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Become the king or queen of the mountains

Become the king or queen of the mountains

Posted by Hilton Coylumbridge, July, 2013

With the 100th Tour de France in full swing, the race to become King of the Mountains is capturing the attention and imaginations of people all over the world.

As well as the famous yellow jersey for the overall winner, the white with red spots King of the Mountains jersey is one of cycling’s most coveted prizes.

Road cycling and mountain biking have increased in popularity since Team GB’s cycling successes at the London 2012 Olympics. Hold your own family King or Queen of the Mountains competition here in the Cairngorms and look forward to:

Exercising in the fresh air

Nothing beats getting outside and active in the fresh air. And air doesn’t get much purer or fresher than here in the Scottish Highlands. You could just use an exercise bike in the gym, but you’d miss out on some incredible scenery and the exhilaration of trying to beat the rest of your kin to the top of a hill and claiming the family bragging rights.

Spending more time with each other

You may feel you don’t get as much time as you’d like with your kids due to work commitments. Going mountain biking or cycling in the outdoors is a great way to spend time together as a family and get away from the hectic pace of everyday life at home.

Cycling in the tranquillity of the Cairngorms National Park also provides a different perspective and safer environment than cycling in a town or city with lots of traffic around.

An activity suitable for all ages

One of the great things about cycling is that it’s suitable for almost all ages. If you’ve got young children with you, you don’t have to go up into the mountains, there are lots of easier, flat trails around. You can also hire carts and tag-a-longs so you can go a bit further afield with your little ones.

If your kids are a bit older and looking for adventure, then a full-on King or Queen of the Mountains contest might be on the cards. If you don’t have a suitable spotted jersey to give as a prize, you can always come up with your own.

The convenience of being able to hire bikes

If you’ve not travelled by car or don’t have a suitable bike rack, don’t worry you can still hold your own mini King or Queen of the Mountains competition. You can hire HEAD bikes, helmets and accessories for the whole family from the Outdoor Discovery Centre within our hotel resort.

Local bike trails

The Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre is due to open in late summer 2013 in the area and within the Cairngorms National Park there are 64km of off-road routes for you to enjoy.

At the nearby Rothiemurchus Estate you’ll find three family-friendly circular cycling routes boasting some of the most spectacular views in the Aviemore area.

We are proud to be part of the Visit Scotland Cyclists Welcome Scheme. Book your Aviemore accommodation with us and look forward to taking part in your own mini Tour de France.