BIG Bike Ride hits Sunderland

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PEDAL power saw hundreds of people get on their bikes for a cycling spectacular.

More than 300 people signed up for Sunderland’s BIG Bike Ride 2014 at the weekend, tackling various routes across the city.

BIG Bike Ride Sunderland

BIG Bike Ride Sunderland

Many riders had sponsors and rode for charity or their favourite good causes.

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We were 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 love to see as many people as possible taking part.

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

“We have a great network of cycling routes through our city, and the BIG Bike Ride is a great opportunity to explore them with friends and family.”

Yesterday riders had the choice of three distances of 14, 20 or 35 miles using Sunderland’s extensive network of cycle paths.

All of the cyclists followed 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 started and finished at the University of Sunderland’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus on St Peter’s Riverside.

The riders started at 9.30am with the 35-mile participants the first, followed shortly after by the 20-mile and finally the 14-mile riders.

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

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