Lower Deeside to Bankhead via Newhills

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Hilly - New

A springtime ride mainly outside the city of Aberdeen, with glimpses of the River Dee on your right for the first 8Km as you head out for an easy ride through dappled sunshine on Lower Deeside Road. Then you turn right across the river before hitting the first climb, a short 500m kicker up to Upper Deeside Road, with the gradient topping out at about 9%. Another right hand turn at the top of the hill takes you back in towards the city through the leafy West end suburbs, another easy section before the real climbing begins. A left turn into Bailieswells Road takes you on to the steepest part of the climb, a 100m section where the gradient tops out at over 14%, but not for long. Then it’s a drag of around 800m at no more than 6% before the gradient kicks up again for another 150m section where you will see just over 15% briefly. There’s still a bit more climbing but that’s the worst over, and when you pass Newhills Church you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the North of Aberdeen stretching towards the North Sea. Ian's normalised power 170W at 2.46W/Kg, wind 26.3KpH S.