Cyclists from Kincardine and Mearns are preparing to get on their bikes for the Ride the North challenge at the end of the month.
Ride the North is a 170 mile cycling challenge in the beautiful scenery of the Grampian Highlands in the North and North-East of Scotland. The event was first run in 2011.
The event is not a race nor a sportive. Instead, it is a challenge ride which celebrates the love of cycling and the scenery in this part of Scotland.
The two-day event is scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday, August 29-30.
The event connects Aberdeen and Inverness with the 2014 Ride the North, heading into the Cairngorms National Park on Day One before following the Spey Valley back towards Elgin.
Day two will feature old ‘favourites’ The Cabrach and the Suie on the way from Elgin to Aberdeen.
Neil Innes ,one of the organisers of the Ride the North event, told the Leader and Observer this week how riders throughout Kincardine and Mearns and, in particular Stonehaven, had embraced the event.
He said: “Ride the North was always intended to be a community event.
‘‘This year we’ve got some of Stonehaven’s elite riders taking part and others have really embraced the event and got involved.
“We get such a wide range of cyclists taking part and it has been really great to see Stonehaven getting involved.
“Some have been doing this the past few years, raising funds for local charities.”
Reporter Lee McCann added: ‘‘I would just like to thank Jane’s Design Studio at Stonehaven Harbour for allow me to use their deck for the photograph on this page.
n You can read more inside about a group of Stonehaven Riders who are taking on the Ride the North event in memory of a well known Stonehaven pub landlord.