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A rather wet and cold evening… not so many shots this year, all mostly out of focus doh 😦

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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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IT will be a case of blood, sweat and gears when a professional cycle race returns to Durham City.

The historic cathedral city is one of 11 venues around the country that have been chosen to host the Cycling Tour Series .

The event will take place on Thursday May 16 at 7pm.

Riders will compete over a route starting and finishing at Durham School and taking in Margery Lane, Crossgate Bank, South Street and Grove Street.

A Durham County Council spokesman said: “The Durham leg of the race, which takes in steep hills, tight turns and cobbled streets, has been described in previous years as ‘purgatory’ by the cyclists taking part.

“During the Tour Series the cyclists will compete across a number of rural and city centre courses, including Durham, where you are invited to come along and see the race as it passes through the city streets.”

The fifth season of The Tour Series takes place over five weeks during May and June. This will be the race’s fourth visit to Durham.

via Cyclists gearing up to race through city’s streets From Durham Times.

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