Ride the North event heads to Donside

THE UCAN RIDE THE NORTH CYCLE EVENT START IN ABERDEEN TODAY.'PICTURE SIMON PRICE
THE UCAN RIDE THE NORTH CYCLE EVENT START IN ABERDEEN TODAY.'PICTURE SIMON PRICE

Cyclists are being invited to take inspiration from Team GB Olympic cyclists and get on their bikes this summer.

Ride the North will present the challenge of cycling from Inverness to Aberdeen - passing through Donside - over September 21 and 22, during what the organisers hope will become a major event for the North-east.

The two-day, 164-mile ride takes a meandering route that stays on minor roads and passes attractions such as Loch Ness, Cawdor Castle and Speyside’s Malt Whisky Trail. It also goes through parts of Donside, passing Keig, Monymusk, Montgarrie, Tullynessle, Dunecht, Cluny and Loch of Skene.

Ride the North was staged for the first time in 2011, but organisers are hoping the London Olympics will provide inspiration to many more people to go cycling.

Event organiser Neil Innes said: “There are now a number of cycling events which bring visitors to Scotland. In the North East of Scotland, we have wonderful scenery and quiet roads that are just a dream for cycling, as well as castles, distilleries, pretty villages and towns along the way. The event aims to showcase all that and to bring people into the area.”

Participants are encouraged to put their efforts to good use by fundraising for a local charity.

Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal, the fundraising appeal for the creation of a Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre serving the North-east of Scotland has been appointed as the official charity to benefit from Ride the North.

For more information, visit www.ride-the-north.co.uk