Come and join us at the Stockton Cycling Festival
Published 25 June 2013
British Cycling and Sky have once again joined forces with Stockton Borough Council to encourage thousands of people to dust off their bikes and get cycling. One result will be an amazing weekend of cycling on 5-7 July.
The Stockton Cycling festival will feature elite racing, a challenging sportive and a Sky Ride. So whether you want to soak up the atmosphere watching the Elite Town Centre Criterium Race on the Friday evening, join the Sportive on the Saturday or return back to Stockton on Sunday to enjoy a jam packed festival featuring an elite Premier Calendar Road Race, Sky Ride, entertainment and displays, the Stockton Cycling Festival has something for everyone.
Sky Ride Stockton-on-Tees will be a great opportunity to ride with family and friends on a traffic-free route with a very special atmosphere created by the unique combination of elite racing and recreational cycling. There will be loads of free things for the whole family to do on the day from Rollapaluza and unicycling to taking a rickshaw ride along the route, so come and join us!
On Friday 5 July British Cycling’s Elite Circuit race series brings the fast-paced excitement of town centre racing to Stockton, with the country’s best riders battling for the honours on a challenging course. For film buffs there will even be a cycling film festival as part of the evening at the Stockton Arc, which will be showing a number of cycling features.
On Saturday 6 July, why not join the hundreds of riders, of all abilities, expected to take part in the fantastic Stockton Velo29-Altura Endeavour Sportive?
And Sunday 7 July is set to be an amazing day of cycling that truly offers something for everyone:
• The Stockton Velo29 Altura Grand Prix, Round 4 of the Premier Calendar Elite Road Series
• Youth racing promoted by Stockton Wheelers CC
• Sky Ride Stockton-on-Tees
The Premier Calendar road race and the Sky Ride will once again join together on Sunday for a combined start, with the elite racers and Sky Riders sharing the same closed roads. Everyone taking part in the Sky Ride is encouraged to be in place on Riverside Road in plenty of time for the 12.00 noon start. They will be right alongside some of the UK’s top professional riders and able to cheer them off as the race rolls out of Stockton and the Sky Ride begins. The race will then head off for a number of laps of a challenging course in the surrounding countryside, leaving Sky Riders with a 6 km traffic-free route to enjoy until the race returns for what’s sure to be an exciting finish.
Double Olympic Champion Jason Kenny, OBE said: ‘Cycling is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy, plus its lots of fun too. I’d encourage everyone, of all ages and abilities to get out on their bikes and take part in a Sky Ride Local ride in Stockton-on-Tees this summer’.
Peter Riddell British Cycling Recreation Manager for Stockton-on-Tees, said; ‘Cycling’s never been more popular, and whatever your age or fitness level, it’s easy to get involved. We’re delighted to be working with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to make it even easier for local people to get out on their bikes and have some fun this summer.’