World championship winning road racing team Wheelbase were in Stockton Town Centre yesterday (Wednesday 2 July) to get ready for this year’s Stockton Cycling Festival - just three days before the Tour de France’s Grand Depart from Yorkshire!
The elite team will start the exciting festival on Friday 11 July by taking part in the Evening Race Spectacle. This impressive race will see some of the country’s fastest cyclists tackle a mix of straight long sections and demanding tight corners.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: “Friday night’s evening race spectacle is set to be an exciting start to this year’s Cycling Festival and it’s a chance to see some top award-winning teams compete here in the Town Centre.
“Events such as Stockton Cycling Festival always attract footfall into the town centre and to the Riverside, which is invaluable to the town. I hope people come along and see all the exciting events and activities the festival has to offer. Whether you are an elite rider or a beginner there really will be something for everyone regardless of age or ability.”
The Wheelbase team is made up of a carefully assembled team of athletes from around the UK who all race at the highest level of the domestic road race scene.
The team has won World and National Championships plus a whole host of events across the UK and Europe since their formation in 1992.
As well as taking part in Friday’s opening event they will also be competing in the Stockton Velo29-Altura Grand Prix, a top level road race for elite cyclists on Sunday 13 July. To find out more about the Wheelbase team visit www.wheelbase-altura-mgd.co.uk
The Cycling Festival takes place on 11 to 13 July and has been organised by Stockton Council, Velo29, StreetVelodrome and British Cycling. It celebrates all things cycling and offers a whole range of activities for elite riders, beginners and children.
On Saturday 12 July cyclists will be escorted out of Stockton on closed roads into the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors on one of five scenic routes as part of the Stockton Velo29-Altura Endeavour Sportive.
The routes start on Stockton Riverside at 8am on Saturday 12 July. There’s a route for all abilities, from the Short Sport route (36 miles) which is ideal for first time Sportive riders, to the new Le Tour de Moor route for more experienced cyclists:
- Short Sport (36.2 miles)
- Short Challenge (36.9 miles)
- Medium (58 miles)
- Long (90 miles)
- Le Tour de Moor (108.1 miles)
The Event Village will also offer a wide range of cycling-related activities for the whole family, from the family-friendly RideStockton, to the top level racing of the Stockton Grand Prix, the timed Rollapaluza bike challenge and the awe-inspiring StreetVelodrome.
The SportPursuit StreetVelodrome Series event in Stockton is co-sponsored by Nifco and Johnsson Matthey. The race will be broadcast on Channel 4, Eurosport and SkySports in September.
For more information about Stockton Cycling Festival visit www.stockton.gov.uk/cyclingfestival