Whether you like getting in the thick of the action pedals blazing, or prefer the role of armchair enthusiast watching comfortably from the sidelines, Scotland has no shortage of fantastic cycling events for 2015. Here's my pick of some of the best.

Revolution Series, Glasgow

January 31, 2015

The cream of world cycling will descend on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow for the fourth round of the Revolution Series on January 31.

Among those confirmed to compete are Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead, 11-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey and double Olympic champion Jason Kenny.

Scottish star Callum Skinner, who took a clean sweep of four golds at the 2014 British National Track Championships last September, will also compete. The 22-year-old is widely tipped in cycling circles as a potential successor to six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy.

Riders will compete in disciplines including the flying lap, elimination race, points race, Madison time trial and scratch race. Proceedings will also include the popular new edition to the race programme this season: the Revolution Longest Lap.

For more information, visit cyclingrevolution.com

Pedal on Parliament, Edinburgh

April 25, 2015

Now in its fourth year, Pedal on Parliament continues to campaign to make Scotland a more cycling friendly nation.

Last year an estimated 4,500 people riding bikes converged on the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to lobby for an eight-point manifesto that includes a call for cycling to be integrated into local transport strategies as well as improved road traffic law and enforcement.

This year's event rallies at noon at The Meadows before riding en masse on closed roads to Holyrood. There will be feeder rides departing from various towns and cities across Scotland.

For more information, visit pedalonparliament.org

TweedLove, Peebles

May 17-31, 2015

Stretching over a fortnight in May, the brilliant TweedLove festival has a packed programme of events for cyclists of all two-wheeled loving persuasions.

They include Skinny Tweed, a classic 75km (46 mile) road bike sportive with electronic chip timing on May 17, the Peebles Crit and family ride around the town's high street on the evening of May 19 and Glentress Seven, a not-for-the-faint-hearted seven-hour endurance race on May 23.

Natural Tweed, a free event exploring the Tweed Valley back country, takes place on May 25 and a Film Night celebrating all things cycling and celluloid on May 28. The 2015 Enduro World Series, which gets underway in New Zealand in March, will visit TweedLove on May 30 and 31.

For more information, visit tweedlove.com

StreetVelodrome, Paisley

May 30, 2015

Paisley will play host to the opening round of the 2015 UK StreetVelodrome Series with the high octane action taking place in the town's historic County Square for the second year running.

Hosted by Renfrewshire Council, the event is free to watch or participate in, with equipment and expert coaching provided for those taking part. The best amateur cyclists, based on qualifying times, are then selected to join pro riders as team-mates for the day and compete in a televised event.

It is the aim of organisers to make StreetVelodrome the most accessible form of cycle sport in the world.

For more information, visit streetvelodrome.co.uk

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

June 11-21, 2015

Director Kim Harding has pulled together a top-notch wish list for the third annual Edinburgh Festival of Cycling which includes aiming to host StreetVelodrome, the world's only pop-up track racing series, a mountain bike orienteering event and a fashion show with designer Anna Glowinski.

The final programme is yet to be confirmed and dependent on securing funding. Anyone who is interested in being a headline sponsor should contact the festival team at info@edfoc.org.uk

Anticipated highlights include a Women on Wheels day, an Arthur's Seat Hill Climb Challenge and the return of the hugely popular Original Edinburgh Night Ride.

Event organisers are also looking to secure a host of inspirational guest speakers. While names remain under wraps at present, the early draft of potential attendees is certainly looking impressive.

For more information, keep an eye on edfoc.org.uk over the coming months.

MacMillan Cycletta Scotland, Scone Palace, Perth

July 19, 2015

Macmillan Cycletta, the UK's leading women-only cycle series, is set to return to Scotland in the summer of 2015. The event, held in the grounds of Scone Palace, Perthshire, allows participants to choose from three distances: 50km (31 mile), 100km (62 miles) and 150km (93 miles).

For more information, visit humanrace.co.uk/cycletta

Tesco Bank Tour O' The Borders, Peebles

August 9, 2015

With a 120km (75 miles) route over challenging terrain, the Tesco Bank Tour O' The Borders promises breathtaking scenery, tough climbs and exhilarating descents aplenty. Heading west from Peebles, the course through the Scottish Borders takes in Stobo, Tweedsmuir and St Mary's Loch.

The closed road sportive welcomed 2,000 riders last year - a huge jump from its debut in 2012 when 246 took part. This year organisers are hoping to attract 3,000 cyclists.

For more information, visit tourotheborders.com

Freshnlo Pedal for Scotland

September 6, 2015

The largest mass participation bike ride in Scotland saw more than 10,500 people take part in 2014 with cyclists able to choose from three distances: family (nine miles), challenge (47 miles) and sportive (110 miles).

The challenge ride and sportive both start from Glasgow Green and finish at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh with organisers currently working on further improving the routes used in last year's events. Full details are due to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The 47-mile route will take in Coatbridge, Avonbridge (home to sublime cake stalls and the infamous knee-knocking beast of the hill dubbed L'Alpe D'Falkirk) and Linlithgow before continuing to Kirkliston where it will join with the nine-mile family ride to Edinburgh.

The 110-mile sportive, meanwhile, retains the popular leg-sapping climbs of the Southern Uplands with more than 2400m of ascent.

Entrants can take advantage of early bird prices until January 31, saving up to £4 compared to 2014 prices. Visit pedalforscotland.org

Do you have an event you would like included in a future round-up? Email me at susan.swarbrick@heraldandtimes.co.uk