our club magazine for seven years with each cover featuring one of Garry’s beautiful cycling illustrations.
“We thought it would be great if we could combine all the illustrations into one amazing calendar and raise money for a good cause.”
Matthew said the idea is that shoppers can buy one of the calendars as a festive present for the cyclist in their life.
He added: “It’s the perfect Christmas gift for cyclists everywhere, every month features a different scene.
“Cycle cross, mountain biking, club runs and track racing all feature through the year.”
The calendar is the latest in a series of fundraising ideas which have seen cyclists of all levels, including Olympian Katie Archibald taking part in cycling challenges, raising over £12,000 has already been raised in just four months.
And one of the circuit’s fundraising patrons is Sir Chris Hoy.
He gave his backing to the fundraising effort and urged West Lothian people to get behind the plans and snap up a calendar.
Sir Chris Hoy said: “The 2018 cycle calendar is absolutely stunning.
“I’m looking forward to getting one in my stocking this Christmas.
“It’s all for a great cause, the West Lothian Cycling Circuit will help turn Scotland into a nation of cyclists.”
The hope is the print-run of 1000 will sold out, well before Christmas.