Archive for June, 2013

RESIDENTS and businesses have been warned to expect road closures while cyclists race 78-miles round County Durham in front of 3,000 spectators.

The 78-mile long Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines road race will this year take place on Sunday, October 6.

A series of meetings is to be held this month for residents to find out more about the roads affected and to offer them the opportunity to raise any issues.

Representatives from event organiser IMG Challenger World and officers from Durham County Council will be at the meetings to provide information and to answer questions. People who live or run businesses along the route have been encouraged to attend.

Nigel Dodds, the council’s strategic manager for outdoor sports and leisure, said: “Last year the event attracted competitors from around the world and brought a huge boost to the local economy, in excess of £235,000.

“However, we recognise that while the event brings a number of benefits to the region, the necessary road closures inevitably cause some disruption.”

The race starts on Harmire Road, Barnard Castle, and it heads through the Durham Dales, Weardale, Teesdale, Esh Winning, Crook and Hamsterley Forest.

The meetings are at: Cowshill Village Hall, on June 24, at 6.30pm; Crook Civic Centre, on June 25, at 6.30pm; Teesdale Leisure Centre, on June 26, at 7pm.

Details on the road closures can be obtained from IMG on 020-8233-5900, between noon and 2pm Monday to Thursday, or by emailing info@etapepennines.co.uk. A map, can be found at http://www.etapepennines.co.uk/roadclosures.

via Businesses face road closures as major bike race heads through town (From The Northern Echo).

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Durham Diversion Until December, 2013

11 June 2013

Durham diversion Cyclepath durham

The riverside route at Durham has become impassable due to landslips and a diversion is in place for at least the next 6 months. You can view a map of it here with the diversion illustrated in red. Thanks to the local Sustrans ranger who is in the process of signing it.

View a printable PDF map.

W2W — Durham Diversion Until December, 2013.

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ONE wheel is better than two for Nate McIntosh, who is training to take part in a community bike ride on his unicycle.

The 17-year-old, from Durham City, hopes to complete the ten-mile circuit of this year’s Durham Big Ride.

He said: “I love getting on the unicycle and going around the city and I thought: ‘Why not do the Durham Big Ride on it?’ “I started (aged nine) for fun and took to it straight away. Once you get used to it, riding slightly above everyone is a nice feeling and you do get some strange looks and comments.

“I’m out and about in Durham three times a week on this cycle, as well as my normal one.

“I can easy do six miles at the moment so I think the ten will be tough, but come September I should be fine.”

Nate is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. To sponsor him, visit justgiving.com/Nate-McIntosh

Durham Big Ride, with routes of three, ten and 25 miles, will take place on Sunday, September 1. The 50-mile Beast route is on Sunday, September 8. For more information, visit durhambigride.co.uk

via Unicyclist Nate in training for Durham Big Ride (From Durham Times).

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Start & Finish Location
The 2013 Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines will start and finish on Harmire Road, on the outskirts of Barnard Castle, County Durham. Please note this is a change to the 2012 event start and finish, Ushaw College. We advise you consider this start and finish location when planning your travel and accommodation.
Distance & Course Profile

Distance 77.6 miles

Total Ascent 2,313 metres

Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines : Course Map.

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