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A WORLD champion will join some of the elite of British cycling for a gruelling road race this weekend.

Simon Yates who took a shock gold at the World Track Championships held in Minsk in February is to take part in the annual race around the Derwent Reservoir which gets underway on Saturday (April 27).

Yates will be joined by 130 of Britain’s best cyclists, including previous winners Ian Bibby, Dean Downing and Andrew Tennant along with members of the Great Britain Cycling Academy Team, for the two-day Northumbrian Water Tour of the Reservoir.

The race, now in its eighth year, began as a single day race but is now a two-day, two-stage tour event around the reservoir, which straddles the border of County Durham and Northumberland.

The 75-mile stage one race takes place on Saturday, starting from Blanchland village at 11.50am followed by five tough laps of the reservoir at speeds of up to 60mph.

Riders who cross the finishing line within 15 minutes of the stage winner will qualify for day two of the event, an eight-lap race around the same course.

via Elite cyclists set for reservoir race (From The Northern Echo).

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Tour of the Reservoir 2013 (Premier Calendar)
April 27th: Stage 1 120km/75miles
April 28 : Stage 2 165km / 104miles

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During a year when there are only six Premier Calendar events, and there is apparently no money forthcoming from the huge cash reserves at British Cycling for organisers of such races, the Tour of Reservoir has bucked the trend of cutting back and expanded from a single day race to one over two days thanks to ‘Mike’s Bank’.

Tour of the Reservoir - Larry Hickmott

Scott Thwaites of Endura Racing winning the Tour of the Reservoir last year. Unless British Cycling shows some passion for the sport and enables organisers to have riders like Scott to ride the race, the event will be deprived of having ProConti/WorldTour level UCI riders in the race and others.

Held on the weekend of the 27/28th of April and the first Premier Calendar event of the year, organiser Mike Hodgson explained to VeloUK how the idea to expand to two days has been around a while and is not related to the loss of the only multiday Premier Calendar event, the Girvan.

The Tour of the Reservoir is based in Northumberland (North East England) and starts in the very pretty and historic village of Blanchland not far from the reservoir from which the race gets its name. Last year, standing around chatting to team managers and so on, the thought of going to a two day was discussed. Mike explained how there had been a two day on the same course over 15 years ago and decided it was worth giving the new format a try at Premier Calendar level.

via Feature: Tour of the Reservoir « British Classics « History « velouk.net.

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For 2012 the Tour of the Reservoir will  be held on May 6th.

Race information

Parking  in Blanchland: To limit disruption to local inhabitants and ensure the race starts smoothly, it is essential that all competitors, team vehicles and spectators park in the large car park to the north of the village on the Pennypye Road and NOT in the village.

Race HQ: Blanchland Village Hall, Blanchland, Nr Hexham, DH8 9UB.

Sign-on: Sign-on commences at Race HQ at 08:30

Rollout: Rollout from Race HQ into the neutralised zone is at 10:20

Neutralised Zone: The Neutralised Zone is between Blanchland and Carrick Corner where the race proper starts

Route & Distance: The Tour of the Reservoir Circuit: Double-click on the map for a larger view:                             

The race consists of 8 laps of the 12 mile circuit – total race distance 96 miles.

Location of Circuit: Google Maps

Entry Fee: The Entry Fee is £35 per rider.  Cheques are to be made payable to ‘Tyne Valley Cycling Events’ please.

Entries by post to the organizer: Mike Hodgson, Briarwood, Edmundbyers, Co Durham, DH8 9NN. Tel: 01207 255 219. Mobile: 07519 565 061. Fax: 01207 255 400.

FOR MORE iNFO CHECK Tyne Valley Cycling WEBSITE

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