Ride the North 2021

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 to seek 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.

During on-line registration (available soon) you will select your own departure time which will be between 0700-1030 hrs …then there is just one rule, you must finish between 1500 hrs and 1900 hrs to be recorded as a successful completion.  There are, therefore, up to 12 hours to complete your chosen ride.

There are key changes to the event format from previous years.  For 2021 we will be working with around 10 or 11 communities along the route where food and refreshments will be available …this means that we will switch to a ‘pay as you go’.  A break with tradition for 2021 at least …there will be an event jersey, but not included in the fee – it’s simply too risky to commit the money to 2,000 jerseys (for an event that has a risk of not happening …more below).

Event Registration – will open later in autumn 2021 (date unconfirmed). If you wish to receive an alert you can send an email to neil@velodays.com.  I haven’t got a clue what demand for places will be like.  There will be 2,000 places available on open sale.  The event registration fee will be £37 – this fee will be the same regardless of which route option you choose. The more you pedal, the better value it gets!

Charity Partners – we expect to be working with around 25 different charities who will have spaces on the event ring-fenced.  Details of these will be published on this website by mid October.  If you wish to secure guaranteed places, you can do that directly with any partner charity.

The Covid Clause – Much of this is a product of, and a hostage to, the virus.  It is not certain that an event next July will possible.  There will not be an early decision to cancel, because we know there are some months of uncertainty ahead.  If rescheduling looks possible, it will be tried. If cycling events are permitted to go ahead but with considerable restrictions (as is the case at the time of writing), a difficult decision will be required – however, I do not expect the event to take place if the circumstances in summer 2021 are comparable to summer 2020.  In the event of a decision to cancel, all participants will be refunded within two weeks. The fee charged will include an event fee and a booking fee (15%).  In the event of cancellation the booking fee is non refundable*.

*This is a reluctant plan that feels necessary for the circumstances.

INTERESTED? If you don’t want to miss out when booking goes live, email neil@velodays.com to receive advance notice of registration arrangements.


Ride around the Grampian Highlands
RtN is a supported ride, with mechanical support, support vehicles, signposting, lunches, mobile coffee stops, refreshments, luggage transfer and of course all the encouragement you will need.
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.
RtN working with local charities
Since 2011 Ride the North and participant cyclists have raised around £1.6m for local charities. We are delighted to be working with a number of charity partners in 2018 - all of whom support the communities in which the event takes place. More details will be posted soon.