Road Cycling in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray
To many, road cycling is the original, and purest, form of cycling. It is also the most popular.
Road cycling 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, north east Scotland 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.
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.
Will it be coast, mountain, or 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.
Aberdeenshire's Classic Climbs
With Scotland's lack of huge mountains, it’s easy to think we are short on truly brutal climbs. But think again, as Aberdeenshire has a number of iconic road climbs which are tough and challenging for a number of reasons, whether it’s the gradient, length or even the exposed locations.
Check out our top ten climbs, then unleash your inner mountain goat!
Sportives & Charity Rides
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.
Many riders use sportives to raise money for charity, however there are loads of road cycle events that are specifically organised to raise money for charity.
Grampain is home to some of Scotland's best sportives and charity cycle rides.
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 non-competitive: success is measured by completing your ride within the time limit - not by the actual time taken. The roads of Grampian lend themselves to hosting some super audax events.
Books & Maps from Amazon
Aberdeenshire Cycle Map
Road Racing & Time Trials
Investigate the different types of road racing, explore the courses used in the north east of Scotland, and find out how to get started in cycle racing.
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 while out cycling.
Commuting by Bike
Avoid traffic jams, help reduce emissions, and improve your physical and mental health.
Convinced? We help you get started.