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ORGANISERS got on their bikes to launch a major cycle event.

The 2013 Durham Big Ride and “Beast” cycle rides will take place in September – the Durham Big Ride on September 1 and the Beast a week later.

Colin Wilkes, who has been one of the event directors since the start, said: “We are always looking at the continued growth of cycling as a great way to get fit and enjoy the Durham countryside.

“We have seen numbers grow year on year and this year, we hope, will be the same.

“We are always working hard to make each year better than the last.

“We are very much part of Durham, and the rides, although attracting people from across the North, are very much a family event for the local people.”

As in previous years, the Big Ride is geared towards families and social cycling.

The Beast, as the name suggests, is for the more experienced cyclists, with a 50-mile ride. Andrew Ward, MD of Workwear Express, based in the city, is getting behind the events.

He said: “Some friends and I did both the Big Ride and Beast last year. We had a great time, and I wanted the company to be involved with such a great Durham event.

“I will be on the line in September and hope that some of the staff will be too.”

For more information call Ed Tutty on 07947348058