Archive for May, 2012

Kristian House

Rapha Condor Sharp’s Kristian House

Despite the best efforts of Rapha Condor Sharp’s Kristian House, who rode away to an impressive solo victory, Endura Racing have stretched their lead at the top of the standings to five points after two rounds.

House broke clear at around half-distance, taking all three Boardman Bikes Sprints on his way to a comprehensive victory by over half a minute in Durham, with Endura Racing’s Kirkcaldy winner Scott Thwaites leading in the much depleted main field.

Thwaites’ second, allied to third for Ian Bibby and fifth for Johnny McEvoy gave Endura Racing their second team win of the week, to make it a maximum score from The Halfords Tour Series’ opening two rounds of the 2012 season.

Rapha Condor Sharp bounced back from a disappointing opening night to take second, thanks to House’s win, moving them up to second in the standings, level on points with Node4 – Giordana Racing.

In damp and grimy conditions, the tough Durham circuit took its toll on the riders from the offset, with several crashes disrupting the progress of others.  After only a handful of laps the field was fractured, with an elite front group forming from which all the evening’s main protagonists would emerge.

House jumped clear prior to the second Boardman Bikes Sprint, taking Peter Williams and National Circuit Race Champion Graham Briggs away with him initially.  House soon pressed on alone gradually building a lead which would see him home safely ahead of his pursuers.

“I’ve won the sprints here now for three years in a row and I’ve been top five here each year so it’s really been one I wanted to win,” said Kristian House. “It suits me, it’s quite a hard course with the cobble stones but I know how to ride it. I really enjoy that course. It’s tough but it’s tough in a way that suits me.

“I was really nervous about the steep course and the wet surfaces, especially after the first round where there were a lot of crashes. It was really key to stay at the front and out of trouble and it worked out well for me as an individual.

“I can’t get over the crowd at these races, especially here in Durham. The bottom corner had the biggest crowd I’d ever seen – everyone wanted to see the crashes but I am glad I disappointed them on that tonight!”

via Endura excel in tough Durham test.

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Round Two of The Halfords Tour Series pedals into action in Durham tonight (Thursday 17 May) and reigning series champions Rapha Condor Sharp are looking to get back on track after a disappointing finish to the opening round in Kirkcaldy.

Dean Downing – winner of five Tour Series events since it began in 2009 – was sitting at the front of the pack last night alongside eventual winner from Endura Racing Scott Thwaites – until a puncture 500m from the finish line ended his hopes of a top spot.

Downing will be making his first appearance in Durham tomorrow and is ready for the challenge. He said, “This is my first Durham outing and I am expecting quite a challenge. It’s going to be tough but it’s tough for everybody. From what I’ve seen of past years it splits up straight away so we’ll be trying to get to the front. There are some quite steep hills and sharp corners.”

Reflecting on the race in Kirkcaldy he said, “The top four teams last night were battling against each other. I had some terrible luck at the end with my puncture so it didn’t quite go to plan.”

With individual and team points up for grabs, the Rapha Condor Sharp team consisting of Downing, Kristian House, James McCallum, Ben Grenda and Ed Clancy will be going all out to get back in contention with Endura Racing and Team UK Youth who are currently in the top-two spots respectively on the team standings.
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via Downing aims to scale the heights of Durham.

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Cycle-Energy Extreme

Wednesday 16 May,  6.00-9.00pm,  Spennymoor Leisure Centre

Doors open at 5.30pm.

Probably the North East’s biggest indoor-cycle-fitness marathon EVER.

130 bikes : 6 instructors : 3 hours : 2 charities : 1 challenge

Join us for our biggest indoor cycling challenge yet. Free entry to this great event. You can take part in 1, 2 or 3 hours worth of indoor fitness cycling. Book your place now by contacting Spennymoor Leisure Centre.

via Sport and leisure promotional offers – Durham County Council.

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Looking forward to checking this out, been each year and always a great spectacle.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

19:00 until 20:30

The thrills and spills of competitive cycling will be returning to the streets of Durham this year as once again the city plays host to The Halfords Tour Series.

With the main event starting at 7pm, specatators will see the teams battle it out for those all important points. Local supportors will have the extra pleasure of cheering for their local team Velo29 who will be taking part for the first time.

With the Durham circuit being hailed as one of the most demanding with the cobbled climb, narrow streets and right angle corners; this is bound to be an exciting hour of city centre racing at it’s best!!

Full details can be found on The Halfords Tour Series website: http://www.tourseries.co.uk

VIP Hospitality places available: http://www.tourseries.co.uk/ArticleView.asp?Id=441

via Round 2: Durham.

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Endura Racing continued their domination of this seasons Premier Calendar Series when Scott Thwaites took victory in round three, the Tour of the Reservoir in Northumberland on Sunday.

Thwaites, the 22-year-old Yorkshireman who won stage two of last month’s Tour Doon Hame and finished third overall, showed his class with victory at the end of the 100-mile event, which was based at Blanchland and took in a circuit of Derwent Reservoir.

With Alex Blain winning the Dengie Marshes and Jonny McEvoy winning Doon Hame overall, Endura Racing have dominated all events in the Premier Calendar Series.

And today’s victory leaves Thwaites leading the Premier Calendar standings at the halfway stage.


1 Scott Thwaites (Endura Racing) 4:04:47
2 Peter Hawkins (IG Sigma Sport)
3 Russell Downing (Endura Racing) both @ same time
4 Graham Briggs (Raleigh-GAC) @ 2sec
5 Andy Tennant (Rapha Condor-Sharp) @ 5sec
6 Pete Williams (Node 4-Giordana)
7 Marcel Six (Metaltek)
8 Michael Berling (Cycle Premier)
9 Evan Oliphant (Raleigh GAC)
10 Wouter Sybrandy (IG Sigma Sport)

Premier Calendar Overall (after three rounds):
1 Scott Thwaites (Endura Racing) 244pts
2 Jonny McEvoy (Endura Racing) 154
3 Erick Rowsell (Endura Racing) 149

Road: Thwaites wins Tour of Reservoir.

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A north east water worker is gearing up for the challenge of a lifetime to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, although his football loyalty lies with the Black Cats.

Rob Mewes, a Northumbrian Water employee from Washington, is planning a 324 mile charity cycle by circling the organisation’s famous Kielder Reservoir, not once or twice but an astonishing twelve times later this year.

The largest man made lake in northern Europe boasts a 27 miles shoreline and Rob’s mammoth ride is almost the equivalent length of the English Channel.

Since his father was diagnosed with the same condition as Sir Bobby in August 2010, Rob (33) has been determined to tackle the marathon distance over the course of three days.

via Cycling around Kielder Resivoir twelve times in aid of charity | Visit Northumberland | Visit Northumberland Blog.

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New cycling guides added to FILE BOX on BLOG… check them out…

  • Brandon to Bishop Auckland
  • Derwent Walk Railway Path
  • Hurworth Burn to Station Town
  • Lanchester Valley
  • Waskerley Way

You can find the BOX on the right of the BLOG half way down,,, be sure to click on guides, and d/l the ones of your choice.

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Waskerley Way Consett to Stanhope

Waskerley Way Railway Path PDF 6 pages, 2632kb


From 30 April 2012 work will begin on resurfacing a 2.5 mile stretch of the Railway Path between Whitehall picnic area and Burnhill. Weather permitting this will take around five weeks. Please take care through the site and follow any signs on site or directions given by staff. Thank you for your patience during this time.

via Countryside – railway paths – Durham County Council.

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