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Sunderland Big Bike Ride 2014 announced

Sunderland City Council Leader Paul Watson is on his bike for the launch of the Sunderland Big Bike Ride.   Pictured with (L-R) Laura Bartlett, Darren Pike, Lindsey Robson, Activity Officer Richard Hood, and Peter Tate.

Sunderland City Council Leader Paul Watson is on his bike for the launch of the Sunderland Big Bike Ride. Pictured with (L-R) Laura Bartlett, Darren Pike, Lindsey Robson, Activity Officer Richard Hood, and Peter Tate.

SUNDERLAND is gearing up for its fourth Active Sunderland Big Bike Ride.

The event sees hundreds of cyclists pedalling their way to being more active on routes across the city.

This year’s BIG bike event is on the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May when many riders seek sponsors and ride for charity or their favourite good causes.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said: “We are delighted once again to organise the Active Sunderland Big Bike Ride.

“It’s an event that has been an outstanding success in previous years and been very popular with hundreds of cyclists.

“We would love to see as many people as possible taking part.”

He added: “It’s always very pleasing to see that it is being used by some to raise money and awareness for good causes and charities.

“I would urge people to get their registration forms in and be sure they don’t miss out on what I am sure will be another fantastic event.”

On Saturday 17 May, the five mile route follows the perimeter of Herrington Country Park and is ideal for beginner cyclists and families with younger children.

Registration is from 9am and the ride starts at 10am. (Price £3 person)

On Sunday 18 May, riders have the choice of three distances of 14, 20 or 35 miles using Sunderland’s extensive network of cycle paths. All of the cyclists follow routes along both banks of the River Wear including the established C2C route as far as Fatfield in Washington.

For the longer rides on Sunday they all start and finish at the University of Sunderland’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus on St Peter’s Riverside.

Registration takes place from 8am and the riders start at 9.30am with the 35 mile participants the first, followed shortly after by the 20 mile and finally the 14 mile riders.

Prices for all rides on Sunday are Adult: £6 Children under-16: £4.

All rides are non-competitive and there are no prizes, but everyone who takes part receives an Active Sunderland medal.

Please note that entries can be accepted on the day but that cash transactions only can be processed at registration.

For more details on this and the other fantastic BIG Events visit www.activesunderland.org.uk or email active@sunderland.gov.uk

 

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