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PICTURES: Cyclists take on Banffshire Cycle Challenge

By Kyle Ritchie

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Cyclists of all ages and abilities took part in the Banffshire Cycle Challenge on Sunday.

The popular event returned after a year's hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was organised by the Rotary Club of Banff, supported by members of Banff Round Table and The Inner Wheel Club of Banff.

It was designed to encourage participation by all cyclists from first timers to experienced riders and supported by Cycling Scotland and local sponsors.

Setting off and finishing at the Deveron Community and Sports Centre, the cyclists had a choice of three routes they could follow.

The longer route for those seeking a challenge was 25.5 miles, the intermediate route eight miles and the short route designed for those with restricted abilities, families and younger children was approximately four miles.

All of them took the participants through the Banffshire countryside and the aim of the event was to personally challenge the cyclists rather than be a race.

Rotary organisers said: "Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Banffshire Cycle Challenge.

"It was great to see so many participants, not least those taking part as family groups.

"Whether they completed the short, intermediate or long route, everyone did very well. Thank you to Cycling Scotland for its support."

It was also a fundraiser with money collected going to Rotary supported charities, local organisations and youth sport development.

There was an opportunity for groups to raise money for their own organisations via sponsorship with them getting back at least 75 per cent of the funds they raised.

Organisers said any sponsorship funds still to be returned should be returned to the address shown on the event's entrance form.

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