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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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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.


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