Owners of some farm shops in Fife are pitching in to help with a 120 mile charity cycle event that has been appropriately hailed as the “Tour des Fermes”

Cyclists of all standards, from the experienced to the casual, are being encouraged to go for gold in a bid to help young “untouchable” caste Nepalese girls who have been rejected by their families due to the country’s one child policy.

Taking place on 6th and 7th October, the event will take participants from South Queensferry to St Andrews and back again, visiting a number of Scotland’s best farm shops along the way. All of them will be providing refreshments to keep energy up.

Money raised will help provide up to thirty girls with a home and education and education.

The initial fundraising target is £9,000 which will help to purchase land and teach the girls farming methods so that they can grow their own food.

The charity then hopes to provide an exchange between Scottish young farmers and Nepal.

Starting at Craigie’s Farm Deli and Cafe in South Queensferry the cycle route travels over the Forth Road Bridge and then through Kinross-shire and Fife, ending at Nydie campsite by St Andrews before returning the next day.

Participants can take part in both days, camping overnight, or just in one or other of the days. Camping equipment will be carried to the campsite and the local Scouts have offered to erect tents for an extra charity fee.

The event will feature a barbecue using the finest produce from the farm shops, and a vintage bus, donated for the day by Brian Soutar, will take people into St Andrews for the evening.

Families and friends of participants, or those who are keen to help fundraise without pedalling, are all welcome at the BBQ.

Participation in the cycle costs £30 for one day or £40 for two and BBQ tickets cost £10 each. All money goes to charity. Sponsors are also being sought to please contact the team if you can help.

Will Docker, of the Balgove Larder at St Andrews, said that he was delighted to participate.

“We would love farmers and young farmers, or anyone with an interest in the countryside, to join in and help raise money whilst also having a great weekend”

The total route covers 120 miles and takes in Craigie’s Farm Deli and Cafe, Loch Leven’s Larder, Blacketyside, Balgove Larder, Muddy Boots and Nydie Campsite

Full details can be found at www.tourdesfermes.com

The photograph shows a cyclist warming up for the big event

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