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A FAMILY bike ride is being organised for cycling enthusiasts in north Durham.


Stanley Town Council is putting on the event on Sunday, May 1, with help from

It is being organised to celebrate the opening of a new link route from the C2C route into Stanley town centre.

Councillor Joan Nicholson, chairman of Stanley Town Council, said: “It is a wonderful facility which should be used as much as possible.

“Our event will only use a small part that is close to the town but the route is such a wonderful ‘highway’ to some of the best countryside around.

“We want to get people of all ages out on their bikes and use the routes and get a little fitter into the bargain. It is a ‘win-win’ situation for all concerned.”

Both routes start and finish at Oakies Park, with a 20 mile ride to Cox Green, just outside of Sunderland and a shorter one for youngsters to Beamish Museum car park.

Gina Clarke, network manager for Sustrans, said: “We are looking forward to the event bringing new people to the C2C, giving the next generation of cyclists the opportunity to experience the route for themselves.”

All finishers get a t-shirt and goodie bag. For more information search for Stanley Family Cycle on Facebook.

Source: Bike ride for families in Stanley

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Only in its fifth year, the Durham Beast ride is gaining a good reputation for a short, sharp shock of a ride. It may only be 50 miles – just over now there has been another hill added, but with just under two miles of vertical climb it is a case of if you are not going up, you are going down.

Starting at one of Durham County Council’s Park and Ride centres at Sniperley the mass start sees more than 750 cyclists take on 50 miles of well-signed roads around the north and west of Durham City.

With a water stop around half way – at Tow Law – there is ample time to rest for a little and see the fabulous sights from the top of the county.

For more information and route profile please go to the website where you can sign up for a great ride with some great company: http://www.durhambigride.co.uk


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AN ANNUAL bike ride which attracts hundreds of cyclists of all abilities and ages is returning this summer.

The countdown to the Durham Big Ride 2014 was officially launched in Durham Market Place today (Wednesday, April 16).

The Big Ride, now in its eighth year, includes routes of three, ten and 25 miles, all starting and finishing at County Hall, Durham. This year’s will take place on Sunday, August 31.

The Beast, a tough route for experienced cyclists, is now in its fifth year. The 2014 challenge will take place on Sunday, September 14, and the route has been extended to 52 miles for this year.

Organiser Ed Tutty said: “The great thing about them is on one hand we’ve got the family fun day with the Durham Big Ride – three miles all the way through to 25 – and on the other end of the scale we’ve got The Beast, which is a tough one, for the experienced rider only.”

Entry costs £7 for the three-mile route; £20 for the ten and 25-mile rides, or £7 for under 16s; and £25 for The Beast.

Family tickets for two adults and two under 16s cost £50 each and discounts are available for groups of more than ten adults.

Entries are open now. To sign up, visit durhambigride.co.uk or call 03000-267-099.

via Durham Big Ride roars back… with The Beast (From The Northern Echo).

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Iveston_Bank1 Iveston Bank or Iveston lane, Iveston Nr Consett.

Steep short climb, part of the Durham Big Ride and The Beast Cycle Rides in Durham.

Wondered if anyone knew the Gradient, eg %

Comes up as a Category 5 on MapMyride.


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ONE wheel is better than two for Nate McIntosh, who is training to take part in a community bike ride on his unicycle.

The 17-year-old, from Durham City, hopes to complete the ten-mile circuit of this year’s Durham Big Ride.

He said: “I love getting on the unicycle and going around the city and I thought: ‘Why not do the Durham Big Ride on it?’ “I started (aged nine) for fun and took to it straight away. Once you get used to it, riding slightly above everyone is a nice feeling and you do get some strange looks and comments.

“I’m out and about in Durham three times a week on this cycle, as well as my normal one.

“I can easy do six miles at the moment so I think the ten will be tough, but come September I should be fine.”

Nate is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. To sponsor him, visit justgiving.com/Nate-McIntosh

Durham Big Ride, with routes of three, ten and 25 miles, will take place on Sunday, September 1. The 50-mile Beast route is on Sunday, September 8. For more information, visit durhambigride.co.uk

via Unicyclist Nate in training for Durham Big Ride (From Durham Times).

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Local and national charities are looking to ‘gear up’ for this year’s Durham Big Ride and Beast.

The events, on the first and eighth of September this year, are a great way of charities and worthy causes to get together and raise some money while having a great day out at the same time.

Colin Wilkes, Director of Durham Big Ride believes this is a prime example of the events becoming more and more part of the community in the Durham area: “The Durham Big Ride and Beast are there for everyone to get involved and to become a part of. Local charities are always looking for fund-raising ideas and with our varied distances, there is a route for all ages and abilities to bring money in for their favourite cause.”

One such cause has already started recruiting for Durham Big Ride on September first. Rainbow Trust is a national charity that has care teams across the country supporting families of life threatened and terminally ill children. The care team based in Durham supports families across the whole of the North East.

via News and views from E T Communications: Charities are recruiting for Durham Big Ride.

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Can you Ride The Beast ?

BIKE LAUNCH : At the official launch of the Durham Big Ride are (from left) Kevin Whitfield, Dave Wafer, Linda Proud, Paul Clough, Kevin Cuthbert and Andrew Ward.

ORGANISERS got on their bikes to launch a major cycle event.

The 2013 Durham Big Ride and “Beast” cycle rides will take place in September – the Durham Big Ride on September 1 and the Beast a week later.

Colin Wilkes, who has been one of the event directors since the start, said: “We are always looking at the continued growth of cycling as a great way to get fit and enjoy the Durham countryside.

“We have seen numbers grow year on year and this year, we hope, will be the same.

“We are always working hard to make each year better than the last.

“We are very much part of Durham, and the rides, although attracting people from across the North, are very much a family event for the local people.”

As in previous years, the Big Ride is geared towards families and social cycling.

The Beast, as the name suggests, is for the more experienced cyclists, with a 50-mile ride. Andrew Ward, MD of Workwear Express, based in the city, is getting behind the events.

He said: “Some friends and I did both the Big Ride and Beast last year. We had a great time, and I wanted the company to be involved with such a great Durham event.

“I will be on the line in September and hope that some of the staff will be too.”

For more information call Ed Tutty on 07947348058

via Could you ride the beast? – All News – Sunderland Echo.

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Durham Bid Ride Launch 2013

Durham Bid Ride Launch 2013

A SEVENTH annual community bike ride was launched today (Wednesday, March 13).

The Durham Big Ride will return on Sunday, September 1, with hundreds of cyclists expected to take part in three, ten and 25-mile rides starting and ending at County Hall, Durham.

The 50-mile Beast ride will follow a week later.

The event raises thousands of pounds each year for various charities.

This year’s was launched in Durham Market Place today.

Colin Wilkes, one of the organisers, said: “We are always looking at the continued growth of cycling as a great way to get fit and enjoy the Durham countryside.

“We have seen numbers grow year on year and this year, we hope, will be the same.

“We’re always working hard to make each year better than the last.

“We are very much part of Durham and the rides, although attracting people from across the North, are very much a family event for the local people.”

The event is being supported by Workwear Express and Whitfield Building Services.

Various entry fees apply. For more information, visit durhambigride.co.uk

via On starter’s orders for Durham Big Ride 2013 From The Northern Echo.

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Durham Big Ride has teamed up with Get Active to encourage more people throughout the Durham region to enjoy cycling.
Get Active has regular cycle sessions across the Durham area for beginners and families to help then ‘get back into the saddle’ and enjoy some great countryside as well.
“The scheme is a wonderful way of less active people out and about and Durham Big Ride is a great ‘goal’ for families and individuals to aim for while enjoying the company of other like-minded people” Said Colin Wilkes, Durham Big Ride Director.

Saturday 16th June – 10.00 – 14.00 – Broompark Picnic Area, Durham

News and views from E T Communications: Getting ready for the Big Ride.

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IT’S a cycle challenge which tests people to the limit – and now The Beast is back again this year.

Durham Police chief Constable Jon Stoddart has already tackled the 50-mile course, and he was on hand yesterday to give his seal of approval to the sixth annual Durham Big Ride.

The cycle rides around the city in September are fast becoming as integral a part of the calendar as the event they were named after, the Durham Miners Gala, known as the Big Meeting.

The toughest ride is The Beast, an arduous test over undulating roads through north and west Durham.

That takes place on Sunday, September 9, and forms part of the Big Ride, which also features three shorter events.

Mr Stoddart described the Beast as “a good, really challenging course”.

The Beast starts and finishes at Sniperley Park and Ride site, on the outskirts of Durham, with riders escorted out of the city by police outriders and with a rolling road closure programme in place for the early part of the course.

via Durham Big Ride cycle challenge returns in September – Today’s News – News – JournalLive.

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