3 days, 2 wheels, 1 amazing festival!
Fri 14 Jul 2017 - Sun 16 Jul 2017 Stockton Riverside FREE
Plan your trip to the Stockton Cycling Festival with our handy visitor information page
There’s loads on offer at this year’s Stockton Cycling Festival and this is where you’ll find all the Visitor Information you’ll need to help plan your visit.
Friday 14 July 2017
Visitors are recommended to arrive early for the best vantage points, you can also view a map of the route here. A small number of temporary road closures will be required in the interest of public safety:
Stockton High Street (Maxwell’s Corner to southern loop) / Church Road (part) / The Square west -Thistle Green / Bishop Street (part) / Knowles Street – temporary road closures will be in operation between 5pm – 10:30pm, buses marshalled through High Street until 6pm. No diversion routes will be signed.
Saturday 15 July 2017
The Stockton Sportive takes centre stage on Saturday as riders of all abilities take part in this great cycling challenge. The ride will start at 8am on Stockton’s Riverside with the last participants expected to return by 6pm. As a result of the ride there may be some slight delays to traffic between 8am and 9am due to the escorted route – A1305 Riverside to A135, Queen Elizabeth Way, Barwick Way, A1044 Low Lane, Seamer Road.
Sunday 16 July 2017
Sunday is the main festival day with a packed programme of activities you can watch, join in and enjoy, including – our fantastic Family Festival Day and events village where you’ll find loads of exciting things for you and your family to enjoy, Youth Racing supported by Stockton Wheelers, our first Extreme Bike Battle, our fun, family RideStockton event and a thrilling Stockton Grand Prix where top cycling teams and riders will compete in this elite road race.
Various road closures will be in operation on Sunday between 5am – 7pm:-
9am–11am – A1305 Riverside, North Shore Gyratory and Council of Europe Boulevard – temporary road closures and diversions will be in operation 5am – 7pm.
12pm-2.30pm – A1305 Riverside / North Shore Gyratory / The Square east / Bishop Street / Silver Street / High Street – temporary road closures 10:30am – 3pm.
12pm-4pm – Circular route including Stockton Centre, A177 Durham Road, Thorpe Thewles, Carlton, Whitton, Stillington, Thorpe Leazes, A177, Wynyard Woodland Park, Blakeston Lane and returning to central Stockton. Roads and junctions will be temporarily closed via ‘rolling road closures’ managed by Cleveland Police at various locations during this time. Final circuits around North Shore (Dugdale Street, North Shore Road) / Teesdale (University Boulevard, Harvard Avenue, Princeton Drive (part) will be carried out under temporary road closures which will be implemented from 2:30pm – 7pm on roads in North Shore and 2:30pm – 6pm in Teesdale.
Signed diversion routes for the closures of North Shore Gyratory and Riverside will be signed via Old Portrack Lane, A1305 (Maritime Road, Allison Street, Leeds Street, Nelson Terrace, Prince Regent Street, Churchyard Link Road) and St John’s Crossing.
The event running order for Sunday is:
CHANGES TO BUS TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
There will be a small number of changes to bus times and bus stop locations as a result of the festival on Friday evening and Sunday. Details will available at the bus stops and also in the Rediscover Stockton Shop on Stockton High Street if you’re unable to download the timetables below:
CAR PARK CLOSURES
Please note: There will be a small number of car park closures during the festival. A full list of all available Stockton Town Centre public parking is available here.
Stockton Grand Prix – a spectators guide:
The Course – at 11.45am the race convoy of riders, official and team vehicles will assemble on Riverside, a great opportunity to grab an autograph or picture of the Elite Riders on the start line on Riverside Road.
At 12pm the race will “roll out” from Riverside alongside the 1,000’s of people of all ages taking part in our family ride, RideStockton. Under neutralised conditions, the convoy heads North on the A177 towards the main circuit where the flag will be dropped and the racing will commence.
The race will join the main circuit at the Hamilton Russell Arms (TS21 3JW) in Thorpe Thewles, mid-way between Stockton on Tees and Sedgefield. Following a short steep descent to the narrow bridge at the bottom of Middle Bank the riders climb towards the village of Carlton, a great place to catch a possible attack as the rider crest the ascent.
Passing through the feed zone just after leaving Carlton village, the race then turns right at Redmarshall crossroads to tackle the long, gradual but strength sapping drag towards the highest point of the race. The gradual climb via Whitton village is interspersed with a few shorter and steeper descents and ascents and approaching Stillington village the race turns right, heading through Thorpe Leazes towards the A177.
On reaching the A177, the riders turn right and speeds will be high as they follow the long descent towards Thorpe Thewles, carrying their speed through the left turn onto Wynyard Road. The left turn is followed shortly by a sharp right onto Blakeston Lane to descend to the single width hump backed bridge known locally as “Devils Dip”. The route out of the dip is an infamous climb on a single width lane which will be an excellent opportunity for the non-sprinters to try and escape the bunch and break up the race with a solo attack or small group. After 10 laps, no doubt the riders will have different name for it !
The race continues along the narrow country lane, descending to the A177 underpass and onto the old Durham Road. The former main road here is arrow straight, full width and concave. The main circuit then comes full circle on reaching the Hamilton Russell Arms.
The lap is covered 10 times but on the final circuit is cut short as the riders return direct on the fast descent via the A177 through Stockton to complete 140km in about 3 hours. The race then joins and completes 6 laps of a fast finishing circuit on Riverside and Teesdale. These 6 laps add a further 37km in about 1 hour resulting in a full race distance of 177km completed in about 4 hours, with the finish scheduled to be around 4pm.
The finishing circuit is usually fast and furious with a high number of finishers and usually results in a dramatic sprint finish. The presentations will take place immediately after the finish, on the podium located at the main event base adjacent to the start/finish on Riverside.
Good places to watch the action
Stand on the Festival event site on Riverside and experience the excitement and build-up to the start of the Stockton Grand Prix. Watch the riders line up, together with the race and branded team cars plus the escorting team of Police and National Escort Group motorcycles. Listen to the Race commentator as the riders take their position to embark on the 110 mile race.
The excitement will begin from 11.30am onwards for the official start at 12pm – or join in! Bring your bike and your family and join the RideStockton, a free recreational ride on a traffic free circuit. RideStockton will start straight after the Grand depart at 12pm and you’ll be lining up on Riverside, right next to the elite riders to follow them out!
The event site on Riverside will feature both the start and finish so position yourself here for the return and you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere and listen to the build up to the finish!
Fantastic location to view the race. Position yourself at the pub and watch the riders approach and tackle the turns and short, fast decent towards Carlton.
The sprint line is on the old main road just South of the Hamilton Russell Arms. With the straight, concave, wide road, viewing will be excellent.
The feed zone always offers the opportunity for a slower bit of rider spotting and is a great opportunity for pictures.
Lovely family friendly pub, open and serving food from 12 noon, great beer garden and bikes welcome. Great spot to enjoy the race.
Wynyard Woodland Park (formerly known as Castle Eden Walkway) started life as a working railway carrying freight to the ports along the River Tees. There’s a Visitor Centre housed in the old railway station, observatory, flat paths and numerous walks. Park the car and walk down to the Park entrance to watch the riders as they approach from the A177 or tackle Blakeston Lane and its testing climb.
Line the Princess of Wales (or Diana) Bridge which spans across the River Tees and links Stockton Town Centre to Teesdale Business Park. Watch the riders fly around the gyratory system and complete 6 laps of Riverside and Teesdale in a fast and furious finishing circuit for the Grand Prix and RideStockton
The pedestrian bridge crossing the Riverside road gives a superb view of the Start/Finish area and is easily accessed from the event village. There is no parking at the Riverside, use the public car parks in Stockton Town Centre and walk the short distance to the event village.
Fri 14 Jul 2017 18.30 - 21.00 Stockton High Street FREE
Join us on Friday evening to watch top class cyclists race around our unique Town Centre circuit! Be sure to come along and cheer them on!
Come and watch as the best of Britain’s Elite Cyclists race around our unique Stockton Town Centre circuit in an thrilling event to mark the start of Stockton Cycling Festival.
Get set for Friday evening racing as Stockton High Street is transformed for this exciting free town centre race event! The race will start and finish on the historic High Street – starting at 7.30pm, the route laps around the High Street where spectators can get up close to this exciting closed road event.
Come along to support and be inspired by some of the UK’s best riders and teams, past participants include Olympic medalists Ed Clancy OBE and Owain Doull MBE along with riders from top teams, such as Team Wiggins and One Pro Cycling.
Join us for this exciting, free to watch, event on your door step. The race is part of the British Cycling HSBC UK National Circuit Series and will be filmed and broadcast on British Eurosport.
Please note: there’s a small number of temporary road closures on Friday evening as a result of the festival and in the interest of public safety.
Sat 15 Jul 2017 08:00-09:00 Stockton Riverside £15 - £25
Take the challenge, ride the Stockton Sportive.
Come and join us for a great cycling challenge as part of Stockton Cycling Festival.
The Stockton Sportive is a challenging event offering cyclists of all ability the chance to take part in a ride ranging from 36 to 106 miles. Every ride departs from Stockton Riverside with an escorted start, just like the ‘Tour De France’!
From the start the riders will head out into the region, taking in beautiful scenery and breath-taking North Yorkshire Moors before heading back to Stockton Riverside for a well earned rest and opportunity to explore our Events Village.
There will be Feeding Stations, a Broom Wagon and support throughout the routes – making sure your wheels keep turning. Booking in advance for these rides is advisable as places are limited.
Prices range from £15 – 25 depending on your chosen route.
|Route||Distance (miles)||Climb (ft)|
|Spin||36.7||1,486||Perfect for first time Sportive riders, recreational riders and people returning to cycling. No major climbs.|
|Sport||50||3,537||Perfect for the progressing Sportive rider and cyclists with some experience. Great scenery and some significant climbs.|
|Challenge||72||6,568||Ride deep into the North York’s Moors on this stunning ride. Tough climbs, exhilarating descents. A ride to remember!|
|Le Tour De Moor||105.8||11,027||As tough and rewarding as any Sportive you will ride, all set on mile after mile of glorious but challenging roads. Riders who have completed this ride in the past have noted it was one of the most challenging but rewarding they have conquered.|
Sun 16 Jul 2017 12:00 - 14:30 Stockton Riverside FREE
Bring your bike and join our fun, family friendly RideStockton cycling event.
RideStockton is a fun, family cycle ride open to everyone! Its free to enter and part of the Stockton Cycling Festival and our exciting Family Fun Day – the event is perfect for families, all abilities and every kind of bike.
This community cycle ride offers a great opportunity for people of all ages to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads. The route loops around the stunning Stockton High Street and Stockton Riverside. Everyone is welcome, no matter what their age or ability.
You can cycle the route at a leisurely pace and as many times as you like. There’s also entertainment to enjoy along the way!
The ride starts 12noon on Stockton’s Riverside where you’ll line up next to the professional riders who are taking part in the Stockton Grand Prix!
Registration for RideStockton opens soon, or you can simply turn up on the day and join in the fun!
PRIZES TO BE WON!
There’s also some amazing prizes up for grabs for anyone taking part in this year’s RideStockton – prizes include:
Plus, look out for more exciting prizes and incentives on the day.
Sun 16 Jul 2017 12:00 Stockton Riverside FREE
Join us as Britain’s top cycling teams and riders arrive in Stockton to compete in this elite road race that will start/finish in the town centre. A combination of professional cyclists and speed not to be missed!
Watch Britain’s top cycling teams and riders compete in this elite road race that will start/ finish on Stockton Riverside.
This elite cycle race is part of the Stockton Cycling Festival and will see the UKs best riders competing around this fantastic course, departing from the Stockton Riverside, adjacent to our RideStockton event and our event village Family Festival Day. The route will then head out-of-town where riders will complete 10 laps of our main race circuit through the leafy villages of Thorpe Thewles, Charlton, Redmarshall, Whitton and Thorpe Leazes, before returning for a gripping conclusion with a six lap finale finishing circuit through Riverside and Teesdale.
A combination of professional cyclists and speed that is not to be missed. The race will begin on Stockton Riverside at 12 noon before returning for a thrilling finale between 3 and 4pm.
The event is part of the British Cycling HSBC UK Grand Prix Series and will be filmed and broadcast on Eurosport.
Event vehicles kindly provided by:
Sun 16 Jul 2017 9:00 - 17:00 Stockton Riverside FREE
The Stockton Cycling Festival will offer a huge variety of cycling themed family activities that everyone can watch, enter and join in during our Family Festival Day on Sunday 16 July.
The final day of our Stockton Cycling Festival is packed full of brilliant family activities that everyone can watch, join in and enjoy!
The Family Festival Day will take over our event village on Stockton’s Riverside and will be the heart of the festival. There’ll be loads of activities and entertainment for all the family, including –
The event is FREE to the public and open from 9am–5pm.
Take a look at the fantastic highlights of last year’s memorable Stockton Cycling Festival…
Sun 16 Jul 2017 11:00 - 14:30 Stockton Riverside FREE
Watch as some of the very best Riders in the UK battle to become the coveted ‘King of Extreme Bike Battle!’
A fantastic new addition to the 2017 Stockton Cycling Festival sees the first Stockton Extreme Bike Battle. Watch as some of the very best Riders in the UK battle to become the coveted ‘King of Extreme Bike Battle!’
You’ll experience some of the UK’s best stunt riders across three disciplines, Flatlanders, BMXers and Mountain bike, all battling against each other and fighting for the crowds reaction!
There’s three rounds to enjoy, each with 30 minutes of adrenalin fuelled stunts. The riders will go against each on all disciplines with all six riders aiming to perform their best tricks in each round.
Watch the excitement build as each discipline really pushes themselves to beat the others. A winner will be decided on each slot, but the overall winner will be decided at the end of the last show.
Don’t miss these awe-inspiring shows, part of the Stockton Cycling Festival and our exciting family fun day, at the following times:
• 11.00-11.30 – Round 1
• 12.30-1.00pm – Round 2
• 2.00-2.30pm – Round 3
• 2.30pm – King of the bike battle crowned
All shows will take place on our Stockton Riverside event site and there’s a full list of exciting activities and entertainment as part of our Family Fun Day!
Plus, there’ll be FREE coaching sessions available throughout the day, timings to be confirmed, provided by skilled stunt riders!
Here’s a little of what you can expect at the Stockton Extreme Bike Battle!
Cycle fever returns to Stockton in July with the annual Stockton Cycling Festival. Enjoy a weekend packed with events for the whole family and a celebration of all things cycling!
Get on your bike for this exciting free event, including elite racing, cycling challenges for all abilities, stunts, demo’s, interactive fun & activities and a family fun ride on specially closed roads for everyone to join in!
As a result of the Stockton Cycling Festival, a number of temporary road closures will be required at various locations and times between 14 – 16 July 2017 in the interest of public safety.
Event vehicles kindly provided by: