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Cairn o' Mount Challenge - Bigger And Better For 2013

by Adam Tranter

Scottish cyclists have a great chance to see the best of Angus and Aberdeenshire at the Cairn o' Mount Challenge on Saturday, June 1st.

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Stunning Aberdeenshire Scenery

Following the success of the inaugural event last year, the organisers are geared up for a bigger and better Sportive in 2013. Once again they are offering the beginner's route - 30 relatively gently miles on really quiet roads. For the experienced rider there's the challenge of the mighty Cairn - 80 miles of varied and spectacular scenery including an amazing climb, last year temperatures reached 26 degrees.

The two routes are very different: the shorter route is on the gentle minor roads of rural Angus with just one significant climb which is over the famous Cathertuns road and into Glen Lethnot. With a refreshment stop at the half way point, this is an ideal starter event for beginners or younger people or simply a change of scenery for more experienced riders.

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Ride To Help A Great Cause

The 80 mile route is a different proposition; leaving from Edzell Muir we make our way to Fettercairn and prepare for the big climb up the steep side of the Cairn o'Mount. It's the end of May so the snow gates shouldn't be closed! The reward is spectacular views and a long run down the other side to Clachan. From there it's a short section on the Slug Road before turning onto excellent minor roads to bring you to Stonehaven. This really is the best of both worlds because from the mountains on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park we are now running down the coast through Inverbervie and Johnshaven using minor roads and cycle path before cutting west towards Brechin and taking in the Catheruns road before returning to base. With a total climb of 1530m it's a proper challenge.

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The Cairn o' Mount Challenge is a charity sportive - all volunteer led and raised £4000 for charity last year. The event makes a huge difference to the lives of people in developing countries by raising funds to support two charities who are bringing help and hope to some of the world's poorest communities in Africa and to those suffering from natural and man-made disasters. No sponsorship is required and it's £30 to take part - not bad for chip timing, great refreshments and the feel good factor of helping the charities!

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