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Friday – Watch. Saturday – Enter. Sunday – Join in.

Friday 10 July – Town Centre Racing

Saturday 11 July – Stockton Sportive 

Sunday 12 July – Family Fun Day, Stockton Grand Prix and RideStockton

Stockton Cycling Festival returns bigger and better than ever with something for everyone to see, take part in and enjoy, whether you’re a huge fan of cycling or a family hoping to get more active this Summer we guarantee you will find something to keep you entertained over the three days.

On Friday 10 July head into Stockton Town Centre to watch elite cyclists race around the streets in our exciting Town Centre Racing. On Saturday 11 July you can enter our Sportive offering a range of routes taking in some of the region’s most beautiful scenery – all launching in a Tour de France style start.

On Sunday 12 July Stockton Riverside plays host to all things cycling and will host RideStockton, Stockton Grand Prix and the thrilling ASDA StreetVelodrome.

It all adds up to be three days of cycling excitement that is sure to excite, inspire and entertain.

Stockton Cycling Festival is kindly supported by BBC Tees and is sponsored by Thirteen Group.

Why not take a look at the footage from last years event to get a taste of what is on offer.

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The world’s top riders will compete in the North East in September, with routes taking in Wooler, Alnwick, Bedlington, Blyth and Prudhoe

The world’s top cyclists will roll into Northumberland this September for the prestigious Tour of Britain.

The county will host two stages of the UK’s largest professional cycle race, making it the first time the race has passed through the North East since 2009.

Stage four on Wednesday, September 9, takes riders from Edinburgh down through Duns and Coldstream into Northumberland where the route will wind through Wooler and Alnwick, and then down the coast to its finish in Blyth.

Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain 2015
Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain 2015

The next day’s stage five will see athletes pedal from Prudhoe, following Hadrian’s Wall and heading across the Pennines into Cumbria and the Lake District, before ending in a summit finish on Hartside Fell, above Alston.

Last year, Olympians Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish took part in the Friends Life sponsored event, and hopes are high they will compete again this time round.

The event will be broadcast in more than 130 countries, including live coverage on ITV channels in the UK.

Coun Grant Davey is leader of Northumberland County Council, which has worked with sponsors Northumbrian Water and race organisers SweetSpot to bring the race to the county.

Bruce Ledger, chief executive of Active Northumberland and Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council with cyclists from Watbike, at Blyth Beach Huts
Bruce Ledger, chief executive of Active Northumberland and Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council with cyclists from Watbike, at Blyth Beach Huts

He said: “A lot of work has taken place behind the scenes to bring this event to the county and we are proud and delighted that Northumberland will be hosting the Tour of Britain.

“This is an incredibly high profile event. The route will travel through the heart of the county and will give us a fantastic opportunity to showcase Northumberland, and all it has to offer, to an international audience. No amount of money could buy this sort of publicity.

“The race will give the people of Northumberland the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing right here on our doorstep and promises to be an exciting spectacle.”

David Hall, head of leisure, strategy and transformation at Northumbrian Water, added: “As a company we work hard to promote the North East as a great place to live, work and visit and the bike race is sure to boost regional tourism and the economy.”

Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain 2015
Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain 2015

The Tour features eight stages in total, starting on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales on Sunday, September 6, and ending in London on Sunday, September 13,

ITV will screen three hours of live coverage of every stage, starting on ITV for the opening Wales stage before reverting to ITV4 for stages two to eight. ITV4 will also screen a one-hour highlights programme each evening during the race.

Meanwhile, Coun Scott Dickinson, business chairman for Northumberland County Council, said he hopes local businesses can “maximise on the many commercial opportunities that this event will provide both on race day and afterwards”.

The 2014 Tour of Britain winner was Dutchman Dylan Van Baarle with a time of 32 hours, 22 minutes and 50 seconds – with Sir Bradley Wiggins in third.

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Newcastle City Council has thrown its weight behind plans to bring the Grand Départ of the Tour de France to the North East of England, reports Chroniclelive.co.uk.

It joins Tyneside neighbour Gateshead Council in wanting to secure the opening days of the race, which this year began in Yorkshire and brought the area an economic benefit estimated at in excess of £100 million.

Councillor Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “Bringing the Tour de France to the North East is an excellent idea.

READ MORE via Newcastle City Council to support bid to bring Tour de France to North East of England | road.cc.

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Etape Pennines – ‘THE TOUGHER YOUNGER BROTHER’

Date: 20th July 2014
Location: County Durham, England
Distance: 60 miles
Etape Pennines, the toughest event in the Etape Series, is changing slightly for 2014 based on feedback from competitors. Taking place on 20th July, the event has been moved forward by approximately two months so that it takes place in the peak of British summertime and is now shortened to 60miles. 400 FREE PLEDGE PLACES will be available to those who sign up to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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A MAJOR new cycling road race will take place in a North-East town centre next year.

Durham County Council is working with Guisborough-based company Velo 29 to host the event in Bishop Auckland on August 8, 2014.

It is hoped the event will attract thousands of visitors to the town and give a much-needed boost to the economy.

Organisers hope it will attract elite cyclists and become as popular as the tour series city centre race, which has taken place in Durham City over the past few years.

Speaking at a meeting of Bishop Auckland Town Council on Tuesday, July 30, John Thurlbeck, of Durham County Council, said details were still being finalised but in addition to the race, other activities and entertainment are being planned.

He asked the town council to consider contributing financially to the event, a proposal which will be discussed at the next meeting of the finance committee.

Mayor Councillor David Fleming said: “I think this can only be a positive for the town. It would certainly boost the economy.”

Councillor Sam Zair added: “This has to be fantastic news for Bishop Auckland. I whole-heartedly support this.”

via New cycling road race set to give Bishop Auckland a boost (From The Northern Echo).

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RESIDENTS and businesses have been warned to expect road closures while cyclists race 78-miles round County Durham in front of 3,000 spectators.

The 78-mile long Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines road race will this year take place on Sunday, October 6.

A series of meetings is to be held this month for residents to find out more about the roads affected and to offer them the opportunity to raise any issues.

Representatives from event organiser IMG Challenger World and officers from Durham County Council will be at the meetings to provide information and to answer questions. People who live or run businesses along the route have been encouraged to attend.

Nigel Dodds, the council’s strategic manager for outdoor sports and leisure, said: “Last year the event attracted competitors from around the world and brought a huge boost to the local economy, in excess of £235,000.

“However, we recognise that while the event brings a number of benefits to the region, the necessary road closures inevitably cause some disruption.”

The race starts on Harmire Road, Barnard Castle, and it heads through the Durham Dales, Weardale, Teesdale, Esh Winning, Crook and Hamsterley Forest.

The meetings are at: Cowshill Village Hall, on June 24, at 6.30pm; Crook Civic Centre, on June 25, at 6.30pm; Teesdale Leisure Centre, on June 26, at 7pm.

Details on the road closures can be obtained from IMG on 020-8233-5900, between noon and 2pm Monday to Thursday, or by emailing info@etapepennines.co.uk. A map, can be found at http://www.etapepennines.co.uk/roadclosures.

via Businesses face road closures as major bike race heads through town (From The Northern Echo).

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