STOCKTON-ON-TEES Borough Council and the Tees Valley Community Foundation are joining forces to encourage more people to get involved in cycling ahead of the 2016 British Cycling National Road Championships.
Next year, the country’s most elite cycling competition will be held in Stockton-on-Tees and both organisations would like to see the Borough make the most of the opportunities it brings.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn, said: “We’ve placed the Championships at the heart of next year’s Cycling Festival so that people living in and around our Borough can watch elite racing while also taking part in recreational riding and other cycling based activities.
“The Tees Valley has some stunning scenery and attractions which we will be proud to showcase to the world when this major national event is broadcast so we urge everyone to get behind the Championships!
“Cycling is a great sport, which is enjoying huge popularity at present, so an event like this can really improve people’s perception of the area. Cycling is also a fantastic leisure activity which brings members of our community together and helps people get active and stay healthy.”
Chief Executive of the Tees Valley Community Foundation, Hugh McGouran, added: “We want to make sure the British Cycling National Road Championships are a big hit when they come to Stockton-on-Tees next year and we’re really excited about what our area can achieve.
“The area is home to more than half a million people who we know will be welcoming hosts and enthusiastic participants in the 2016 Cycling Festival so we’re working with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to look at how we can make it easier for people to line the streets on the big day, or even get in the saddle and take part!”
The Championships will arrive in Stockton on Thursday 23 June 2016 for the time-trials and onSunday 26 June 2016 for the men’s and women’s road races.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Tees Valley Community Foundation are finalising their plans and will release more information including how to get involved later this summer.