Bike Challenge proves a huge hit with families

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The sun shone brightly on Sunday, June 2, as Aden Country Park welcomed almost 250 cyclists for the second annual Aden Bike Challenge.

The rescheduled event attracted a large number of young families who enjoyed the fine weather and scenery along the ten-mile Formartine and Buchan Way.

It had been due to take place in March but was cancelled because of adverse weather.

Organised by Aberdeenshire Council in partnership with the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland charity, Buchan Development Partnership and the NHS, the cycle ride looks likely to become a permanent annual fixture for Buchan.

Speaking after the event, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee (ISC), Peter Argyle, said: “The Aden Bike Challenge is one of a number of initiatives being developed to encourage a greater uptake of cycling in the area as part of the Peterhead Cycle Demonstration Town Project.

“This particular event is designed to attract and encourage families to cycle together as a healthy shared activity.

“I’m pleased to say early information shows the approach is working, with primary schools in the Peterhead area exhibiting higher levels of cycling to school when compared to the rest of the region.”

Committee vice-chair Alan S. Buchan, said: ‘I’m pleased to hear feedback from participants has been excellent with many commenting on how well organised and how professionally the event has been run.

“This is really down to successful partnership working and the enthusiasm and dedication of the team and volunteers on the day.”

Paul Corrigan from event partner Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS), added: “It’s wonderful to see so many primary school age children taking part.

“Good healthy habits developed early on in life will stand these children in good stead for the future.

“CHSS is focused on the prevention of illness associated with sedentary lifestyles and I am delighted to be able to be a part of the team involved in developing this wonderful event.”

The team has announced that subsequent events are likely to take part in June, to try to ensure suitable weather and avoid rescheduling.