North Coast 500

“In the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn”

– Jack Kerouac (author)

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Ronde Bicycle Outfitters have decided heed the advice of the ‘godfather of road trips’ and cycle the 500 miles (actually 525 miles as we plan to detour down some back roads) of Scotland’s epic route The NC500. For more information on the route visit NC 500 website

The ride and accommodation is booked between 13 and 17 June 2016 in support of registered Scottish Charity – The Polar Academy.

The route begins and ends in Inverness. We are also being supported by some of the top names in cycling including: Shimano and Velobici

We’d love you to join us – on the road

To  inspire you to consider participating we’re also delighted to announce an event with TV broadcaster, adventurer, record breaking round the world cyclist and ultra endurance adventurer Mark Beaumont on the evening of Wednesday 20 April in Stockbridge.

Mark will be talking about his latest adventure cycling from Cairo to Cape Town plus giving some insight into his 37 hour ride of the the NC500. Mark NC500 video

Also taking to the microphone with Mark on 20 April, fresh from his latest Polar Academy expedition, is Scotland’s foremost Arctic explorer and ‘explorer in residence’ of the Scottish Geographical Society  – Craig Mathieson.


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If you’re looking for some inspiration, both these men are really worth listening to. Another good reason for attending is a drinks reception is also included in your ticket!


Mark is delaying posting the event on his social media to allow customers, members and friends of Ronde to get tickets first. If you’d like to attend what should be a great evening, don’t delay either head into Ronde and buy a ticket, or follow the link below to purchase tickets online. Tickets for the evening are £17.50 NB you will avoid online booking fees of approx £1.60 if you buy tickets in Ronde.


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Recently retired pro-racer and friend of Ronde (James McCallum aka “Jimmy Mac”) now coach and directeur sportif for ONE Pro Cycling has announced he’s planning an attempt at Mark’s 37 hours for NC500 in aid of a selection of charities – on the same week as Ronde will be in the Highlands.  Hopefully we’ll be able to cheer Jimmy on.  He is also attending the event on 20 April in Edinburgh. Endurance solo rider verses a racer from the pro-peloton – who’s quicker over 500 miles? It could make for an interesting Q&A session with Mark!

Those opting to ride the NC500 with Ronde in June will receive a guaranteed complimentary ticket for the Mark Beaumont event on 20 April.

You can reserve your place on the NC500 by call or emailing Ronde (0131 620 9888,

or follow this link

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Who are our partner charity The Polar Academy? The Polar Academy are operated by guest speaker Craig Mathieson. They unlock the vast potential within the ‘invisible and forgotten’ young adults in our education system and turn them into positive role models for their community and families. Each year the Polar Academy inspire and motivate thousands of young adults, positively demonstrating that by ‘inspiration through exploration’ anybody can achieve their full potential.


Ronde are inviting up to 25 riders to pedal Scotland’s epic NC500 road ride starting and finishing in Inverness – in support of The Polar Academy. We’re running the route (fully supported) clockwise with overnights in: Applecross (13 June), Ullapool (14 June), Durness (15 June), Wick (16 June) and back to Inverness (17 June). The ride will operate like an epic club-ride e.g. groups of riders of similar speeds supporting and encouraging one another in a no-drop format.


We are meeting for a briefing, dinner and accommodation on the evening of Sunday 12 June at The Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness. The ride begins the following morning.

6 nights including Dinner B&B, 5 days fully supported road riding (80 to 120 miles per day) with mechanical back up, luggage transfer/broom bus is £899 per person. Supporting the ride are event partners: Shimano, Velobici and The Glen Mhor Hotel – Inverness. Priority booking will be given to those doing the whole NC500, however the legs before and after Ullapool provide 2 and 3 day options – please contact us for pricing.

To secure your place on the Ronde NC500 we’re asking for deposits of £120 on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can reserve your place on this ride of the North Coast 500 by:
Dropping into Ronde
Calling us on 0131 260 9888 or email for more information.
Or visit the Mark Beaumont event page below. There is a ticket option which includes both admission to the Mark Beaumont event and a deposit on the North Coast 500.
Reserve your place on the North Coast 500

If you are unable to either ride the NC500 ride, or attend the Mark Beaumont evening on 20 April you can still support the fundraising efforts with purchasing a Ronde NC500 raffle ticket for some great prizes – details to be announced shortly – please join the Ronde Facebook page for details…

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Cheers from Ronde
Neil / JB / Ben / Gary / Zoe/ Andy / Rachel.

Our thanks also to photographer Steve Carter for these great images from the routeroad5





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