Cycle through Aberdeenshire to bring the Tour of Britain experience to Aberdeenshire communities

Nine weeks before some of the world’s best cyclists arrive in the North East of Scotland to compete in the 2022 Tour of Britain, Aberdeenshire Council and Live Life Aberdeenshire today launched ‘Cycle Aberdeenshire’ , a two-week program of events that will provide local communities with a range of options and activities as they prepare for Stage 1 on Sunday September 4 from Aberdeen to Glenshee Ski Centre.

Neil and Lora Fachie will headline an event in Inverurie as part of wider cycling activities

With the extensive academic support program already in place, ‘Cycle Aberdeenshire’ will now bring together several high profile events and activity opportunities in the lead up to the opening phase, ensuring that people of all ages can get involved before the many spectators. opportunities that will be available when the race begins.

The flagship event, ‘Bike Blethers’, at Inverurie Town Hall on Thursday 1 September will feature the achievements and stories of para-cycling husband and wife Neil Fachie OBE and Lora Fachie OBE, the duo appearing on behalf of the Archie Foundation and share their story of sporting success through the Paralympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

With free tickets made available for this event, it promises to be a truly inspiring evening and a must-attend event before the opening stage three days later.

Tickets will be available from today (June 30) at: https://www.livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk/sport-and-physical-activity/cycle-aberdeenshire/

Live Life Aberdeenshire will offer themed indoor cycling lessons at select facilities, where participants can exercise while enjoying commentary reflecting the stage one route, providing an imaginative journey through Inverurie, Alford , Ballater and Braemar and the famous climbs along the route.

Active Travel also features prominently with an offer of free access to the Macduff Sea Aquarium during the race weekend of September 3-4 for those who use their bikes to get to the facility and the Tour de Great Britain will also feature on Live Life Aberdeenshire’ Live [email protected] online resource with online information and activities available (resources can be found via the link above).

With the continued growth of women’s cycling nationally and locally, Scottish Cycling’s Breeze Ride program will offer two initiation sessions for women of all ages in safe, traffic-free locations in Alford and Turriff at 7pm on the 23rd and August 26 respectively, events for which mothers and daughters are also encouraged to register.

The 2022 Stage 1 route runs through a slightly more urban route than in 2021 and this has enabled two top partner events to take place in Inverurie and Alford.

Inverurie Events will be hosting a morning of cycling-themed activities in Inverurie town centre, before what will be the spectacular sight of the peloton riding through the heart of the Garioch and Inverurie Town Hall.

The Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, located in the heart of one of the many Donside and Deeside villages, preparing for the carnival of color and speed to come, is hosting a ‘Cycle Aberdeenshire’ family event which will provide access to sessions of bike on their closed circuit track. As well as the museum’s own attractions, Live Life Aberdeenshire’s outdoor activities will also be available, all before the race passes around the back of the museum site en route to Glenshee.

Scotland’s top cyclist Finn Crockett, who rides for the Ribble Weldtite team, voiced his support for the extra program ahead of his planned appearance in this year’s eight-stage event.

Speaking ahead of his impending appearance for Team Scotland at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Finn added: “I’ve raced and won many times in Aberdeenshire and it’s always something I look forward to it, with the varied roads and incredible landscapes.

“I’m passionate about developing cycling in Scotland and think it’s fantastic to see the ‘Cycle Aberdeenshire’ program bringing our sport to all ages and all parts of the local community. I’m really excited about the crowds we’re going to pass through on our way to Glenshee, what a place of arrival this is going to be.

Councilor Mark Findlater, leader of Aberdeenshire council, welcomed the launch of the scheme saying: “With last year’s visit to the Tour of Britain being limited by the level of community events that could be held at At this time, it is so refreshing and truly positive to see ‘Cycle Aberdeenshire’ bringing such a comprehensive program of activities not just to the race course, but to various parts of the authority.

“I’m delighted to see that, combined with the Schools Scheme, ‘Cycle Aberdeenshire’ will ensure that residents of all ages can take part in this year’s race, whether watching from the side of the road, to participate in one of the local events or simply at home using online resources or taking advantage of the extensive television coverage.

Aberdeenshire Council chief executive Jim Savege enthusiastically welcomed the new program saying: “The Tour of Britain will showcase Aberdeenshire to global audiences in over 150 countries and we see this as a fantastic opportunity. to attract cyclists and non-cyclists alike to see Aberdeenshire as a place on their must-visit list.

“This two-week program has successfully captured our communities as a whole, from schools to nursing homes and from cycling clubs to our sports centers and will provide exciting preparation for Stage 1 and the stunning finish in Glenshee.”

Information on all events and activities can be found at: https://www.livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk/sport-and-physical-activity/cycle-aberdeenshire/

Please email Malcolm Grant ([email protected]) if you require further information.

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