Even superfit triple jump gold medalist, Jonathan Edwards (left) and Olympic Team Pursuit Champion, Steve Burke (right) needed to take a break during their preparations to take on the Etape Pennines Challenge in 2014 but you don't have to be super fit orwear Lycra to enjoy cycling in Weardale.
There are some tough challenges if that's the sort of cycling you like.
Coast to Coast (C2C)
The Coast to Coast or Sea to Sea Cycle Route (C2C) is a 140 miles (230 km) cycle route from St Bees on the west coast of Cumbia to the North Sea at Sunderland or Tynemouth.
Roof of England
Enjoy the challenges of the highest roads in England. The Roof of England Cycling Club is for anyone who loves cycling in Allendale, Weardale and Teesdale..
Quiet country roads and miles of easily accessible off road cycle ways make Weardale a mecca for cyclists.
Let the chain take the strain