Ride the North has already
attracted more than 100
entries from the Stonehaven
area, we have been told
Around 50 people from around Kincardine and Mearns signed up last year for Ride the North at the end of August but this year that number is well into triple figures.
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.
A subtle route change to the 2015 Ride the North will see the North-east’s ultimate cycle challenge end in Stonehaven next summer.
Going back to the roots of the challenge, Stonehaven will be braced for an invasion of 850 cyclists on Saturday, August 29, as riders complete the challenge which will set off from Inverness the day before.
The first Ride the North saw 37 cyclists take part. finishing in Stonehaven. but next year more than 100 riders from Stonehaven alone are due to take part.
Details of the finish will be developed further over the coming months. Event organisers are working with partners in the town to ensure weary cyclists receive the warmest welcome when they cross the finish line.
Ride the North cyclists have raised over £750,000 for charity over the past four years and, with more riders being lined up for next year, the event looks set to go through the £1million barrier.
The partner charity for 2015 will be the Sandpiper Trust – a cause supported by riders from the Mackie Mammoths over the past two years.
The Sandpiper Trust are dedicated to saving lives in rural Scotland, with the charity’s patron, Gavin Hastings, having dropped in to support the Mackie riders last year.