Charity Rides, Sportives, Audax and Cycle Challenges in Aberdeenshire and Moray
A big day out on the bike at an event can range from 10 miles to in excess of a 100, and in some cases can last for more than a day!
Big days out can take many forms including sportives, family fun runs, Audax rides, cycle rallies and charity events. In fact charity rides are one of the most popular cycling activities around. Every year thousands of people in Grampian raise tens of thousands of pounds for their chosen charities.
Our list is not exhaustive - if you know of any other events in the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire or Moray area that visitors to the Cycle Grampian website may be interested in then please let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.
Huntly Room to Ride Audax (2019 date TBC)
The Huntly Room to Ride Audax, hosted by the Huntly and District Development Trust offers the choice of four routes giving cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to take part. The 50km (30mile) route is an ideal starter route, whilst the 100km (60 mile) and 160km (100 mile) routes are for the more experienced. The organisers have also added a 200km (125 mile) route for the long distance cyclist.
Enter online here
King of the Mountain Sportive (2019 date TBC)
2018 event held on Sunday 13th May
The King of the Mountain (KOM) Sportive is one of Scotland's best-loved road cycling events. Billed as one of the toughest events of its kind it takes riders from its start in Aboyne over some of the highest passes in the Cairngorms and offers two spectacular routes using some of Scotland's toughest roads. Expect steep mountain passes and fast sweeping descents. Two routes to choose from: 100 miles and 100km.
More information and entry via the KOM website
Bike Week (2019 dates TBC)
2018 bike week 9-17 June
Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging 'everyday cycling for everyone'. It is billed as a great opportunity to highlight the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, with a core aim of getting people to give cycling a go. There are many events hosted throughout the week.
See the Bike Week website for more details.
Suie Classig & Great Inverurie Bike Ride
(2019 date TBC)
2018 event held on 10th June
The Great Inverurie Bike Ride offers choice of 3 routes: 13, 25 and 54 miles, with the 54 mile route being dubbed 'The Suie Classic'. The 13 mile route is a popular family option. All rides start in at Kellands Park in Inverurie and offer state of the art timing. The event is organised by Aberdeenshire Council.
See the Council's website for more details.
Westhill Bike Ride (2019 date TBC)
2018 event held on 10th June
The 13 mile Westhill Bike 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, hosted by Westhill Bike Club is scheduled to coincide with Westhill's annual gala day.
See the Westhill Bike Club's website for more details.
Glen Moray Bike Ride (2019 date TBC)
2018 event held on 17th JuneSince 2012 the Glen Moray Bike Ride has been a firm fixture in many cyclist's calendar with over 200 taking part and more than half opting for the 75 mile route. Also on offer are a 25-mile and a 10-mile route. The 75 mile route takes you through Dallas, Grantown, around Lochindorb and through Rafford before returning to the start point at Glen Moray Distellery, Elgin.
More details available from the Ride's Facebook page.
Midsummer Beer Happening (2019 date TBC)
2018 event held on 30th June
Starting and finishing in Stonehaven's Baird Park, and coinciding with the Midsummer Beer Happening, on offer are three different: the DINAEDO (100m), REDO (70m), the UNDO (52m) with up to 8,100ft of climbing all within 30 miles of Stonehaven. All three events offer a different challenge and difficulty level, with the prospect of some great beer afterwards.
See the Midsummer Beer Happening webiste for more details.
Methlick Cycle Challenge (14 July 2019)
The Methlick Cycle Challenge is refreshing different - all three of the routes on offer use various surfaces e.g. road, old train lines and forestry tracks including the Formatine & Buchan Way so a mountain bike, hybrid, gravel or cyclocross type bike is suggested. There is a choice of 20, 40 or 67 mile routes.
More details from the Methlick Challenge website.
Ride the North (2019 date TBC)
Ride the North is the premier cycling event in the North East, the one that everyone wants to do and places sell out fast. It is a two day event with 80 to 90 miles each day. There are no timing chips, no placings, no podium - just a challenge ride that would be a celebration of cycling and with coffee stops, lunches and some small detours to take the more scenic or quiet roads.
See the Ride the North webiste for more details.
Chapelton Bike Ride (2019 date TBC)
2018 event held 2nd Sept.
Starting in 2016, The Chapelton Bike Ride riases money for North East Sensory Services. Starting in Hume Square, Chapelton the ride offers cyclists a choice of a 12 or a 42 mile route. The ride is rounded off with by live music, stalls and refreshments.
See the Chapelton bike Ride webiste for further details.
Dufftown Mountain Bike Challenge
(2019 date TBC)
2018 event held on 30th Sept.
The Dufftown Mountain Bike Challenge, raising money for Cancer Research UK, is designed for the fit mountain biker. The ride can be anything from a mixed offroad/tar road day out to a very challenging offroad challenge - you decide on the day. It is either the 35 mile route or the shorter 17 miles. Soup and a dram await the riders on completion.
More details from the Cancer Research website.
Alford KT Bike Run (2019 date TBC)
2018 event held 15th Sept.
A charity bike ride offering a 13 and 29 mile route. Coinciding with the Alforda Food Festival, this makes a great day out. Starts from the Grampian Transport Museum, and all finishers receive a hamburger!
See the KT Bike Run website for more details.
Queen of the Highland Sportive (2019 date TBC)
2018 event cancelled due to road closures
Billed as having the UK's highest start and finish, the Queen of the Highland Sportive starts at the Glenshee Ski Centre, then takes either a 111 miles or 100km route through some of the finest Grampian scenery before returning to the ski station. Expect some tough climbs!
See the Queen of the Highland Facebook page for more details
Kayleigh's Wee Stars Cycle (5 Oct 2019)
A 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.
More details from the KWW website.