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Olympic champions join Stockton Cycling Festival

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Some of the nation’s biggest names in cycling will be coming to Stockton’s exciting Cycling Festival next month and now is your chance to join them!

Stockton Council has teamed up with Velo29, StreetVelodrome and British Cycling to deliver Stockton Cycling Festival from 11 to 13 July. The annual festival celebrates all things cycling, from professional racing to interactive activities and family fun cycle rides.

This year, Olympic medallists Nicole Cooke MBE and Ross Edgar will all be joining in the fun.

The Festival starts on Friday 11 July with the Evening Race Spectacle. Elite cyclists will be taking to the streets of Stockton in this fast, exhilarating race which sees riders tackle long straight sections and demanding tight corners. The race is set to impress spectators and is free to watch.

Join hundreds of riders at the Riverside for the Velo29-Altura Endeavour Sportive on Saturday 12 July. With five routes of varying gradients and distances to choose from, the Sportive is ideal for anyone who likes to cycle and is up for a fun and friendly recreational ride, starting in Stockton and leading riders into the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors.

There’s a distance for every ability, whether you’re a first time rider or an experienced cyclist looking for a new challenge. Sign up today for the route of your choice via www.stockton.gov.uk/cyclingfestivalsportive

On Sunday 13 July Commonwealth and Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cooke will be co-presenting the StreetVelodrome, Britain’s only pop-up track racing style cycle event.

The SportPursuit StreetVelodrome Series will be coming to Stockton for the first time since the festival launched in 2011. This televised race reflects Olympic-style track racing and brings a thrilling, adrenaline fuelled riding experience for both the riders and spectators.

Audience members will be able to watch Silver Olympic medallist Ross Edgar compete in this exciting event against fellow pro riders including Anna Glowinski, and enjoy a whole host of exhilarating stunts and demonstrations performed by BMX stunt riders.

Anyone who would like have a go at the StreetVelodrome and win the chance to race alongside the pro riders will be able to enjoy special early bird entry fees at just £10 for adults and £8 for youth entries (under 24) for pre-registered entries. To register your place visit http://www.streetvelodrome.com. Amateur riders can also enter on the day on a first come, first served basis.

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.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “We are delighted to welcome three Olympic medallists to the Borough and introduce the StreetVelodrome to the festival for the very first time.

“Stockton Cycling Festival offers a fun packed weekend for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. It’s a unique opportunity to both take part in cycling and to experience the atmosphere as top cyclists compete in elite events - everyone can have a go, enjoy some bike-related family fun and then and watch the experts in action.”

Sunday’s Family Festival Day promises cycling-related activities for the whole family. Participants are invited to bring their bikes and join other families for RideStockton. This free family cycle takes place on traffic free roads along the River Tees at 1pm.

Peter Riddell, Recreation Manager for British Cycling, said: “The whole weekend is going to transform Stockton and it is great to see cycling taking centre stage. We have some incentives and rewards for people who sign up for RideStockton - the mass participation family ride - including limited edition items for the first 1,000 registrants and special bibs for the first 1,000 children.

“The people of Stockton always help make event a huge success and it is events like this that encourage more and more people to either get on their bike, or to continue riding. We can’t wait for the festival to arrive – it promises to be better than ever before.”

Audience members can head to the Event Village to enjoy top level racing in the Stockton Grand Prix. Team up with a friend to take part in the timed Rollapaluza bike challenge, see the striking floral cyclist sculpture or enjoy a leisurely bite to eat in the Village café.

There will be plenty for cycling enthusiasts to see and do over the three days. To find out more about these exciting events and see the full Cycling Festival programme, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/cyclingfestival

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