Sponsored by Fred.Olsen Renewables, Cairngorm to Coast is a 100km hike and bike challenge that takes place against the backdrop of the magnificent Cairngorm National Park and along the beautiful scenery of the Dava Way. Taking you from the heights of the Highlands to the coast of Moray, it is the area's most stunning duathlon. Cairngorm to Coast is Outfit Moray's main fundraising event of the year and helps support our work providing life changing outdoor learning and adventure activities for young people in Moray.
The challenge is held in May each year and begins at Cairngorm Ski Centre car park when entrants hike or bike down towards the Sugar Bowl, through Glenmore Forest to Glenmore Lodge, on towards Nethy Forest and Lyngarry towards Nethy Bridge, where they join the Speyside Way to Grantown-on-Spey. There, the 'hike only' participants will hang up their muddy boots, whilst the 100km participants will get on their bikes and head up the Dava Way to Forres and then follow a local SUSTRANS route to Lossiemouth, a mere 70km later.
Do not be fooled, this is a gruelling challenge and requires plenty of training and preparation. The local climate is extremely changeable and you could be starting the hike in the snow! Outfit Moray and Bike Revolution provide all the logistical information and support, as well as first aid & mechanical support on the day.
Entrants will receive an event t-shirt plus a goody bag with a bottle of Windswept Brewing's Lighthouse, because we all know it's best when you've earned it!
To keep up with the information on each year's event, you can visit the event's Facebook page, join in the chatter in the Facebook group or find Outfit Moray on Twitter. Have a read through previous years' stories and see if you think you are up to the challenge!