Hundreds of cyclists due this weekend

Wooler Wheel cycle event, several riders reaching the top of Lyham Bank which is the longest and steepest climb on the route.
Wooler Wheel cycle event, several riders reaching the top of Lyham Bank which is the longest and steepest climb on the route.

More than 500 cyclists will take to north Northumberland’s country roads on Saturday in the latest sportive organised by Wooler Cycle Hub.

The Wooler Wheel 100 follows some of the area’s most picturesque routes and takes the riders over the impressive climb of Lyham Bank, through Heatherslaw and also as far north as Carham.

The Wooler Wheel events, run annually in May and October, have already built up an excellent reputation among the cycling community, with feedback repeatedly referring to the friendliness of all those involved, both event volunteers and the public.

Beth Mills, from Wooler Cycle Hub, said: “The comments we receive from riders is excellent, and we would love to see even more members of the public out on the roadsides for Saturday’s event to help cheer on all those taking part.

“This year we also have free activities for children at our start point, Glendale Middle School, and it would be great to have lots of local children join in the day.”

The children’s activities, put on by Action Biking, and a hog roast will be available at the school from 10am.

With so many cyclists around, Mrs Mills appealed for drivers to take extra care along the ride’s route, which will be well signposted. Maps of the routes are also available on the Wooler Cycle Hub website – woolerwheel.com

“While many of the cyclists taking part will be riding quite quickly, please do be patient if you come across them and make sure you give them plenty of space when you overtake,” she said.

Some of the most accessible viewing points on the route include Ford, where the riders will be coming down the hill into the village, and also Chatton and Wark. The first group of riders leave Wooler at 7.30am.

Wooler Cycle Hub’s aim is to promote cycling tourism in Glendale and encourage visitors to come to the area year round, to experience some of the best, and varied, cycling opportunities anywhere in the country.

From coast to crags, the area boasts some excellent routes, and the Wooler Wheel events enable hundreds of cyclists to experience them and also provide a substantial boost to local accommodation providers and other businesses over the event weekends.