Houghton Cycling Club are hoping to get bigger and bigger

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Houghton Cycling Club have had a dramatic revival in the last two years with an influx of new members.

They have designed a new kit and also a new website to bring the club up to date.

They meet each Friday evening at 7.30pm at Kepier Hall, behind St Michael’s Church, Houghton.

The club runs four different rides, catering for different levels of ability.

Meeting each Sunday at 9.30am and 10am at the Broadway, in Houghton, cyclists are given a choice of which ride to go on. There are more details on the club’s website – www.houghtoncc.com

The club are hoping to gain new racing members and form an Elite squad of riders, and eventually gain team sponsorship.

Houghton has been very lucky this year and gained sponsorship for each of the four circuit races they are running at Gateshead College and SASMI Test Track.

The first event will be on Sunday, April 28, sponsored by North East Truck Spares.

The programme is as follows: Regional B race for third and fourth category riders. This will be a mass start circuit lasting 60 minutes.

National B race for Elite/first/second and third category riders. This will be a mass start circuit race lasting 90 minutes with lap prime and overall prizes

Entries can be made online via www.houghtoncc.com, but entries will also be accepted on the day.

The second is on Sunday, June 16 and will be sponsored by Arco, specialists in safety equipment.

The third is on Sunday, July 4, backed by Uvex, with the fourth on Sunday, September 8, sponsored by Vantec, a warehousing and logistics company newly expanded on Wearside.

The club are hoping for excellent support for these events which they hope will become annual events.