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Feb 2015 Newsletter

We are half-way between Ride the Norths …6 months to go!

GOT: Supporting RTN for a Fifth Year

We are really delighted to report that GOT http://www.got.co.uk/ will once again be our main sponsors for RTN. This will be the 5th year of sponsorship, a relationship which started when this was all just a vague idea. Working with sponsors makes an event like RTN viable and we are very grateful to have had the generous support of GOT from the outset. Managing Director Warren Anderson is set to be one of just six participants to have competed all five events! Thanks again to Warren & everyone at GOT.

The 2015 Jersey

It’s Green! The 2015 jersey will look something like this! We are the midst of having proofs printed, so there may yet be subtle changes.  Our thanks again to GOT for sponsoring the jersey.

The RTN Jersey Order

jersey sizesApologies for broken record on this topic! As noted last month, the jersey order is made in mid-March and for this I need your jersey size – I order according to what size you are at 16 March, so I am not easily in a position to help when people find that they are not as medium as they thought! Our supplier uses European sizes and that these sizes are smaller than what some of us are used to.  PLEASE order according to chest measurement and not the S,M,L labels. Your size will have been entered at registration and the chart shown here was shown on the registration page.  This information can be edited up until 16 March.

I expect jerseys to be with you during late May or early June.






Warning: RTN 2015 May Contain Hills!

This isn’t an attempt to scare anyone off …but I have to tell you it straight!  The thing about the Grampian Highlands is that it’s not entirely flat! Every year the RTN route has changed and 2015 might well be just a fraction tougher than last year.  Day One features Glen Kyllachy from Farr to Tomatin via Garbole. This is the third highest road in the Highlands and when the wind is blowing it is particularly tough – it will probably be the toughest section of any RTN.  There is a trade-off in the afternoon which should be much easier. Day two is another testing day of cycling and (whisper it) has a higher total ascent than any other RTN day over the past 5 years – nothing quite as challenging as Garbole, but a succession of medium grade hills which are going to test the legs.  The event is for all cyclists – that is something we have always been clear about ..it’s not a race, take your time, enjoy some of Scotland best most scenic cycling. It is a challenge and it might well be challenging!

Charlie House

Charlie House is an Aberdeen-based children’s charity engaged in supporting children from across the Grampian area with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions. This year Charlie House have a team of 10 riders, who will be led by Craig Johnstone, co-founder of the charity and back having taken part last year http://www.ride-the-north.co.uk/rider-stories/craig-johnstone/. The target for Charlie House is the creation of a purpose built, specialist care centre in Aberdeen which will serve hundreds of North East children and their families.

As ever, you are guaranteed 15 seconds of fame on Facebook & Twitter if you send a picture of your cycling adventures wearing a RTN jersey!

King of the Mountains