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Short and Steady Ride to Sedgefield (3 September 2017)...

There was a bit of discussion about Sunday’s Short and Steady Ride with the usual regular leaders such as Angela unavailable. Stuart took the bull by the horns and organised some help. We had a super group with a few ladies cycling with us for the first time and everyone assembled at CLS on a nice sunny early September morning with a southerly, brisk wind. Some of our regulars were doing the Hell of the North sportive from Darlington the same morning and some of the racing people were doing cyclo cross at Hetton. Stuart’s route took us south on the A167 and after the Pity Me roundabout we decided to try the upgraded cycle track. This was going well until Hayleigh punctured outside New College. She replaced the tube in good time (with a little help), and we then passed Neville’s Cross without incident. The group kept nicely together with Stuart and Donna setting a very sensible pace (I’ll talk about pace later), and Mike patrolling from the middle and rear. After the drop across the River Wear at Sunderland Bridge, we turned east off the main road and up the climb to Hett. This is a lovely lane and there was no traffic on it. Having regrouped at the top, being the charming Hett village, we headed towards Metal Bridge and joined the somewhat busier link road between there and Thinford. A clever piece of routing by Stuart saw us take the old road past the Old Mill pub and avoid the busy roundabout at Metal Bridge. Having skirted past Coxhoe, we then began the main climb before the coffee break, being the climb up the A177 Stockton Road and then turning left towards Garmondsway. This was a challenge for some of our more inexperienced riders but they did brilliantly, and special mention must be made of Keith’s 16-year-old daughter, also Rebecca and Alex. As mentioned, everyone regrouped at the top of this and then descended to near Fishburn. Unfortunately at this stage I had to turn back, leaving the group to continue to the planned stop at Sedgefield. It was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours; I met new and potential members and everyone had a great morning. I was expecting the pace to be under 11-12ph but it was about 13-14mph since people were managing very well in the group. Such techniques as confidence in following a wheel without leaving a large gap come with practice, and changing gears before you hit an incline all come with practice and experience. Hopefully some of the new cyclists will try and keep it going through the winter; one of the benefits of a club is that you get good tips on handling your bike in winter (and cleaning it), as well as mudguard advice and the like! I would like to comment on Steady rides and people who are slower, for example, going uphill. “We don’t drop anyone” might be the unofficial slogan of our very successful Steady rides, but inevitably the group is going to string out on climbs. If it’s any reassurance to new riders who initially find the going hard, we’ve all been there and done that! Therefore, you will find a group of sympathetic riders waiting for you at the top of the climb. The great advantage of stopping for those who are more practised in hill climbing is that it give everyone a chance for a bit of banter with a group,...
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CESTRIA CC NOTICE OF AGM DATE 26 January 2017 Venue; Donald Owen Clarke Centre, Riverside, Chester le Street DH3 3SH Happy New Year to all, it’s the time of year when we have our AGM and plan for the forthcoming year. Agenda will follow, but if you have any thing you wish to go on the agenda to discuss please let me know? We need to elect club officials; Chairman- Mike Wyngard, willing to stand again but if there are any nominations for this role or other committee roles please let me know? Vice Chairman- Ian Gardner willing to stand again Club Secretary- Richard Ritz , willing to stand again Treasurer- Stuart Cook (Consett Stuart) has kindly volunteered for this role as Terry has decided to stand down. I would like to thank Terry for all his work in this role. Club Captain- Mal Gray Club Clothing Mark Lakey has had to step down from this role due to work and family commitments, I would like to thank Mark for his work in the role We now require a volunteer to take over from Mark, as the club will need to put an order in for anyone wanting kit for this...
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Cestria Time Trial Series – The results...

Well its all over for another year. A massive thanks to all who took part, especially to all marshals that made the series possible. One person who deserves a special mention is Dave Marshal, each week Dave spends 2 hours putting up and taking down the course signs, so a huge thanks to him The Results (overall) category results to follow soon. This year it went down to the final race, well done to Michael Johnson taking 1st place pipping Rick Mitford by 1 point who took 2nd & 3rd place goes to Richard Barnett who just edge Phil Cook off the podium by only 1 point. Click on the link to see the full results These are based on five best times + marshal points https://docs.google.com/…/1h2G2pi1t8n3IpyMVRh8BJ6BUUT…/edit… Hope to see you all at the next Cestria Time Trial on Peth Bank Lanchester. Stuart...
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Update on the Cestria mini series Club Time Trials (now Thurs. 18 and 25 August)...

The 2 events we had to cancel have now been rescheduled for Thursday 18th and the 25th August. Event details and marshal requests will follow in the next couple of weeks. Sorry its taken a while but we have to go through all the necessary notification forms before we can hold an event Thanks Stuart
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****CANCELLED TIME TRIAL*****

I have been over to the Leamside circuit tonight to inspect the course and with regret the Time Trial scheduled for Thursday 30th June will not go ahead. I dont think it will be a safe option to run the final event due to the amount of chippings still lying on the surface which looks like it still hasnt been swept, Its not just down to the risk of riders taking corners fast but the amount of loose chippings that have accumulated in the centre & side of the road also the speed the traffic is travelling on this stretch is causing concern regarding the debris being thrown up by the cars, I would imagine a vehicles stopping distance would be greatly reduced on this gravelly surface should the need arise I have asked the question if we can reschedule the 2 cancelled events at a later date, and will advise whether or not its possible. Many thanks to Rick for taking the time to come over & advise on this decision and to Christian for inspecting the course this morning. Stuart...