Hot on the heels of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart from the North, the buzz surrounding this thrilling event continues in Stockton with the Borough’s very own Cycling Festival taking place this weekend!
Stockton Council has joined Velo29, StreetVelodrome and British Cycling to deliver this exciting event from this Friday (11 July) to Sunday 13 July.
From family activities to elite racing, the Cycling Festival celebrates all that is cycling and offers an opportunity to experience an amazing cycling event right here in Stockton.
The Cycling Festival kicks off with the Evening Race Spectacle on Friday evening. This fast and thrilling opening race will see elite cyclists speed through Stockton Town Centre on a short, fast route, taking on a mix of long straights and sweeping corners. Racing begins at 6.45pm and is free to watch.
Hundreds of riders will be taking to the Riverside on Saturday 12 July for the Velo29-Altura Endeavour Sportive. The Sportive is ideal for anyone who enjoys cycling and would like to take part in a fun, recreational ride.
There are five routes and gradients to choose from, making this race suitable for every ability, from first-time riders to experienced cyclists. All routes start in Stockton and riders will be escorted Tour de France-style into the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors.
Stockton’s very own Achieve Skinnergate elite cycling racing team will also be getting into gear for the weekend’s celebrations.
On Sunday 13 July they will be competing in Velo29-Altura Grand Prix, a top level road race for elite cyclists.
Sunday will also see Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cooke co-present the StreetVelodrome, Britain’s only pop-up track racing event. This televised race reflects Olympic-style track racing and brings a thrilling, adrenaline-fuelled experience for participants and spectators.
Audience members will have the chance to watch Silver Olympic medallist Ross Edgar compete in the StreetVelodrome against other professional riders including Anna Glowinski as well as a range of incredible stunts by BMX riders.
The SportPursuit StreetVelodrome Series event is co-sponsored by Nifco and Johnsson Matthey. The televised race will be broadcast on Channel 4, Eurosport and SkySports in September.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: “The excitement surrounding the Tour de France this week has added to the thrill of Stockton Cycling Festival this weekend. Whether you’d like to have a go yourself in the Sportive, take part in the family fun ride or just watch some incredible professional cyclists, there will be a whole range of activities and events for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled event!”
The family fun cycle, RideStockton, will take place in the Event Village on Sunday 13 July. The free ride is open to all ages and will be held on closed roads along the River Tees at 1pm. Visitors will also be able to enjoy top level racing in the Stockton Grand Prix, take part in the Rollapaluza timed bike challenge and have a bite to eat in the Village café on Stockton Riverside.
There will be plenty for cycling enthusiasts to see and do over the three days. To find out more and see the full programme of events visit www.stockton.gov.uk/cyclingfestival