Gearing up for Bike Week in East Durham

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A CENTRE is preparing to push on with its programme of activities in support of Bike Week.

Celebrations run by Healthworks in Easington Colliery will back the campaign, which runs from Monday, June 17.

It will get ahead of the celebrations on Saturday, June 15, and then again on Saturday, June 22, when it runs track sessions from 9.30am to noon.

There will be 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m race challenges, open to everyone.

On Sunday, June 26, from 9.30am to 12.30pm it will stage a family ride out, which will start from the recreation park in Shotton Colliery.

It will take cyclists through Wingate to Thorpe Thewles station cafe, where they will enjoy a rest, cup of coffee and a cake, before finishing off the 24-mile route.

Bikes and helmets will be provided to those who do no have their own on a first come, first served basis.

On Wednesday, June 19, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, a grass track racing and beginners skills training class will be held at St Bede’s School in Peterlee. It is aimed at young people and equipment can be lent to those who do not have their own. It will be supported by the Get Active Team and overseen by Bede and Byron Cycling Club.

The event will also include a beginners section and a visit from Dr Bike, who will hold a clinic where cycles can have minor repairs and maintenance carried out by a qualified mechanic.