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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Stockton is a cycling town

Friday, August 17, 2012


Following on from the success of Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton at the London 2012 Olympic games it seems that the cycling bug is biting people of all ages.

Here in Stockton, it has certainly been a summer of cycling fun. Only last month Stockton Town Centre was transformed into one huge cycle track as the country's elite riders took to the streets for a number of fast and furious races.

This was part of Stockton's three day Cycling Festival which included a town centre elite cycling race, a Sportive, a Premier Calendar Road Race and the mass participation Skyride which this year saw around 3,000 taking part.

To build on Stockton's growing reputation for hosting top class cycling events, Stockton Council has bid to host the 2013 National Road Race and Time Trial Championships.

Stockton Council will continue to work with British Cycling to develop recreational cycling by hosting another Skyride as part of the 2013 Cycling Festival. The Endeavour Sportive will also continue along with a full non competitive programme of supported rides to help encourage hundreds of cycling fans of all ages and abilities to take part in an organised ride.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "Stockton Cycling Festival was a huge success this year and it was fantastic to see Team GB shine so brightly in the Velodrome at London 2012.

"Our own cycling festival is a wonderful blend of professional and elite rides to mass participation recreational rides so there really is something for everyone.

"We will be back bigger and better next year and look forward to hearing if our bid to host the National Road Race and Time Trail Championships has been successful."

Stockton Council works in partnership with Sustrans and local clubs to ensure excellent grass route provision and infrastructure across the Borough.

Stockton's Active Travel Centre at The Hub on Bridge Street is a fantastic facility for people to find out more about the benefits of cycling and the best routes to get out and about.

The Hub will be leading the next in the series of guided cycle rides on Sunday, 2 September. The Darlington Trailblazer leaves The Hub at 10.30am and is a grade 3, 30 mile route to Darlington and around some of Darlington's cycle routes returning to Stockton on the NCN 14.

For more information contact The Hub.

For details about local Skyrides log onto www.goskyride.com.