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The Babble Ride Across Britain covering 980 miles of beautiful landscapes that two wheels can access. Across 9 days, cyclists will make their journey from one end of the UK to another, going from the most southernly point at Land’s End to the most northernly point at John O’Groats.

Although this event is a tough one, it allows the most experienced riders an opportunity to see some the UK’s finest land whilst raising millions of pounds for charity.

The race is split into stages for the Full Race. Glenshee is in stage 7: Hopetoun House to Bellabag.

Weaving amongst the glens and making their way through the glorious highlands of Scotland.

“Day 7 starts with one for the bucket list, an epic crossing over the iconic Forth River Bridge. Your journey continues into the stunning Grampian Mountains through the Cairngorms National Park, conquering the mighty Glenshee on your way. As the route winds into Strathdon, take a minute to admire the historic Braemar Castle”

Key Stats

Distance: 112.3 miles

Ascent: 7,332ft

Challenge Rating: 5/5

The first TweedLove Enduro Series round on 27 – 28 April heads north to Laggan – look forward to some legendary natural trails, lots of rock, technical features and new flow. This is also the first BNES round so it’s going to be busy. We’re very pleased to be working with Laggan Forest Trust to make this happen.

The race will be based in Laggan Wolftrax, with Practice on Saturday and Race Day on Sunday. Detailed information is emailed to participants in advance. Click here for more info on the TweedLove Enduro Series or Round 2, Round 3 and Round 4.

Trail therapy is a therapeutic mountain bike ride intervention for people being supported for their mental health, over 16 and living in Badenoch and Strathspey.

A referral is required, or a self-referral with supporting evidence, in order to book onto a block of 8 consecutive sessions. Please contact me for more information on this. The process is much easier than it sounds.

It’s no problem if you don’t have a bike (although you do need to be able to ride one). I have mountain bikes and helmets.

It’s all free with thanks to the Highland Third Sector Interface Highland Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund and the Scottish Government.

The rides are graded, starting with our easiest ride on a Thursday morning from Badaguish, mainly on fire roads and the old logging way. Friday mornings take a step up onto green/blue off road trails. Monday and Wednesday evening sunset rides progress onto blue/red trails. The pace will be steady. E-bikes are welcome. You don’t need fancy gear.

You do need a little sense of adventure and feel a need for a little new achievable challenge and hopefully enjoy a coffee stop, taking time off the bike, immersed in nature while we rest.

Thrive is first and foremost about riding bikes! This is one of the UK’s top cycling areas and we want to celebrate this! This is a family orientated events and we strive to make sure we have something for everyone at our event. Keep an eye on our socials and website for event updates.

The Dirt Dash season (there are three awesome Dirt Dash events around the UK – check them out here!) starts with the Lezyne Cateran Dirt Dash on 4 and 5 May.

Riders will be taken around the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands and through the Cairngorms National Park.

At around 55 miles (89 km) the Cateran Dirt Dash has a shorter route than the other events, making this the perfect introduction to bikepacking.

The event, on the first bank holiday weekend in May and before the midge season, is a co-operation with the Cateran Ecomuseum in Scotland – its an iconic location for an iconic event.

Find out a bit more here – we would love to see you!

The Kingussie Bikeathon will be back for its 31st year!

Family Ceilidh Saturday 15th June and Family Friendly Route Off Road Route and Advanced Gravel Ride Sunday 16th June

Join us for a family friendly, largely off road ride following the River Tromie to Gaick Lodge and back, or for experienced gravel / MTB riders we are offering a spectacular new circular route out along Glen Tromie and over into Glen Feshie before heading back to Kingussie.

This year thanks to our friends at Wildland we are returning to the hugely popular routes we used last year. We have two spectacular routes as well as a family Ceilidh the night before the bikeathon to warm us all up. In honour of the history of the bikeathon we will also be raising money for Blood Cancer UK a charity the bikeathon has raised 100’s of thousands of pounds for over the past 30 years.

Entry fees for the ride will support the Kingussie High School Parent Council Charity, we encourage riders to raise sponsorship for Blood Cancer UK and funds raised at the family friendly Ceilidh will also support Blood Cancer UK

26.2 Mile Family Friendly Route

Starting at Kingussie High School we will head out past Ruthven Barracks to Tromie Bridge and and turn right heading along Glen Tromie following the river through a spectacular Cairngorms landscape to the amazing setting of Gaick Lodge, following feedback from last year we will be making putting the ‘mid station’ a little earlier to give folk the option of an early turnaround or carrying on to Gaick Lodge and getting to visit the mid station twice. As we return the same way it guarantees a social ride. We will finish at the Duke of Gordon Hotel for our usual finish line entertainment. NOTE: This is an off road route not suitable for ‘pure’ road bikes, any type of MTB or gravel type bike will be great.

Advanced 35 Mile Gravel / MTB Route

This route is for experienced riders only and mixes some longstanding gravel trails with brand new trails that connect the beautiful Tromie and Feshie Glens via a high exposed pass (with a BIG climb and descent) and a brand new bridge. The Ride will still head to Gaick Lodge by the more difficult route return to Kingussie joining the family ride though riders can miss this additional dog leg if they wish and still visit the ‘mid’ station which will be a bit earlier this year and hopefully everybody will get cake! Climbing to over 600m this route is for experienced riders only, riders must be able to fix their own mechanicals and be experienced navigating high mountain routes. It is a spectacular circuit. Some pictures below.

This ride for over 14’s only and anybody under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (over 18).

Family Friendly Ceilidh

Last year our 30th Anniversary Special Ceilidh was so popular that we are doing it again We are hosting the Ceilidh at the Duke of Gordon Hotel with the Ceilidh band ‘Black Rock’ the night before the Bikeathon (7pm – 10pm so we can all get a good nights sleep for the big ride). The Ceilidh is sponsored by our friends at Wildland and entry fees will support Blood Cancer UK. Ceilidh tickets are £7.50 for adults and £5.00 for Children or £5 and £2.50 if bought with your Bikeathon entry (option available on eventbrite).

Credit Alison Murray

Sponsored by Fred.Olsen Renewables, Cairngorm to Coast (aka C2C) is a 100km* hike and bike challenge that takes place against the backdrop of the magnificent Cairngorm National Park and along the beautiful scenery of the Dava Way. Taking you from the heights of the Highlands to the coast of Moray; it’s the area’s most gruelling but stunning challenge event. heck out our website for full information www.outfitmoray.com/cairngorm-to-coast/

Please make sure you have read and understand the information contained in our Cairngorm to Coast page and have looked through the FAQ page BEFORE you complete your entry form and payment.
(*all distances are approx)

Date: 25th May 2024
Meet Point: Transport departs from Moray Coast Medical Centre, Lossiemouth or The Square, Grantown on Spey

Hike & Bike Depart: 7am sharp
Bike Only Depart: 9am sharp
Finish: by 9pm at Windswept Brewing Co, Lossiemouth

100 places available:
Hike only: 10
Hike & bike: 50
Bike only: 40

The table below shows the different entry levels and corresponding prices, including sponsorship requirements for the Outfit Moray fundraising places. Please note fundraising places are for those raising funds for Outfit Moray only, if you are raising funds for another charity, please use the pay to play places.

Image credit JamesStevens

This is the perfect Tri…to give it a go!

Check out our website for full information – www.try-tri.co.uk

Venue – Craig MacLean Leisure Centre, Grantown on Spey, Cromdale Road, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3HU.

Individual Entries – The triathlon is open to all individuals over the age of 11 on race day (children under 11 may enter as part of a team). Please note that if you are 15 or under you will need to be accompanied by an adult on the bike section due to it being on open roads.

Please also note that if you are 15 and under it is advised that you are accompanied on the run section (it can be by an adult on a mountain bike or running next to you).

Team Relay Entries

Teams of 3: Team relay event is generally for teams of three with each member participating in one discipline.

Teams of 2: It is perfectly feasible to participate in a team of two, or indeed as part of two teams – you will need to work out the logistics to do this though!

Children’s Entries – please see our How to Enter page on our website for information on children’s entries…

Craig MacLean Leisure Centre, Grantown on Spey, Cromdale Road, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3HU.

Individual Entries

The triathlon is open to all individuals over the age of 11 on race day (children under 11 may enter as part of a team). Please note that if you are 15 or under you will need to be accompanied by an adult on the bike section due to it being on open roads.

Please also note that if you are 15 and under it is advised that you are accompanied on the run section (it can be by an adult on a mountain bike or running next to you).

Team Relay Entries

Teams of 3: Team relay event is generally for teams of three with each member participating in one discipline.

Teams of 2: It is perfectly feasible to participate in a team of two, or indeed as part of two teams – you will need to work out the logistics to do this though!

The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission to bring the best cycling short films from around the world together for you.

Showcasing 2.5 hours of moving bike films that has everything a cycle-centric audience could want – action, drama, humour, and plenty of inspiration; the evening is unashamedly and utterly, utterly, utterly designed and devised for the two-wheel devotee!

We’re delighted to visit the Velosolutions pump track in Boat of Garten for the North region qualifier for Ride the Worlds.

The top 3 riders in each category will qualify to race in the final of the Race the Worlds Series.

Series details and Ts & Cs found here – https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/RaceTheWorlds.


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