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Room to Ride (8th April 2017)
Saturday 8th April 2017.
After the great success of last year's Room to Ride Audax, Huntly and District Development Trust (HDDT) are delighted once again to host the 2017 event.
This year we have 4 routes which cover most abilities. The 50km (30mile) route is an ideal starter route, whilst the 100km (60 mile) and 160km (100 mile) routes are for the more experienced. HDDT have also added a 200km (125 mile) route for the long distance cyclist.
It's a timed event in which you aim to complete the route within a generous time limit. It's a great social event to do with friends, or on your own to push yourself against the clock. There are even refreshment stops along the way.
Enter online here

Pitfichie Enduro (15th & 16th April 2017)
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th April 2017.
First running of the Pitfichie Enduro, part of The POC Scottish Enduro Series. This MTB event will be held at Pitfichie Forest. See our page on Pitfichie Forest for some more info on the location.
Details of how to enter, and of the other events in the series from the event's website.

King of the Mountain Sportive (14th May 2017)
Sunday 14th May 2017
The third running of the popular Grampian Transport Museum Cylefest Sportive offers a coice of three distances; 25 miles, 100 miles or 100 kms. The two longer routes are over some of Scotland's highest passes with spectacular scenery.
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. Billed as one of the toughest sportives 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.
This is a non-profit event with any surplus income being used for third world projects (www.kidsaction.org.uk).
See the event website for more entry details

Westhill Bike Ride (TBC)
2017 Date not yet announced.
The annual Westhill Bike Ride takes place on TBC. The 13 mile ride leaves Westhill passing through Skene and the surrounding area before returning to Westhill. Since it started in 1999 the Westhill Bike Ride has raised over £18,000 and attracts around 100 cyclists. The event is scheduled to coincide with Westhill's annual gala day.
More details from the event's website.

The Great Inverurie Bike Ride (18th June 2017)
The Great Inverurie Bike Ride offers choice of 3 routes: 13, 25 and 54 miles. All rides start in at Kellands Park in Inverurie and offer state of the art timing.
Visit the Great Inverurie Bike Ride web page for more details of the event.

BRG Coastal Challenge (19th Aug 2017)
Saturday 19th August
The 2013 BRG Costal Challenge will take place on Sat 24th August.
The BRG Coastal Challenge allows you to walk, run or cycle the distance of 17.5 mile. Starting at the Beach Cafe, Fraserburgh and finishing at Gardenstown harbour for the kipper barbeque, the course provides spectacular views of the Buchan coastline.
More details from the BRG Challenge Facebook page.

Ythan Cycle Run (7th Sept 2013)
The Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum is organising the 5th annual Ythan Cycle Run in aid of THE children's charities Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), and Befriend a Child.
There is a choice of a 26 mile route or an 8 mile family/children's route.
Start and finish will be at the Dr. Spence Memorial Hall, Udny Green.
More details from the event's website.

Ride the North (26 & 27 Aug 2017)
2017 date confirmed as 26th & 27th August.
Ride the North is the premier charity event in the North East, the one that everyone wants to do. It is a two day, 175 mile fully supported ride, with mechanical support, support vehicles, signposting, lunches, mobile coffee stops, refreshments, and luggage transfer. Since 2011 Ride the North and participant cyclists have raised around £750,000 for local charities.
More details from the event's website.

Chapelton Bike Ride (3rd Sept 2017)
2017 date confirmed as Sunday 3rd September.
Formerly known as the Stonehaven Bike Ride, the Chapelton Bike Ride has moved start location and rebranded. The new route starts at Teacake on Hume Square in Chapelton and offer a choice of a 42 mile route or a 12 mile route. This charity event is in aid of North East Sensory Services.
More details from the Chapelton Bike Ride's website.

Karen Teale Memorial Bike Run (Sept TBC)
2017 Date not yet announced.
Formally known as The Alford Charity Bike Run, this event has been renamed "The Alford KT Bike Run" in honour and memory of Alford resident and local G.P Karen Teale who died of cancer in 2003. Since 2005 the ride has followed a fairly challenging 27 mile route through beautiful Donside starting and finishing in Haughton Country Park, Alford and taking in Kildrummy, Glenkindie and Towie enroute. In 2006 a less demanding 11 mile option via Muir of Fowlis and Tough was introduced for those still wanting to take part, but are put off by the distance.
More details from the ride's own Facebook page.

Etape Royale (10th Sept 2017)
2017 date confirmed as 10th Sept
The Etape Royale is a circular 100 mile Closed Road Cycle Sportive starting from Ballater. The route has a real mix of scenic rolling roads, challenging ascents and alpine-esque descents through a wild landscape scattered with iconic whisky distilleries. It also offers a linear 65 mile route begining in Rhynie, and a linear 45 mile route setting off from Dufftown.
More details from the Etape Royale's website.

Kayleigh's Wee Stars Cycle (7 Oct 2017)
2017 date confirmed as Saturday 7th October.
bike ride to raise funds for "Kayleigh's Wee Stars", a charity set up to provide financial support for families where a child has a terminal illness. There are 3 routes available - 20, 57 or 95 miles, all starting from The Deeside Inn, Ballater. The 50 and the 90 mile routes are all on the road. The 20 mile has a road option and an off road option on the Deeside Line. Refreshingly they offer on the day entry.
More details from the Kayleigh's Wee Stars' website.


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