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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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DAY 1 – Road Stage – 77 miles – Hilly

The BIG Photo Album

215 pictures of the whole stage, the attacks, the chases, the climbs, the descents and more …

via Report/Results: Day 1 – Tour of Reservoir « A Report « velouk.net.

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The 25 year old Truro rider took full advantage of strong support from team mates Yanto Barker, Rob Partridge and Nicolas Gustavsson, to sprint away from the lead group up towards the dam wall at Derwent Reservoir.

The day set off with a three man group striking out on the first long ascent from Blanchland to Bale Hill. The trio was led by Simon Yates (100%ME), followed by Tom Scully (Raleigh) and Mike Northey (Node4 Giordana). The 130 riders had been warned by organiser Mike Hodgson that the long tortuous climb would sort out the strongmen, and he was proved correct. To be climbed five times Bale Hill was a real stinker. On the first ascent the peloton was split across three distinct groups, by the end of lap four there were five significant groups.

Early in the race Yates and Co. were joined by a group that included Andy Tennant (Madison Genesis), Ben Greenwood (Hope Factory Racing), Rob Partridge, Chris Opie and Nicolas Gustavsson (UK Youth), Peter Hawkins and James Moss (IG Sigma), Tom Stewart (Sportscover), Matt Holmes, Evan Oliphant and Rob Britton (Raleigh), and Steve Lampier (Node4 Giordana).

The whole of the Rapha Condor team had missed the break, and Madison Genesis team rider Ian Bibby was positioning himself at the front of the chasing group ready to try and bridge to the leaders.

The unsettled weather played its part in making the racing difficult, the winds were strong across the moors and the riders had to contend with hale-storms and showers.

Ian Bibby was one of the first riders to bridge across to the leaders, quickly followed by Yanto Barker (UK Youth) and Wouter Sybrandy (IG Sigma). The pace in the front group was relentless and within a few miles Bibby paid for his efforts by yo-yoing out of the back of the group. Matt Holmes and James Moss had similar problems, soon to be back with the chasers.

With one circuit of the 77 mile race left Simon Yates (100%ME) attacked the leaders. He was joined by Raleigh rider Rob Britton and together they built up a maximum lead of 22 seconds. Behind the might of the UK Youth team had taken a grip of the chase and with Yanto Barker leading, Yates and Britton would soon be reeled back in.

Into the final 2km and the chasers were closing in fast on Yates and Britton. Rob Partridge for UK Youth caught them in the final 1km and it was all set up for a sprint finish to the Dam wall.

Chris Opie launched a strong attack with 250 metres to go, followed by Yates, but Yates had put too much effort into his breakaway, having to settle for second. UK Youth completed the podium line up with Nicolas Gustavsson claiming third place.

What They Said

Afterwards a jubilant Chris Opie told British Cycling: “I could cry with joy, it’s taken me years to get back up there and win again, I could do it at junior level, but it’s taken me till now at 25 to win at senior races.

“The course today was tough, that long drag up to the feed zone was horrible.

“Into the final last few km there was still a break away, including Simon Yates. But they must have stopped working, Rob Partridge attacked across to them and brought them back.

“I started my sprint at 250 metres to go and was expecting to be caught, but as I looked back I realised I’d got it.

“I probably won’t sleep tonight, but after a good massage I should be ready for tomorrows stage. We will discuss with the team tonight how we are going to race the next stage, but we will definitely be trying to win.”

Results:

Stage one:
1 Chris Opie (Team UK Youth) 2:55:00
2 Simon Yates (100 Per Cent ME) @ 1sec
3 Niklas Gustavsson (Team UK Youth)
4 Tom Stewart (Team Sportscover)
5 Peter Hawkins (IG Sigma Sport)
6 Mike Northey (Node 4-Giordana)
7 Andrew Tennant (Madison Genesis)
8 Rob Partridge (Team UK Youth)
9 Rob Britton (Team Raleigh) all @ same time
10 Steve Lampier (Node 4-Giordana) @ 5sec

CREDIT to www.britishcycling.org.uk

via Road: Opie draws first blood in Reservoir.

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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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