STOCKTON-on-Tees welcomes the return of a three-day cycling extravaganza which promises entertainment for all the family this weekend.
Keen riders of all abilities are invited to take to their bikes, along with some of the world’s best cyclists and stunt riders, in the Sportive and RideStockton events.
But if physical activity isn’t what you’re looking for, the Events Village will provide a party atmosphere packed with things to watch.
“Stockton Cycling Festival is always a popular feature in our year-round events calendar,” said Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn.
“You can come and watch elite cyclists race but you don’t need to be an elite cyclist to take part because there are plenty of family events too.”
Here are some of the top pickings we have taken from this year’s packed programme:
National Circuit Championships: Friday, July 13, 6pm – 9pm
One of the highlights of the elite road racing calendar is coming to Stockton Cycling Festival.
Won by Katie Archibald and Tom Pidcock in 2017, the event will see some of the country’s top professional riders go head-to-head on the unique town centre circuit.
For spectators on the High Street there will be a big screen to follow the action, as well as stunt performances and a roller race competition.
Stockton Sportive: Saturday, July 14, 8am
Whether you are an experienced cyclist or novice rider looking for a challenge, it’s time to sign up for the eighth edition of Stockton Sportive.
The challenge offers cyclists the choice of four routes ranging from 36 to 106 miles.
All riders set off from Stockton Riversidewith an escorted start, just like the ‘Tour de France’, before heading into the beautiful scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors.
For further details and to register visit www.velo29events.com/stockton-sportive/
RideStockton: Sunday, July 15, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
This free community cycle ride offers a great opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy traffic-free roads.
Riders can cycle the route, which this year loops over the Infinity Bridge, at a leisurely pace as many times as they like.
There will be entertainment along the way and exciting prizes will be up for grabs for those taking part.
For more information and to register visit https://events.stockton.gov.uk/ridestockton/
Events Village: Sunday, July 15, 8.30am – 5pm
Our bustling Events Village will offer a huge variety of free family activities to see and do.
Youngsters can challenge themselves on a climbing wall, show their skills on a crazy golf course, as well as take part in arts and crafts.
Cycling themed traders and exhibitors will be offering unique goods, advice and top tips.
Extreme Bike Battle: Sunday, July 15, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
A selection of the UK’s best stunt riders will go head-to-head for the crowd’s applause as they compete for the coveted 'King of Extreme Bike Battle’ title.
Six riders across three disciplines – Flatlanders, BMXers and Mountain bikers – will take part in three 30-minute rounds.
A winner will be decided after each slot, and an overall winner at the end of the last show.
Throughout the day riders will be on hand to give free coaching sessions.
Stockton Grand Prix: Sunday, July 15, 8.30am and 12.30pm
Watch Britain’s top cycling teams and riders compete in this elite road race which starts and finishes on Stockton Riverside.
They will complete laps of the main race circuit through the leafy villages of Thorpe Thewles, Carlton, Redmarshall, Whitton and Thorpe Leazes.
The cyclists then return for a gripping conclusion with the finishing circuit running by the Riverside.
The women’s race will begin at 8.30am, with the men’s race setting off at 12.30pm.
For the full programme visit www.stockton.gov.uk/scf