Some of the best riders on the road race circuit competed at Derwent Reservoir over the weekend in the gruelling men′s and women′s Tour of the Reservoir, part of British Cycling′s elite road race series.
Northumbrian Water′s Alexnadra Tour of the Reservoir consisted of a two stage race held across two days, with a delayed start on the first day due to ice and cold weather and a shortened course followed by 68 miles being riden over 5 laps of the reservoir on the second day.
Saturday′s first stage was won by Grace Garner of Podium Ambition - Club La Santa and Sunday′s final stage was taken by Alice Barnes riding for team 100% ME.
Nikki Juniper of team Ford Ecoboost, from Brentwood in Essex, won the overall title of Northumbrian Water′s Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir champion.
Northumbrian Water′s Tour of the Reservoir saw the male cyclists ride 87 miles on the first stage and 96 miles on the second stage.
Saturday′s first stage was won by Tom Moses of JLT Condor and Sunday’s final stage was taken by 2015 Tour of the Reservoir winner Erick Rowsell, of team Madison Genesis, after a late solo attack.
Joe Fry of team Pedal Heaven, from Potters Bar in Hertfordshire, won the overall title of Northumbrian Water′s Tour of the Reservoir champion.
Mike Hodgson, event organiser from Tyne Valley Cycle club, said: “It is great to have talented riders back at Derwent Reservoir and in North West Durham. We know the conditions really test the riders as the weather can change very quickly as we saw this year.
"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.”
David Hall of Northumbrian Water, who presented the winner’s 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 a huge number of spectators.”
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Derwent fact file
The reservoir is one of the largest inland waters in England. It is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long and covers an area of 1,000 acres (4 km²). The maximum depth of the water is 100 ft (30m) at the dam, and when full the reservoir will hold 11,000 million gallons (50,000,000 m³).
Construction of the reservoir, which cost £5.5 million, started in 1960 and water was first taken into supply in September 1966.
Water from the reservoir flows through 2.2 miles of twin 41 inch diameter pipeline to the treatment works near the hamlet of Mosswood. The treatment works includes sedimentation tanks, filters and a laboratory. The water then gravitates from the treatment works 27 miles to Washington to be distributed to customers in Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside.