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Grass Roots

Grass Roots

At Roots, we’re passionate about making cycling accessible to anyone who wants to get on a bike. We value and support cycling at all levels and understand on a personal level just how important cycling can be for your mental health as well as your physical well-being. Add to this the environmental benefits of commuting by bike, and it’s clear that the bicycle is a transformative vehicle.

To help make cycling more accessible within our local community, we’ve made and continue to develop great relationships with a variety of local groups, clubs, and individuals. Read on to learn more.

Grassroots - supporting Doune Gala

The University of Stirling has a very active Cycling Club, as you might expect given the fantastic road and mtb routes on the campus doorstep. Roots has been supporting the Club as an official sponsor for a number of years now. It’s brilliant for us to watch so much incredible cycling talent emerge from the club and go on to do great things in the cycling world. The annual Wallace Monument Time Trial event is one not to be missed – an extremely tough climb done in impressive times.

University of Stirling Cycling Club Logo

The Adaptive Riders Collective is a community interest company. Its core goal of making off-road adaptive cycling available to more people and to build a community focussed on access, inclusion, and integration to the mainstream cycling world. Roots is proud to support the Collective and their endeavours. We’ve done some really interesting projects with handcycles, helping to make them as tough as possible for Scotland’s terrain (and weather).

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Doune Community

As a shop situated in Doune, we are proud to work with a number of groups in the community – the ‘Wee Bike Crew’ at Doune Primary School, the Doune & Deanston Youth Project, Doune Gala and Doune Christmas Gala. We recently undertook a collaboration with the Kilmadock Development Trust, Sustrans and Stirling Council to bring a bicycle maintenance stand to Moray Park in Doune. Situated at the end of the Sustrans National Cycle Network, Route 765, the stand allows cyclists to make minor repairs to their bikes or to inflate their tyres. The stand is well-used and is maintained by ourselves – if you see anything on the stand that needs attention, please let us know.

Grassroots - Moray Park Bike Maintenance Stand

Fleet Bikes

We offer the sale and maintenance of fleet bicycles to schools and charities at a discount to encourage the development and accessibility of cycling for all. Local schools and charities we work with include Doune & Deanston Youth Project, Camphill Blair Drummond Community, Dunblane High School and Clackmannanshire Schools Support Service.

Camphill Blair Drummond

Maintenance Classes

We are happy to offer free maintenance classes to groups and charities, such as school pupils working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Cubs, Scouts, Beavers and Brownies, and local youth clubs and charities.

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I was introduced to sports through my family and started out with swimming and cycling. I quickly progressed and joined a swimming club which allowed me to take part in regular local galas. I also really enjoyed family days out on the bikes, and through this discovered mountain biking which is now one of my favourite disciplines.

Coming from a multidisciplinary family, it wasn’t long until I was signed up for a summer camp with the Stirling Triathlon Club which is where I first started triathlon. I tagged along with my brother at first and soon became a regular when I was about 13 or 14. I already had experience in swimming and cycling so the addition of running was a nice balance to my weekly activities.

I continued to train and compete where possible through school and tried out varying forms of triathlon including cross-tri (where the cycling element is through trails on a mountain bike) and sprints (where the cycling element is road cycling.) Continuous training and exposure to competitions allowed me to compete globally for Great Britain’s Age Group Team.

Since graduating from university, triathlon has been a larger focus of mine. In the last year, I’ve been able to qualify and compete in Scotland, England and further afield in Europe through GB events and more recently X-Terra events. I’d love to continue and compete with X-Terra or maybe branch into longer races within cross-tri.

Roots have supported me since my first global competition in 2018 and continue to do so today. They’re a great support and continue to help out where they can which means the world to me and my sporting career.