Retailers in Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and Kinloch Rannoch have been asked to show their support for the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival and Scotland's largest Sportive, Etape Caledonia, by taking part in the annual cycling themed Window Display Competition.
Retailers taking part in this popular competition, now in its third year, will unveil their displays on Friday 4 May, the opening day of the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival. Judging will take place on Thursday 10 May and the winners will be announced at the BIG Day, the flag ship family event of the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival, being staged in Aberfeldy on Saturday 12 May.
The week long Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival culminates in the legendary Etape Caledonia Sportive, an 81 mile closed road cycling event on Sunday 13 May. Now into its sixth year, Etape has attracted a capacity field of 5,250 entries for this year's event and starts and finishes in Pitlochry.
Peter Barr from Killiecrankie, on of the organisers of the window display competition, said: 'The Window Display Competition is taken very seriously by local businesses and it's great to see them showing so much support for the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival.
'Cycling fever is once again in the air, as witnessed by the increasing number of cyclists out and about on the Etape course preparing for the 81-mile challenge. I've taken part in the Etape Caledonia four times and it really in an incredible event that raises money for a fantastic cause in Marie Curie Cancer Support.'
The Window Display Competition has attracted prizes that include both £100 and £50 cash prizes; two entries for Etape Caledonia 2013; a pair of tickets for a show at the Birnam Institute; a pair of tickets for the Comedy Club at McKays; a hamper from Fields of Perthshire, Aberfeldy; lunch for two at Treats in Kinloch Rannoch; entry for two to the Crannog Centre, Kenmore; One months membership of Highland Fitness Therapy in Killiecrankie and a meal for two at The Prince of India in Pitlochry.
Highland Perthshire Cycling (HPC), a community group who promote and develop cycling in Highland Perthshire, have put together a diverse range of (mainly) free road and mountain bike events for this years Festival. They are aimed at cyclists of all ages and abilities and will be staged across the region from Friday 4th to Sunday 13th of May. This year's Festival has a busy roster of races, guided rides (with local enthusiasts both on and off road), skills sessions, workshops, women's events, a schools programme, family fun days and cultural events.
HPC, who were recently awarded Cycle Friendly Community of the Year 2011/12 by Cycling Scotland, works collaboratively with many local groups, schools and businesses in the region to promote and enable more locals and visitors to cycle more often in Highland Perthshire. They run workshops, clubs, school activities, and events to achieve this. The highlight of the year is the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival.
Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival has been awarded funding from EventScotland to contribute towards the marketing and promotion of the event. The importance of the festival has also been recognised by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Perth and Kinross Council, Cycling Scotland, Sustrans, Griffin Windfarm Community Fund and the Climate Challenge Fund. There has also been some healthy private sector support for this year's Festival with Alpine Bikes and Dewars World of Whisky all supporting festival events.
For more information on Highland Perthshire Cycling and The Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival - visit: http://highlandperthshirecycling.co.uk/
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