SUNDERLAND is getting ready for its annual Active Sunderland BIG Bike Ride on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, with hundreds of cyclists set to pedal their way to fitness on routes across the city.

Entries are now open at:

Using the city’s cycle path network, the BIG Bike Ride is designed to cover a variety of distances to make sure that everyone, regardless of experience or ability, can join in.

Head of Events for Sunderland City Council, Victoria French said: “The Active Sunderland BIG Bike Ride is a hugely popular annual event, and is a great way to get active and have fun with your friends and family.

“Our city has more than 62 miles (100 kilometres) of dedicated cycle routes providing easy access for beginners as well as the long distance enthusiast.

“Sunderland is an important location on the national cycle network and few cities can provide traffic free cycling on such a scale, from the heart of the city to the suburbs and countryside.”

On Saturday 16 June, the five mile (eight kilometres) route will follow the perimeter of Herrington Country Park and is ideal for beginner cyclists and families with younger children. The ride starts at 10am.

On Sunday 17 June, riders start and finish at St Peter’s Riverside, near the University of Sunderland Campus. Starting at 9.45am, cyclists have a choice of two distances, 20 miles (32 kilometres) or 35 miles (56 kilometres).


Entry is only £10 per person and includes an Active Sunderland backpack, medal and goody bag.

To enter the Active Sunderland BIG Bike Ride and for further information please go to: 


• BIG Walk, Sunday 30 September
• BIG Community Sports and Activity Festivals, every Wednesday from 1 to 29 August

For further information on the Active Sunderland programme for 2018 please visit  or email .

You can also check the Active Sunderland Facebook page for all the latest news.