Registration is currently open for cyclists of all abilities to take part in the 2017 Methlick Cycle Challenge for a good cause on July 16.
The annual challenge, which offers the option for entrants to take part in either a 70, 40 or 20 Mile route, is organised to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Scotland, Methlick Branch and Methlick Sports Courts Project.
The challenge is to make it to the end, it is not a race.
It is intended for s for all types of cyclists from novices to pros offering great routes with fantastic scenery .
The social aspect is also great, with participants meet up at the Ythanview Hotel in Methlick on the Saturday afternoon for bike drop offs and last minute entries and again after the challenge for a pint and a free BBQ.
Organisers recommend a mountain bike, hybrid or cyclocross bike due to some offroad sections being loose or rocky.
The 70 mile Cycle Challenge commences in Ballater, Royal Deeside and proceeds across rural Aberdeenshire to Methlick deep in the Buchan countryside.
The route follows disused railway lines and old coach roads, this includes the Deeside Way with brief deviations round both Aboyne and Aberdeen, it then joins The Buchan & Fortmartine Way at Dyce onto Udny Station, to Udny Green taking the old Aberdeen to Tarves Coach Road, into Tarves then via Haddo Estate to complete at Methlick War Memorial on main road.
The intermidiate (40 miles) route will be from Crathes Station to Methlick joining the Ballater riders as they pass through.
The short challenge (20 miles) will be from Dyce to Methlick on the same route as the Ballater Challenge, the Dyce Challenge will start as the Ballater participants are passing by.
To register for the 2017 Challenge simply visit www.methlickchallenge.wixsite.com/home/sign_up.
More information about the races is also available through the website or by visiting the Methlick Cycle Challenge Facebook page.