Some of the country’s best bicyclists will this month battle it out on the streets of Bishop Auckland as the Velo29 road race returns on August 18.

But before the professionals show off their skills families are being offered a chance to take to the track – for a Rio Olympics inspired pedal powered party.

Cllr Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, arts and culture, said: “The Velo29 cycle races are a great community event and we are delighted to be welcoming them back to Bishop Auckland for a third year.

“The family fun rides are always popular as it gives everyone aged four or over a chance to ride the same great combination of wide open sections, fast corners and narrow more challenging roads that make it such a magnificent course for the pros.”

This year’s free family fun ride – organised by the council in partnership with Bishop Auckland Town Council, Bishop Auckland AAP and Local Motion – takes place from 5.15pm to 6.15pm.

Riders are encouraged to don their favourite colourful costume or Olympic inspired outfit and to “bling up” their bikes.

The ride is suitable for children and adults of all abilities and all bicycle types are welcome, including scooters, balance bikes, traditional bikes and bike trailers.

For those without their own two-wheeled transport a limited number of adult bikes will be available for use on the night.

Places – and bikes – can be booked in advance by calling 03000 266 555 or emailing sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk. Registration will also be possible on the night, from 4.45pm, at Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Around the course riders may see professional BMXers or MEGA Motion mascot Sam, and there will be goodie bag giveaways too.

Following the family ride the youth and senior races will begin at 6.45pm.

For more information see: www.durham.gov.uk/cyclingevents