ONCE again, the members of the Rotary Club of Aberdeen Bon Accord are preparing to get on their bikes to raise money for two local charities.
The seventh annual bike ride will take place on Sunday, May 15 and will once again follow the same two popular routes, starting and ending at Hazlehead Park.
The shorter route of seven miles stays close to the park boundaries around Cults and is aimed at younger participants and those less experienced.
The longer route of 22 miles is more challenging and meanders through picturesque Deeside towards Garlogie and Peterculter for those wanting to spend a bit more time in the saddle.
Since the first sponsored bike ride in 2005, more than £23,000 has been raised for local charities.
This year, the beneficiaries will be The Foyer and Befriend a Child, as they were last year.
The Aberdeen Foyer works towards preventing and alleviating youth homelessness and unemployment and Befriend a Child provides a befriending service for deprived and vulnerable children in Aberdeen.
Club president, David Lane, said: “We know that economic conditions are difficult. This means that contributions are even more important.
“Although we encourage riders to raise some sponsorship this is not essential and all that we ask is that riders make a minimum contribution of £5 as an entrance fee, £10 for a family group or £100 for companies or larger groups.”
The club is keen to attract families with small children who aren’t up to either of the rides to follow the riders on the first kilometre of the ride and then continue around the park playing fields to the finish, a total distance of about a mile.
For more information about the bike ride or to register on line, go to www.bonaccordbikeride.co.uk.
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