Saturday, 17 March 2012

Who let the Goths out.....

It was a cracking day for a steady 25 miler through the lanes as some of the lads donned their gear and stopped the traffic in the town. Expect to see more of this in the next few months. Keep it dark....

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Training at Newburn

For anyone that fancies a bit of road training catch up with this blog.
Newburn training chain gang at the Industrial Estate, Wednesday evenings I think. Need lights and mud guards or krud catcher if wet.
Can you believe that there's two new clubs now in the area. What fun we'll have comparing kit.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Derwent Dash Reliability Ride - April 15th

Derwent Dash

Sunday April 15th 2012: There are 2 rides to choose from

Ride A – 55 miles – 1 stop -

Ride B  - 87 miles – 2 stops -

From Blaydon both rides travel along a route to Edmunbyers where both rides stop for first break.
Ride A then does a shorter loop to return directly to Blaydon
Ride B then does a longer loop into Weardale and returns back to Edmundbyers for their 2nd stop before returning to Blaydon.
Entry is open to all and will cost £12
Team and Club riders who wish to ride as a group are advised to send their entries in as a group
When filling your entry please make sure you select the correct ride and speed group.
Closing date 31st March 2012
For more info please email

Thursday, 8 March 2012

100km Kilhope Grimpeur Event

Houghton Cycling Club are promoting the 100km Kilhope Grimpeur audax on Sunday 25th March 2012.  The event starts in Lanchester Co Durham and takes in a route around the North Pennines, including, Blanchland, Allenheads, Nenthead, Killhope, Weardale, Crawleyside and back to Lanchester (102km). 
There will be a "window" type start between 8.30 and 9.00am to spread the field out, which will help with congestion issues on the road and at the cafes/controls.  There is food laid on at the finish, included in the entry fee of £6, (£8 if not an Audax or CTC member).
You can enter the event by following the link :
Entries close Saturday 10th March.   No Entries on the day.  Best get your entry in sharpish.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Captain Cook Challenge Sportive 2012

Popped down to the North York Moors for the hilly 60 mile Captain Cook Challenge. There was 4500ft of ascent over Kildale and Commondale and maybe other dales. The weather deteriorated through the ride from rain to snow with some riders abandoning and others like me left questioning their sanity. The feeling in my fingers and toes have returned and the bike's been cleared of slush, ice and salt and is resting in front of the fire.  Finished in around 4 hrs. There was a welcome break at Castleton where tea and cake was rustled up. But the jersey got out there, so nice one. GOTHIC!!  (Photos at