|The Start Line to the first Bellingham Blast|
2012 Bellingham Blast
Most of the forest road sections are not normally promoted for cycling, so this gives the event a unique route through Northumberland National Park. You also will be cycling around part of the Kielder Marathon "The most beautiful marathon in the United Kingdom"
When do I register for the sportive? You register from 8am-10am on the morning of the event. You will be given your map, information on the area and your timing chip then.
Cycle chiefs have revealed the routes for the Bellingham Blast – the North East’s exciting new mass bike ride event. Kielder Water & Forest Park and the Northumberland National Park will provide the stunning backdrop. Two routes have been announced - a 61 mile (100km) circuit for serious bikers on mixed surface (Saturday) and a choice of family rides on the Sunday, on quiet, tarmac country roads.
Although not a race, the longer outing will take four hours plus to complete, whizzing riders along country roads from Bellingham to Tarset and the Combe then looping round the North side of Kielder Water to Kielder Castle, then to Stonehaugh, and back to Bellingham. Some sections will be on logging roads and organisers say race timing will be available.
The less strenuous family routes take in a spectacular link between Bellingham and Dally Castle, often with more red squirrels than cars. Registration is £5 for a family of four or £2 per person. Email to book a place as you cant register for this through the website.
Alex MacLennan, Recreation, Tourism & Communities Manager with Forestry Commission, said:
“The aim is to draw new visitors into one of the nation’s most breath-taking areas. Entries are flowing in and it will be wonderful weekend. It’s a fantastic way to explore the area at your own pace and for those fancying a challenge they can look to beat their own personal time challenge.”