Road Cycling in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray
To many, road cycling is the original, and purest, form of cycling. It is used for fitness and leisure, travel and commuting, holidays and touring, and racing and competition. The downside is that it is the road cyclist that may encounter what on the face of it appears to be the biggest blocker to cycling - motor traffic. However, Grampian is fortunate in having relatively quiet roads, especially outside the major towns. We believe it is an ideal place for road cycling. And to prove it, we have gathered together the following pages that allow us to boast about the region's great roads.
So, if you are a "roadie" then the following pages will help you get more from your cycling. If you think we have missed something you would like included, then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.
Road Routes - Recreational Cycling
Grampian is ideal for road biking. Well maintained roads, relatively traffic free and beautiful countryside. With literally hundreds of fantastic cycle routes to choose from the problem you have is deciding where to cycle. Coast, mountain, riverside? Well, we have a list that will give you some ideas, whether it be for a few miles close to where you live, or for an all day tour.
See our Road Cycling Routes page for our list.
Road Racing & Time Trials
Investigate the different types of racing, explore the courses used in the Grampian region, and find out how to get started.
See our Racing page for more information.
A sportive is a mass participation cycling event. Although officially not a race most, if not all, sportives use timing chips to ensure a healthy level of competitiveness between riders. Grampian is home to some of Scotland's best sportives.
See our What's On page for details of when and where our local events are held.
Commuting by Bike
Commuting is regarded by many as the most important kind of cycling. Economically important because it takes people to and from work and reduces congestion for other road users. Environmentally important because it reduces the amount of pollution being generated. Important health wise because it encompasses a good form of exercise that most working people can adopt to their life style.
See our page on Commuting for help on how to get started. We cover everything from choosing a bicycle lock, to using the train for part of your journey.
Road & Lighting Defects
Find out who to contact, and the best way to do it, if you have any issues with potholes, street lights, level crossings, and leaking water pipes.
All contact details are on our Road & Lighting Defects page.
An Audax ride, sometimes called a Randonnée, is a road based cycling activity in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit, including any stops to eat or rest. Generally this means maintaining an average speed of between 10 and 20mph. Audax is a non-competitive sport: success in an event is measured by its completion within the time limit - not by the actual time taken. The roads of Grampian lend themselves to hosting some super audax events.
See our What's On page for details of when and where our local Audax events are held.
Most of the Charity Rides in the region are held on the road. In addition to raising money for good causes, they provide a great challenge to those who enter.
See our What's On page for a comprehensive listing of events so you can plan your next challenge.