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Cyclists take to Durham roads
Buy this photo » Cyclists at the start of Durham Big Ride at County Hall. Picture by Tom Banks
CYCLISTS of all abilities set off this morning (Sunday) for the seventh annual Durham Big Ride.
The routes of three, ten and 25 miles all started and finished at County Hall with around 1,000 riders taking part in total.
Colin Wilkes, one of the organisers, said: “We have always said the event is about participation and we stand by that.
"It is not a race and there is no timing. All finishers get the same goodie bag and t-shirt. The day is about getting out on your bike and enjoying some of the great countryside we have around Durham City.”
One person who will be doing ‘the double’ of Big Ride and The Beast next Sunday is Durham cricketer Phil Mustard.
He is be using both rides as training for his 440-mile ride later in the year, raising money for the Professional Cricketers Association, which starts at the Emirates Durham in October.
Mr Wilkes said: “We are more than happy to help Phil with his training and I am sure some of the riders will give him the benefit of their experience and help him round.”
The 50-mile ‘beast’ of a ride next Sunday starts at Sniperley Park and Ride on the edge of the City.
Mr Wilkes added: “As the name suggests, ‘The Beast’ is for the more experienced riders and covers almost every hill around the area. “It is a great challenge for riders and the popularity of this one means that again, we will have a bumper attendance.”
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