Nearly 300 cyclists took part in the Wooler Wheel events last weekend, giving local accommodation providers and other local businesses a welcome boost.
Despite some challenging weather conditions, and a tough route, the response from those taking part has been overwhelmingly positive, with many already committing to coming back next year, and planning to sign up for October’s 100km and 50km rides.
On Saturday, the cyclists took to the minor roads round north Northumberland on the 160km, 100km and 80km routes, which took them through some of the most beautiful locations in Glendale and Coquetdale.
Beth Mills, chairwoman of the organisers Wooler Cycle Hub, said: “The event went very smoothly, thanks to the fantastic voluntary efforts of the cycle hub committee, marshals and those who manned the feed and water stations.
“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to main sponsor Northumberland National Park for its support before and during the event.
“Thanks are also due to Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative, who provided roving mechanical support on the day, and to Northumberland County Council which provided and operated the trailing recovery vehicle.
“We are grateful to Milan Restaurant for serving much-appreciated hot pasta to the returning cyclists throughout the day, to Morpeth sports masseuse Anna Stokoe for dealing with their aches and pains, and to all the local businesses that helped make the event such a success in so many ways.
“Without their backing we would not have been able to put on such a great Northumbrian welcome to all the riders, which has led so many to say that they will be back in the future.
“So many local businesses have benefitted from the weekend’s rides, with many riders staying in local accommodation, eating in cafes and restaurants and spending money in our shops.
“The main idea behind running the Wooler Wheel events is to bring in people to the area, especially outwith the traditional tourist season, and we look forward to doing the same in October.”