In gear for a top national cycle race

Tour of the reservoir


British cycling fans will get to see the country’s top pro riders competing in the North East on Sunday 6 May.

The annual Northumbrian Water Tour of the Reservoir Road Race – the third race in the premier national British Cycling road race calendar - will see 120 elite road racers battling it out for the number one spot.

The course, a punishing 96 miles (154km), is 12 miles longer than ever before with riders this year having to complete an extra lap (a total of eight laps) around Derwent Reservoir near Consett, County Durham, 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.”

Riders will get on the course at 10:20am from the race headquarters in Blanchland Village to cross the official start line at Carricks Corner at the western end of the reservoir. Weather permitting, the first riders should cross the finish line on the reservoir dam wall between 2.45pm and 3.15pm.

Included in the field are budding star riders for the 2016 Olympics. Cyclists competing in this year’s Olympics are not allowed to take part under UCI (Union Cyclists International) rules.

Reporters and photographers wishing to attend on the day or source interviews should contact Mike Hodgson on 07519 565 061 or 01207 255219.

Broadcast quality video footage of the event will also be available free to use from Ken Pollard on 07801 180172

For a copy of the race programme follow this link:

More than 25 youngsters, aged five to 14, will also take part in a special British Cycling Go-Ride mountain bike time trial and a separate race event at the reservoir between 12 noon and 2pm on the Sunday.

It is a weekend of cycling centred around Edmundbyers with three Sportive rides taking place on the Saturday, one a 12-mile family event around Derwent Reservoir and two North Pennine Challenge rides of 103 miles and 42 miles around very challenging County Durham courses.

Don Coe, operations manager – waterside parks at Northumbrian Water, will be presenting the sash to the winner on the dam wall podium. He said: “Derwent Reservoir is definitely a jaw dropping backdrop for this major event. It’s fitting too that Northumbrian Water is host and sponsor of this national event as top athletes know all too well how vital water is for a healthy life and sporting performance.”

Motorists should be aware that there will be temporary rolling road closures on roads around the reservoir as the race passes by between 10am and 3pm including a short stretch of the A68.

The event also raises money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit ‘PICU the Penguin Fund’ at Newcastle Freeman Hospital. The charity was set up to buy another artificial heart machine for the hospital after five-year-old Martha Anderson from Edmundbyers, which is part of the race route, received life saving treatment and a successful transplant in March 2007.

To enter the youth race (ages five to 14) email or register at 11am at Edmundbyers Village Hall. Children aged six and under must be accompanied by an adult. Each entrant is required to make a £2 charitable donation on the day.

Places are also available for the three Sportive fun rides on the Saturday by contacting Mike Hodgson or via

For more information contact Mike Hodgson on 07519 565 061 or 01207-255219 or Alistair Baker, Communications and PR Manager Northumbrian Water 0191 3016851 or 07711-793493.

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