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Try Cycling (All Year)
After the success of previous years, The Cyclists' Touring Club, and Aberdeen Cycle Forum are continuing the Try Cycling initiative.
The plan is to encourage people who have not cycled before or who have not done it for a while to get back on their bikes. The free leisurely rides visit various places of interest such as ancient cairns, march stones, churches, bird hides, and local beauty spots.
The rides are on usually on Sundays, the meeting point varying between Duthie Park (at the pond off Riverside Drive), Hazelhead Park (Groats Road entrance) and Seaton Park (at the car park on Don St.).
Further details at the Cycle Touring Clubs website - just look for "Try Cycling" link on their site.

 
Ballater Bike Festival (21, 22 April 2013)
The Ballater Bike Festival takes place on April 21st and 22nd with Saturday's activities including an all Day BBQ, an evening slideshow & chat with "Dirtschools" Chris Ball, MTB Travel Guru, Andy McKenna and top photographer, Andy McAndish.
Activities on Sunday include a "Secret Singletrack" ride at 8.45am, a Ladies Only guided ride at 9.30am, and a Pro ride with Cyclocross Pro Jon Watson.
See the Cycle Highlands website, or give them a call on 013397 55864 for more details.

 
Great Drumtochty Challenge (26th May 2013)
The Great Drumtochty Challenge, organised by the Brechin Cycle Club, is a one day mountain bike orienteering competition based on the tried and tested "Polaris" format.
Started in 1998 the event is rapidly gaining a following from mountain bikers from all over Scotland.
The event will be centred at the an old quarry site 1 mile inside Fetteresso Forest (Grid Ref: OS 764865 on map 45) and will take place in the forests of Drumtochty and Fetteresso. Registration gets underway at 8am, with the competition running from 11am through to 4pm.
See the Drumtochty Challenge website for more details and entry forms.

 
Cyclefest Sportive (18 May 2012)
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

 

 
Bike Week (15-23 June 2012)
Bike Week is the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK. A national celebration of cycling, Bike Week helps you get more out of life - by getting on your bike and exploring your local community.
Bike Week is free to enter and open to everyone - you can either take part in an event or organise one yourself, you don't have to be an experienced cyclist either, anyone can set up a Bike Week event.
2013 is shapping up to be the busiest yet in Grampian. All the old favourites like bike to work days and family picnics are still on the agenda, however lots more exciting events have been organised including guided mountian bike rides, stunt cycle displays and town centre displays. As soon as we know of event details we will publish them here - so do visit us again soon.

 
Pitfichie DownHill Race (23-24 June 2012)
2013 Date not yet announced.
The third round of the Scottish Downhill Association (SDA) 2012 series of races takes place at Pitfichie Forest.
Starting up top on Pitfichie hill the course drops fast through the heather and over some of the local granite on the remains of an old landrover track. On entering the trees riders can either launch the step down on the left or take the easier ride down the right. From there the going will be pretty rough as the course twists itself tightly through the trees, making plenty use of the roots and rocks littering the hillside. Things flatten out into the last third, though it will still be hard going.
A great days spectating is assured.
See our page on Pitfichie Mountain Biking for directions etc.

 
Whisky Trail Sportive (24 June 2012)
2013 Date not yet announced.
A two wheeled celebration of the Whisky Trail, this first running of the Whisky Trail Sportive starts and finishes at the home of Elgin City FC. A choice of three routes: 10, 40 and 80 miles. The event promises to help generate funds for the North East Sensory Services charity - a very worthwhile cause.
See the event website for more details

 

 
Tearfund's Deeside Pedal (25 Aug 2012)
2013 Date not yet announced.
Due to entries being well below expectations, the Deeside Pedal was cancelled for 2012. The organisers are considering the possibilities for 2013
A new event running for the first time in 2012, this sportive is organised to raise awareness and funds for international charity - Tearfund. From the outskirts of Aberdeen the event will offer the choice of a hilly 87 miles or a more gentle 43 mile challenge around the Aberdeenshire countryside. Final details are still being worked with entries likely to open in February.
Further details at website.

 
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.

 
Aberdeen Thursday Night Rides (Summer)
Aberdeen's Bike Collective, be-CyCle, organise a ride every other Thursday to ride around town for an hour enjoying cycling, enjoying Aberdeen and showing the city that it has a bicycle culture. The ride is of course open to anyone!
They meet at the corner of Elphinstone lawn on the campus of Aberdeen University and end up at a pub for a few drinks afterwards. You should have working lights if you want to join the ride.
Further details at the be-CyCle website.

 

 

 
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