Group gets on bike to mark milestone

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AN ORGANISATION aiming to promote the benefits of cycling has celebrated its first anniversary.

In its first 12 months, WATBike has held 100 guided rides with more than 800 people joining them in exploring Northumberland on a bike.

A celebration event took place at South Beach Community Centre in Blyth last week to mark the milestone.

Cycle development officer Colin Hall said: “WATBike has turned my dream into a reality.

“I am looking forward to rolling out our new bike training programme and planning new routes for the year.

“All our income supports WATBus and is going towards a new wheelchair accessible minibus.

“We are very grateful for all the raffle prizes and thank Greggs for the supper and Joe Waugh, from M Steels Cycles for pledging £1,500 in sponsorship.”

Ex-Olympian cyclist and Commonwealth gold medallist Joe said: “I am very impressed with WATBike developing cycling at grassroots level and delighted to put something back into the local community, as cycling is for everyone and can be enjoyed at all levels of ability.”