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New Cycle Rides for Summer 2013!

Three exciting new rides will take place on 11th August 2013 that will form part of the Bike for Bobby Cycle Sportive.

Riders can choose from a selection of  3 distances including  a 40 mile, 70 mile & a full distance 125 mile cycle challenge that will start from outside St James’ Park, home of Newcastle United and will head off on beautiful routes through Northumberland.

Entry fees start from £23 and will include comprehensively marked routes, mechanical assistance, first aid, feed stations and electronic chip timing and finishers t-shirt. All riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

With the 3 distances on offer, this will be the perfect event for the seasoned sportive regular and a great introduction for newcomers yet to enter their first cyclosportive.

Bike For Bobby | Cycle Sportive.

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Published Friday 8th February 13

AN INNOVATIVE scheme that aims to encourage children to learn to ride a bike at as early an age as possible has been launched in Hartlepool.

The Borough Council’s Sport and Recreation Service has received funding of £1,100 from the British Heart Foundation to purchase eight specialised balance bikes.

The bikes which don’t have pedals are designed for children aged 2-5. Children sit on the bikes with their feet directly on the ground, enabling them to focus on the art of balancing without worrying about the secondary action of pedalling.

The Sport and Recreation Service’s Outdoor Activities Team is currently visiting primary schools and children’s centres across the town with the bikes to give children a chance to ride them.

Sessions are taking place at eight schools – Hart, Elwick, Sacred Heart, St Helen’s, St Joseph’s, Ward Jackson, Brougham and Kingsley – along with Hindpool House Children’s Centre, Chatham Road Children’s Centre and the Phoenix Centre on Central Estate.

Outdoor Activities Co-ordinator Adam Reah said: “Gone are the days when it could be taken for granted that kids could ride a bike and we are genuinely finding that increasing numbers of children can’t. This is not just at a young age either – sometimes we find this to be the case with children in Year 6.

“There may be a number of reasons for this. Some parents simply may not be able to afford bikes for their children, others may be concerned about safety and some families simply struggle to find the time to do things like riding bikes together.

“Initially, this shocked me but now it saddens me. As a result, we have decided to try to do something about it and we are really grateful to the British Heart Foundation for their support.

“The health benefits of cycling are well documented, and we also hope this initiative will encourage more people to learn to ride at a young age and then continue to cycle as they get older.”

Other schools keen to organise balance bike sessions can contact Adam on (01429) 284591 to arrange a visit.

The Outdoor Activities Team is also taking bookings for follow-up sessions at Summerhill which are currently being organised. These are expected to take place between 4pm and 5pm, although the exact dates are yet to be finalised. The sessions will cost £4.30 for Active Card holders, £4.80 for concessions and £5 for non-Active Card holders.

Note to newsdesks: The media are invited to attend Hart Primary School at Hart Village, Hartlepool, from 9.15-10.30am on Monday February 11.

via Innovative scheme promotes cycling – Hartlepool Borough Council.

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The Sunderland BIG Bike Ride returns again…

Sunderland BIG Bike Ride Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June

With a focus on leisure, recreational and family cycling, the Sunderland Big Bike Ride offers four alternative rides, providing a route to suit all ages and abilities.

The 5 mile family ride will take place at the wonderful Herrington Country Park on Saturday 1st June.

The longer 14 mile, 20 mile and 35 mile routes will take place on Sunday 2 June, starting and finishing at St Peter’s Riverside.

14, 20 and 35 mile rides take place on the city’s expansive cycle network and some roads.

Due to the varying surfaces en route, road bikes are not recommended.

via Sunderland City Council : Sunderland BIG Bike Ride – Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June.

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Cycle through the beautiful Durham countryside and raise vital funds for our work in the North East

Pedal for Parkinson’s cyclists after completing the C2C ride on Roker beach

When: 30 June 2013, 10am

Where: Start at Lydgett’s Junction, Consett. Finish at Roker, Sunderland.

Distance: 26 miles

Entry fee: £20, under 16s £8

Join us for a mainly off-road cycle ride from Consett to Sunderland along part of the C2C cycle route.

via Parkinson’s UK – Pedal for Parkinson’s – Durham – (formerly Parkinson’s Disease Society).

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A THREE-year campaign aimed at attracting tourists into spending more than £6.5m in County Durham has been launched with the creation of stone-age inspired hill art.

Visit County Durham, the team behind the campaign, made a giant boot and bike out of human volunteers on a Weardale hillside to formally mark the start of the tourism boost campaign.

The aim is to attract more visitors to County Durham from around the UK and encourage them to spend longer in the county.

The £650,000 campaign, which has been funded by Visit England and County Durham businesses, will start with promoting the county for walking and cycling, especially in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where the launch event was held.

via Human bike launches County Durham tourism campaign From The Northern Echo.

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