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James Moss (right) of the Endura Racing Team, at the local launch of the Durham leg of the Halfords Tours Series with the help of Anna Duffell (10) (centre) and Harry Swindells (9), (left) both pupils at St. Godrics RC Primary School, Framwellgate Moor, at Durham School on Thursday
James Moss (right) of the Endura Racing Team, at the local launch of the Durham leg of the Halfords Tours Series with the help of Anna Duffell (10) (centre) and Harry Swindells (9), (left) both pupils at St. Godrics RC Primary School, Framwellgate Moor, at Durham School on Thursday
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A PRESTIGIOUS televised cycling tour is returning to Durham City.

The Halfords Tour Series proved a massive hit in the city last year, attracting some 3,000 spectators.

Now organisers are hoping supporters from across the North East will turn out for next weeks return.

The Durham leg is the first of eight stages taking place around England and Wales. The final leg is at Canary Wharf on June 16.

Highlights of the Durham race, taking place next Tuesday, will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm on Wednesday, May 25.

The hour-long race will start and finish at Durham School on Quarryheads Lane. It will take in Margery Lane, Crossgate Bank, South Street and Grove Street.

Durham County Council has organised other events from 10am onwards, including cycling displays, as well as races for children and amateurs.

The council’s head of sport and leisure, Steve Howell said: “The Durham stage of last year’s event, proved to be one of the toughest and most exciting races in the series and we’re very much looking forward to this year’s event.

“This year there’s a wide variety of supporting events and activities to help celebrate cycling and the health and environmental benefits it offers and of course it gives us a fabulous opportunity to showcase County Durham as a great cycling destination.”

Cabinet member for strategic environment and leisure, Councillor Bob Young, said: “As well as being a stunning sporting event this is a major spectator opportunity and we are doing even more this year to help people enjoy it.

“In addition to offering 500 cycle racks to encourage people to arrive on two wheels, we will also run park and ride services until 10pm at our Belmont site and parking will be available at County Hall.

“We want as many people as possible of all ages to come along and join in the atmosphere.”

The cycle racks for spectators will be at St Margaret’s Health Centre on Crossgate. The Belmont Park and Ride will cost £1.70 per person for a round trip. From 5pm, car parking is available at County Hall, about 15 minutes walk from the course.

For more details go to www.tourseries.co.uk