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Well the day of the ride came, and forecast was “spot on“, Cold, Wet, Foggy and Windy DOH.

We had it all wind, rain, sleet and thick fog. GIVE YOURSELVES A HUGE PAT ON THE BACK.
Despite the terrible weather conditions Team Deerness still tackled this challenging route. We started with a steady ride up Deerness Valley climbing up Cornsay Colliery bank, and descending Ragpath through heavy rain along Longedge Lane to Rowley where it got really interesting. By the time we got to Parkhead we were struggling to see the road ahead of us pushing through thick fog and side winds we dropped into Stanhope.

From this point we climbed again up to Bollihope Common via Unthank Bank with hair pin bends. By this point the team decided to cut the route short due to safety issues, returning via Hill End, Frosterly and Wolsingham; where we re-joined the route to take us back to Broompark.

HUGE Thanks, a big thumbs up and large amount of “creds” to those who turned out for Team Deerness Charity Ride for MNDa.

Also would like to thanks the HELPERS and supporters, you did great 🙂 FINE weather BOOKED for next time.

AND an even bigger THUMBS up to those two riders who did the FULL route despite the conditions. Very Well DONE TO Andy Reeves and Jim McLoughlin

A huge thanks to all those that DONATED and the Team who raised money and are still raising money via the Sponsor Forms. Money still coming in.

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Limited to 1,000 riders, open for entries now!

The Velo29 Tour Of The Pennines, our biggest Sportive and one of the most important new events in the 2015 calendar!

The event is based from Barnard Castle and takes in a choice of 2 Tour Routes, 66.9km and 129km. Both routes take in some of the most picturesque, exciting and little ridden roads in this wonderful area. Every mile of the New Etape route is carefully considered to make this event the one you’ll remember from 2015. There are 2 KOM climbs on the Short route and a whopping 6 on the Long. They are tough routes but the emphasis is on a well-designed, challenging and enjoyable ride, not on sending I up every climb we can find in the chase of a headline statistic. This is a ride everyone can enjoy.

via Nouveau Etape – velo29events.

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Etape Pennines Event

A MAJOR cycling event has been axed because it has not generated enough interest to continue.

Today, (Wednesday, November 19) sponsors and organisers IMG Challenger World (IMG), confirmed The Marie Curie Cancer Etape Pennines Event would not be taking place in 2015.

The 60-mile route, which sees more than 2,000 cyclists take on the roads of Teesdale and Weardale after starting in Barnard Castle, has been held for the last three years.

This year’s event, held on July 20, also came under fire by farmers and residents who said necessary road closures would harm tourism and disrupt haymaking after it was moved from October to the first week of the summer holidays.

Weardale county councillor, John Shuttleworth, said: “It’s an event that people do follow, but then some people don’t – something else will come along. I have had mixed comments about it so I would say it’s 50/50.”

However, Richard Varcoe, owner of Barnard Castle business, Spitfire Cycles, said: “There’s been too much pushback locally so maybe the organisers have had enough.

“It’s extremely bad for the businesses because it brings 2,000 people to the area, some of which are here for three days, so all the accommodation fills up. It’s the farmers that are complaining about it because for one day of the year they cannot trunk around in their tractors.”

IMG said it was sorry to announce that it would not be happening for a fourth year.

Managing director, James Robinson, said: “Etape Pennines has been a fantastic project to be involved with and we are proud to have given many cyclists the chance to ride this fantastic, beautiful route over the last three years.

“It is disappointing that this event will not be taking place in 2015, and we would like to thank the local community and County Durham for all of their support over the last few years.”

Durham County Council previously said the event brought in about £235,000 to the economy last year.

Nigel Dodds, strategic manager of culture and sport at Durham County Council, said: “We are disappointed to lose the Etape Pennines which we believe introduced many people to the stunning beauty and visitor offer of the Dales.

 “However we understand and respect IMG’s decision.

“Being part of the etape from its concept has allowed us to gather a wealth of experience which we will now use to enrich the range of cycling events which the county has a growing reputation for hosting.”

Via Northern Echo -Major Cycle Event Etape Pennines Gets Axed

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The Haydon Hundred is a cyclo–sportive running in the South Tyne Valley in South West Northumberland. There is a 100km main route with several unique features making it a “must-do” event for any serious cyclist and also a 60km route which is still a challenge but misses a couple of the bigger climbs.

Starting in the riverside village of Haydon Bridge the route ascends both slopes of the South Tyne Valley, crossing Hadrian’s Wall twice before heading south for Alston and the spectacular panoramas of the North Pennines. It has been carefully chosen to combine a testing cycling experience with the area’s most scenic and historic assets, and participants are guaranteed an unrivalled day out.

The Haydon Hundred 7th June 2014.

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Etape Pennines no longer going near Deerness Valley, missing out Rowley, Longedge Lane, Ragpath, Waterhouses, Hamsterley.

Now shortened to around 60 miles, route descends down Crawleyside into Stanhope but includes Bollihope Common to Teesdale and back to START at Barnard Castle.

Etape Pennines not so tough for 2014 ! Also moved to 20th July, same day as Wiggle Northern Angel Sportive !

Home Page – Etape Pennines.

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Well Bank, near St Johns Chapel in Weardale, County Durham.

Steep Climb this one, part of the Etape Pennines 2013, goes left again so far up, thern another steep climb hairpin.

Ouch !

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A THREE-year campaign aimed at attracting tourists into spending more than £6.5m in County Durham has been launched with the creation of stone-age inspired hill art.

Visit County Durham, the team behind the campaign, made a giant boot and bike out of human volunteers on a Weardale hillside to formally mark the start of the tourism boost campaign.

The aim is to attract more visitors to County Durham from around the UK and encourage them to spend longer in the county.

The £650,000 campaign, which has been funded by Visit England and County Durham businesses, will start with promoting the county for walking and cycling, especially in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where the launch event was held.

via Human bike launches County Durham tourism campaign From The Northern Echo.

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