Tougher reservoir race brings top names to the region

24.04.2013

British cycling elite are to return to the North East this weekend (April 27 & 28) to compete in the first race of cycling’s Premier Calendar.

MEDIA INVITE: The Great Britain Cycling Academy Team known as 100% ME, including 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Champion Simon Yates, will be at Derwent Reservoir fishing lodge (DH8 9TT) for a press conference ahead of the race, on Friday April 26 2013 at 11.30am.

They will be joined by three previous winners of the Northumbrian Water Tour of the Reservoir, Ian Bibby, Dean Downing and Andrew Tennant; all competing this year as part of top cycling team Madison Genesis. 

Parking is available near the fishing lodge but please confirm your attendance in advance by clicking here. Photographs will take place at the reservoir dam wall after the press conference.

Available downloads:

Click here to download official race programme with race times and location maps.

Click to view biographies (where available) for the 100% ME British Cycling Academy Team: Simon Yates, Jonathan Dibben, Owain Doull, Samuel Harrison, Joseph Kelly, Samuel Lowe and Alistair Slater.

The annual Northumbrian Water Tour of the Reservoir road race, now in its eighth year, has expanded from a single day race to a two day, two stage ‘tour’ event for this year and has attracted 130 of the country’s best cyclists, including 2013 World Track Cycling champion Simon Yates.

The Tour of the Reservoir is now the multi-day race in the country except the Tour of Britain, bucking the trend in a year of cutbacks in British cycling where only six Premier races are planned.

The Great Britain Cycling Academy Team, known as 100% ME, will be at Derwent Reservoir for a press conference on Friday April 26 2013 at 11.30am, before making last minute preparations for the race. They will be joined by three previous winners of the Northumbrian Water Tour of the Reservoir, Ian Bibby, Dean Downing and Andrew Tennant; all competing this year as part of top cycling team Madison Genesis. Reporters and photographers are invited.

Stage one of the race on Saturday April 27 2013 is a 75 mile uphill circuit starting in Blanchland Village at 11.50am. Cyclists will complete five gruelling laps of the tough roads around Blanchland and Edmundbyers to compete for selection for day two of the event.

Riders who qualify to race in day two on Sunday April 28 2013 will then battle it out over eight laps (104 miles) of the original race route, circling Derwent Reservoir. Cyclists will set off at 10.20am, again from the race headquarters in Blanchland Village, racing at speeds of up to 60mph.

The first riders are expected to cross the finish line on the reservoir dam wall at around 2.30pm.

Mike Hodgson, event organiser from Tyne Valley Cycle club, said: “The Tour of the Reservoir is always exciting but this year should be even better with the added day.

“The event is billed locally as a mini Tour de France and always attracts the best cyclists in Britain. The new race route offers some fantastic vantage points and it’s great fun to watch.”

Jennie Collingwood of Northumbrian Water, who will present the winners sash on the reservoir dam wall podium, said: “It’s a real coup to have secured yet another Premier Calendar race around the spectacular backdrop of Derwent Reservoir. The event is a huge boost for the area and North East tourism as it usually brings in around £100,000 of revenue for the region.”

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys over the weekend as there will be a rolling road closure in place around Derwent reservoir between 10.00am and 3.00pm on both race days, including a short stretch of the A68.

Broadcast-quality video footage of the weekend’s race is available free on request from Ken Pollard on 07801 180172, email ken.pollard@me.com. Photos of the event will be supplied after the event or on request.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

Qualification to stage two of the race is dependent on crossing the finish line within 15 minutes of the winner crossing the finish line (20 minutes in poor weather conditions).

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