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Deerness Valley Cycling Group taking part in Le Tour de Co-op on 18th June 2017.

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The ride will start at Broompark Picnic Area and route will include a number of local co-op stores from Ushaw Moor, Esh Winning, Langley Park, Newton Hall, Sherburn Village, Wheatley Hill, Wingate, Bowburn, Brandon and back to Ushaw.

In association with the Co-op and British Red Cross – Tackling loneliness and isolation.
ENTRY is free, just either donate to cause and/or raise money via sponsor forms.
Approximately 55 miles in mainly B roads.

DOWNLOAD route STRAVA https://www.strava.com/routes/7930573

Download and view route – http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=wwffvkjupdalfiyu

Sponsor forms DOWNLOAD https://goo.gl/nFXuJ4

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Only 5 days left for making payments on the Crowdfunding page. Huge thanks to all who have donated, for those still collecting you can donate the collected funds via the Crowd Funding page; but only 5 days left til the page ends.

You can also send the money to DVC email me for details events@deernesscycling.co.uk

We collected £170 on the day, huge thanks to those who put their hands in their pockets. Much appreciated.

To date the Crowdfunding page is at £500


thanks again 🙂 (y)


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Deerness Valley Cycling Group took part in a charity cycle ride on Sunday 29th May to help raise funds for expenses for a 3 month trip to America for 10yr old Caitlin Minnis.

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It was a demanding ride taking in the Deerness Valley, Weardale and Teesdale including climbs over Chapel Fell and Craswleyside. Approx 70 miles all on ROAD. Starting and FINISHING at Broompark Picnic Area.

A huge thank you for all the riders who participated in the Charity Ride for Cailtin on Sunday. It was a wonderful day, lots of friendly faces and lots of donations, a big thank you to those walkers  up on top of the world at Chapel Fell for their donations.

DVC would also like to thank Northumbrian Water, Co-op Foods and Angel Springs  for Donating Water.

Also like to thank the volunteers for their help, we couldn’t have done it without you 🙂 (y)

Glad Anita was ok despite her nasty fall at the bottom of Chapel Fell, hope u heal quickly.

Watch this space for future rides.

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A UNIVERSITY student will cycle the length of the Zambezi River to raise money for charity.Lewis Wright and fellow Durham University students, Nicole Rodriguez, Holly Jackman, Jess Bradshaw and Robert Bolwell, will hold fund-raising events over the coming weeks for the Ideals Sport In Action project.The 18-year-old will be travelling to Zambia over the summer from June through to July. He said: “Each group will travel for six weeks and be coaching sports and leading other recreational activities with young people. We will also be educating young people on HIV and other health concerns that remain prevalent in Africa.”

Source: Cycling challenge for charity students (From Durham Times)

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Well the day of the ride came, and forecast was “spot on“, Cold, Wet, Foggy and Windy DOH.

We had it all wind, rain, sleet and thick fog. GIVE YOURSELVES A HUGE PAT ON THE BACK.
Despite the terrible weather conditions Team Deerness still tackled this challenging route. We started with a steady ride up Deerness Valley climbing up Cornsay Colliery bank, and descending Ragpath through heavy rain along Longedge Lane to Rowley where it got really interesting. By the time we got to Parkhead we were struggling to see the road ahead of us pushing through thick fog and side winds we dropped into Stanhope.

From this point we climbed again up to Bollihope Common via Unthank Bank with hair pin bends. By this point the team decided to cut the route short due to safety issues, returning via Hill End, Frosterly and Wolsingham; where we re-joined the route to take us back to Broompark.

HUGE Thanks, a big thumbs up and large amount of “creds” to those who turned out for Team Deerness Charity Ride for MNDa.

Also would like to thanks the HELPERS and supporters, you did great 🙂 FINE weather BOOKED for next time.

AND an even bigger THUMBS up to those two riders who did the FULL route despite the conditions. Very Well DONE TO Andy Reeves and Jim McLoughlin

A huge thanks to all those that DONATED and the Team who raised money and are still raising money via the Sponsor Forms. Money still coming in.


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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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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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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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Local and national charities are looking to ‘gear up’ for this year’s Durham Big Ride and Beast.

The events, on the first and eighth of September this year, are a great way of charities and worthy causes to get together and raise some money while having a great day out at the same time.

Colin Wilkes, Director of Durham Big Ride believes this is a prime example of the events becoming more and more part of the community in the Durham area: “The Durham Big Ride and Beast are there for everyone to get involved and to become a part of. Local charities are always looking for fund-raising ideas and with our varied distances, there is a route for all ages and abilities to bring money in for their favourite cause.”

One such cause has already started recruiting for Durham Big Ride on September first. Rainbow Trust is a national charity that has care teams across the country supporting families of life threatened and terminally ill children. The care team based in Durham supports families across the whole of the North East.

via News and views from E T Communications: Charities are recruiting for Durham Big Ride.

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New Cycle Rides for Summer 2013!

Three exciting new rides will take place on 11th August 2013 that will form part of the Bike for Bobby Cycle Sportive.

Riders can choose from a selection of  3 distances including  a 40 mile, 70 mile & a full distance 125 mile cycle challenge that will start from outside St James’ Park, home of Newcastle United and will head off on beautiful routes through Northumberland.

Entry fees start from £23 and will include comprehensively marked routes, mechanical assistance, first aid, feed stations and electronic chip timing and finishers t-shirt. All riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

With the 3 distances on offer, this will be the perfect event for the seasoned sportive regular and a great introduction for newcomers yet to enter their first cyclosportive.

Bike For Bobby | Cycle Sportive.

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