Charity Rides, Sportives, Audax and Cycle Challenges in Aberdeenshire and Moray

charity bike ride

A big day out on the bike at a cycling event can range from 10 miles to in excess of a 100, and in some cases can last for more than a day!
Big days out can take many forms including sportives, family fun runs, Audax rides, cycle rallies, regular club ride, and cycle charity events.

charity bike ride

In fact charity bike rides are one of the most popular cycling activities around. Every year thousands of people in Grampian raise tens of thousands of pounds for their chosen charities.

Our list of cycle rides is not exhaustive - if you know of other bike events in the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire or Moray area of Scotland that visitors to the Cycle Grampian website may be interested in then please let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.

2022 Cycle Events - Confirmed

CYCLE CHALLENGE
 

24
 Apr 

Rotary ElginRotary Elgin
Triple Challenge
2022

50km bike ride, forming part of the Elgin Rotary Triple Challenge series. Enter just the bike challenge, or all three events either individually or as a team ...
 
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AUDAX
 

30
 Apr 

Turra CooThe Turra Coo
Audax
2022

A 300km route starting in Nairn which takes in the Moray coast, Banffshire, the Cairngorm National Park and Aviemore before returning to the finish in Nairn...
 
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CYCLE CHALLENGE
 

28
 MAY 

Cairngorm to Coast logoCairngorm
to Coast
2022

A 100km off road cycle challenge from the Cairngorm Ski Centre to Lossiemouth organised by outdoor learning and adventure charity, Outdoor Moray Gravel or MTB bike required...
 
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CYCLE CHALLENGE
 

4
 Jun 

Cairn o' Mount Challenge logoCairn o' Mount
Challenge
2022
 

Starting in Edzell, there is a choice of the Cairn o' Mount 80 - a challenging 80 mile route or the Cairn o' Mount 30 - a more modest 30 mile cycling challenge. Chip timing and feed stops provided...
 
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BIKE WEEK
 

6-12
 Jun 

bike week logoBike Week
2022
 

Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging 'everyday cycling for everyone'. It is a great opportunity to highlight the benefits of cycling, with a core aim of getting people to give cycling a go...
 
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NIGHT RIDE
 

25
 JUN 

sundown cycle logoThe
Sundown Cycle
2022
 

Entries for 2020 & 21 events have been defered to 2022.
A twighlight/overnight cycle ride starting in Kintore and offering a choice of 3 distances. The twighlight 25 mile ride, the sundown 50 mile ride, and the nocturnal 90 mile ride...
 
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GRAVEL CHALLENGE
 

17
 JUL 

Methlick cycle challenge logoMethlick Cycle
Challenge
2022

There is a choice of 20, 40 or 67 mile routes, all of which use various surfaces e.g. road, old train lines and forestry tracks including the Formartine & Buchan Way so a MTB, gravel or cyclocross type bike is suggested.
 
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SPORTIVE
 

14
 AUG 

brewdog chain gang logoBrewdog
Rideout
Sportive 2022

The Brewdog Rideout Sportive is billed as a fantastic adventure along the North East coast of Aberdeenshire. It offers 2 routes: a 38 mile option, or a 62 mile option. The ticket price includes a burger and pint of beer (or soft drink) for all participants...
 
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CHALLENGE RIDE
 

27
 AUG 

ride the north logoRide the North
2022
 
2022 DATES ANNOUNCED

Ride the North is the premier cycling event in the north east of Scotland, the one that everyone wants to do and places sell out fast. There are no timing chips, no placings, no podium - just a challenge ride that is a celebration of cycling...
 
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GRAVEL CHALLENGE
 

9
 SEP 

Methlick cycle challenge logoMethlick Junior
Cycle Challenge
2022

An offroad cycle event for primary aged kids up to S3 pupils. Two groups; primary aged, and S1 to S3. The younger group completes one 1.9mile lap, the older group completes 2 laps at Skilmafilly Wind Farm, near Methlick.
 
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2022 Cycle Events - Pending Confirmation

AUDAX
 

 
 Apr 

Room to RideHuntly
Room to Ride
Audax
2022

The choice of four routes:
The 50km (30mile) route is an ideal starter route, whilst the 100km (60 mile), 160km (100 mile) and 200km (120 mile) routes are for the more experienced....

 

AUDAX
 

 
 May 

Lumpy PythonThe Wee
&
Lumpy Python
Audaxes
2022

No event held in 2020 or 2021.
A choice of either a 61km (The Wee Python) or a 112km Audax (The Lumpy Python) starting in Ellon and taking in some of the best back roads of Aberdeenshire...

 

AUDAX
 

 
 May 

Monster MunchMoray
Monster Munch
Audax
2022

No event held in 2020 or 2021.
The 200km Monster Munch Audax starts from Duffus and runs over some of the remote areas of Moray heading south into Badenoch and Strathspey before heading west to Loch Ness and then returning along the coast...
 

 

SPORTIVE
 

 
 Jun 

midsummer beer happening logoMidsummer
Beer Happening
2022

No event held in 2020 or 2021.
Coinciding with Stonehaven's Midsummer Beer Happening, on offer are three different routes: the DINAEDO (100m), REDO (70m), the UNDO (52m) with up to 8,100ft of climbing all within 30 miles of Stonehaven...

 

Bikezar

 

SPORTIVE
 

 
 JUN 

Glen Moray bike ride logoGlen Moray
Bike Ride
2022

No event held in 2020 or 2021.
Since its inception the Glen Moray Bike Ride has been a firm fixture in many cyclist's calendar with over 200 taking part and more than half opting for the 75 mile route. Also on offer are a 25-mile, 50-mile and a 10-mile route. All routes start and finnish at Glen Moray Distillery, Elgin...

 

SOCIAL MTB RIDE
 

 
 Jun 

Midsummer rideThe Big
Midsummer
Ride
2022

No event held in 2020 or 2021.
Gravitate North East are teaming up with Cycle Highlands to bring a massive socail MTB ride to Ballater. Expect DJs, partying and fundraising for Gravitate North East's vision for a global adventure destination in north east Scotland ...

 

AUDAX
 

 
 Jul 

AudaxHogmanay in July 100
Audax
2022

Basic event following a cracking route that starts in Aberdeen and heads through Garthdee and Aboyne, all for a bargain £3 entry fee....
 

 

AUDAX
 

 
 Jul 

Dee LechtableDee Lechtable
Audax
2022

A lumpy 200km Audax starting near Aberdeen, the route winds through Deeside before heading into the Cairngorms, taking in the climbs of Gairnshiel, The Lecht, The Cabrach and The Suie before heading home.....

 

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE
 

 
 AUG 

abbies sparkle logoAbbie's Sparkle
Cycle Ride
2022

Organised by Elgin Cycling Club, Abbie's Sparkle Charity Cycle Ride offers a choice of 2 distances: 50km and 100km. The event starts at Elgin City Football Club and involves some steady climbing through the southern hills of Moray and Nairnshire...
 

 

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE
 

 
 AUG 

horseback UK logoHorseback UK
Cairn o Mount
Challenge
2022

A 55 mile cycle ride from Aboyne in Royal Deeside over the Cairn o Mount to Arbroath to raise money for Horseback UK - a charity that supports wounded servicemen and women.
The event starts at Horseback UK HQ in Aboyne, and finishes with a burger and beer in Arbroath...

 

CHARITY BIKE RIDE
 

 
 SEP 

Chapleton bike ride logoChapelton
Bike Ride
2022

The annual Chapelton Bike Ride returns to the town for its seventh year in 2022. The event will raise money for the charity North East Sensory Services and offers either a 42 or 12 mile route.
 

 

FAMILY RIDE
 

 
 SEP 

westhill bike ride logoWesthill
Bike Ride
2022

The 13 mile Westhill Bike Ride leaves Westhill passing through Skene and the surrounding area before returning to Westhill. Since it started in 1999 the Westhill Bike Ride has raised over £18,000 for charity and attracts around 100 cyclists...

 

CYCLE CHALLENGE
 

 
 Sep 

Banffshire cycle challengeBanffshire
Cycle Challenge
2022

The Banffshire Cycle Challenge offers a choice of three routes: a 25.5 mile route, an intermediate 8 mile route, and a cracking little 4 mile route designed for those with restricted abilities, families and younger children. All routes begin and finish at Deveron sports centre Banff...

 

CHARITY BIKE RIDE
 

 
 Sep 

Bennachie Bike RideBennachie
Bike Ride
2022

A 23 mile charity bike ride, starting at the Fetternear Hall, and with a route that is always within sight of Bennachie.
Open to everyone, this challenging event aims to raise money for Inverurie West Parish Church.
 

 

SPORTIVE
 

 
 Sep 

KOM logoKing
of the
Mountains
Sportive
2022

3 days of riding over a bank holiday weekend exploring Royal Deeside and The Cairngorm National Park.
Friday - Hill Climb
Saturday - The KOM Sportive
Sunday - The Queen of the Highlands Sportive....

 

GRAVEL CHALLENGE
 

 
 SEP 

Moray RaidMoray Raid
Gravel
Challenge
2022

A self supported gravel event with a choice of 2 routes, one long and one short. Starting and in Lossiemouth finish at The Windswept Taproom, where you will be supplied with a cold beer (or soft/hot drink) and a woodfired pizza....

 

CHARITY BIKE RIDE
 

 
 SEP 

tour catterline logoTour de Catterline
2022

No event organised for 2020, or 2021.
 
A not for profit event organised by the locals of Catterline village, a few miles south of Stonehaven. A fun event with a choice of three routes; 10, 25, 35 and 50 miles through the beautiful Mearns and Deeside countryside...

 

CHARITY MTB RIDE
 

 
 SEP 

Dufftown
Mountain Bike
Challenge
2022

No event organised for 2020, or 2021.
The Dufftown Mountain Bike Challenge, raising money for Cancer Research UK, is designed for the fit mountain biker. The ride can be anything from a mixed offroad/tar road day out to a very challenging offroad challenge - you decide on the day...

 

SPORTIVE
 

 
 SEP 

Inverurie bike rideGreat Inverurie
Bike Ride &
Suie Classic
2022

The Great Inverurie Bike Ride offers choice of 3 routes: 13, 25 and 54 miles, with the 54 mile route being dubbed 'The Suie Classic'. The 13 mile route is a popular family option. All rides start in at Kellands Park in Inverurie and offer state of the art timing...

 

CHARITY BIKE RIDE
 

 
 SEP 

Alford KT logoAlford
KT Bike Run
2022

No event organised for 2020, or 2021.
A charity bike ride offering a 13 and 29 mile route. Coinciding with the Alford Food Festival, this makes a great day out. Starts from the Grampian Transport Museum, and all finishers receive a hamburger...

 

AUDAX
 

 
 OCT 

Deeside DawdleDeeside
Dawdle
Audax 2022

A 200km cycling event starting from Aberdeen taking in Ballater, Braemar and Tarland.
Basic event following a cracking route all for a bargain £5 entry fee ....
 

 

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE
 

 
 OCT 

kayleighs wee stars logoKayleigh's
Wee Stars
Cycle Challenge
2022

The annual KWS Cycle Challenge will not be run in its usual format this year, so it is going virtual instead! You choose a distance of either 20, 57, or 95 miles, and you choose your route and start time on the 3rd Oct, and off you go!

 

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE
 

 
 NOV 

Moray Poppy RideMoray
Poppy Ride
2022

No event organised for 2020 or 2021.
A social cycle event (50 or 63 miles), leaving from Cooper Park Elgin, to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice. All proceeds go to Poppy Scotland...
 
 

 

MTB Treasure Hunt
 

 
 DEC 

Womens MTB Xmas Tressure HuntWomen’s Christmas
MTB
Treasure Hunt
2022

 
Hosted by Aboyne bike shop, Firetrail, this women's only MTB Treasure Hunt is open to riders of all abilities. Ride in pairs/threes and use graded clues to find treasure hidden amongst the classic Aboyne trails. The more treasure, the more points, and points mean prizes.