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.
Moray Meanderings & Monster Munch Audaxes (16th March 2019)
The 100km Moray Meanderings Audax starts from Duffus and heads along the Moray coast to the picturesque village of Cullen. From there it returns by heading inland to Keith, the friendly town, before turning north for Elgin then Duffus. Further details, and on line entry here.
The 200km Monster Munch Audax starts from Duffus and runs over some of the remote areas of Moray heading south into Badenoch and Strathspey before heading west to Loch Ness and then returning along the coast. Stunning scenery mostly on very quiet and often single track roads. Further details, and on line entry here.
The Turra Coo Audax (6th April 2019)
A 308km cycling event starting from the village of Duffus, near Elgin, which takes in some of the Moray coast, before turning south and heading through Banffshire into the Cairngorm National Park and on to Aviemore. From there it heads north west before diverting to Nairn and then back to the start in Duffus. A cracking route! Further details, and on line entry here.
Huntly Room to Ride Audax (13th April 2019)
The hugely popular, Huntly Room to Ride Audax, hosted by the Huntly and District Development Trust offers the choice of three 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.
Enter the 50km ride online here
Enter the 100km ride online here
Enter the 160km ride online here
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 Facebook page.
Cairngorm to Coast (25th May 2019)
Until this year the Cairngorm to Coast has been a 100km off road run/hike and bike duathlon. But for 2019 a bike only option has been added. So we now have a 100km off road cycle challenge. The route begins at the Cairngorm Ski Centre car park and heads down through Glenmore Forest on towards Nethy Forest and Nethy Bridge, where participants join the Speyside Way to Grantown-on-Spey. There, they join the Dava Way to Forres, and then a Sustrans route to Lossiemouth. Organised by outdoor learning and adventure charity, Outdoor Moray, this is the charity's biggest fundraiser of the year.
The Wee & Lumpy Python Audaxes (4th May 2019)
A choice of either a 63km (The Wee Python) or a 110km Audax (The Lumpy Python) starting in Ellon and taking in some of the best back roads of Aberdeenshire. More details for the Wee Python here, and More details for the Lumpy Python here.
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 Classic & Great Inverurie Bike Ride (16th June 2019)
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 (23rd June 2019)
The Glen Moray Bike Ride celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019, and is celebrating by introducing a 50 mile route - congratulations! Since its inception 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, 50-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 Distillery, Elgin.
More details available from the Ride's Facebook page.
Midsummer Beer Happening (22nd June 2019)
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 website 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 Formartine & 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.
Brewdog Chain Gang Sportive (21 July 2019)
The Brewdog Chain Gang Sportive is billed as a fantastic adventure along the North East coast of Aberdeenshire. It offers 2 routes: a 33 mile option, or a 60 mile option. The ticket price includes a burger and pint of beer for all participants. More details from the Brewdog Chain Gang Sportive website.
Ride the North (24th & 25th Aug 2019)
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 is a celebration of cycling and with coffee stops, lunches and some small detours to take the more scenic or quiet roads. Not to be missed! See the Ride the North website for more details.
Chapelton Bike Ride (1st Sept 2019)
Starting in 2016, The Chapelton Bike Ride raises 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 website for further details.
Dufftown Mountain Bike Challenge (29th Sept 2019)
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 Alford 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
Tour de Catterline (2019 date TBC)
2018 event held on 16th Sept. A not for profit event organised by the locals of Catterline village, a few miles south of Stonehaven. A fun event with a choice of three routes; 10, 35 and 50 miles through the beautiful Mearns and Deeside countryside. See the Catterline website 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.