The Three Rivers Cycle
Route is quite distinct from the other long distance routes as its many
loops and figures of eight leave you close to many cycle shops. The route is not
really a 'long distance route' as it never strays far from its central point at
Haswell (birth place in 1937 of one of the UK's greatest cyclists Tommy
Simpson, a coalminers son, who died from exhaustion on a slope
in the 1967 Tour de France).
There are cycle shops close
to most places the route passes by including Durham,
Consett, Sunderland, Newcastle, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, South
Shields, North Shields, Jarrow and Tynemouth, and Halfords stores are located
closeby too (0870 870 8810 for exact locations).