Archive for April, 2014

Viewing The Beast 2014 - Part of the Durham Big Ride Events in Durham | MapMyRide

NEW Beast route for 2014

Slight changes to route this year, making the route now OVER 50 miles, MAPMyRide comes out as 52.15 miles.

# Changes after Outputs Lane, now continues on to Humberhill Lane and back RIGHT onto Longedge Lane then Eliza Lane where ROUTE continues as normal.

Actually this is GOOD news as the sharp right at original route after Outputs Lane took many by surprise.



SEE ROUTE HERE – Viewing The Beast 2014 – Part of the Durham Big Ride Events in Durham | MapMyRide.

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AN ANNUAL bike ride which attracts hundreds of cyclists of all abilities and ages is returning this summer.

The countdown to the Durham Big Ride 2014 was officially launched in Durham Market Place today (Wednesday, April 16).

The Big Ride, now in its eighth year, includes routes of three, ten and 25 miles, all starting and finishing at County Hall, Durham. This year’s will take place on Sunday, August 31.

The Beast, a tough route for experienced cyclists, is now in its fifth year. The 2014 challenge will take place on Sunday, September 14, and the route has been extended to 52 miles for this year.

Organiser Ed Tutty said: “The great thing about them is on one hand we’ve got the family fun day with the Durham Big Ride – three miles all the way through to 25 – and on the other end of the scale we’ve got The Beast, which is a tough one, for the experienced rider only.”

Entry costs £7 for the three-mile route; £20 for the ten and 25-mile rides, or £7 for under 16s; and £25 for The Beast.

Family tickets for two adults and two under 16s cost £50 each and discounts are available for groups of more than ten adults.

Entries are open now. To sign up, visit durhambigride.co.uk or call 03000-267-099.

via Durham Big Ride roars back… with The Beast (From The Northern Echo).

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In an exciting addition to the Tour of the Reservoir, a Women’s race is being held on the Saturday with rider 1 being one of the Worlds top female cyclo-cross riders, Helen Wyman

Startsheet – Alexandra Women’s Tour of the Reservoir

Following on from the Women’s Team Series (Round 2) today at Virgina Waters, the next big race for the country’s top female riders will be the Alexandra Women’s Tour of the Reservoir. No Grace Garner in the race but lots of familair names in the sport such as one of the Worlds top cyclo-cross riders for a decade now, Helen Wyman.

Other names that stand out from the list are Emma Trott for Boels Dolmans and Laura Massey, winner of round 1 of the Team Series and 3rd today despite a crash and chase to get back on and her teammate Hannah Walker (2nd today).

The course VeloUK understands will be based on the same/similar one the men have used for a long time now. It’s rolling and will certainly see a worthy winner!

via Startsheet – Alexandra Women’s Tour of the Reservoir.

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Startsheet – Tour of the Reservoir 2 Day

The season proper starts in the Two day Tour of Reservoir this weekend. Whilst British Cycling may be playing silly buggers with the format of the national series, the bottom line is that these events by volunteer organisers remain the same as they have for many years.

The Tour of the Reservoir is a tough early season event and this year tougher than ever to predict because there has been so little racing beforehand for Elite riders. Many riders have not raced anything of note at all so who’s in form, and who isn’t, is anybody’s guess.

The race is the start of a busy six months for the elite riders with the Prems, Tour Series, Elite Circuit Series and then for those selected, the Tour of Britain. A gentle start with two major events in April (the other the CiCLE Classic) then chaos in May and June before it starts to settle in July and August.

One thing is for sure, with a big reshuffle of riders around the teams after the loss of two UCI teams (UK Youth and Sigma), the Tour of the Reservoir will be the first glimpse of which teams are in form and got their act together working as a unit. The course is tough. The first stage on big loops is over some rather large climbs which are very exposed to the wind.

No surprise then this course is a grafters one with no hiding place. Last year, a large group of 14 riders got clear and finished five minutes ahead of the next group. I remember well some riders saying at the start ‘I hope I’m not the first one to be dropped’ because alone, it would be a long hard day out the back.

via Startsheet – Tour of the Reservoir 2 Day.

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