Get on yer bike this summer Buchan urged!

BUCHAN cyclists are being invited to take inspiration from the Team GB Olympic cyclists and get on their bikes this summer.

Ride the North will present the challenge of cycling from Inverness to Aberdeen over September 21-22, during what the organisers hope will become a major event for the North East of Scotland.

The two day, 164-mile ride takes a meandering route that stays on the minor roads and passes attractions such as Loch Ness, Cawdor Castle and Speyside’s Malt Whisky Trail.

Ride the North was staged for the first time in 2011, but the organisers are seeking to raise the scale of the event in 2012, hoping that the London Olympics will provide inspiration to many more people to go cycling.

Event organiser Neil Innes believes the event can become a fixture in Scotland’s calendar of major events.

“There are now a number of cycling events which bring visitors to Scotland. In the North East of Scotland, we have wonderful scenery and quiet roads that are just a dream for cycling, as well as castles, distilleries, pretty villages and towns along the way. The event aims to showcase all that and to bring people into the area,” he said.

Registration for the event costs £99 and more information can be found at the vent website www.ride-the-north.co.uk