Stockton Cycling Festival returns next month with a whole host of events and activities for people of all ages and abilities, from elite riders to beginners and children.
Organised by Stockton Council, in partnership with Velo29 and British Cycling, the three-day event begins on Friday 11 July with a fast and exhilarating race set to impress spectators. The Evening Town Centre race will see professional elite cyclists speed through Stockton as they tackle a mix of long straight sections and demanding tight corners.
In contrast to this, anyone who would like take on a fun, recreational cycle challenge can sign up to the Stockton Sportive.
Entries are still open for this exhilarating event, which takes place on Saturday 12 July. There are five different routes to choose from, all with a “Tour de France” style start, ideal for anyone who enjoys recreational cycling whatever their ability, from first-time riders to experienced cyclists looking for a new challenge.
Cyclists will be escorted out of Stockton on closed roads into the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors on one of the following routes:
- Short Sport (36.2 miles)
- Short Challenge (36.9 miles)
- Medium (58 miles)
- Long (90 miles)
- Le Tour de Moor (108.1 miles)
Entry for the short routes is £15 online or £20 on the day and the medium and long routes cost £25 online and £30 on the day. Sign up today via www.stockton.gov.uk/cyclingfestivalsportive
The festival continues on Sunday 13 July with a day of exciting family activities and events. Participants are invited to bring their bikes and join other families for RideStockton. This free fun family cycle takes place on traffic free roads along the River Tees at 1pm.
Those who complete a free registration for RideStockton online will be in with a chance of winning a signed TeamGB cycling jersey. Everyone who registers will be entered into a monthly British Cycling prize draw and receive a limited edition event lanyard. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a British cycling snap band and free cycling bibs will be awarded to the first 1,000 children to register.
Sign up today via www.stockton.gov.uk/cyclingfamilyday
Also on the Sunday, the Event Village promises a packed day of fun, from top level racing in the Stockton Grand Prix to exhilarating stunts and demos, not to mention the awesome StreetVelodrome which is sponsored by Nifco and Johnson Matthey. Visitors will also be able to take part in the timed Rollapaluza bike challenge, or enjoy a leisurely bite to eat in the Village café.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: “Stockton Cycling Festival really does offer something for everyone whether you’re new to cycling, an experienced rider or just want to enjoy the atmosphere of a fantastic outdoor event.
“Events like the Stockton Sportive and the family friendly RideStockton are the ideal opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to be a part of the action. I hope families across the Borough will come along and join in the fun!”
To find out more and see the full festival programme, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/cyclingfestival