Cross-border cycling challenge is a success

Cyclists taking part in the Wooler Wheel Borderlands on May 16 at Etal, Northumberland.
Cyclists taking part in the Wooler Wheel Borderlands on May 16 at Etal, Northumberland.

The Wooler Wheel Borderlands has been hailed a massive success, with positive feedback and entries rolling in for future events.

The cycle ride took place on Saturday, May 16, and hundreds of people saddled up for the challenge, which was split into four distances.

Hundreds of riders took part in the Wooler Wheel Borderlands, the first of three sportive events organised by Wooler Cycle Hub for 2015.

Hundreds of riders took part in the Wooler Wheel Borderlands, the first of three sportive events organised by Wooler Cycle Hub for 2015.

The 170km cross-border route posed a tough test due to gusting winds and some brief but heavy showers, which also affected the 60km and 100km routes, and, to a lesser extent, the 30km junior sportive.

Organisers say they have been overwhelmed by the positive comments from those taking part, with praise for the stunning routes, the cheery marshals, the fantastic supplies at the feed stations and the organisation of the event in general.

And attention is now turning to the next event, the daunting 209km (130 miles) Wooler Wheel Big ’Un on Saturday, July 25.

Beth Mills, from organisers Wooler Cycle Hub, said: “We are fortunate to have a huge amount of support for the Wooler Wheel events.

Entrants in the Wooler Wheel Borderlands at Muirhouselaw, near Maxton in the Scottish Borders.

Entrants in the Wooler Wheel Borderlands at Muirhouselaw, near Maxton in the Scottish Borders.

“The support has come from the community and from volunteers all across north Northumberland and the Scottish borders and we want to thank everyone who has been involved.

“Since our first event in October 2012, we have been inundated with some wonderful feedback and this has continued following the Borderlands, with so many people getting in touch to say how much they enjoyed the event.”

Not for the fainthearted, the gruelling Big ’Un event is a complete cross-border circumnavigation of the High Cheviots on quiet roads in Northumberland and Scotland.

The cycle, which takes in Kielder, will comprise an estimated total ascent of 3,200m and a six-mile unrelenting climb to the maximum altitude of 396m.

Entry is £30 and the closing date is Sunday, July 12. For more information about the Big ’Un and other Wooler Wheel events, visit wooler wheel.co.uk