Newsflash: Ride the North 2014 is Now Full
All places for RIDE the NORTH 2014 which were available on this website have been taken …and that really does mean that its FULL!
We have allocated more than our capacity number, in the expectation that some will drop-out and the final number will be around 650. As a consequence there is no reserve list as we have effectively registered reserves rather than offer anyone a place the week before the ride – that doesn’t work if you need to train nor if you wish to fundraise.
HOWEVER, the places registered include a small number ring-fenced for charities. These places have been provisionally registered for, and sent to, the charities for them to allocate. As we understand it, there are still some of these places available from:
Maggie's Centres - There is a £450 minimum sponsorship target per person and you can contact Michael Parkes on 0141 225 0067 / email@example.com to book a place.
ARCHIE Foundation - There are a small number of place allocated to ARCHIE and you can contact the Fundraising Team on 01224 559559 for details.
Two Day Challenge Ride through the Grampian Highlands
Cycle between the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen
Ride the North is a two day, 170 mile cycle challenge through the beautiful scenery of the Grampian Highlands in the North of Scotland. The 2014 ride will take place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August. Bookings commence on Friday 15 November 2013. Once again follow the scenic back-roads through the Grampian Highlands between the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen, but with a few route changes for 2014.
Ride the North 2014 will work closely with our charity partners (see below), however, the ride welcomes everyone - whether you are fundraising for our partners, your own charity or simply taking part for the fun of it. This is a supported ride, with mechanical support, support vehicles, route signposting, lunches provided, mobile coffee stops, refreshments, luggage transfer, transfers from finish point to local accommodation and of course all the encouragement you will need. All this, along with an event cycling jersey is included in the fee of £129.
It’s NOT a race – It’s a challenge for all!
There has been a remarkable boom in cycling over recent years and the North East of Scotland boasts some truly wonderful cycling experiences. RIDE the NORTH is not a race, but rather a challenge ride for cyclists of all abilities.
The event presents the challenge of cycling between the Highland capital of Inverness and the Granite City of Aberdeen. The event invites entries from individuals, groups and corporate teams as well as attracting visitors to enjoy all that is good about cycling in the Grampian Highlands.
Ride the North Working with local charities
The inaugural Ride the North in 2011 was run in partnership with UCAN and 38 cyclists raised money for cancer care in the North East. Ride the North 2012 event became an open event – the objective being to attract more cyclists, but to retain a close association with a local charities.
Through the efforts of fundraising cyclists, the event over the past three years generated around £350,000 for charity. We are very proud to have worked in close partnership with Maggie's Centres during the successful appeal to create Maggie's Aberdeen. 2014 will be our last year of partnership with Maggie's and as the event has grown, we have donated a small number of places to two additional charities this year - these are The Sandpiper Trust and the Archie Foundadtion. Our charity partners will never be asked to contribute towards the event costs and we will continue to encourage participants to fundraisers, welcoming all those who decide to support their own chosen charities or to take part simply for the challenge.
We were delighted to be working with Maggie’s as our charity for 2014. We would encourage participants in Ride the North to put their efforts towards supporting the cancer care offered by Maggie’s.
2014 Ride the North Route DAY 1
The opening section is between Inverness and Dulsie Bridge, partly along Route 7 of the National Cycle Network. The route climbs gently into the Cairngorms National Park to pass through Carrbridge, Boat of Garten and Grantown before following the Spey Valley back towards Cardhu. In the heart of Speyside Whisky country the route crosses over to Dallas and then to Elgin.
Distance: approx 88 miles.
2014 Ride the North Route DAY 2
The second day heads back into the heart of Malt Whisky Country on Speyside visting the town of Dufftown its then over the spectacular Cabrach to
Donside and the Suie Hill. The final section features from Monymusk leads into the Granite City of Aberdeen.
Distance: approx 82 miles