Riders ready for road race

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TOP riders from across the North East and Scotland will be taking part in this year’s Ballantyne Memorial Trophy Road Race on Sunday.

The race, organised by Barnesbury Cycling Club, will start at Mitford Cricket Club at 10.30am and riders will travel in a westerly direction on the B6343 to Dyke Neuk.

The 55-mile route will also cover Hartburn, Scots Gap, Cambo (right turn onto the B6342), Harwood Gate, Elsdon, (right turn onto the B6341) Bilsmoor, Hepple, Sharperton and Holystone. At this point, the riders will head back to Mitford on the opposite sides of the roads.

As well as a prize for the winner, awards will be given to the first lady, first junior, King of the Mountains and The Dave Walton Memorial Sprint. More than 50 riders have already signed up for the race and others can do so on the day.

Competitors are to park in the field opposite the cricket club or in its grounds – at no point should competitors or spectators park on the B6343.

l Women across the county are being encouraged to get on their bikes for a fun ride on Saturday.

Organised by female British Cycling Breeze champions, the free rides are on local, accessible routes and in small friendly groups. They are ideal for women and mums who are looking to get back on a bike and make new friends.

Saturday’s ride starts at 1.30pm from the lay-by near Stamfordham Village Hall. To take part, register at www.breezebikerides.com or telephone 0161 2742117 for more information.