The Wooler Wheel is a series of cycle challenges in Glendale, North Northumberland. May 2013 saw a new 160k route, with a 100k on the same day, taking cyclists into Couquetdale as well as the northern tip of Glendale, North Northumberland. October 2013 was a re run of the last years inaugural route but with a different start venue.Both events were sold out weeks before their official closing dates and had great reviews and feedback – see some of them below. May 2014, and yet another new route, one which took half it’s length over into Scotland. The Borderlands, where the unique met the unusual – a unique challenge and an unusual venue. It was also the first for a British Cycling backed junior specific sportive. Again, great reviews and feedback, including one from Abby Holder, British Cycling’s official blogger, read what she says here.
IT’S BACK! The Wooler Wheel Classic 100km and 50km October 4th 2014
It will be 2 years old and it’s third running and already it has become a classic – with its growing popularity, The Wooler Wheel is the must-ride sportive of Northumberland. The Wooler Wheel is a challenge event taking place in the far north of Northumberland. Over 100km long, with a shorter version just over 50km long, the route takes in the River Till Valley, ascends the steep escarpment of the Fell Sandstone ridge to reveal views of Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle, and then makes its way through picture postcard Ford to the northern outposts of the volcanic Cheviot Hills and theTweed Valley before returning to Wooler.
As well as being a strenuous test of stamina and strength, The Wooler
Wheel is arguably the most visually stunning sportive of its kind in England, with superb
views of the High Cheviots from many different aspects, views of the beautiful Northumberland coast, and, of the Eildon and Lammermuir Hills in Scotland.
No industry and sparse population equate to very light motor traffic and this, coupled
with its scenic landscape and ancient heritage, makes the area a unique destination for safe, exhilarating and challenging cycling.
Supported again by the Edinburgh Bicycle Co operative and the Northumberland National Park, and affiliated to British Cycling, the event starts and finishes at John Swan Limited Wooler Livestock Mart, Barrow House, Berwick Road, Wooler.
WHAT A FANTASTIC DAY! The inaugural WW160 took place May 11th 2013 in somewhat challenging weather but did that put the 350 entrants off? Not a bit of it. The smiles of people arriving back at the finish line said it all, it turned out to be a bit more of a challenge for some but all were unanimous in their enjoyment of the day. A few e-mails from the many received after the event have been posted here -
I took part in the 100 KM ride on Saturday and was so impressed by the organisation and by the good natured supportive marshalls and food station helpers that I feel I should write and thank you all. I’ll be back in October.
My thanks to you and your team for organising such a fantastic event. Seamless organisation, clear route signing, friendly and helpful marshals and helpers, fantastic route. This is unquestionably the best sportive
I have ever undertaken. Kind regards
October 2013 and the WW100N and 50k was a day of full on sunshine with smiles to match. Nearly 500 cyclists of all ages took to their saddles to experience some of the best scenery and hospitality the area could offer. The youngest cyclist was Skye at four and three quarter years old, pedaling behind her dad. This event saw one of the highest percentage of ladies taking part, 50% in the 50k and nearly 28% of the total entry field. Again, the feedback was all positive with compliments for the event coming by e-mail, FaceBook, Twitter and some posted on this web site.
Great event all the staff marshals and riders friendly and helpful, my son and l will be back in may if l get shot of the cramp.
I’ve never ridden a sportive in my life. The organisation team were fantastic, and the marshalls and other staff were fantastic. Oh and guess what? Northumberland is the most beautiful place in the world….
May was my first sportive and Wooler was the venue it was special. I have done few more over the summer and ended it all again today in Wooler. I was really looking forward to the day and it surpassed all my expectations another great day made possible again by friendly enthusiastic marshals and organisers. May 2014 already pencilled in the calendar. Many many thanks and very well done to you all.
There are more comments, banter and photo’s on the WW Facebook page
For proofs of photographs from the official photographer, send an e-mail with your rider number to firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul has created a Flickr photostream for the Wooler Wheel. Anyone can join free and add, comment or just view the photo’s. to view go to www.flickr.com/groups/the-wooler-wheel/
Thank you Paul!
Well done everyone!
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Why a Cyclosportive in North Northumberland? No industry and sparse population equate to very light motor traffic and this, coupled with it’s scenic landscape and ancient heritage, makes the area a unique destination for safe, exhilarating and challenging cycling.
Perhaps the photographs will help give you an idea of the area. The diversity of scenery in North Northumberland is truly wonderful – these were taken on a beautiful day in early spring along the route.
Here you see the massif that is The Cheviot, snow crowned at this time of year and dominating.You will see it from all sorts of angles on the route, sometimes cycling away from and sometimes with it ahead.
This is only a few miles out of Wooler.
This one looks over the coast to Holy Island – a challenging climb to get to this point!
The Wooler Wheel Challenges are a natural progression from The Wooler Cycle Hub which was set up in 2010 and has 7 way marked cycle routes of varying lengths and grades which radiate out from the attractive and bustling market town of Wooler, Gateway to The Cheviots and The Northumberland National Park. The routes take you through some 8,000 years of history within beautiful Glendale, through heather moorland with soaring rocky tors, past isolated farmsteads, over fertile agricultural plains with sweeping coastal views and through pretty villages – the diversity of scenery in North Northumberland is one of it’s many charms and a cycle ride the best way to appreciate. The routes are supported by a wonderful map sold throughout Wooler or you can download them from the web site. http://www.wooler.org.uk/visitor/?sid=1106
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