Tour de Tay 50-mile cycle for Abertay scholarships25 September 2015
The first Tour de Tay charity cycle event organised by Abertay University will take place this Saturday 26 September, raising money for student scholarships.
Staff, students, graduates and friends of the university will take on the 50-mile challenge, from the Tay Road Bridge to Perth and back.
The cyclists will travel out through Newburgh in Fife, then back through Errol and Dundee along the north bank of the Tay.
The event is in aid of Elite Sports Scholarships which give financial assistance to sporting stars while they study at Abertay, and Study Abroad Scholarships for overseas study trips to broaden students’ horizons and career opportunities.
Abertay’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Seaton, will be part of the team taking part in the challenge this weekend.
Professor Seaton said: “We’re delighted so many people have signed up for the first Tour de Tay, from students who have recently joined Abertay to alumni, long-serving staff and friends of the university.
“It’s wonderful too that we have so many volunteers and marshals from the Abertay community to help on the day.
“It’s all in aid of supporting our students to reach their full potential, whether that’s competing as an international athlete while they study here in Dundee, or in travelling abroad to learn more about the world and how they can develop professionally.”
Carol Ann Smith, Head of Alumni & Development, added: “Abertay is focused on opening up opportunities for everyone with ambition, from school leavers to mature students, from local people in Dundee to our growing international student community.
“The first Tour de Tay cycle will be a huge challenge for all the cyclists, but most importantly it will directly help students at Abertay through the scholarships we offer.”
The eldest participant will be 73-year-old Nick Wade, visiting professor of psychology, who will take part in the challenge with his daughter Dr Rebecca Wade who is a senior lecturer at Abertay.
Local businesses and organisations have donated prizes for participants, including Project Pie which was brought to the UK by Abertay graduate Niall Howard.
Niall ran the global Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant business Hakkasan before launching his new design-your-own-pizza venture in Dundee.
Abertay graduates also supporting the Tour de Tay include Zoe Linton who set up The Green Room beauty salon in Dundee and Alison Thomson who runs the luxury confectionery company Angelica Laird.
For more information, please visit the Tour de Tay website page.
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