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Thrive Bike

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September 2022, Ballater Village Greens

In partnership with Clarkies Campers, part of the John Clark Motor Group

Thrive Bike is a long weekend of energy, excitement & entertainment. An action packed event for bikers, non-bikers and the family!

Thrive Bike is an event where all people are truly welcomed and respected. With a range of activities, we have something for everyone. Our goal is to help the local community prosper while doing our bit to aid development of mountain biking in the area.

Over the weekend you can demo new bikes from top brands, go on guided rides, navigate around our Dash ride or choose from one of our road events. You can also learn how to improve your health and wellness from a range of coaches. We’ve also got various attractions for kids and a host of local food suppliers to keep you energised!

Profits from Thrive Bike are invested into the local trail network.

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Also Attending

Bike Demos

Got your eye on a new bike? Fancy a demo of your dream shred machine? Then we have a treat in stock for you!

Try the very best, and latest, bikes from top end brands.

Call +44 (0) 13397 55864 for more info


Guided electric and non-electric mountain bike rides. Adult, child and women only

The Ballater Dash is the ultimate personal challenge designed to test your route planning, navigation and riding skills at your own pace.  This is the ultimate in adventure cycling designed to be inclusive for all abilities.

A Reliability Ride is a self supported organised ride of a pre-planned route(s). Riders are expected to navigate the chosen route themselves and to complete the course without external assistance, other than from other riders. Stopping to take photos, to scoff cakes and coffee are strongly recommended.


Film and Talk

“Not The North Coast 500”

Join Lee Craigie and The Adventure Syndicate for a sneak preview of their latest film in collaboration with food expert Ghillie Basan and Hostelling Scotland.

Film Night

The Flying Scotsman: the Graham Obree story

The owner of a struggling bicycle shop, Graeme Obree (Jonny Lee Miller) winning fame as a racing cyclist.

Be thrilled with amazing stunt displays

Rosco Disco

Enjoy a variety of music throughout the weekend DJ’d by a local legend.


Have you got what it takes to hit Sender ramps?

Let the little ones run around and burn off some energy in the soft play area.

Tea Cup Ride

Enjoy a gentle spin round on the Tea Cups.

Climbing Wall

Have you got the nerve to scale the height of our wall?

Thrive Me

Enhance your personal well being with Breath, Massage, Exercise, Mindfulness and Nutrition.


BioCom is in the business of Elite level competitive performance advantage, working quietly and confidentially behind the scenes to deliver event winning athletes. Using our advanced real time, physiological monitoring system Biocom is ahead of the curve in delivering results through individually optimised nutrition and training plans. 

Highland Breathwork uses a scientific approach to developing optimal breathing. By focusing on Biochemistry, Biomechanics and Cadence, Andy helps his clients achieve better health, sport performance and a calmer mind.

Holistic performance coaching for mountain sports and life. Programming designed to improve your movement, energy, performance and recovery through strength, conditioning and mobility.

Upcycled health helps to restore balance and provide the support you need to feel rejuvenated using a unique & bespoke lifestyle toolbox.

The bond between riders and their dogs has never been stronger. We have designed a range of innovative quality gear for mountain bikers and their dogs, giving them the confidence they need to take their outdoor adventure even further with memories to last a lifetime.

Foundation Training is a movement practice designed to restore the body’s natural order and put YOU at the centre of your health. It teaches your body how to properly support itself and move as nature intended.

Thrive Us

Learn more about how our community contributes to our wellbeing and how you contribute too. Talk to the teams

Join the local business association to find out what we are doing to support our hospitality and tourism economy

As one of the first associations of its kind, Aberdeenshire Trail Association has set the bar and is proud to serve its loyal, growing community.

We are Scotland’s nature agency. We work to improve our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it.

We are the Scottish Government agency responsible for managing Scotland’s national forests and land.

Looking after Scotland’s forests and land, for the benefit of all, now and for the future.

If you’ve found cycling difficult due to a disability or health condition, drop in and try out some of Grampian Disability Sport‘s adapted bikes, brought in from their adapted cycling hub at Garioch Sports Centre.

The Ballater Farmers’ Market started in June 2015. We are very passionate about supporting local producers and trades and bringing tourism to the town.

Enjoy fresh, local food

We aim at Ferry Tasty, to serve things that are fresh, local and sustainable. We’ve spent a lot of time sourcing quality local suppliers (Scotland) and this is reflected in the delicious food we serve every day.

If you love pizza then you will absolutely fall in love with Lily’s Dough – from the delightfully quirky horsebox to the hand prepared sourdough base and contemporary toppings. 

We are an award winning Specialist Butcher with Stores in both Ballater and Banchory and an online store offering top quality butchery produce.

Who doesn’t love a donut?! We provide various flavours of donuts and popcorn, tea and coffee. Plus cold drinks also.