Stonehaven is getting ready for over 800 cyclists next week as the popular Ride the North finishes in the town at a Recreation Grounds.
Going back to the roots of the challenge, Stonehaven will be braced for an invasion of cyclists on Saturday, August 29, as riders complete the 170-mile challenge which sets off from Inverness the day before.
The first Ride the North back in 2011 finished in Stonehaven, with a grand total of 37 cyclists completing the ride, just four short years later the cycle route is back.
Event organiser, Neil Innes explained to us last year that the race has always received great support from Kincardine and Mearns.
He said: “Since that first event, we have had such wonderful support from those in Stonehaven who have enthusiastically signed up to take part. Some of that enthusiasm has come from those who were established cyclists, but it has also been wonderful to see some many others who have been prepared to take this on as a challenge, and one that can really contribute to the adoption of a healthier lifestyle.”
The event seeks to showcase the North East of Scotland, with a route which has - at various times - featured castles, distilleries and plenty of great scenery.
Details of the finish in Stonehaven have been developed further over the last few months with more details inside on pXX. Event organisers have worked with partners in the town to ensure weary cyclists receive the warmest welcome when they cross the finish line.
Ride the North cyclists have raised over £750,000 for charity over the past four years and, with more riders being lined up, the event looks set to go through the £1million barrier.
The partner charity for 2015 will be the Sandpiper Trust – a cause supported by riders from the Mackie Mammoths over the past two years. The Sandpiper Trust are dedicated to saving lives in rural Scotland, with the charities patron Gavin Hastings having dropped into support the Mackie riders previsously..