Durham’s annual Big Bike Ride proved bigger than ever as a thousand cyclists took to the roads around the city.
Cyclists of all ages and abilities from pensioners to toddlers took part in the event that aims to promote the joys of pedal power.
The routes of three, 10 and 25 miles all started and finished at County Hall.
Organiser Ed Tutty said: “We had 1,000 people taking part across the three rides, about a 10 to 15 per cent increase on last year.
“One of the best things was that we had over 100 in the five, six and seven age group, the most we have ever had.
“There were cyclists of all ages and abilities. The oldest was 78 and the youngest were just months old, in trailers and on the back of bikes.
“The event is not a race but is about participation and all finishers get the same goodie bag and T-shirt.
“The day is about getting out on your bike and enjoying some of the great countryside we have around Durham City.
“It was a real family affair.”
Next week will see more adventurous riders take part in “The Beast” a 50 mile route starting at Sniperley Park and Ride on the edge of the City.
“As the name suggests, ‘The Beast’ is for the more experienced riders and covers almost every hill around the area.
“It is a great challenge for riders and the popularity of this one means that again, we will have a bumper attendance,” added fellow organiser Colin Wilkes.
One person who will be doing ‘the double’ of Big Ride and The Beast is Durham cricketer Phil Mustard.
Phil will be using both rides as training for his 440miles ride later in the year raising money for the Professional Cricketers Association which starts at the Emirates Durham in October. “