Archive for April, 2012

Join us for a fun bike ride on Saturday 28th April – meet 10.30 am at Durham Market Place – ride to Malton picnic site (near Lanchester) where there will be a picnic, and then back to Durham (approx 15 miles in total) Also a longer option – ride on to Consett and back (approx 28 miles in all).

This is your chance to enjoy a bike ride in some lovely countryside, eat a picnic and contribute to the Energy Descent Action Plan; all ages and cycling abilities welcome!


To help the organisation please email transport@transitiondurham.org.uk if you’re coming or if you would like further information.

via What no Oil The Bike Ride.

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The Etape Pennines 2012 Press Day.

The 2012 Etape Pennines will take place on the 7th October 2012 in County Durham, England.

Entries and Information can be found at the event website


Etape Pennines Press Ride 2012 – a set on Flickr.

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AN Olympic medal-winning cyclist will lead a field of up to 3,000 when a mass bike ride comes to the North-East this autumn.


The Etape Pennines ride, said to be cycling’s equivalent of the Great North Run, will follow a 78-mile route around County Durham, beginning and ending at Ushaw College, west of Durham City.


The event, England’s first mass participation closed roads cycling event, will be held on Sunday, October 7, and is expected to raise thousands of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, its official charity, and other good causes.


It was officially launched yesterday, as Rob Hayles, who won silver in the pursuit event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, covered parts of the route.


Mr Hayles, who now helps coach Tour de France star Mark Cavendish, said: “Marie Curie is a great charity and anything which encourages people to ride a bike and see the countryside is a great cause.


“If you’re going to get on a bike in this neck of the woods in October you’ve got to be pretty keen. It shows how cycling is becoming more and more popular.”


Etape Pennines is being launched following the success over five years of Etape Caledonia, based in Pitlochry, Scotland, which boosts the Perthshire economy by £2m every year. Places for this year’s Caledonian ride, on Sunday, May 13, sold out in nine days.



The Pennines ride has already attracted 2,000 cyclists, including 11 from overseas.


The route has been designed to show off County Durham’s best scenery. Cyclists will visit Esh, Cornsay, upper Weardale, upper Teesdale, Hamsterley Forest, Witton Park, Crook and Esh Winning. The total ascent is 5,407ft.


Cyclists will leave at a rate of 200 per minute from 6.45am.


Rolling road closures will be in place. Participation is open to people aged 18 to 80. Entry is £61 per person.


More details will be announced nearer the date. For more information, visit etapepennines.co.uk

Olympic medallist to lead field of 3,000 cyclists on Etape Pennines ride (From The Northern Echo).

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Rob Hayles joined by others for Press Ride this morning in Durham, cycledthe hills of Teesdale and Weardale; to promote the Etape Pennines Cycle Event to take place on 7th October.

Etape Pennines

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For 2012 the Tour of the Reservoir will  be held on May 6th.

Race information

Parking  in Blanchland: To limit disruption to local inhabitants and ensure the race starts smoothly, it is essential that all competitors, team vehicles and spectators park in the large car park to the north of the village on the Pennypye Road and NOT in the village.

Race HQ: Blanchland Village Hall, Blanchland, Nr Hexham, DH8 9UB.

Sign-on: Sign-on commences at Race HQ at 08:30

Rollout: Rollout from Race HQ into the neutralised zone is at 10:20

Neutralised Zone: The Neutralised Zone is between Blanchland and Carrick Corner where the race proper starts

Route & Distance: The Tour of the Reservoir Circuit: Double-click on the map for a larger view:                             

The race consists of 8 laps of the 12 mile circuit – total race distance 96 miles.

Location of Circuit: Google Maps

Entry Fee: The Entry Fee is £35 per rider.  Cheques are to be made payable to ‘Tyne Valley Cycling Events’ please.

Entries by post to the organizer: Mike Hodgson, Briarwood, Edmundbyers, Co Durham, DH8 9NN. Tel: 01207 255 219. Mobile: 07519 565 061. Fax: 01207 255 400.


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A KEEN cyclist is set to represent Hartlepool United in an epic riding challenge.

Andy Mason will cycle the 244 miles from Wembley Stadium, in London, to the Arc de Triomphe monument, in Paris, in aid of national charity Help the Hospices.

He will be representing the club in the Football League’s Arch to Arc challenge, which is due to take place over four days this summer.

Mr Mason is taking up the baton for Pools after being tipped off about it by his next-door neighbour Russ Green, the club’s chief executive.

The 47-year-old is a regular on two wheels and has been keeping his eye out for his next big challenge, and the mammoth bike ride certainly fits the bill.

The maintenance engineer, married to Mandy, 48, will embark on the trek on Thursday, June 14.

The dad to Sophie, 20, said: “I can’t wait for the summer now – I’m really excited about this.

• To donate visit www.justgiving.com/andrew-mason65 or text HUFC99 to 70070.

via Poolie Andy takes up Paris charity pedal challenge – Community – Hartlepool Mail.

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Blog on our efforts so far at http://cuban-wheels.blogspot.com/ and my just giving page is http://www.justgiving.com/Alexandria-Charters

My name is Alexandria Charters and I live in Ushaw Moor, County Durham I am a busy working mum with four young children. My godmother who lives in Carlisle and I have signed up with action for charity to raise money for three worthwhile charities in memory of my mum who I sadly lost just under 2 years ago to breast cancer. The three charities are breast cancer care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer and Ovarian Action registered charity number 268369. We both have a lot of training to do to ride 400km around Cuba in 5 days in October 2013, We both need to raise £2900 in sponsorship money to keep our places on the challenge and we are working on ideas and events to reach the target.

This is an ‘adventure’… a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip.. it will be a challenge and an amazing experience.. It will provide incredible memories and bring together two people from different generations with different life experiences on a journey together… because of one person they both loved – ‘Trudy’ … this trip will be our tribute to her, whilst at the same time raise funds to help others who sadly find themselves in a similar situation..

Alex and I will be partaking in a ‘Women v Cancer’ cycle ride – a mere 400km across Cuba. The funds raised will be divided equally between: Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.. some money will also be donated to help women fight cancer in Cuba….

blog on our efforts so far at http://cuban-wheels.blogspot.com/ and my just giving page is http://www.justgiving.com/Alexandria-Charters

Read their STORY in the Cumberland NEWS http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/me/my-life/facing-the-challenge-of-their-lives-and-all-for-love-1.939319?referrerPath=me/my-life

via Cuban Wheels – October 2013.

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