Mountain kings ready to hit the road

Cyclists will be able to ride one of the most spectacular sportives in the UK from the Grampian Transport Museum in May.

Three routes, offering a variety of riding challenges, from the museum at Montgarrie Road, Alford, on Saturday, May 16, will take participants over Scotland’s best mountain passes and snow roads. Ride solo or join with friends and colleagues to experience the stunning landscapes of the Cairngorm National Park, Royal Deeside and Donside.

The 100 mile route: an epic, remote adventure. If you love a challenge you’ll love this journey.

Five tough climbs rewarded by flowing descents, that wind through Scotland’s whisky country. Rolling by five distilleries, five major rivers, two castles and two lochs: this is the connoisseur’s sportive through the best of Highland Scotland.

The 100 km route: The ‘up River Don and down River Dee’ classic, takes in mountain views of Lochnagar and the Cairngorms. Spin out through beautiful Donside, then return over the challenging Gairnshiel pass. The reward for tired legs is one of the best road descents in Scotland, towards Deeside.

The 25 mile route: beautiful, quiet, accessible little gem that follows the River Don past Kildrummy Castle before turning for home at Glenkindie via the steady ascent of Loanhead Hill. Achievable for a range of abilities on most types of bikes, they also welcome accompanied younger riders aged 11-16 - Prince or Princess of the Mountains? Support the Archie Foundation by entering their charity raffle and be in with a chance to win a £500 voucher for Chapeau! cycling apparel or a £1,850 set of carbon wheels by Knight! Visit: www.komsportive.co.uk