There’s exciting news for road cycling fans as a new road race is introduced in October. The Wooler Wheel sportive takes place on Oct. 6 and participants will be able to soak in the very quiet roads and magnificent landscapes of Northumberland.
The setting is Glendale in North Northumberland, which has more than 220 square miles of beautiful landscape and just 5300 people – that’s one square mile for every 24 residents.
Two years ago, recognising the huge potential for cycling in the area, The Glendale Gateway Trust mapped cycle routes in and around Wooler and from that project the Wooler Cycle Hub was launched. Not long afterwards the Wooler Wheel came into being – for people who want a bit more of a challenge.
There are two lenghts – the 100 km long and a shorter route at just over 50 km long. The route follows the Till Valley, goes up the steep Fell Sandstone ridge – where riders will see stunning views of Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle. It then goes to Ford village and skims the Cheviots before turning back into the town of Wooler.
This new ride will be one of the most visually stunning in the North of England and also a great challenge for cyclists. Find out more here.