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Team donates bikes used at Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Car Hire Glasgow Airport want to commend to generosity of the New Zealand Commonwealth team for their amazing donation to a local charity.

The New Zealand Commonwealth Games team have given away the pedal bikes they used to a charity in Glasgow. The Kiwi team, who won a number of gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, gave away 30 bikes to cycling charity The Glasgow Bike Station.

They were the only nation to have their own designed convoy of bicycles for getting around the Athletes Village. To thank Glasgow the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Avanti looked for a worthy charity in the area.

Steve Paraskevas, Avanti group CEO added “Here at Avanti Bikes we’re delighted to be able to assist the Glasgow Bike Station in the outstanding work they achieve. The charity shares a similar ideology to us; we’d love to see everyone – from wee adventure-seekers to tea and scone-makers, Sunday coffee cruisers to medal-chasing racers, all sharing in our passion for cycling and letting loose on a bike. We believe in the freedom and enjoyment that cycling offers and are honoured to be able to share this with riders across the globe.”

All funds raised will help the Bike Station continue their initiatives, including their Bike Swap programme, which gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to upgrade their bikes for free.

Glasgow Bike Station Managing Director Gregory Chauvet said “We were very honoured to receive such a kind donation from the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Avanti Cycles. We have had an amazing time taking in the Games and this is a fantastic way to end it. The fleet of bikes is a huge boost in helping us deliver our services to the people of Glasgow. By getting children engaged with cycling from as young an age as possible, regardless of their circumstances, we hope to create a future generation of cyclists. This will be our contribution to the Glasgow 2014 Legacy.”