Family fun cycle evening in Carrickfergus town centre

Outgoing Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE gets ready for Bike Week with Irish international cyclist Eileen Burns. INCT 23-750-CON
Outgoing Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE gets ready for Bike Week with Irish international cyclist Eileen Burns. INCT 23-750-CON

Carrickfergus residents are being encouraged to take part in a national ‘Bike Week’ cycle on June 14.

All ages are welcome to the event in the town centre, which will be closed to traffic between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.

Riders should meet at High Street before completing their circuit taking in Antrim Street and North Street.

A ‘bike doctor’ will be in attendance offering advice on how to keep your bike in tip top condition.

There will also be a Skills Challenge and Watt Bike Sprints from Cycling Ireland.

Outgoing Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales said: “Council wholeheartedly supports ‘Bike Week’ and many other events that promote an active lifestyle to our citizens.

“Cycling provides a terrific aerobic workout to build strong, healthy bodies. It’s an activity which suits all ages from pre-school to pension age and it’s great to see such events that involve all the family happening right across the borough.”

“We also have such beautiful routes to cycle in and around Mid and East Antrim so it’s great to get people out and about, educate them, have some fun and show off our fabulous scenery.”

Local cycling club representatives will also be there to explain how you can get involved.

Ballymena Road Club and Irish International rider Eileen Burns said: “Cycling is a great way to keep fit, whether it’s as a hobby or competitively. Events like these are a great way to encourage people to take up the sport who maybe haven’t been on a bike for years, or who want to know more about the cycling community.

“My local cycling club is where I started and I’ve now competed on an international stage so it would be amazing to see more local cyclists coming up through the ranks.”

The event will have live music to get those pedals pumping and experts on hand to provide nutritional information and advice.

To take part in this free event you must register and forms are available at Carrickfergus Amphitheatre.

For more details or to download a registration form to bring with you on the night, you can go online at www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/bikeweek