Cycle Challenge gears up for new charity partnership

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An annual road cycling event that sees cyclists take on the Cairngorms National Park has teamed up with a local charity to support vulnerable children in the North East.

The popular cycling challenge, The King of the Mountains Sportive, has named Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, as its new long-term charity partner.

The charity, which helps children and young people who have experienced abuse, neglect and other traumatic events in childhood to recover, will benefit from the partnership with dedicated fundraising places and donations from participants and supporters of the event.

Organisers, Firetrail Events, said that they have chosen Children 1st because it is a cause close to their hearts.

“In our previous careers we worked with disadvantaged and vulnerable children in and around Aberdeen as part of an outdoor learning team.” Said Richard Lawes, Company Director.

“The work that Children 1st do to support children and their families is invaluable and we’re proud to be able to support them in this way.”

Emma Leiper Finlayson, Fundraising Manager for Children 1st in the North said: ‘We’re delighted to have been chosen as the King of the Mountains Sportive’s official charity partner.

“Support of this kind greatly raises awareness and funds, helping us give every child the bright future that they deserve.

“We couldn’t do this without the generosity of the local community and for this we are hugely grateful.”

This year’s King of the Mountains Sportive cycling challenge takes place on Saturday, May 21.

The ride starts and finishes in Aboyne and participants can choose from a 110 mile or 100 kilometre route, taking cyclists through the spectacular and scenic roads of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms.

Limited spaces are still available for the event, but hurry as ticket sales end at midnight on Monday, May 16.

To take part, register at or contact Firetrail Events on 0330 3211146.