Archive for November, 2014

The Winking Sheep course

Distance:  88.5 mls  |  142.42 km

Total Ascent: 9030ft  |  2752m


St John’s Chapel – Alston – Garrigill –  Middleton-in-Teesdale – Stanhope – Blanchland – Rookhope – Eastgate – Westgate – Allenheads – Cowshill –  St John’s Chapel

Late Aug / Early Sept:  to be confirmed

Price to be confirmed

A word from the Organisers . . .

Rather than just being a backdrop to a glorious course we want the local communities to be, and feel, an equal part of it.

The short term benefit (and pain) of having a large cycle event in the area will hopefully be converted in to long term gain for the area with increased appreciation of the delicate countryside and wonderful opportunities for future visits.

To reassure local residents:

There are no plans to close the roads.

Litter pickers will clean up after the event

Any surplus funds will be reinvested in next year’s event and/or be donated to a designated charity.

Register your Interest.

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Deerness Valley Cycling GROUP is NOW on Strava. Please head over and ASK to Join. You can also use the STRAVA club PAGE to join any events such as the Charity Event for MND in May.

The Group PAGE on Strava will show Club Leaderboard and Recent Activity etc.

Deerness Valley Cycling Group | Strava Club.

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Thursday, 20th November, 2014
The event, which has previously been run over four days, will next year revert to its original three day format and takes place from June 19 – 21.

The decision to condense the festival into three days has been made by event founder and organiser Peter Harrison who said: “Running the event over a long weekend will mean an even better quality programme with a greater family festival feel.”

The Tyne 6 Bridges Leisure Rides mark the opening of the new-look Virgin Money Cyclone on Friday June 19 and sees friends and families of all riding capabilities invited to participate in the 10.5 mile and 15.5 mile rides. Adding to the evening’s activities will be a new and exciting sprint competition to run along the banks of the Tyne as well as a series of British Cycling run skills tests for younger riders. A selection of food stalls and entertainment will contribute to the festival atmosphere.

Cyclone Challenge rides return on Saturday June 20 with three revised routes and distances presenting an even better riding experience and avoiding the risk of a bottleneck in Ponteland on the outward route. Distances include a 34 mile, 64 mile and 106 mile ride, each departing Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park homeground and taking in some of the North East’s most stunning scenery.

Feed stations, technical support crew and motorcycle escorts will again be a fixture for 2015, with St John Ambulance volunteers across each route to support a safe event. Cyclists can track their progress with professional rider timing and photography by Marathon-Photos.com.

On Sunday June 21 it’s the turn of the elite riders with the Curlew Cup National Series Women’s race returning to the village of Stamfordham at 9am. The hotly contested Beaumont Trophy Men’s Race follows at 1.15pm, with spectators invited to watch the action unfold as the professionals tackle Northumberland’s famed Ryals climb.

The Leazes Criteriums have been dropped for 2015 in response to Pro teams facing heavy a criterium programme in June, with teams opting instead to use Sunday’s Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy endurance events in preparation for the National Road Championships the following week.

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Etape Pennines Event

A MAJOR cycling event has been axed because it has not generated enough interest to continue.

Today, (Wednesday, November 19) sponsors and organisers IMG Challenger World (IMG), confirmed The Marie Curie Cancer Etape Pennines Event would not be taking place in 2015.

The 60-mile route, which sees more than 2,000 cyclists take on the roads of Teesdale and Weardale after starting in Barnard Castle, has been held for the last three years.

This year’s event, held on July 20, also came under fire by farmers and residents who said necessary road closures would harm tourism and disrupt haymaking after it was moved from October to the first week of the summer holidays.

Weardale county councillor, John Shuttleworth, said: “It’s an event that people do follow, but then some people don’t – something else will come along. I have had mixed comments about it so I would say it’s 50/50.”

However, Richard Varcoe, owner of Barnard Castle business, Spitfire Cycles, said: “There’s been too much pushback locally so maybe the organisers have had enough.

“It’s extremely bad for the businesses because it brings 2,000 people to the area, some of which are here for three days, so all the accommodation fills up. It’s the farmers that are complaining about it because for one day of the year they cannot trunk around in their tractors.”

IMG said it was sorry to announce that it would not be happening for a fourth year.

Managing director, James Robinson, said: “Etape Pennines has been a fantastic project to be involved with and we are proud to have given many cyclists the chance to ride this fantastic, beautiful route over the last three years.

“It is disappointing that this event will not be taking place in 2015, and we would like to thank the local community and County Durham for all of their support over the last few years.”

Durham County Council previously said the event brought in about £235,000 to the economy last year.

Nigel Dodds, strategic manager of culture and sport at Durham County Council, said: “We are disappointed to lose the Etape Pennines which we believe introduced many people to the stunning beauty and visitor offer of the Dales.

 “However we understand and respect IMG’s decision.

“Being part of the etape from its concept has allowed us to gather a wealth of experience which we will now use to enrich the range of cycling events which the county has a growing reputation for hosting.”

Via Northern Echo -Major Cycle Event Etape Pennines Gets Axed

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DVC Charity Ride - Poster

DVC Poster Charity Ride

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The British Cycling National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Series is Britain’s premier cyclo-cross series, which runs from October to January.

It consists of six rounds of racing at venues throughout Britain.

The series attracts top riders from Britain and further afield in all categories from under 14 to veteran 50-plus.

Round 3: University Cricket Club, Durham UCI category 2 – Sunday 16 November 2014
Green Lane, Durham, DH1 3JU.

Promoting Club: CXNE/Durham University CC

Signing-On: Cricket Pavilion

Changing Rooms: Cricket Pavilion

Course marking/marshalling: Members and friends of Durham University CC

Directions to Durham University Cricket Club:

From South: Follow A1/A1(M) northbound; exit at junction 61 and take A177 towards Durham; at roundabout after 3.5 miles take third exit (back down A177) then immediately left onto Whinney Hill; turn right onto Green Lane.

From North: Follow A1/A1(M) southbound; exit at junction 62 and take A690 towards Durham; at second roundabout turn left onto New Elvet, signposted Coxhoe, Bowburn (A177); turn left at Old County Hotel into Old Elvet; after 0.2 miles bear left into Green Lane.

via BC National Trophy Cyclocross Series Round 3 | Merlin Cycles Blog.

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Dinah and Ben Hatch and family take a leisurely cycle through the county’s old mining country

Route information

Length 12 miles

Duration 4 hours (approx)

Start Broompark, Durham

Finish Lydgetts Junction

Classification Easy

Terrain Off-road, some hills

Who’s it good for? Families; couples and friends

MapOS Explorer 307 and 308

Broompark to Lydgetts Junction

Now let’s be clear about this. We, the Hatches, are not an outdoorsy family. We wish we were, but somehow catastrophe always strikes when the pavement runs out; we panic when we cannot hear traffic, at least in the distance.

A family member was knocked into the Atlantic with a paddle when we last kayaked and on a holiday cycle ride our son’s tagalong became detached Frank Spencer-style and he rolled down into a canal in France. But we are determined to instil the virtues of the countryside and activity into our children Phoebe, nine, and Charlie, seven, so we agreed to a weekend of ruddy-faced cycling in Durham. We left the iPad at home, banned all talk of Minecraft and even bought an Ordnance Survey map (that’s what folk do, isn’t it?).

via Diggin’ the past: Durham’s scenic cycling country | Travel | theguardian.com.

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