The New RtN 153 has Landed!
It’s the latest development on the long and winding road that leads to life beyond Covid-19. Additional to the single day Ride the North, 2021 will also feature a 5-month version of the event. Full details will go live on 21 April (along with registration) with the RtN 153 challenge starting on 1 May. It could be the most exciting thing to happen this year …no, it really could! There are more details here
You will appreciate this plan has some improvisation to tackle circumstances that keep changing. It’s a challenge to motivate you get out on your bike more over coming months and to support our event and the region’s hospitality industry to get through tough times.
Ride the North 2021 – Booking is OPEN!
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 on Friday 30 October. There will be up to 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 be 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*.