Festival of cycling in Alford

The routes are over some of Scotland's highest passes with spectacular views
The routes are over some of Scotland's highest passes with spectacular views

Grampian Transport Museum in Alford is hosting a weekend of cycling on Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 May.

The Cyclefest kicks off on the Saturday morning with a King of the Mountains Sportive.

Hundreds of cyclists will cover one of three distances, 25 miles, 100kms and 100 miles.

The routes are over some of Scotland’s highest passes with spectacular views.

Starting and finishing in Alford, in the foothills of the Cairngorms, the 100 mile route will take riders over the Suie, Cabrach, Lecht and Gairnsheil before returning via Queen’s View and Cushnie.

The 100 km route also starts and finishes in Alford with riders experiencing the second half of the 100 mile route.

The 25 mile event misses out the highest roads but is equally scenic and also starts and finishes in Alford.

Billed as one of the toughest sportives (100 mile distance) in the country it is worth doing if only for the breath-taking views.

The routes will be well signed with food stops along the way.

Interested cyclists are invited to check out the website for further information - http://www.deeside.org/cyclefest.html - or to contact the organiser, Sandy Lindsay on info@deeside.org.

Headline Sponsor for the weekend is Senergy - www.senergyworld.com