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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

http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/sportives/article/sp20140721–Durham-Beast-a-short–sharp-shock-0

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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.

http://www.durhambigride.co.uk/

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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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Broompark Picnic Area

Sunday, 25 March 2012

10:30 until 17:00

Training Ride for Beast Sunday 25th March 2012 – Early warm up/training ride taking in some hills in County Durham. Meet at Broompark Picnic Area at 10:30 am

All road starting at Broompark Picnic Area, Broompark and heading west through Ushaw Moor, Esh Winning climbing up through Cornsay Colliery, then heading west eventually over to the west of Rowley…

To check out the route go HERE

I did this ride with a couple of guys from The Durham Cycling Club when it was going, last year.

If you want to do the ride simply turn up at the Broompark Picnic Area b4 10:30 am on 25th March.

via The Beast Training Ride – On Road Cycling.

310 ft Start Elev
1037.0 ft Max Elev
1798.0 ft Gain

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36.2 mi The Beast Warm Up Ride Broompark,Durham

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