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4 Spring Events for cyclists and runners (Cairngorms, Scotland)

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On April 12, 2016 By Rebecca Field In All things biking

4 active events for 24th April

Too many choices: why does this always happen?

Cyclists and Runners celebrate the start of Spring with an explosion of activity.

Whether you’re ready to dust off the outdoor running shoes or getting the bike out of storage, the weekend of 22nd – 24th April seems to be the one to aim for here in the Highlandsto get a flying start for the forthcoming summer season.

There’s even something for those aspiring to be more active as the Aviemore Adventure Film Festival hits town that weekend.



1. Etape Loch Ness (Road Cycling)

A cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness offering the chance to cycle 66 miles / 106 km around the loch on traffic free roads. The 360° closed road route around the world famous loch, starting and finishing in the Highland capital of Inverness, offers a fantastic challenge with unrivalled scenery on closed roads so whether  you’re a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer looking for your first sportive, this could be the event for you.

What is a sportive?


2. Run Balmoral (Wee Trail)



Over 8000 people will be heading to Balmoral for the weekend of 22nd April. A new addition to the Run Balmoral festival weekend (taking place this weekend for the 19th time) is the Wee Trail. The route will cover three miles on multi terrain and includes forest track, tarmac and trails. This exciting new event is designed to allow junior and novice adult runners an opportunity to enter the exciting field of trail running.

The regular running events including the 10k run, the 15 mile trail run and junior races are also taking place.

There’s even a duathlon for those bikers among the runners;

The duathlon features a 16k mountain biking stage with a 6k run to start and a 5k run to finish.

For a full programme click here


3. Aviemore Adventure Film Festival



Taking place from Friday 22nd April untilSunday 24th April 2016, this year’s festival will be based at the Macdonald’s Highland Resort where there are cinema facilities. Films will include: mountaineering, mountain biking and kayaking. Dave Macleod (climber) will launch the event on Friday night and other top adventurers who’ll be present include Lee Craigie (mountain biker) and Erin Bastian (kayaker).


Check the facebook page for further details of competitions leading up tot the weekend and for details of the events proposed:


4. Ladies Ride Out with Hannah Barnes (Sunday 24th April)

Mountain Biking in Scotland

© Jenny Lee Silber (courtesy of Flickr)

There are already 55 ladies already planning to head out with Hannah  and the Mikes Bikes team.

The starting point will be at Mikes Bikes in Aviemore. If you are keen to join the ride and are staying at Fraoch Lodge, we are happy to run transport through to Aviemore (and back after the BBQ). The ride will be along wide trails on easy but fun terrain giving plenty of opportunity to chat with other like-minded riders along the way. Total route should last aournd 2.5 hours or 15 – 20km.
Your partner and family needn’t feel totally left out though as they are welcome to join the BBQ after the ride at the Woodshed, Coylumbridge.

There may be the chance of using some Specialized Demo Bikes. There will also be a female bike expert from Specialized Bikes on hand.

Everyone is welcome, the event is free and should be a great day out!

Facebook event link


Now we have big decisions to make. Which events/event to attend?


If you’re looking for accommodation over the weekend Fraoch Lodge is 30 minutes drive from Loch Ness and are happy to run transport up to Inverness for riders and the bikes if this would make it easier for you. Please contact us by phone or through our Facebook page.

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