Ride the North (RTN) is an annual cycling event involving over 800 cyclists which usually takes place around the end of August and comprises a specified route that visits a number of communities where the cyclists are fed and watered before continuing their journey. Every community is financially supported by the event which is funding spent within those communities.
Due to COVID, last year the event didn’t take place and at this point, it is not yet clear whether this year’s event will be able to go ahead. The event isn’t a race and having participated for many years, it is always a challenging route but at the same time, it is always a fantastic atmosphere.
In response to the current situation, the ride the north organiser Neil Innes of Company Velodays has worked with Aberdeenshire Council, Moray Council and Aberdeen City Council and produced over 180 short routes that connect different towns and villages across the different regions with the aim being to encourage folks to explore at their leisure and to bring some much-needed business into the various towns and villages as all cyclists need to be fed and watered.
It can be described as the cycling equivalent to Munro bagging with points being awarded for each route depending on distance and difficulty. The routes are available free of charge for those who wish to use them
The links below have details and show the various routes from the various towns. Turriff for example has routes to/from Aberchirder, Banff, Fyvie, Huntly and Strichen.
If anyone has spotted a series of small signs popping up in and around the town, these are route markers for RTN 153 (it’s 153 days from 1st May to 30th September)
It is still hoped the main RTN event can go ahead in some shape or form this year but this a great addition to it and it will hopefully bring some visitors to the Turriff area as well as the other towns and villages
The main RTN social media channels are here
Ride the north website – https://www.ride-the-north.co.uk
Ride the north Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rtn.ridethenorth/
Perhaps maybe at some point, RTN could visit Turriff in the future – it’s been to Rothienorman a number of times and visited Aberchirder in 2019 and was a great success.