JOIN TEAM ARCHIE, CYCLE THROUGH HISTORIC SCOTTISH SCENERY AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL BABIES, CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES
Ride the North 2021 will be a different format to previous events over the past nine years. It will be a single day event that will begin and end in Huntly, Aberdeenshire on Saturday 24 July 2021. The event will continue as entirely non-competitive – no event timing, so nobody is first or last – and seeks to showcase what’s good about riding a bike around our region.
The 2021 event will have 3 distance options each following largely the same core route. There will be signed 180km, 140km and 100km route options. The heart of ride the north has always been the engagement with local communities on the route. We are fortunate to be based in a beautiful part of Scotland, with scenic (sometimes quite hilly!) back-roads connecting local villages – some of whom on 24 July will be serving coffees or cakes, sandwiches or soup, some with bands playing and each with cheers for visiting cyclists.
The event is not a race nor a sportive, it a challenge ride which celebrates the love of cycling and the scenery in this part of Scotland. There will be refreshment stations every 20-30km and RTN work in partnership with the local communities to ensure you are well looked after along the way. As always, the route will be on the back-roads of North East Scotland, in the foothills of the Grampian Highlands in Aberdeenshire and Moray. It’s a beautiful part of the world, home to a number of the UK’s highest mountains so the terrain is challenging in places!
The three routes are largely common, so there are possibilities to cycle with a friend that is doing a different distance. The 180/100k routes are common for around 90k, the 180/140 routes are common for about 135k. The 140/100 are a little less integrated but common for about 50k of the 100k.