Still time to sign up for Beer Sportive

As part of this year's Stonehaven Beer Festival a charity cycle ride from Stonehaven to Fettercairn and back, via the Cairn o' Mount twice.'Pictured from left are, Christian Franklin, Dave Easton, Shona Dyer, Matt Bennett and Robert Lindsay.

As part of this year's Stonehaven Beer Festival a charity cycle ride from Stonehaven to Fettercairn and back, via the Cairn o' Mount twice.'Pictured from left are, Christian Franklin, Dave Easton, Shona Dyer, Matt Bennett and Robert Lindsay.

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The Midsummer Beer Happening are still looking to get ale fans on their bike in a 72 mile challenge as part of the three day event.

The event will host a cycling sportive as part of the three day celebration of the craft of brewing due to take place on 
Saturday June 20.

So far the sportive has over 130 entries with sign ups being accepted on the day.

The Happening, created by the same team that made the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival a huge success, will be a celebration of the best beers from around the country offered in a purpose built marquee at Baird Park from June 18-20.

The sportive will be a challenging 72 miles on the glorious highways and byways around Stonehaven – and introducing what organisers hope will become an infamous “redo” taking in the Cairn o’ Mount’s steep climb not once, but twice.

Robert told the Mearns Leader how this sportive will be used to build on for future events.

He said: “Two of the fastest growing interests in the country right now are in craft brewing and cycling. We thought what could be better for the first Midsummer Happening than to bring beer and bikes together.

“We hope the sportive will attract cyclists looking for a unique challenge – the chance to enjoy the beautiful Howe O’ The Mearns countryside with a chance to tackle the daunting Cairn O’ Mount climb not once but twice. It’s a challenging route, but there are a growing number of cyclists and many of them are keen to push and test themselves. The Midsummer Beer Happening Sportive will certainly do that.

More information on the sportive can be found at http://midsummerbeerhappening.co.uk/shop/sportive/