UCAN Ride the North – Day One

What a glorious day for our first stage! Today would see us ride 80 miles from Aberdeen to Cullen via north Aberdeenshire.

40 people of all shapes & sizes gathered at Aberdeen University at 7.30am to raise funds for local cancer charity UCAN by riding our bikes over 3 days, covering a total of 220 miles.

I expected it to be a very leisurely ride, however it was clear from the off that there were some fit folk here. Excellent! That meant we could ride at a decent pace 🙂

Our first leg took us out of Aberdeen on busy commuter roads and up to Haddo House where we had a photo-call and time for a cup of coffee & a scone. Nice!

Out group made good time, we got to Haddo (23 miles) in just over an hour! Fortunately things settled down after that and it was a bit more controlled. There were obviously a lot of sore legs!

Lunch was had at Pitsligo, where the first crash of the day was reported. Nothing too serious – a touch of wheels, a spill, and some skin left on the tarmac.

As we left Pitsligo and turned west we hit the headwind. However, despite this we seemed to eat up the miles – which were much hillier than we had expected!

Before we knew it we’d reached Banff and were on our last leg to Cullen. Coming out of Whitehills we passed some wind turbines – an amazing contrast of technology set against rural agriculture. With the strong wind today they’d have a bumper harvest!

At Cullen we sat in the sun & ate ice cream, pleased with our efforts for the day.

Scott & I are staying in a hotel in Portsoy along with another half dozen of the group.

We’ve just unpacked & showered. Nice to get the body clean. We cyclists are a resourceful bunch, and pack kit for all eventualities. I’ve got knee warmers, arm warmers, leggings, 3 pairs of gloves, 3 gilets, 2 rain jackets, and lots of energy bars & drinks.

However, did I manage to pack my jeans? No! What a numpty! Fortunately Scott had spare shorts, so I’m wearing them over my compression tights. D’oh!

Time for a stretch & a snooze then dinner. Bye for now!


4 thoughts on “UCAN Ride the North – Day One

    1. Couldn’t believe they weren’t in my bag! I have pretty much everything else I own in there. Not even ONE pair of shorts. What a div!

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