Gear up for a top event


British cycling fans will get to witness the country’s top pro riders competing in the north east on Sunday 19 June.

The annual Northumbrian Water Tour of the Reservoir Road Race will see more than 130 elite road racers battling it out for the number one spot.

The course, a punishing 84 miles, is seven laps around Derwent Reservoir near Consett, County Durham, and riders will fly round at speeds of up to 60mph.

Mike Hodgson, event organiser from The Tyne Valley Cycle Club, said: “This is one of the most popular events in the cycling calendar for competitors and spectators alike. Seeing that many pro riders in one place cycling over the reservoir dam is a spectacular sight.”

The race starts at 10:20am from the race headquarters in Blanchland Village.

Reporters and photographers wishing to attend on the day or source interviews should contact Mike Hodgson on 07519 565 061.

The youth cycle race has been upgraded this year to a British Cycling Go-Ride mountain bike race which includes an individual time trial over 500 metres then a mountain bike race over the same course.

Alex Mclean, Go-Ride Coach from British Cycling, said: “The event is a great way to encourage children aged five to 14 to get involved in cycling as a fun way to keep fit, stay healthy and raise money for a charitable cause.”

Don Coe, operations manager – waterside parks at Northumbrian Water, will be presenting the sashes to the winners on the dam wall podium after the race. He said: “Derwent Reservoir is definitely a jaw dropping backdrop for this major event. And rather fitting as top athletes know all too well how vital water is for a healthy life and sporting performance.”

Last year’s youth race raised money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit ‘PICU the Penguin Fund’ at Newcastle Freeman Hospital. The charity was set up after five year old Martha Anderson from Edmundbyers, which is part of the race route, received life saving treatment on an artificial heart machine before a successful transplant in March 2007.

All money raised from this year’s event will be donated to boost the fund and help Martha and her family to reach their £50,000 target to buy another ‘Berlin’ artificial heart machine for the unit.

To enter the youth race (ages five to 14) email Children aged six and under must be accompanied by an adult. Each entrant is required to make a £2 charitable donation on the day.

The previous day, Saturday 18 June, there is a 12 mile cycle route available for families to ride all or part of. Those wishing to participate should arrive at Derwent Reservoir anytime between 8am and 10am and can complete the course at their leisure. Entry costs £10 for a family of four and there will be a buffet available at the finish.

For more information contact Mike Hodgson on 07519 565 061.

Philippa Clark, Communications Advisor Northumbrian Water, 0191 301 5538,

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