Hundreds take part in Durham Big Ride

The mayor of Durham Coun. John Robinson starts The Durham Big Bike Ride 2014 at County Hall Durham on Sunday.

The mayor of Durham Coun. John Robinson starts The Durham Big Bike Ride 2014 at County Hall Durham on Sunday.

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HUNDREDS of cyclists had a ‘wheel’ of a time as they pedalled through a city.

Routes of three, 10 and 25 miles were set out as part of the eighth Durham Big Ride, which took competitors of all abilities from County Hall’s starting and finishing line yesterday.

The two longest rides were tackled by a total of 700 people, while the three-mile course was taken by a further 150.

Children as young as three took part in the short event and competitors aged 75-plus joined in the longer sessions.

Organiser Colin Wilkes 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.

“The day is about getting out on your bike and enjoying some of the great countryside we have around Durham City.”

This year’s event was supported by Bike 4 Life, which offered advice about how to live healthily and encourage riders to become even fitter.

Organisers are already planning next summer’s celebration on the back of yesterday’s success.