Ride the North 2022, Saturday 27 August (Booking opens 7 January)

We are coming back!  RtN 2022 will be held on Saturday 27 August with a strong Speyside flavour for 2022.   The event hub will be in Elgin where two routes of 100 miles and 57 miles will start and finish.  Just like a Speyside Malt our event will be 12 years old …and hopefully, after a difficult two years, it will be worth waiting for.  This will be the 10th Ride the North and it will (if you are still interested) be the biggest.  It is always a celebration of all that is good about cycling in the beautiful North East of Scotland, but this time more than ever, there will seem good cause to appreciate that.

As always it’s a non-timed, non competitive event with a great atmosphere.  RtN attracts cyclists of all abilities and hopefully some who have discovered cycling during our time away.  It is never flat and never to be taken lightly, but it’s an event that offers lots of support and

The registration fee will be £42.  The maximum number of registrations will be 2,000.  The entry will be a simple ‘first come’ with no ballot as past years.  NOTE: New for 2022, the registration system will give you an RtN account that will be retained from year to year – we have set this up for login again with 2021 details, but you will need to create an account if you weren’t registered for 2021 (it’ll be easy peasy)!


Riding to Support a Good cause

Our event is not a charity BUT we work hard with many partners to ensure the event takes places with a very significant cohort of fundraising riders. There is a fair list of charities we will be working with in 2022, there are (in no order) Alzheimer Scotland, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, Highland Hospice, Sandpiper Trust, CLAN, Maggie’s Centres, Age Scotland, Erskine Care Homes, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland, SensationAll, Aberdeen Cyrenians, Outfit Moray, Friends of Neuro Ward, Charlie House, MND Scotland, Guide Dogs, Friends of Anchor, Befriend a Child, The Archie Foundation, Kayleigh’s Wee Stars, Homestart Aberdeen, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, North East Sensory Service and Sue Ryder.

Times have been tough for charities.  If you can support one of these organisation, I know that each of them would be really delighted to have your backing.  More details about Charity Places to be posted soon.  They will be available ahead of the 7 January commencement of public booking.


The One Day v Multi Day Issue

Ride the North was always a multi day event. I know that was part of the appeal for some. The 2020 & 2021 circumstances meant a fresh look at everything and some difficult decisions about what to do in the face of adversity.  RtN 2022 is a single day event, but we hope to add a twist.  We would like to add the potential of a ride ‘up’ to Elgin the day before and a ride ‘down’ the day after …from/to somewhere near’ish’ Aberdeen.  This one is not ironed out just yet, but will be progressed at a later day.  Neither direction will (I don’t think) be a formal event, but we can help coordinate.


Note – There is no mention of the C word in any of this!!

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.

The route for 2022

RtN 2022: 56 mile route

RtN 2022: 100 mile route