A thousand cyclists taking on the Deloitte Ride Across Britain will be passing through the centre of Carlisle this morning on their way to John O' Groats.

The challenge will see a thousand of bikers plus crew tackle the 980-mile route from Land’s End.

The route is made up of nine stages over nine days and will see cyclists ride over 100 miles each day.

After arriving at their checkpoint on the edge of Carlisle yesterday the mammoth procession will set off from their camp at 7am.

Riders will pass through Upperby and Currock then breeze through the city making their way along Scotland Road towards the first pit stop at Lockerbie.

Many of those taking part are raising money for charity.

Andy Cook, Route Director is pleased to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the ride, he said: "The ride is going really well, it’s a massive challenge but everyone is in great spirits.

"Cumbria is one of the most beautiful parts of the route, coming up over Shap fell was just stunning, the views are outstanding.

"It was a tough day yesterday, 116 miles from Haydock to Carlisle is a big as."