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For those wanting to do the Le Tour de Co-op and NOT wanting to do the FULL 53 miles.

You can do the SHORT off-road (mostly) route starting from the same point as the other riders from Broompark Picnic Area.

Travelling along the ROAD B6302 passed Ushaw Moor Co-op the Cockhouse Lane towards Esh Winning joining the lines (OFF-ROAD) at the Picnic Area.

Then along to Esh Winning leaving the lines to visit Esh Winning Co-op then re-joining the lines up to the incline, then (ROAD) Wolsingham Road and Sandy Lonnen to near Brancepeth then re-joining the lines to visit Brandon co-op then back on the lines and back to START finishing at Broompark Picnic Area.

A TOTAL of 15 miles.

STRAVA Route : https://www.strava.com/routes/8127730

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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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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Lots of good wishes to all the contributors and readers of Deerness Valley Cycling blog.

Your contributions are highly valued and hope they keep coming.

A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you all.




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Roof of England Cycling Sportive 2015, now open for entries.

Event Location: Chatterbox Cafe Market Place, St Johns Chapel, Co Durham, DL13 1QF

Event website: roofofengland.co.uk

Event organiser: Mr Cameron Gordon 11b Market Place St Johns Chapel Co Durham DL13 1QF 01388537536 cycling@roofofengland.co.uk

90 miles of riding around The North Pennines with 9000ft of climbing make this one of the toughest and rewarding Sportives on the calendar.

30 mile and 50 mile alternatives are available and all rides will be timed for your personal records. Starting and Finishing in the picturesque village of St John’s Chapel, Upper Weardale and going through the three Counties of Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland on quiet roads, we promise this will be the ride of your live . . . so far!


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Whether you ride with friends, family, a group from the office or on your own, the Tyneside Bike Ride is a great day out for a great cause.

Choose from 10, 20 or 50 mile routes all starting and finishing at the all new start/finish of the Cycle Hub, Newcastle Quayside. Join us after your ride for live music and a BBQ with your supporters.


Adult entry is £10, sign up now!

Child entry is £2.50, sign up here for child entry! (16 years and under)

Family entry is £20, sign up here for family entry! (maximum of two adults and three children)

We ask you raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship for adults, £15 for children and £120 for a family to support stroke survivors and their families.

via Tyneside Bike Ride 2013 | Stroke Association.

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Barnard Castle, NEW START – FINISH fro Etape Pennines and allow for greater capacity of riders. Little disappointing it’s not starting in Ushaw College again this year, was on my doorstep.

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The Marie Curie Etape Pennines sportive has a new start and finish area.

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The Etape Pennines has an additional 1,000 place for this year’s ride

Nearly 2,000 riders turned out for the event last year, taking on a challenging route of nearly 80 miles in the dramatic scenery of County Durham.

Changes made for 2013 will see the 78-mile route, which includes 2,000 metres of climbing, begin and end in Teesdale, on the outskirts of the pretty town of Barnard Castle.

Cllr Maria Plews sport and leisure chief at Durham County Council, said last year’s event had made a “significant economic impact” on the area.

“Events such as this really give us the opportunity to show visitors what our county has got to offer and hopefully many will be tempted to come back again,” she said.

A council study estimated the economic benefit to County Durham at nearly £236,000.


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Essential guide for cycling in the Winter … brrrrrr 😦

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Summer cycling is all very well, but staying in the saddle through autumn and winter takes a bit more effort. Here’s how to make the most of it.

1. Relax!

We’ve all watched with pity from behind a car or bus window as an unlucky cyclist struggles through an unexpected downpour, and silently thanked the nearest available deity that we’re not in their soaking wet shoes.

But while this nightmare scenario isn’t unheard of, it’s actually much less common than you’d think. Even if you’re a dedicated daily cycle commuter, you’d be unlucky to get properly rained on more than five or six times in the course of a winter.

Of course you do need to take a few extra steps to stay safe and comfortable, but nine times out of ten, winter rides are an absolute pleasure.

2. Dress for it

Jacket and gloves

Jacket and gloves should be…

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Hoping to get some PEOPLE interested in this ride/route to York from Ushaw Moor, Durham. Maybe some time in August,, cycle down train back,,, 80-100 miles…

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Hoping to do this route some time in the Summer,, well that’s the plan.

Was hoping to get it down to about 80 miles, tracked as 100 miles at the moment, maybe shave a bit off around Stockton area.

Ushaw Moor, Durham – York in Durham, United Kingdom | Bike Map | MapMyRIDE.

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