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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.


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Bike4Life 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, Bike4Life can loan all participants a bike and helmet for the duration of each session.

To take part in one of our sessions simply turn up on the day. For further information contact us

Bike4Life weekly timetable 2015
Monday10.00am - 12.00pmPioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe
Monday10.30am - 12.30pmAbbey Leisure Centre, Pity Me
Monday1.00pm - 3.00pmLouisa Centre, Stanley
Monday1.00pm - 3.00pmRiverside Sports Pavilion, Chester-le-Street
Tuesday9.30am - 11.00amGlebe Centre, Murton
Tuesday10.00am - 12.00pmActive Life Centre, Coxhoe
Wednesday9.30am - 11.30amWingate Woodland Park, Wingate
Wednesday10.30am - 12.30pmBelle Vue Swim Centre, Consett
Thursday9.30am - 11.30amHardwick Park, Sedgefield
Friday10.00am - 12.00pmSpectrum Leisure Centre, Willington
Sunday10.30am - 12.30pmAdventure Lane Recreation Ground, West Rainton


Velo29 will return to Bishop Auckland on Wednesday 12 August with top cyclists taking on the challenging town centre circuit. With the youth race at 6.45pm and the senior race beginning from 8pm, you can join us for free to cheer the riders on.

You can find out more on the Velo29 website.

Ride Bishop and Family Fun Ride

Join us in Bishop Auckland on Wednesday 12 August and let us help you get more out of your cycling. To find out more, have a look at our  Ride Bishop flyer (PDF, 1Mb)

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series

Once again the thrills and spills of competitive cycling returned to the streets of Durham City in May, when the professional cycling tour series was back in town for the sixth year. 

Find out more as Top cyclists to tackle Durham's cobbles and climbs.

Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2014 promotional video

Durham Big Ride and The Beast

The annual Durham Big Ride is a family event with a range of distances for all ability levels and this year will be held on Sunday 6 September starting from County Hall. In addition The Beast, a tough and challenging course for experienced riders will take place on Sunday 20 September 2015 starting from Sniperley Park and Ride

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 Breeze: bike rides for women - 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.

Other cycling activities in the region