here and the photos will be uploaded into the gallery here with more added by Ian Dunn over the next few days, well after he has recovered from the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross tomorrow. On that note good luck to all the NE riders who are brave enough to tackle the beast. The weather is going to be better than last years flooding so quick times should be on the cards if the wind keeps away .
All the best MBE
28 September 2013
27 September 2013
On Sunday 29th is the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross. Is is always an excellent event to go and watch / support the NE riders. Full info is here
Also the Wiggle Hell of Hexham Sportive is also on Sunday with three different courses and entry on the day as well, some cracking routes with proper hills in as well. Full info here .
Also the 'Ride for Michael Bonney Sportive' from over in Penrith is also on Sunday. Entries close Midnight tonight. Full info here its for a great charity.
23 September 2013
U12/10/8 12.00 Midday £1 15mins
U14/16 12.30pm £3 30mins
Sen/Vet/Lady/Jun 1.30pm £7 mem / £12 non mem 50-60min
The prize list is opposite. After the main race if you can drop your numbers in the box there will be a prize draw for all the riders who havent already won a prize.
There will also be loads of goodies for all the kids.
As per normal free cake and refreshments after the main race as well.
Course details are here this is provisional and may be altered on the day to take into account weather / ground conditions. The course is 100% rideable and very fast flowing. The climbs are gentle and no run up's.
The event is open to all ages and abilities from complete noive to experts. You can race on any suitable offroad bike inc mountain bikes. Registration is on the day so turn up early and allow enough time to get your bike sorted, signed on and a practice lap in. If you have the right money it would be a great help.
All the best MBE
21 September 2013
15 September 2013
Hardwick Park Visitors Centre, Sedgefield, County Durham. TS21 2DN
Directions- Hardwick Park is on the A177 Durham to Stockton road on the west side of Sedgefield, two and a half miles from A1(M) Junction 60 (well sign-posted).
Facilities – Plenty hard standing car parking. Signing on. Toilets. Cafe. Visitors Centre. Childrens new play areas
More info here and here
Organiser – Ian Dunn. Ferryhill Wheelers CC.
Ian has also a arranged for when riders sign on they receive a 20% off discount voucher for the cracking cafe. This year the course has been revised and can be viewed here. The venue is ideal for begineers through to experts and always holds up well even to the worst weather conditions.
Entry is on the day, so turn up early and allow enough time to get signed on, sort your bike and get a practice lap in. You dont have to pre register / complete a form or purchase a number. Its the cheapest racing in UK - £7* for upto 60 mins racing
U12’s 12:00 noon, entry fee £1, 10-15 mins
U14/16’s/Novice Lady, 12:30pm, entry fee £3, 30 mins
Sen/Vet/Lady/Junior, 1:30pm, £7* TLI Memebrs, £12 non TLI Members, 50-60min
Angus had saved up some money and wanted an early Christmas present so orderd a Garmin Edge 510. Setting it up was very quick and easy. He got the bundle package with HR strap and Cadenece kit. The kit now comes with a fly mount as well as the normal twist & turn mounts. He has fitted the kit to his Cannondale Caad10 with no problems. It is easy to use when out on a ride and uploads the ride data through Garmin Connect when he gets back in. We both did a ride yesterday am and recorded exactly the same ride. The data was all the same which was good to hear apart from Edge 800 recorded alot less elevation gained! I thought that might be the case as i have suspected that mine was getting slow in recording gain when going up a climb. If a road is undualting and i hit it at speed the elevation dosent change even though you can clearly see that I have climb several feet. Not sure if its because the memory is getting full and I need to clear off some old data to free it up? One other difference we found was the cover on the 510 is made from a different silicone and alot less grippy / flexible compaired to the cover for the 800. We will be playing around with it over the next few months and see how the unit performs.
As the weather has now changed its time to get the bikes set up ready for winter / some dirty riding. We have spent some time getting a few bikes ready and a report will follow inc a test on Conti 4 Season Road Tyres.
11 September 2013
Yet again it was a cracking day on Sunday so we decided to have an offroad ride through to South Shields for the day on the Fat Bikes. It was a steady 26 mile ride through mainly on cycle tracks and a couple of beaches as well. Once we got past Marsden we noticed they were getting ready for the Great North Run. We thought it was later in Sept but its this Sunday. Its the biggest set up yet i have ever seen for the event and the lads were very busy setting up the temporary buildings etc. We had a look down at the outdoor velodrome and even that was full of tents and a telecommunications mast had been erected. You will not get anywhere near Shields / Coast or Newcastle this weekend by car but ok by bike! When we got to Shields it was time for ice cream, crazy golf and you cannot got to Shields without having a loop around the lake on the steam train.
It was time for some relaxing riding instead of organising and doing event paperwork for a change. The sun was out so it was time to head towards the coast. We had not been to Whitby during the school hols so the trip was well over due. Me and Angus took our Fat Bikes down for some beach riding. We set off from the West Cliff area down onto the beach and had a ride along to Sandsend. What a lovely little village Sandsend is, from there we went along a coastal track to a Lunar type location which is weird place and never seen nothing like it. We have never ridden a bike on this type of terrain and was great fun. After a play around is was time to head back to Whitby along the beach as the tide was coming in fast. Then it was time for some beach fun, slot machines, fish n chips then icecream !
photos of the action inc Kids presentation. Its a shame that its only the top three from each age cat that get a mention at the Presentation as they have all worked very hard all season to finish the series.