Banffshire Cycle Challenge back on the road


The Banffshire Cycle Challenge returns to Banff on Sunday after a year off.

Cyclists will depart from the Deveron Community and Sports Center and have a choice of three routes.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Banff, supported by Banff Round Table and The Inner Wheel Club of Banff, the event is in its eighth year after being postponed to 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is designed to encourage participation by riders of all ages and abilities, from beginners to experienced riders.

The last challenge came in 2019 when thousands of pounds were raised for charity.

The Banffshire Cycle Challenge will start from the Whinhill Road parking lot at the Deveron Community Sports Center in Banff.

A Rotary club spokesperson said, “The Banff Rotary Club has a long history of organizing local charitable events such as Classic and Classic Car Day, as well as supporting other events, and we wanted to promote an activity that is growing in popularity, is fun, improves success and creates well-being.

“The longest course for those looking for a challenge is 25.5 miles, the intermediate course is eight miles and the short course designed for people with reduced abilities, families and young children is approximately four miles. .

“All routes pass through areas of picturesque rural countryside with stunning views over the Banffshire countryside.

“The routes follow paved roads, with the longer route suitable for both high performance racing bikes and mountain bikes. However, the event is designed as a challenge, not a race.

The event was organized to raise funds for Rotary-supported charities, local organizations and local youth sport development.

There is also an opportunity for groups to raise funds for their own organizations through sponsorship, recouping at least 75 percent of the sponsorship raised.

All three cycle paths will depart from the Whinhill Road parking lot at the Deveron Community and Sports Center at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should not congregate too much before the start time in the start / finish area at Whinhill Road. All cyclists must register before participating in the challenge and must comply with safety guidelines.

Registration can be done in advance for each person either online on the registration page at

Participants can also download the registration form and mail it to the Banff Rotary Club, c / o Macduff Dental, 52 Duff Street, Macduff AB44 1LQ or by email at [email protected]

Online registration closes at 6 p.m. on Saturday. People can also register in person on the day of the bike challenge with registration facilities open from 9 a.m.

Group registration can be done by downloading the form from

All participants are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship money as possible. Sponsorship forms for individuals and families can also be downloaded from the participants’ web page.

It is recommended that sponsorship funds be returned to registration facilities on the day of the cycling challenge, if possible.

Otherwise, the sponsorship money must be returned as soon as possible after the cycle challenge to the address indicated on the downloadable registration form.

For those not raising a sponsorship, a voluntary donation of £ 10 per person is suggested to participate in the event. Children under 16 do not need to donate.

Individuals or families who collect more than £ 25 sponsorship and hand over the money on the same day will not be required to make a voluntary £ 10 donation.

Recognized groups and organizations can participate in the cycle challenge to raise funds for their own funds.

Free entry will be offered to group members if more than £ 100 of sponsorship is raised. At least 75 percent of this sponsorship will go to the group or organization. Sponsorship forms for groups can be downloaded from the participants’ web page.

There is no time limit in completing either route, but yardage, assistance services, medical coverage and start / finish area facilities will not remain. not in place after 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

The challenge is supported by Cycling Scotland and local sponsors.

Additional information for participants is available at

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