Ride the North 2016 - Charity places still available for cycle challenge

Charity places are still available for the popular Ride the North event in 2016.

A change of format for Ride the North in 2016 sees the event begin and end in Rhynie - riding up to Inverness via Glenlivet and Tomintoul and returning to Rhynie via Forres and Elgin.

Many of the most successful fundraisers come from Stonehaven with over 115 cyclists taking part last year.

Ride the Norths website states: “Our 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 a refreshment stations throughout and we work in partnership with the local communities along the route to ensure you are well looked after along the way.”

The event has a provisional route of Rhynie to Inverness on day one and Inverness to Rhynie on day two via Elgin.

The website adds: “Over the past 5 years participants have raised a total of £1.15m and in a bid to make sure we add to this total in 2016, we have invited 12 partner charities to take protected places for those who wish to support them.”

Charities withspaces left: Alzheimers Scotland, North East Sensory Services, CLAN, Highland Hospice, Inspire, Maggie’s Centres, SensationALL, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, The Sandpiper Trust, UCAN and Archie Foundation.