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Cycling events


Get involved in a wide range of cycling activities in County Durham. Whether you're getting on your bike to take up a challenge, riding for the first time in a while or cheering from the sidelines, there's something for everyone.

Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines

The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines cycle race returned on Sunday 20 July 2014, to help raise much needed funds for this very worthwhile cause.

Get a feel for the event - more than 2,000 competitors cycled the 'beautiful but brutal' Etape Pennines event in 2013. View highlights of the event on the video: 2013 Marie Curie Cancer Care ETAPE Pennines highlights

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series

Once again the thrills and spills of competitive cycling returned to the streets of Durham City when the professional cycling tour series arrived in town for the fifth year.

The ever popular televised race, featuring teams of professional cyclists, took place on Tuesday 27 May 2014. The route started and finished at Durham School, taking cyclists along Margery Lane, Crossgate Bank, South Street and Grove Street.

The Durham leg of the race, which took in steep hills, tight turns and cobbled streets, has been described in previous years as 'purgatory' by the cyclists taking part.

During the Tour Series, cyclists compete across a number of rural and city centre courses, including Durham.

YouTube - Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2014 promotional video

Durham Big Ride and The Beast

The annual Durham Big Ride is a family event for all ability levels which took place on Sunday 31 August 2014. In addition The Beast, a tough and challenging course for experienced riders took place on Sunday 14 September 2014.

For further details on the rides, please visit the Durham Big Ride website. For up to date news and information follow Durham Big Ride on Twitter @durhambigride

Breeze Women's Cycle Rides

British Cycling has launched Skyride Women's Cycle Rides (Breeze) - the biggest ever programme focused on getting more women into cycling. It is a National Lottery-funded nationwide network of fun, local and flexible bike rides designed to close the gap between the number of men and women cycling regularly, and introduce more than 80,000 new women to bike riding.

Led by women for women, Breeze Durham bike rides are local, friendly and informal. The short, traffic-free rides are ideal for busy mums and anyone who hasn't been on a bike for a while and who would like to go for a casual bike ride with a small group of women in the Durham area.

Get Active Get Cycling

Get Active Get Cycling delivers a wide range of cycling opportunities across the whole of County Durham, including weekly led cycle rides, family cycle rides and many more. 

These rides are suitable for beginner and intermediate level cyclists. If you don't have a bike, don't worry, Get Active can can loan all participants a bike and helmet for the duration of each session.

Get Active weekly timetable 2014
DayTimeVenue
Monday10.00am - 12.00pmPioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe
Monday1.00pm - 3.00pmLouisa Centre, Stanley
Monday1.00pm - 3.00pmRiverside Sports Pavilion, Chester-le-Street
Tuesday9.30am - 11.00amGlebe Centre, Murton
Tuesday10.00am - 11.30amJubilee Fields Community Centre, Shildon
Tuesday10.00am - 12.00pmActive Life Centre, Coxhoe
Tuesday2.00pm - 4.00pmBowburn Community Centre, Bowburn
Wednesday9.30am - 11.30amWingate Woodland Park, Wingate
Wednesday10.30am - 12.30pmAbbey Leisure Centre, Pity Me
Wednesday10.30am - 12.30pmBelle Vue Swim Centre, Consett
Thursday9.30am - 11.30amHardwick Park, Sedgefield
Friday10.00am - 12.00pmSpectrum Leisure Centre, Willington
Friday1.00pm - 3.00pmTeesdale Leisure Centre, Barnard Castle
Sunday10.30am - 12.30pmSchool View, West Rainton

Other cycling activities in the region