Aberdeenshire Roads


We cyclists are odd folk. Where most people simply see a road, maybe even dismissing it as a farm track, we see possibility. The possibility of speed, of a fast descent, of a tough climb, of suffering. We embrace pain, it’s part of who we are.

No, to us it’s not just a road. It’s so much more than that.

This is one of my favourites. Nestled in the farm lanes between Kintore & Kirkton of Skene, it’s a mile long tree-lined climb. It’s not overly steep, but it feels relentless. Classic Scottish surface – grippy, with stones & potholes a-plenty.

I come here when I want to test my fitness. November, when the winter training starts, February as the season beckons, then during the season once the racing’s underway. It’s a good measure of how well I’m going.

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4 thoughts on “Aberdeenshire Roads

  1. Love living in Cayman, but SO jealous of this post. In the winter you are stuck inside on a trainer when we are out in lovely (mid 20s celsius) conditions with winds to make riding interesting. In the summer, Cayman is just hot (low to mid 30s celsius), little breeze, and just flat and hot with little road variety. Ah well, trade offs 🙂

    1. As you say Tom, trade-offs. It was 10c again today, been like that for a week! Missing the sun we had in Italy….

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