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Wheelers celebrate five years of opportunities

A cycling club with a focus on riders with disabilities, is celebrating its fifth birthday by officially opening a new track.

Watchtree Wheelers was set up in 2009 and now has 3,000 members.

To continue to support its expansion, a purpose built training area, set in the Watchtree Nature Reserve near Wiggonby, Carlisle, has been built.

About 200 people took part in a mass ride to celebrate Credit: ITV Border
The club boasts Little Wheelers and Junior Wheelers training in association with British Cycling Credit: ITV Border
It's hoped the new facilities will improve sporting opportunities for everyone Credit: ITV Border


Cycle group aims to a-track-ed more members

A Cumbrian cycle group that's trying to get people of all ages and disabilities into the sport celebrated the opening of its new track today, Wednesday 6 August.

The Watch Tree Wheelers have raised £132,000 to pay for the facility at Watchtree Nature Reserve near Carlisle.

The club hopes to get as many people involved as possible Credit: ITV Border

The group's aim is to get as many people with disabilities cycling and today's event includes a mass ride out by up to 200 cyclists.

The facilities are being officially opened by Paralympic silver medalist Karen Darke, who's paralysed from the waist down after a climbing accident.

Karen Darke will opened with new facilities Credit: PA

The Watchtree Wheelers have 3,000 cyclists a year who come to cycle with the club and use it's facilities.

It's bikes are specially adapted for people with disabilities, one of the only clubs in Cumbria to do so.

200 cyclists are taking part to mark the opening of a new track Credit: ITV Border


Guinness World Record hope for 81 year old cyclist

Tony Rathbone (left) and Billy Skipper (right) Credit: Robert Rathbone

After a journey that covered 950 miles, 81 year old Tony Rathbone and his friend Billy Skipper have finished their cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats.

Tony and Billy cycled from Land's End to John O' Groats Credit: Robert Rathbone

Tony, from Cumbria, cycled with Billy from South Shields to raise money for cancer care charities.

Tony may even be entered into the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest cyclist to complete the journey.

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Not quite ready to take his foot off the pedal

An 81 year-old man from Cumbria is doing exactly the opposite of relaxing.

Tony Rathbone is half way through a mammoth cycle ride.

He's pedalling more than 950 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson caught up with him as he approached his home town of Keswick.

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