Triad to test toughness of top cyclists

Saturday's Wooler Wheel organised by  Wooler Cycle Hub.
Saturday's Wooler Wheel organised by Wooler Cycle Hub.

Cyclists are set for a triple test this year as a popular north Northumberland cycling event expands its horizons.

There will be three Wooler Wheel cycle sportives in 2015 with a second cross-border event added to the calendar.

Two of the rides will be limited to 1,000 riders and the other 500, and as the word continues to spread about the highly-respected events, it is more important than ever to enter early.

Entries for the Wooler Wheel Borderlands on May 16, the new Big ‘Un on July 25, and the Classic on October 3 are now all open via the British Cycling website.

Beth Mills, of Wooler Cycle Hub, said: “The Wooler Wheel events have grown year-on-year, and we are delighted to have now created the Triad, with the launch of our second cross-border ride – the Wooler Wheel Big ‘Un.

“Many riders have tackled the previous two Wooler Wheel sportives in the same year, and we have now issued our entrants with a new challenge – to join the Wooler Wheel 300 Club by completing the three longest distances in 2015.

“Those riders who do so will cover just over 300 miles, and we will recognise that achievement appropriately.

“The Wooler Cycle Hub’s routemaster has created a fantastic challenge with the Big ‘Un, taking riders around the Cheviots, along the south bank of Kielder Water and past the Kielder dam, and all avoiding the few busy roads in the area.

“This is a wonderful ride, aimed at elite riders, which covers 200km of some of the most incredible cycling roads in north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.”

Once again the 2015 rides will all start and finish at John Swan Ltd’s auction mart in Wooler, and the organisers are indebted to the company for their support.

Further support for the 2015 events has come from Kielder Water and Forest Park, Marshall Leisure, Doddington Dairy and Northumberland National Park.

Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative have continued their support of the events and will again provide mechanical support.

For more information about the events, visit