Monday, June 21, 2010

The Ecotopia Bike Tour Starts Here!

Darlington Cycling Campaign, in cooperation with Darlington Friends of the Earth, is hosting the start of the Ecotopia Bike Tour of Europe! Come and join us!

Where: Clow Beck Eco Centre, near Croft
Time & Date: Saturday, 8pm - 10pm June 26th 2010
What to Bring: Food, drink, bike

The Ecotopia Bike Tour 2010 will ride through the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. Their 1700km itinerary is focused around climate justice issues, and will take more than two months: from 26 June until 31 August 2010. The journey starts with us here in Darlington.

Tour members arrive throughout the afternoon at Darlington Bank Top station with their bicycles, and will be heading for the Clow Beck Eco Centre for an evening social and overnight camping. We require a few Campaign members to accompany the group from the town centre to Clow Beck. An initial group will be arriving mid-afternoon, and will join us in Stanhope Park for the Community Carnival. A second group will arrive at Bank Top station at 18.34. We plan to accompany the cyclists to Clow Beck at 18:45, starting in the Market Place outside the Dolphin Centre.

As hosts, Darlington Cycling Campaign will be screening the film Beauty and the Bike. We would also hope to provide our guests with food and drinks, but this depends on our members stepping forward to help out with a contribution. If you can help with food, drinks, or cycling out to Clow Beck, please email us, or ring Richard on 07967 972092. But most important of all, please come along to the social!

If you are coming to Clow Beck, it is situated about 1 mile west of Croft Village. Take the A167 (carefully - renowned for blind motorists) to Croft on Tees, cross the bridge over the river, and follow the main road through the village. Just outside the south end of Croft, turn right and follow the signs to Clow Beck Eco Centre. See the map of the Clow Beck area below.

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