Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 15.15.45A CYCLE ride celebrating the origin of Middlesbrough’s name will take place this week.

As part of the ongoing Discover Middlesbrough celebrations, a ride with a shared distance of 200km is planned – without it ever leaving the town.

The distance is based on the belief that Middlesbrough’s name derives from it being the middle point, or “middle borough”, between the two historic churches of Whitby and Durham – 200km apart.

It is hoped as many people as possible will combine to take on laps of the 1km-long Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit to complete the whole distance.

The event will take place at the circuit, at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Alan Peacock Way, on Saturday, October 17 from 1pm-2pm.

Cllr Lewis Young, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “This fun event is designed to celebrate Middlesbrough’s history and also to enjoy cycling in a fun community environment.

“It is free to take part and we have a range of bikes available to use on the day – including for people with disabilities – and it is also an opportunity for those who have not yet done so to see the Sports Village, velodrome and cycle circuit.

“We hope as many people of any age or ability come along and ride as many or as few laps as they can to help us reach the target.”

For more information www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/middlesbroughcyclecircuit